I set this blog up about 8 weeks ago and as my tag line says it was to explore blogging as a means of professional development in occupational therapy. Given professional development is all about learning – I thought it was time that I decided whether blogging was having any effect or not … so what have I experienced ? and has blogging had an effect on my professional development?
Well so far I have noted:
- increased confidence with web 2
- by looking at other bloggers sites a greater awareness of the things occupational therapists are doing, and on many of the sites the postings have made me think about an issue they have raised
- and on still other blogs an awareness that occupational therapy students are stressed by assignments, hate boring classes and time wasting – and some gems about what works in education for students but would like to know more about what they enjoy and what works for them what lights them up about occupational therapy – see the value of the positive in my earlier problem solving/appreciative inquiry posting
- I am just starting to to find that I am now thinking about some of the reading that I am doing and thinking – how might I express/summarise what I am thinking about or learning from this, such that others might be interested as well – the act of having to express it firms up my thinking.
- It is also pushing me to get into a regular pattern of articulating my ongoing learning – I am therefore more often asking myself what am I learning from this experience (reading, meeting, inservice, happening) – and this reflection firms the learning.
So I think I can say yes blogging is having a positive effect on my on going professional development. However I am not yet sure it is a habit – will I keep getting enough from this to keep it going – watch this space.