Most days the fire alarm would have to ring before I would lose my focus in the classroom. Typically, I am so engaged with what I’m doing that any adult entering the room startles me. My students think it is hysterical the way I jump (and sometimes scream). I’m so in the “moment” that the rest of the world fades away.
Lately, since I’ve started blogging, there has been a subtle change. While I am working with my students I find myself listening for blog topics. What I mean (add defensive tone here) is that I’ve added a layer to my interactions. When I first realized I was doing this, I thought I should “check myself.” I was afraid I was no longer totally engrossed in every second of my teaching day. After closer examination, I realized this change was a good thing.
Blogging is making me a better teacher. I seemed to have strengthened my radar. I’m listening for the slightest utterance that may lead to deeper and richer conversation, which along with good teaching might provide me with a blog topic. While my teaching is usually laden with questions, I find myself listening even more closely to answers that may produce a blog topic. Am I short-changing anyone? Does the end justify the means?
Putting my Machiavellian tendencies aside, I see this as a win-win for both my students and my blogging. My teaching has risen a notch and I am even more thoughtful, analytical, and attentive. Furthermore, I find that while I’m writing a blog, I am more reflective about my students and their progress. If a blog is the result from an authentic instructional moment in my classroom, than blogging is
definitely benefiting my teaching.