At the beginning of this semester, I did not think that I would find blogging to be a useful way to document my learning. Contrary to what I thought initially, I have actually found it helpful. After every EDCI 336 class, I write a blog post about what we did in class. Whenever I need to reference something that we did in class, I can just search for it easily on my blog. Blogging has also been helpful because it gives me a less formal setting in which I can organize my thoughts. It has also kept me accountable and focussed on doing my inquiry projects. Because I know I have to write weekly blog posts for each of those projects, it motivates me to practice my Italian skills and research information on graphic design. I thrive when I am in a routine, which is why I love being organized and making weekly blog posts.
I would love to blogging in my classroom one day. I change my mind about what grade I would like to teach, but as of right now, I would like to teach middle school. If I end up teaching middle school, I will likely ask my students to write blog posts. My students would ideally use these blogs to document their progress on inquiry projects and respond to prompts from me about various different subjects and issues. Blogs have value in the classroom because they encourage technological literacy while teaching other subjects. I have included the citation below of a fantastic article about blogging in a middle years context.
Baldino, S. (2012). The classroom blog: Enhancing critical thinking, substantive discussion, and appropriate online interaction. Voices from the Middle, 22(2), 29-33.