To blog or not to blog — Find the time! It is important!

Ewan McIntosh from Scotland has a great article on why it is essential for educators to blog and to read blogs. I agree with him totally.

We as educators cannot rely solely on what we learned in college. Many experienced educators say that they have practical knowledge on what works.

Not enough.

What if you can combine practical knowledge with current research? Talk about a Lethal Weapon!

By subscribing to the best educational minds and participating in online discussions, you simulate much the same environment as a college classroom. But this is so much more than a college classroom! This is the world classroom! Join in!

I never would have read an educator from Scotland's writings much less learned from him. Now I'm reading a fellow from overseas and finding myself inspired!

I challenge educators everywhere — while on break — set up a bloglines account and subscribe to some blogs. You can see what I'm reading by going to http://www.bloglines.com/blog/coolcatteacher.

If you want help, just e-mail me and I'll invite you to bloglines and include a list of my blogs. There is a cool article I found at Teach42 about this.

Once you're set up it is easy. This is one way to aid your resolution to be a better teacher — spend just 10 minutes a day reading current educational information on your blogline account.

Watch your enthusiasm grow!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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