In an education class I took at OSU this past spring quarter, the professor told the class that collaborating with another colleague could greatly benefit us in our future classroom. She voiced that if an activity or specific novel was a hit with the students in another English classroom, why not try that same lesson with our own students? It could be successful or it could be a disaster, but it doesn’t hurt to try. In my research of AYA Language Arts blogs, I found that many teachers post as a way to collaborate with others. Some teachers wrote what worked or did not, study guides on a novel, or simply his or her thoughts on education today.
Tom Whitby was a secondary English teacher for 34 years in the public school system. He is now an Adjunct Professor of Education at St. Joseph’s College in New York. In his blog “My Island View”, he discusses the importance and challenges of technology in the classroom, and what this means for the continuing learning of teachers. He blogs as a way to voice his concern on teachers learning the knowledge of technology as many of the students in a given classroom today could master a specific technology better than an adult. He also stresses the importance of social media sites as a way for educators to stay connected. He writes “the more educators we connect; the faster a transformation in education can take place”. The idea of collaboration and working together in education is significant to this educator. His ideas in his blog can be found at this link: http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/.
Jim Burke is an English teacher at Burlingame High School in Burlingame, California. He blogs to write his thoughts on teaching teenagers in our world today. He writes of many “senior moments” as he teaches the seniors in his class in their final year of high school and his experience with a senior son at home. His blogs are very insightful and one can tell that he blogs to express his feelings and thoughts on teaching a class of seniors, and the challenges they (and himself) face when helping them decide what they want as they move forward in their lives. He also includes Teaching Tools and Handouts in his blog: http://jimburke.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Dana Huff has been a secondary English and journalism teacher at Weber School in Atlanta, Georgia for the past eight years. She will be teaching at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts at the beginning of the upcoming school year. She blogs to write of her experiences with teaching English and shares many lessons she has used in the classroom. She also links many different useful websites via Diigo on her blogs. Huff really contributes to the idea of collaboration in her blogging and gives very helpful links as an experienced teacher in the English classroom. Her blog can be found at: http://www.huffenglish.com/
Personally, I have never been a blogger, but researching the many educators that do blog and the benefits of doing so, I think this is something I could find very interesting in my future career. As my professor voiced in the class at OSU, it is very important to collaborate with fellow teachers. She talked about collaboration with colleagues at the same school, but blogs are a way to connect with teachers all around the country. For this reason, I feel that blogging could be very significant for me when I become a teacher. As a new teacher in a school, I can experiment with different lessons and get insight from teachers that were before me through reading the many different blogs available.