Following Meaghan’s most recent post, I decided to do my own post on what blogging has done for me.  I, too, have been thinking about our blog quite a bit lately, but, like Meaghan mentioned, you probably wouldn’t guess that based on my lack of posting.  I guess having a little baby at home shifts the pendulum a wee bit, but that’s not to say teaching and blogging haven’t been in the back of my mind!

When Meaghan and I started this blog a year and a half ago we didn’t really have an end point in sight and we weren’t even really sure what we would blog about.  Obviously teaching would be the main subject of discussion here on Tale of Two Teachers, but we didn’t really realize where this blog would take us.  As I sit here and ponder this thought, this is what’s surfacing…

Reflection: Meaghan mentioned self-reflection in her post.  As new teachers we both excel at self-reflection; I might say we’re even a little too reflective sometimes.  This blog has served as an incredible source for me to put my thoughts on teaching into words.  This blog has helped me sort out some of my greatest teaching struggles so far because of the things I’ve written and the constructive feedback I’ve received.  In some ways I think the only reason I survived teaching my grade 8s last year is because of Tale of Two Teachers – trust me, you have no idea how many times a day I’d think to myself (or tell my students out loud), “This is going to make a great blog post!” Which leads too…

Documentation: This blog is an archive of my past year and a half of teaching.  It’s a public journal of my highs and lows, my successes and fails and my trials and tribulations that occurred during my first full time contract.  I love that I can scan through our 200 some odd posts and learn about my teaching from my own writing.  I also love that much of the highlights of my year are in one easy access spot so when I need a quick reminder of how much I love my job (even though I’m off this year) all I have to do is find a post and give it a quick read.

Stress relief: Believe it or not, blogging is a huge stress reliever for me.  I remember last year some days I’d come home with 70 science projects to mark, 26 communication calendars to respond to, report card comments looming and a bomb of a kitchen and I’d drop everything to blog.  Recently, a non-teacher friend of mine (yes, they exist!) said to me, “Writing stuff down really helps you process, hey?” We were talking about my somewhat traumatic pregnancy/birth experience.  Even in the part of my life that has nothing to do with teaching, I’m finding increased peace through writing.  So yes, I keep blogging even when I’m on maternity leave because it relieves stress.

And with that, I likely won’t write another teaching related post for at least a month – ha! I’ll try not to wait that long, but no guarantees.  Meaghan and I have some fun posts planned coming up after spring break. Stay tuned!

Here's the sweet little love that takes up most of my time these days :)
Here’s the sweet little love that takes up most of my time these days 🙂

Karley