For several days I have been wracking my brain to come up with a final project that I could use in my professional life as well. I thought that seeing I would be putting in so much time on it I really wanted it to count. At first I wanted to create a blog that had several pages, one for each of the areas that I look after as a Learning Consultant with my school division. Ok, so maybe not all the areas, but science, First Nations and Metis, Social Studies and In-Motion were going to be my starting point.
The first bad news I received was from Alec. He said that although that might be something that would work professionally it would probably be only me posting. It would be difficult to engage others to comment and interact.
Rethink, Rethink, Rethink!
I still very much want this to be something that could create and be useful for teachers.
How to engage? How to engage? How to engage? How to engage?
I began to look at other science teacher’s blogs. What was everyone else doing? Experiments, labs, student work were posted. Teachers would talk about what they were doing in their classrooms, what worked, what didn’t. I searched so many blogs. Some were awesome, some, well let’s say they could use work.
Then I looked at how many comments they were receiving. How many people took the time to interact with these dedicated professionals.
Zero, zip! Even the awesome sites weren’t receiving comments. Then I stumbled across a site that was highlighting/showcasing teachers.
It provide a place to show what teachers were doing in their classrooms. It provided pictures of the students work and included lessonplans to share with other teachers. I loved it.
Often teachers are stuck in their own world and are not recognized for all the hard work that they do. Teachers are amazing. They create, create, create. This blog provided a place for allowing teachers to standout. To share. To have a voice.
I am now thinking that that is what I will do with my final project. I would like to showcase 2 teachers a month, provide a brief biography, talk about what they are working on in science as well as ask questions pertaining to their pedagogy. I would end with posing a question to other teachers that the teacher I was showcased would ask.
I thought that once I had finished blogging about a teacher I would put it out on twitter and the email the teachers in the division to have a look, get involved, comment.
Let me know what you think – please. And if you have any ideas how to generate interaction from other teachers please let me know.