After spending countless hours reading physics teaching and SBG blogs, I have decided to start my own. I was pondering the notion of sharing my thoughts about teaching world, and decided I can take the easy way or the hard way. The easy way was to maintain the status quo: Read other’s blogs, comment occaisonally, borrow some ideas, and question my own identity as a teacher.
Ultimately, I decided to take the hard way. What makes starting a blog hard?
- Leaving your ideas open to scrutiny…this is hard for many people, yet when I expect my students to feel comfortable in the classroom with any idea no matter how dumb it may seem, I should expect the same from myself. Also, if I do withhold my thoughts, it will do me more harm that good. There is a huge community in the blogosphere that can help me grow as a teacher, if I don’t seize the opportunity I am setting myself upon a course of maintaining the status quo.
- Wondering if other’s could benefit. I feel that so many bloggers have such great ideas and are so well versed in cutting edge methods. How can I possibly bring something to the table. Then I remembered back to one email from the modeling teacher listserv (some minor tidbit about a linearization strategy) that helped me immensely. I realize one little idea, or sentence even, is enough to help someone else.
- Would the blog be too time consuming. I always strive for reflection. After every period, day, unit, and year I take note and reflect on my growth, content, and pedagogy. What better place than a blog! It will take up more time, but at what cost? A new episode of the Big Bang Theory, or halftime during monday night football, or reading every blog, or every one of Frank Noschese’s tweet’s?