There is – out there in the deep corners of the internet – a master spreadsheet of all current UK education blogs. It’s a lumbering leviathan of a computer file, and @oldandrewuk is its evil overlord. Every few months, from the safety of my own computer, I’ve observed Andrew’s calls to the edu-twitter-types, urging them to add their details. The start of this blog meant it was time to step gingerly onto the slippery slope leading into the abyss. I signed up and added my details. I was lured further down by tales of Andrew’s next project: a blog that automatically aggregates all blogs about a specific subject. There are oodles of maths teachers out there writing about the intricacies of differentiation, and countless RE types philosophising over some Kantian principle. Surely this is exactly what we need in the world of Economics and Business teachers? I started looking.
Turns out there aren’t many of us.
In fact, the number of personal teacher blogs I found could be counted by a three-toed sloth (although one toe would have to reach to New Zealand, so that’s probably unlikely in a biological sense, not to mention preventing inclusion on The Spreadsheet Of Doom). What is it about business and economics teachers that makes us unlikely to blog about our classroom practice?
Lots of us use Twitter, Scoop.It, Pinterest blah blah blah, so it’s not about being baffled by the technology.
Many share information with pupils on a weekly, if not daily, basis: one of the best things about the subject is that we’re at the cutting edge of current affairs, and there’s always something in the news that is of relevance to our subjects. Is it that blogs are just another layer of content that demands updating?
Are we really such unreflective teachers that we don’t think about and discuss what we’re doing in our classrooms, day in, day out?
Or is it that existing structures like tutor2u.net make us reluctant to strike out on our own? Those who want to blog and share their ideas can do so through T2U; those of us who have imposter syndrome, and feel bemused that anyone would be interested, instead stay quiet.
Maybe what we need is a quiet revolution – more dialogue about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Perhaps there will be more blogs out there in time for the next version of The Spreadsheet?