Why Share Lessons on Your Blog?

I don’t know whether many teachers are really concerned about what goes on in other teachers’ classrooms. I am, but then I’m nosy. I want to know what their cool ideas are. I want to steal!

That said, I’m not indiscriminate. I want to steal good stuff that I think will work with my learners. In that case, why do I have people in my personal learning network (PLN) based in across the world, when I’ve said before that learning can’t be generalised?

Because I want to get ideas about flow. Because an idea that won’t work for me makes me think about why it won’t work and what I need to do in order to make it work. It’s part of the reason I set up the Tokyo Lesson Jam, which is way overdue another meeting (December, when I finish my DipTESOL?), so that I could steal other people’s cool stuff.

For those of us who never get to do peer observations, reading lesson plans on blogs is like a glimpse into another teacher’s classroom. You get to say ‘I wouldn’t do that, I’d do this‘ (in a nice way, not a smart-arsed way). You might even say it in the comments of the blog. You might also see how somebody else solved a problem that you’re working on, or tried unsuccessfully to solve it. The internet is the easiest way to join a community of practice and people are welcoming. People will still say that your stupid ideas are stupid, but they will often say so nicely. They will then give you a better idea. If an idea or method should be rejected, you’ll be told why, and if anything usable can be salvaged from the wreck.

So, yes, even if my stupid lessons wouldn’t work for your learners, it can still be useful provided you give the reasons why it wouldn’t.

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3 thoughts on “Why Share Lessons on Your Blog?

  1. Hi Marc,
    My last peer observation lesson was in August. And the one I don’t remember was many moons ago… So, I’m really into reading lesson plans on blogs and have one more lesson observed in the nearest future.

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    1. So lucky! Peer observations. I have done a few for my DipTESOL but haven’t had many observers in my classes outside of that. I’d love to read more Business English teachers’ lesson plans (like yours 🙂 ).

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      1. Marc, it’s a good idea to post one. I’m still not sure if it is interesting to read… I prefer to blog about some particular things like warmers, ice-breakers or some tips of using usual objects for making lessons more stimulating, like post-its.

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