I can only imagine the response to Monday's post to my blog.
Teacher 1 - "Who is he kidding? I don't read blogs. I don't even read this one, it just gets sent to my e-mail three times a week."
Teacher 2 - "What is this blog thing you speak of?"
Teacher 3 - "Great, another e-mail from LaBarge, [DELETE]"
Let's start by defining a blog. The word blog is a blend of the words web and log and is define as, "a web site containing a writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other Web sites." Blogs are great places to learn about the world through the eyes of those experiencing it. So often we get information that is so mass produced and edited that we are missing the heart of the information. Especially as teachers, it is great to hear the thoughts of those that are in the trenches with us. While the main purpose of this blog is to give you information on educational technology there are millions of blogs on everything from basket weaving to advanced photon analysis. No matter your passion there is a blog for you and it is a great way to stay on top of current thoughts and theories.
Speaking strictly on education, blogs provide you window into classrooms around the world. By reading teacher blogs, you can see what other teachers are trying and experiencing with their own classes. As demands on us rise, we need to find ways to stay ahead of the curve and to think creatively. By keeping in touch with what is happening in our profession, we can avoid the pitfalls that others have experienced and stride ahead of expectations.
How to find good teacher blogs.
The place I would start to look for good blogs written by teachers, for teachers is edublogawards.com.
This site gives awards to top blogs in education. They also have a directory that lists the best blogs in education divided into categories. Take a look and let us know what your favorite education blog is.