Writing is Hard: Blogging as a Teacher

Writing is Hard

I did not realize how little I wrote as a teacher, until I wrote the first post for this blog.  

I majored in History in university. This entailed two things: reading, and writing. Yeah, sometimes there was discussion and presentations, but if you were to make a pie chart of how I spent my time, that slice would be the size I should take during Thanksgiving, rather than the slice I actually do. Most of my time was spent pouring over primary and secondary sources at the library, and writing about what I read.

So, when I sat down to write that first post, I faced the uncomfortable realization that teaching entailed little writing, and that my writing skills had deteriorated as a result. It was far harder than I remembered.

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Reading Round-up: Nov. 5, 2017

Changed the name of this series, because some of these aren’t blogs. Added some headings too, so it’s slightly more organized.

Education and Schools

Is it ever okay for students to swear in class?

Role of questioning in differentiation in a lesson, and the role of differentiation in maintaining the bell curve

How to build historical empathy among students, and have them judge past decisions in the context of the times (this specific example focuses on Rasputin, and how to develop a sense of period for the end of Czarist Russia)

There’s been a few posts from the last couple weeks, on how the implementation of new teaching ideas can be divorced from the original intentions; Mark Enser helps keep us on track by prompting us to think about the ‘why’

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Blog Post Round-up: Oct. 29, 2017

Seeing as I read and lurk around the internet much more than I produce content, might as well make this a regular feature.