I started blogging four years ago with my students. Then, before I went to do a presentation about my class blog at an international conference, I started my teacher blog thinking that I could use it as a portfolio. Not long after that, I started to post everything that I thought was worth sharing and I have been blogging since then.
I would like to thank British Council for this great competition idea and I hope to see many more ELT bloggers from Turkey.
Just to help you get started, here are my five reasons for becoming a blogging teacher:
Share with the world the great things you are doing in your classrooms
We all aim to teach our students English but since every student and every class is different, we need to come up with ways of teaching that work for our students. So I believe a lot of you have very unique techniques that you use in your classes and wouldn’t it be great to share your teaching experiences with the rest of the world? Let your experiences and ideas go beyond your classroom walls and inspire other teachers!
Learn from other teachers
Once you have visitors from different parts of the world and they start interacting with you via comments, you will discover another great source for learning; other teachers’ experiences and their feedback.
Spread your knowledge
I realized that sharing what I know is a spiritual exercise for me. I feel very good when I share something that could make other teachers’ lives easier. And blogs are very good tools to spread your knowledge. The satisfaction you get leads you learn more and share more.
Meet great people
There are great people in the ELT blogosphere. Becoming a blogger is like becoming neighbours with them. J You will be amazed to see how warm and friendly they are. Here are some of them:
Shelly Terrell http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/
Marisa Constantinides http://marisaconstantinides.edublogs.org/
Graham Stanley http://blog-efl.blogspot.com/
Dave Dodgson http://david-dodgson.blogspot.com/
Sue Lyon-Jones http://the-pln-staff-lounge.blogspot.com/
Vicky Loras http://vickyloras.wordpress.com/
Özge Karaoğlu http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org/
Having your own web site and being able to update it whenever you want is fun.
Enjoy blogging and the lovely interactions in your global staff roomJ