Stale when applied to food means: “no longer fresh and pleasant to eat; hard, musty, or dry.”(Source) When applied to Instructors it might mean “no longer current in subject content, pedagogy outdated or out-of-sync with audience, boring, irrelevant, etc.” This is an ever present possibility for all of us in an age when everything seems to be moving at high speed. We all know of the need to stay relevant, both in our subject and in our delivery, the question is, “Do you have a strategy to make sure you aren’t (or haven’t become) STALE?”
Let me recommend one piece of my strategy which I use that help you in this regard. It can apply to your teaching subject but also may cross apply to any area of your life, even your spiritual life. I set up a free account at Bloglovin‘. Once my account was set up I added several blogs (from the icon of a person in the top right corner select Edit Blogs You Follow) from sources which align with my interests, such as:
- This blog http://blogs.belhaven.edu/asfaculty/
- Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
- Educational Technology Guy
- Lead Like Jesus
- Leadership Intelligence
- Your Path Forward http://upchurch-consulting.com/index.php/blog/
- Biblical Worldview
Bloglovin’ additionally makes it easy to search for other blogs which may interest you. Once you have set it up, you will simply get an email each day with the posts that have been made to the blogs on your list. Typically my email only includes two or at most three links since most bloggers don’t post daily. Then I can choose to click on the link and read the post, or ignore it. Easy as that.
Of course, this shouldn’t be the only way your are developing yourself, but hopefully you will find this a useful addition to your development strategy.