So, I’ve been thinking lately, but as my lack of posting here shows, I have not been writing about it. I could and have come up with all sorts of reasons, which I will not bore you with here. Anyway, I decided to make a list of topics I would like to write about, if I could get myself going. I love to make lists, which is a post for another day.
But, here’s what happened. A lot of the things I would really like to write about didn’t seem like a good ideas once I took into account the whole “public” part of blogging. I have to say here that I am probably more cautious in this area than many. I have read many interesting blog posts by educators that I would not have been comfortable writing. These were not posts that were insulting or offensive.
I’m not sure how much the public/private school thing impacts this discussion. I, like the vast majority of teachers in independent schools, have a year-to-year contract; I am no longer a member of union as I was when I taught in the Chicago Public School system. I teach in a competitive independent school market where there are a number of top-notch schools competing for students. If any school’s enrollment goes down because they cannot attract students then there go the jobs. I know that I am completely foolish to write assuming that no one will see it. First of all, I used my name so that it would be more public on purpose and so that I would not be fooled into thinking that I could actually be anonymous anyway. Plus, I know for certain that at least a few of my current class’ parents have seen my blog.
As I said, I have a low tolerance for airing laundry of any variety, unless it’s real laundry, in which case I hang it all outside and my neighbors are welcome to see what color underwear we wear at our house. When I started writing this blog I wanted to write about more than just my classroom. I was not looking to chronicle the days and weeks of 5E. There are plenty of things that go on in my room that I am happy to relay to
the masses my one or two readers. There are even plenty of mistakes that I have made that I have and would freely share. Where I am having second thoughts is in just those bigger issues that I was interested in from the start.
Here is a list of some topics that I have seen others write that I would be uncomfortable with:
- Ideas about administration reorganization
- Thoughts on how to maintain interest in teaching the same thing
- Opinions about the requirement or lack there of for teachers to use technology
- Teacher evaluation
- Teacher pay
- Teacher evaluation and its connection to teacher pay
- Ideas about balancing supporting students and honestly reporting progress
- Administration’s balance of supporting teachers and parents
- Teacher frustration with student interest level
I may not be as young as I used to be, but it’s not as if I’m about to retire anytime soon. I like and need my job. I am in no way looking to go down in a blaze of any sort. So, I guess I’m wondering what other people think? How cautious are you, would you be, or recommend me to be?