Many people discuss the role of mommy bloggers and Pinterest. People say that it puts too much pressure on moms to fix a home cooked meal, maintain a perfectly organized house (and using homemade natural cleaners at that!) all while making sensory boxes for your child! It seems excessive. However, it made me think about the role of teacher bloggers. Many times, bloggers post their perfect lessons with their perfectly organized classroom. Their students appear to be engaged for the most part, and teachers never use *gasp* the textbook!!
In some ways, I feel that I fall victim to this. I rarely blog about my failures- for multiple reasons. One is because I want this to be a portfolio. You worry that people think less of you if you are constantly posting failures. Since my full name is attached to it, that makes it even more obvious for parents, students or future employers. (Although I know that my students probably do not read my blog!) I also feel that I figure people read my blog to get ideas that work- not ones that don’t.
Today I thought I would post some things that I wished I did better:
1. I still use the textbook. I mostly use it for warm up, homework and structure. I want to break away from it more, but I honestly believe that many of my students benefit from the structure it provides.
2. I want to write more stories and news articles in Spanish. This always appears on my to do list, but it gets pushed down each week.
3. I wish I figured out oral speaking tasks better. Some of the kids are motivated but others fall short, and it becomes teacher directed. Also if I am doing an oral assessment, I can’t figure out how to have the other kids working on a worthwhile task quietly.
4. I can’t seem to figure out how to put together an IPA, but it is one of my goals.
Do others agree? Do you feel pressure after reading blogs or are you just happy for the ideas? I’d love to start this discussion.