Dear Principal,

I know that you are busy, but please include blogging to your to-do list and here’s why:

By blogging you create reflective cycle for your classroom teachers. One of the reasons I love the time I spend blogging is that it forces me into intentionally created moments of reflection. That I wouldn’t otherwise make the time for in my busy schedule, which I then share with my peers and colleagues. Whether I’m writing about a lesson that I found which worked really well or a suggested practice that I can’t completely embrace. I’m centred around the idea and in thought that willingness to wrestle with these ideas is a hallmark of good teacher.

So, why not publicly illustrate that kind of thinking for the members of your faculty?

By blogging you exhibit professional vulnerability for your teachers. As a teacher myself, the first step toward improving your classroom environment is being willing to admit that you don’t have all the answers but. That type of admission is not an easy one to make. Even if we know there are lessons that we can learn from our peers, letting others know we are struggling can feel threatening. Getting teachers to embrace the idea that expertise does not rest with any one individual it depends on the leaders who are willing to show weakness in front of everyone.

Writing a few posts about your own professional stumbles can go a long way toward creating a culture in your teaching/working environment where it is okay to be vulnerable.

By blogging you role model a concept, that the audiences can reflect upon and see themselves in the life of a strong learner. The simple truth is that in today’s hyper connected world, audiences are easy to come by. The most efficient and effective learners know how to tap into the power of those audiences. My own thinking has changed and time and time again people who have commented on my blog or sent me an email or a tweet. I usually ask for feedback and reach out for help in social spaces all the time and watching the reactions from the audiences who have to the content. That has helped me to create and help identify ideas that really resonate with me. Aren’t those lessons that our kids need to learn? Shouldn’t we be teaching them that no one needs to learn alone anymore?

Wouldn’t blogging give you firsthand experience with a role that your audience can play in the lives of modern learners, which you could pass on to both teachers and students?

Most importantly, blogging gives you the chance to demonstrate your human side to your faculty. Over time, the faculty will grow to see you as someone who thinks deeply, who takes professional risks, and who is willing to fail.

And that’s a good thing. Trust me.

Sincerely,

Bill