Blogging Tips For Teachers

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Blogging Tips for Teachers That Boost Classroom Strategy
and Increase Student Reach

 

Are you incorporating a blog into your current teaching strategy?

Many educators are discovering how learning some blogging tips for teachers’ results in more students while enhancing the presentation of their knowledge. You as an educator can do the same.

Just by including a blog in what you now teach and using your blog as a supplement, you can test different assignments and blogging styles to see how students benefit from your various approaches.

Eventually, you will find your “blogging voice”, which in this context is a mix of online tactics and strategies that improves the total package of your course offerings, lowers the workload, and makes the process more enjoyable for all.

Over time, your blogging skills will develop, then you can consider releasing your knowledge from the shackles of a classroom environment altogether, then develop an authority blog that builds a following of students from all around the world, united under the common interest of your subject.

 

Here, let’s go over a few techniques you can use to enhance the learning environment in your classroom…

1. Encourage collaboration in creative ways – Each week, find an article that your students will find interesting and link to it. Then, assign a comment on the article to every student.

A portion of your students may comment on the article itself, while other students will want to comment on other comments. This fosters discussion and learning through challenging ideas and offering carefully analyzed alternatives.

As students do this and get more comfortable over time, this practice will help encourage more collaboration within your classroom.

2. Leverage the blog as a classroom portal – You can post new assignments, updates on upcoming exams, and other relevant class information directly to your blog, and direct students to go there for information.

When your blog serves as the foundation of the course material, students are encouraged to visit the website on a regular basis, which increases the likelihood that they will use additional resources also found on the blog.

Some teachers run their classes with infrequent meetings, and they soon see how this strategy works well on increasing the amount of time their students spend on the course material.

3. Promote active learning – Encouraging your class to leave compelling comments is important, yet there’s more to building a blog community; why not tap into your students abilities and have them create valuable content for the blog?

 

Here are a couple of ways to go about doing this…

  • Organize your students into groups and have them post quality articles, along with added comments from their point-of-view on the material.
  • Assign smaller yet more frequent assignments. Contests can be held that encourage individual students to post content around a core topic.

There’s a never ending list of ideas that come from this, with many opportunities to engage students into active learning by using a blog as an online place to meet.

 

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Developing Your Own Classroom Blog

 

Once you know how to use the power of blogging to engage students, and discover firsthand how powerful it is as a learning supplement—you can progress to using a blog as a means to educate even more people beyond the classroom…

Thought leaders need a platform, and that’s what a blog provides; with a blog, you can spread new ideas all across the Internet, made available to anyone searching for it or to any casual online browser who stumbles upon your blog and is intrigued.

 

Not convinced? Check out these ways a teacher can use blogging to promote their thoughts and ideas online:

  • Education for all: Picture a world where every student, regardless of age, income, or country of origin, can access a plethora of information, thereby educating themselves, helping to become a more productive member of society.

By harnessing the power and worldwide reach of the Internet, a thoughtful and generous educator like you can make such a huge impact. As more online teachers become bloggers, over time an egalitarian learning environment will be developed to students all over the globe.

Your blog can be a pure outreach mechanism, helping more students understand your subject area.

Is a teacher required to give away ALL the knowledge they share in the physical classroom? Absolutely not. You may share as much information as you choose to share, and then reserve a portion of your information for those who participate in your physical classroom settings.

  • Enhanced and higher level programs: Another blogging model is to produce free content to help students learn an idea with more clarity or ease. In addition, you also provide a paid product or membership area where more advanced lessons can be learned. This is called the freemium or “step up” model.

Many authority bloggers use this model inside and outside of mainstream education. My website is one example. By providing free content, the blog builds an audience through word-of-mouth, social media, search engine indexing, and additional online methods of promotion.

Then, paid content is used to compensate your time and energy on creating and developing the website.

Options include study guides, video breakdowns, rapid learning courses, even private tutoring.

There are educators who have gone on to leave their teaching job and start educating entirely online through their blogs. Certainly this doesn’t happen overnight, yet with careful planning and devoting the focus to the blog’s readers, many teachers can follow this same journey, too.

 

If you have questions about blogging, how to start, what platform to choose, or the needed tools to succeed at blogging, I invite you to contact matt@buildyourownblog.net


January 30, 2015
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