Dear ‘a bit hesitant and apprehensive’ colleague and friend,
First of all, let me say that I totally understand your apprehension and hesitation about starting a blog. When you read some of the amazing educational blog posts it can seem daunting to put your own ideas out there. But as someone who has recently taken the leap and started a blog, and in the process started reading more blogs, this is why I am encouraging you to do the same…
You are an amazing, reflective classroom practitioner, and a blog is a way of capturing your reflections, and a way of allowing others to get an insight into, and learn from, your teaching practice. Some of the blogs that I have found most interesting to read are those where teachers have captured simple ideas from their daily teaching practice. These practical ideas are hugely valuable for others to learn from and implement in their own teaching environments. Things that we might take for granted can be gems of knowledge for others.
You are very willing to position yourself as a life long learner, but I would also encourage you to position yourself as someone that others can learn from. The NZC has a vision for us to be actively involved, confident, connected, lifelong learners. Blogging is an opportunity to be actively involved in our education community – it is a way to participate with AND contribute to our connected educators network.
It is a privilege to work with you and learn from you. I wish I had more time and opportunities to observe you in action. In lieu of that it would be awesome to be able to read about some of what you are doing with your classes, and I know that others also would benefit from your thoughtful and considered reflections on your teaching practice.
Everyday we encourage our learners to step out of their comfort zone, take risks, be resilient and collaborative. I have great faith that you will rise to this challenge.