Documenting the mundane and reflecting on the bothersome: Blogging the student teaching experience
Brian Reilly, University of California, Riverside, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In the teaching credential programs at the University of California, Riverside, students have been using weblogs over the past three years to record and reflect on their experiences as students and as student teachers. Over two hundred students have kept weblogs for part or all of their student teaching experience, writing at least once per week, and commenting on the work of other students. While at times these online journals appear to merely record the often routine, day to day activities of a student teacher, at other times they offer insights into aspects of the student teaching experience that otherwise would not have been available to fellow students and faculty, and create opportunities for guidance and instruction. By sharing and reading about what might seem very mundane experiences, students (at times) form online communities based on their common experiences.
Reilly, B. (2005). Documenting the mundane and reflecting on the bothersome: Blogging the student teaching experience. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2068-2073). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).