Whenever I really want to understand a certain subject, I sit down and write a blog about it. Blogging is great for learning, practicing writing and participating in a network of other learners. I believe it should be part of the curriculum of high school and university students worldwide.
We all know that to when we really have to remember something we need to write it down. Somehow the writing / blogging process etches the information on your mind. When you read something it is often hard to recall the information. But when you write it down it becomes easier for your mind to retrieve the thing that you just wrote.
For me personally, blogging is some kind of ‘external thinking process’.
Blogging helps me to gain knowledge about myself and my interests. It helps me to form an opinion. Whenever I want to really grasp the essence of a certain subject I always sit down and write a blog about it. For me personally, blogging is some kind of ‘external thinking process’. First I do research by reading articles or other blogs. At the same time I collect and organize the information I need. And then I start the cycle of writing, re-reading, adjusting and writing. It is almost like I am writing to explain things to myself. But because I blog to help others, I always write with an audience in mind.
Blogging is a perfect tool for learning. This is why I believe that blogging should be part of the curriculum of high school and university students worldwide.
Two sorts of writing
Did you know that there are actually two sorts of writing? A Norwegian researcher with the name Olga Dysthe once wrote about the difference between what she called “thinking -writing” and “presentation writing”.
This is the kind of writing we do when we are not writing with an audience in mind. When we are writing for ourself and we are thinking about certain problems or topics. Thinking-writing is also often called process writing. Remember that time you were taking notes while reading that textbook? The only one that could understand them was you. That is thinking-writing.
This is the kind of writing we do when we do have an audience in mind. When we write to communicate a message to our readers. Remember the time you wrote that promotional text for your co-workers? That is presentation writing.
Blogging combines thinking-writing and presentation writing
Blogging combines both kinds of writing. It has elements of thinking-writing because when you blog, you often write quickly about something that is on your mind and you post the blog immediately. That is quite similar to thinking-writing. But blogging also has aspects of presentation writing. Because when you blog you are also very aware of the fact that you write for an audience. You write to explain things to your readers and help them. It is not like how you would write in a personal journal that no one reads but you.
Sometimes you write to convince other people or make a point. When you are active in a network of likeminded bloggers you comment on each others blogs. Doing so, all people in the network will benefit from the discussion and the knowledge that is shared.
Blogs are great for: learning, practicing writing and participating in a network of other learners.
By now we learned that blogs are great for: learning, practicing writing and participating in a network of other learners. Starting to blog would be the perfect opportunity for students to accelerate their learning process. Imagine they would all be doing research, writing blogs, forming an opinion and commenting on each other’s blogs. It would all become more active, fun and more of a shared experience.