WordPress tells me that I registered a year ago and it’s our anniversary. What a first year relationship it’s been!
I think I initially started blogging because I felt like I was trying lots of new things in my classroom and felt like I needed to share my excitement somehow. I didn’t really consider myself a writer, but something about writing a reflection seems easy and even cathartic at times.
I get a feeling of closure when I’ve documented my reflections in this blog. It’s like I’m telling myself that I tried something, learned from it, and it’s time to move on. Book closed. It’s the ultimate check in a never-ending to-do list.
I tweeted recently about tracking my classroom projects using the Notes app on my phone. It’s amazing how much we accomplish as teachers in a 10 month period. I really encourage all teachers to give it a try. Simply list the new, out-of-the-ordinary, notable, unique, challenging tasks or projects you’ve worked on in (or out) of the classroom. Every few months take a look back and give yourself a pat on the back. How many things are on your list that you didn’t try last year? Are you being adventurous in your approach? Are you taking risks? These are cool touch points to reflect upon as you review your weekly ‘journal’. It only takes minutes a week but is a satisfying practice.
So I encourage you to blog or track your teaching somehow. I didn’t see the value in doing so until I just gave it a shot one day. I sure wish someone had shared the benefits of doing so with me earlier.
Happy blogversary, WordPress.