Monday, August 21, 2006

Teacher's lounge goes global

Web journals become the new fly on the wall

It was only a matter of time. Teachers have entered the blogosphere.

Many teachers' blogs are merely personal journals or opportunities for professional networking. But look out for the ones that are technology's answer to the teacher's lounge - complete with professional chit-chat, catty remarks about colleagues and - gasp! - gripes about students.

On one level, blogs are little more than personal journals posted on the Internet for all to see. They provide a forum for teachers to share ideas with colleagues around the world or simply talk about themselves and others. However, taking a wider view, the sometimes funny, sometimes intense blogs paint what may be the rawest portrait seen of the teaching profession – a profession that definitely appears to be in transition.

Selected examples of blogs by educators:

http://publiceducationdefender.blogspot.com
http://historyiselementary.blogspot.com
http://anonteacherblog.blogspot.com
http://shrewdnessofapes.blogspot.com
http://transformeducation.blogspot.com
http://www.xanga.com/Huerter0

For more examples of teacher blogs, click here. If you'd like to add to this list, post your favorite teacher blog in comments.

Dennis Fermoyle, by the way, tells me that USA Today is planning to publish a report on teacher blogs this month.


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7 comments:

elementaryhistoryteacher said...

Hi! Thanks for including me on your list. The USA Today article is supposedly out on 8/24 per the reporter who authored it.

Deb S. said...

EHT: It's a pleasure to cite you and your blog. Thanks for sharing the publishing date of the USA Today article.

elementaryhistoryteacher said...

Here's an update on the USA Today article.....the reporter who authored it tells me it will be week after next before it appears.

Deb S. said...

EHT: It's so nice to know folks who have direct contacts with USA Today. :-)

I'll certainly be looking for the story. Thanks so much for the update!

Michael Misovec said...

Please visit www.helpingstudents.org
for a secure PIRC wiki. We are a non profit seeking parent / teacher advisors if your interested.

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

Thanks for including me on your list! The stuff comes flying out of my head, and sometimes, it sticks to someone.

Laura said...

Thank you for mentioning me too! I hope you found more constructive teaching blogs than destructive. The selection you have seems like a pretty positive one...and not far off from the teacher's lounge talk.