Illustration by Edpuzzle Staff
We all have our favorite teaching blogs. We look to them for inspiration, commiseration, and laughs. Blogs are also very informative and helpful for finding new resources or original materials.
What’s the best part of a teaching blog? Anyone can do it! If you’re a teacher and you have access to a computer, you can create your own teaching blog.
Not sure you’re ready for the commitment? Read through our reasons for why starting a teaching blog could be the right fit for you.
1. Fill a gap
Have you ever thought that there aren’t enough voices like yours in the teaching world? You could be the one to change that!
You’ve got a unique perspective and experience that others would appreciate hearing. Whether it’s about your family engagement strategies, your favorite read-alouds, or your catchiest attention getters, any information could be helpful and benefit other teachers.
You might also feel like the subject area you teach needs more innovation or selection. If you’ve ever taken the time to create your own phonics worksheet, chances are someone else has thought about doing the same. A blog is a great way to share materials with teachers struggling to find quality resources.
2. Join a community
The blogging community, especially the teacher one, is really welcoming and supportive. Collaboration and dialogue are encouraged since teachers trust other teachers to give them the best advice.
Blogging also exposes you to a community beyond the one at your school. It’s a great opportunity to network with teachers all over the country or even the world!
Other bloggers will not just be your allies but also your sources of inspiration. Instead of only reading up on a topic like the flipped classroom, you can also get first-hand experience from educators who have been doing it for years.
3. Get motivated to learn new things
Teaching isn’t static, and keeping up with the latest in education will soon become your primary goal. With every post you write, you’ll find yourself needing to post about something new or different.
Blogging is a great way to push yourself to explore innovation in education and edtech. Whenever you hear about a new edtech tool, you could be the first one to try it with your class and report back to your colleagues or administrators.
Another great resource you’ll quickly learn is the technology involved in having a blog. Photo editing and basic coding are two skills that many bloggers develop. You might also want to study up on teacher social media favorites like Twitter or Pinterest, to share your blog with a wider audience.
4. Reflect on your practice
We don’t often give ourselves the opportunity to thoroughly reflect on our practice. A blog can act like a journal or diary for you to document the ups and downs of your teaching life.
It’s also an awesome way to see how far you’ve come and everything you’ve learned. Think of it as a more personable and authentic representation of your teaching that you could put on a resume to show to future employers.
5. Become a better writer
No matter what subject area you teach, you probably review writing skills in some way with your students. But how often do you actually get to practice what you preach?
Blogging is a creative outlet that gives you room to play with different writing styles. But like with any writing, it will require you to go through the steps of researching, drafting, and proofreading.
Since you’ll be writing regularly, you'll notice how the process gets much easier over time. Eventually, you’ll find your own unique voice that will attract new readers to your blog.
Think you’re up for being a teacher blogger? Document your blog writing process on Twitter or Instagram by tagging us at @edpuzzle!