Tuesday, 3 February 2015

B- Blogs & Books #28daysofwriting Day 3

B- Blogs & Books





I was thinking last night that I wasn't sure what I will be talking about with the letter B, but in the end it quite easy - Blogging, Books and one of my favourite activities - Barbecuing (ran out of time for this one)

Blogging

Lavagna, Storia, Blogging
This does not come naturally to me, I  have never been a very easy writer with the ability to articulate exactly what is mulling around in my head. But---Blogging is changing this. It is allowing me to write down my thoughts, to challenge my reflections and help me gain more insight into my own teaching practice. I love the ability to share my thoughts, ideas on education as they develop (and change), and and what i'm doing in my classroom. The ability to share and connect our stories is an invaluable tool for all of us to learn from one another
When I started on Twitter 3 years ago I discovered many different blogs that helped me get to terms with this new learning environment and opened my mind to so many great possibilities.

My favourites when I started were:
Over the time the blogs I read changed and I added more, but these 5 have always been part of my list of Blogs to check in. Now I follow and read so many fantastic blogs by Australians and New Zealand Teachers. There is even a growing list of Australian Blogs to follow: Australian Education Blogs Worth Reading. They provide fantastic insight and many I read regularly. Some fantastic educators are on there: Matt Esterman, Aaron Davis, Corinne Campbell and Andrea Stringer to name only a few. Well worth having a look at.
The second B is Books. I wrote a Blogpost a little while back about some of the books I read over the holiday, and honestly they have had such a positive impact on my thoughts about education and motivation. I have so many more sitting on my shelf, and I can’t wait to delve into them. I’m really looking forward to ‘Uplifting Leadership’ by Alma Harris, Alan Boyle and Andy Hargreaves. I also have on order ‘Self-Determined Learning: Heutagogy in action’ by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon. Great reads to look forward to, and challenge me.



Running out of time.....


Bonus: My Twitter Recommendations- Letter B

These educators have been part of my PLN for some time and it is fantastic to be able to connect with them, share ideas, be challenged and learn from one another.
Bec Spink @BecSpink
Bianca Hewes @BiancaH80
Brett Salakas @MRsalakas