Life as a Blogger

I joined Edublog's Teacher Blogging Challenge to improve my blogging skills and kick start a new blog ... THIS BLOG! For the first challenge, I decided to write about my life as a blogger.  Me, a blogger . . .

It's hard to believe that two or three years ago I didn't even know what a blog was.  I have Katri O'Neill to thank for my transformation.  She taught a graduate course at St. Michael's College on integrating technology.  Until that summer, I used email to communicate with friends and colleagues, I surfed the net for lesson plans or information, and I shopped and paid my bills online.  That was it. After this class my mind was spinning . . . web 2.0, podcasts, blogging, Photostory!  So many new things to try.

About half way through the school year, I took the plunge and started blogging.  I didn't know a lot about blogging, but I knew it had the potential to be a powerful tool for learning.  We used 21 classes because it was a protected blogging community.  My students loved having their own blog they could customize to show their personality.  That first year we blogged, we tried, we failed, we succeeded and we learned!

A few months after my students started blogging, I revisited the blog I had created over the summer: Looking Glass.  I blogged for a few months without telling anyone.  Kid blogging was one thing, but teacher blogging was risky.  What if I was a terrible writer?  What if no one read my blog?  What if, what if, what if   . . . The truth is that once I started, I couldn't stop!  That year, I became a blogger, not just a teacher offering blogging to her students. 

Soon after, I began following blogs and checking out other classroom blogs.  This gave me more insight and understanding of what it meant to be a blogger.  Now when I introduce blogging to my students, the first thing I tell them is that bloggers blog about things they care about.  It is for this reason that I start this blog.  I am passionate about differentiating with technology.  I care about meeting the needs of my students in the 21st Century.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Aimee, I really enjoyed reading about your life as a blogger. I guess we are all a little vulnerable online, but I have never had any setbacks or inappropriate comments etc. In fact, I love blogging as it allows me to network and meet so many more bloggers and educationalists. I like your statement that bloggers blog about what they care about and when they do, they have effective blogs. Just one question, as I come from Australia, I do not know where Vermont is. As we have a global bloggers in this challenge, is it possible to add the country you are from in your "About Me" on the sidebar. It is a great feature of your blog, as I often look at who the blogger is and where they are from. How exciting that you are presenting at another workshop for ISTE. I would love to be able to attend ISTE.
If you get time, check out the comments back on the Kick Start your Blog Challenge and visit some other blogs from within the Challenge. People are leaving comments and then finding the bloggers they commented on are returning the visits and commenting back.

Theresa Allen said...

Aimee - great blog! I was skittish at first to blog but I decided to do it and I've been blogging regularly since August, 2010. I'm a bit of a newbie as well! I teach technology for 3yr olds to 8th graders in Joliet, IL. Are your students learning states and capitals? I'm looking for a class who would like to skype with my 4th graders - kind of quiz each other and get to know each other as well. If interested, my skype id is tdallen5. Looking forward to communicating with you!

Aimee Boucher said...

Thanks to both of you for the thoughtful comments. I have changed my profile to reflect my country :) We do not study the states, although it sounds like a great project! I would have commented individually, but I'm new to blogger and still figuring out how things work as I'm used to edublogs :)

Nancy said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog. Its fun! I agree with what you say about becoming a blogger! I had blogs before, but never was a blogger until my daughter's friend started a blog, and I read it and loved it! Right after that, I found out about this challenge, and now I'm hooked! I'm a real blogger!

P.S. I love Vermont! I'm from Ct.


Aimee Boucher said...

@Nancy . . . I love Vermont, too! It's such a beautiful place to live and I'm fortunate to live and work within walking distance from Lake Champlain.

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