If you're interested in writing for this project please read all the way through so you're clear on what you're signing up for. Please share this post with anyone who you think would offer a unique perspective. I'm a 10th year teacher in a public high school with high percentages of hispanic, low income, ELL and special education students. That means we need some authors who are not like me to join in!
[Edit 8/3: We need a quick turnaround on this to make sure everyone who starts school next week has the opportunity to be involved. Please fill out the form by the end of the day 8/4 to be considered for the core group. Anyone else is still welcome to blog along with us starting any time!]
And here's what you'd be signing up for:
Ideally we will have 6-10 people writing monthly plus the key days. Each author will pick a different date and write on the same day of the month each month.
Additional key days where all authors will write:
- A teacher day the week before students arrive
- First day of school
- Parent Conferences day
- Day before Thanksgiving break? (are people more worn out before Thanksgiving or Christmas break?)
- Before and after Christmas break
- Snow day
- State test day (pick one)
- Last day of school
- A day you work during the summer (you mean teachers don’t take the entire summer off?)
Each person will write up a day in their life followed by some reflection questions that repeat throughout the school year. The purpose of these is to get to know the authors and see the changes in each teacher. We will also be able to compare and contrast the different teachers and teaching situations. We can see if this really happens:
- Teachers make a lot of decisions throughout the day. Sometimes we make so many it feels overwhelming. When you think about today, what is a decision/teacher move you made that you are proud of? What is one you are worried wasn’t ideal?
- Every person’s life is full of highs and lows. Share with us some of what that is like for a teacher. What are you looking forward to? What has been a challenge for you lately?
- We are reminded constantly of how relational teaching is. As teachers we work to build relationships with our coworkers and students. Describe a relational moment you had with someone recently.
- Teachers are always working on improving, and often have specific goals for things to work on throughout a year.
- First post: What is a goal you have for the year?
- Subsequent posts: What have you been doing to work toward your goal? How do you feel you are doing?
If you are interested in becoming an author and willing to complete all of the above requirements, fill out this form!
While we won't be able to include everyone in the paperback book we would love to have many more bloggers follow along! I'm imagining an ebook where you could choose how many authors and which ones and get those add ons included. Also, I love reading about your days so I want everyone to play along for the blog posts.
4) Follow Through
It's easy to start a blogging project, it's hard to keep up with it. If you don't want to write but would still like to contribute, we need some cheerleaders to send out reminders and encouragement to our authors and the blogging community. If you're interested in helping please leave a comment on this post or tweet me @crstn85.