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All of the great articles in this section began as Damien Challenger, MD, Nexus Education Why write articles and blog? One question I get asked a lot by teachers across the UK when they first hear about Nexus Education is, “why should I blog?” Well, I think that the answer for each individual is, and should be, different. However having now spoken to hundreds of teachers, and published plenty of blogs, here are four reasons why you should consider blogging: 1. Blogging is easy! In fact the hardest part about blogging is setting it up and gaining an audience (both of which writing for Nexus Education already provides for you). If you are able to write emails then you are able to write a blog. 2. You can help fellow teachers. Chances are the topic you are blogging or vlogging on is something many others are experiencing in their classrooms and schools. Words are very powerful and your blog has every chance of making a definite, positive impact on someone’s life. Whether it is a teacher struggling with their workload and looking for tips to help, or a NQT nervous about their first post – make no mistake, blogs can change people’s jobs and lives! 3. Connect with people like you. Blogging brings people with similar interests together. In this age of social media, networking and CPD it is fantastic to talk about what you are doing well (and what you’re not). It can be daunting opening up your thoughts and feelings to strangers but the cathartic benefits far outweigh any anxiety you may have on how people may react to your piece. There is nothing like having an obscure ‘out of the box’ idea and then meet someone with the same mindset – you never know what fantastic opportunities may arise! 4. Developing your professional profile. Blogging can open many doors and lead to opportunities you can’t even imagine. There are so many stories out there of teachers who started blogging as a side project, and then realised they had a passion for imparting their ideas to others (hey, isn’t that the essence of teaching?) Teachers have created businesses, started charities and transformed countless classrooms via sharing their ideas with others. Blogging offers you a chance to get your ideas out there and, perhaps most importantly, MAKE A DIFFERENCE. To get started and get your blog out there, or if you just want some advice on where to start, contact Nexus Education now by emailing: email@example.com Page 10 | <strong>Issue</strong> 3 | <strong>innovatED</strong> | <strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2019</strong>
practitioner blogs at www.nexus-education.com 12. Making the most of videos in the classroom - Chris Hobbs, Founder of History Bombs 13. If not now, when? - Farihah Anwar, Deputy Headteacher 14. Evoking feelings for learning - Gillian Judson, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Canada 16. The journey towards a mastery curriculum - Paul Johnson, Personal Development Lead & Maths Subject Leader Expert 20. Making an impact across the curriculum with a controllable vehicle - David Andrews, Teacher, Founder MrAndrewsOnline 23. Flexible seating. Can it work? - Adam Watkins, Maths Subject Leader & Visible Learning Coach <strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2019</strong> | <strong>innovatED</strong> | <strong>Issue</strong> 3 | Page 11