With the onset of a new approach to professional learning at ISB, teachers have started blogging their professional goals and reflection using the new Teach blogging network. Currently, we have just over 50 faculty members participating in the pilot which involves student surveys using Tripod’s 7Cs framework and goal development through reflection on these survey results. The 7Cs framework groups components into three conceptual categories:
- personal support (care and confer),
- curricular support (captivate, clarify, and consolidate); and
- academic press (challenge and classroom management)
The survey questions for students are designed in a way to provide teachers with feedback based on the 7Cs. For example:
Care My teacher makes me feel that he/she really cares about me
Confer My teacher gives us time to explain our ideas
By reflecting on the feedback from the survey, a teacher chooses to set a goal based on one of the 7Cs. The professional learning blogs are used to document goals and provide evidence to support progress throughout the year. Alongside ongoing reflection, the professional learning community contributes to the ongoing dialogue, in particular, those recognised as playing an immediate role. Modelling Life-long Learning & Reflection
There are many benefits to blogging our professional learning journey. Most significantly, the modelling of life-long learning and the importance of reflection being ongoing and evidence-based. Through this reflective process, a blog is a great way to collect and consider your teaching experiences and creates a landing page for your most important notes. You might choose to post curriculum ideas, resources, details of a conference you attended or even recaps from classes you’ve taught or observed – Sharing these with the professional learning community is a great way to keep track of what you’ve learned and seek feedback from colleagues or those beyond ISB. A professional learning blog makes looking back on what worked well and what didn’t a quick and easy task and it’s a way for us to recognise our professional growth over many years.
Increased Confidence & Idea Development
Blogging has the ability to give you an important and necessary motivation boost. This platform is not only a space for goal setting it is also a place for you to showcase your achievements, in the classroom and beyond. Blogging about your passions and sharing student work can be a great way to get support from colleagues and education professionals. On days when we feel overwhelmed, a comment on a recent blog post can provide a much-needed boost!
Connecting & Sharing with Others
In 2018, a blog is a great way to stay current in the latest Ed Tech movements, expand your educational interests and helps to build your online presence. It may even shape a new interest or lead the way to consultancy work. Blogging can help us to teach with intention, start conversations, share professional experiences, new ideas, or carve out a professional niche. The Teach blogging network gives you an opportunity to read your colleagues’ blogs and discover unique ways to improve your professional practice. By responding to blogs you’ve read or engaged with, you open up a whole new world of professional communication and collaboration opportunities across the school.
Show your support in building this professional learning community and pay a visit to Teach Some teachers are yet to post, but many have! Spend a few minutes viewing your colleagues’ professional learning blogs, some of whom are blogging for the very first time! Let them know you’ve been there by leaving a comment.
If you are interested in joining this community of online professional learners, don’t hesitate to contact your Ed Tech Facilitator and we can get you set up. You don’t have to be a part of the professional growth pilot so start your blogging journey with us NOW!