Encouraged by Richard Byrne through his Free Tech 4 Teachers blog - who was inspired by Matt Cutts of Google through his Ted talk - I am going to attempt to write for 15-20 minutes a day for the next 30 days. I am accepting Matt Cutts' try something new for 30 days challenge because I want to become a better writer, a better blogger, and a better teacher.
Blogging is a great platform for all three of those goals.
Like I tell my students, the best way to become a better reader or writer? Read and write. If I write everyday, I will become a better writer. Hopefully, I can receive some critical feedback from others to help my writing become enjoyable to read.
I want to become a better blogger. The bloggers I respect open themselves up for criticism and share ideas. I have spent a few years receiving from others - which isn't really sharing, it's just taking. Blogging about my classroom and my teaching will help me give as well as receive.
I want to become a better teacher. I have only taught for four years and I have a lot to learn. One thing I have learned is that when my classroom has it's door open and I am being reflective, that's when I grow. Blogging opens up my classroom to the world and writing about my teaching will force me to be reflective.
So this is my blog post number one of the 30-day challenge. I don't think I will publish a post every day, but I will write every day. Join me in sharing! Document your comments on this blog or talk with me on Twitter at @brpumphrey.
Enjoy breathing today!