What are your favourite blogs to read?
Two or three kinds souls have nominated Teacher Toolkit for the UK Blog Awards, founded to recognise individuals and companies that develop content on their Blog and Vlog platform.
When asked ‘why vote for Teacher Toolkit?‘, I said:
Today, the blogging community is well-understood by the masses and most are starting to see the impact blogging can have on people across the globe. Blogging – as a teacher – has given me the head space to reflect online, away from a busy classroom. Teachers need this space, because teaching is an incredibly exhausting thing to do. I blog because I like to unwind and share the work of great teaching in our fantastic state-school system. This has now resulted in sharing my work with others widely across the world, sharing best practice and the dispelling a few myths created by policymakers and the inspectorate. One of the outcomes is recognition such as this, but more importantly for me, is that we can now start to collectively challenge government policy; challenging white papers written by politicians who last stepped foot in the classroom when they were a child. We now have a voice …
Every time someone reads Teacher Toolkit, this is the motivation for writing and sharing even more. If you think the blog and Twitter account helps you (and your colleagues), then vote for @TeacherToolkit to continue using your feedback as a tool to motivate and inspire others to share ideas widely and freely.
To vote, click the image.
It is wonderful that blogs are being recognised nationally and internationally; particularly in the field of education. What is more pleasing, is that all of our blogs can help share ideas; help others in need, and in particular for me, help other schools where it is difficult to get out of the classroom and connect with others. This is what is blogging can do. We can shape the education landscape; teachers who are in control of their own destiny in the midst of a battering from the media and political claptrap.
We all have something in common; everybody went to school. Everyone has an opinion of their own schooling and on education in general. Most of all, everyone will remember a great teacher in their life and be able to recollect the things their teacher inspired them to do.
The same applies for teacher-bloggers too. We are now inspiring each other. This is why I blog, so what about you? What are your favourite blogs to read and what are you doing for the community?
Entries and nominations opened in October and closed last month. Voting is now open to the public from 5th December – 19th December 2016. The finalists will be announced on 2nd January 2017 with a expert judging period from 1st February 2017. The awards evening and winners will be announced on Friday 21st April 2017.