This blog is an open discussion on citation in blog posts. I’ll start with my comment first. You add.
It is most important when citing in a blog post to give appropriate and thorough information to allow others to trace the path back to your source information.
Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end, right? Right. But, no one ever said they always have to be told in that order. Sometimes, the best place to start your story is smack dab in the middle, or even at the end. In fancy-schmancy literary terms, this is called in medias res, […]
A few weeks into the new school year, a post of mine was picked up by Education Week. I felt I was finally starting to reap the benefits the 10-years of teaching, commitment to improving the ever important “test scores,” as my stats show I have been successful at, and the hard work of writing about what I have learned would bring me. Until the post went viral, and my new readers considered me a monster. I believe one commenter said I was the very issue with education: old, bitter teachers who need to retire. A child advocacy group on Facebook even called me the kind of person who they fight against to protect their children from. I still stand behind my post, as it was on one issue in education regarding intrinsic motivation, rather than representing my teaching philosophy as a whole, a misunderstanding on the part of some of my commenters. But, I can tell you I had no idea the “reward” for my time in the field, and work at blogging about my career, would lead me to the lowest feeling of self-worth since a peer picked on the size of my ears in 7th grade. Continue reading “What I Learned About Teaching, Teenagers, and Confidence From Going Viral”
I enjoy reading blogs. Some degree of formality has been pushed aside to allow for entertainment value. There’s a feeling of freedom to enjoy reading something for pleasure, rather than reading it because it was assigned. The title I have forgotten, but I think it was a blog on how to grocery shop when pregnant that had me in stitches. The woman added an anecdote about sneaking food and spilling coffee down her shirt as she shopped, later to realize her plan to buy groceries was flawed by her current state of gestation. I realized I wanted to write like that: real, helpful to others, and witty. But I wanted to be me, and record it in a way that best represented exactly who I was. Not to mention that I just wanted to write and not be tied down by all of the writing rules. Continue reading “5 Things That Surprised This English Teacher about Blogging”