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Teacher Says Principal-Run Blogs Expose Schools to Larger Community

Teacher Says Principal-Run Blogs Expose Schools to Larger Community

What can blogs do for the world of education? Principals and teachers are beginning to jump on the blogging bandwagon. Administrators and K-12 educators can share their own unique experience to spark discussions with like-minded peers (or teachers with differing views) all across the country. Ryan Thomas, a teacher in Missouri, recently wrote an article, "5 Reasons Every Principal Should Have a Blog," on the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's community site ASCD EDge.

Thomas said principals are creating blogs to "connect with parents, students, and the community in ways that were not possible a decade ago." Not only is it free to blog, but it requires little upkeep or technical know how to reach a much wider audience than many of us ever thought possible," he said. Thomas gives five reasons why principals should keep a blog. One of the best reasons to create a blog is that blogs expose schools to a much larger community.

Most principals still use traditional methods of connecting with the community: attending the Friday night ball games, attending plays, greeting students in the morning, organizing Back-to-School Night, and so on," he said. "More and more, though, principals are realizing that face-to-face crowds do not necessarily represent the entire community they are trying to connect with! Blogs give you the ability to connect with hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people every single day from the comfort of your home or office. 

Blogs can be time consuming to produce but may save time responding to phone calls in the future.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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