Teacher Blogger Tips: Create Content through Blending Your Development, Practice, and Reflection

Teachers are busy. They are always planning, always tinkering with their instruction, and there are the ever-growing stacks of assignments to grade. Just like one of those romantic comedy movies where the main character tries go one a date with two people at once, this is how a teacher deals with planning, instruction, and grading. As the main character switches identities to share time with one partner, this is like the teacher choosing to do one of those activities, like grading. Eventually, the pressure builds to switch to one of the other activities! And it goes on and on like this.

Not only do teacher bloggers participate in this same dance with planning, instruction and grading, they also spend several hours a week cranking out a couple of posts. Throw in the teacher podcast they are listening to on their drive home from work, the three twitter chats they participated in last week, and the teacher book that is their constant walking companion, and you’ll think that teacher bloggers have gone mad.

Well, we have! And we love it! But it doesn’t have to consume our lives. With a few simple tips, we can make it all blend together, while leading fulfilling lives and deepening our connections with our loved ones outside of work. Continue reading “Teacher Blogger Tips: Create Content through Blending Your Development, Practice, and Reflection”

So You Want to Start a Teacher Blog?

It’s the start of another school year. And for those highly engaged teachers who are out there connecting on social media, building your PLNs, some of you are thinking that it’s time to start (maybe restart) a teacher blog. If that’s you, or someone you know, great! I’m all for it! (Feel free to send me a link to your blog post too).

You have a head full of thoughts and a heart full of teacher gold, and you’re ready to conquer the blogosphere! But before you do, I have a few things I want you to consider, because I have read some–to put it generously–less-than-stellar posts. Some were so bad, I decided that I would never return (….but then I felt bad about thinking that, because we all need to start somewhere, so I opted to take a long break instead). Continue reading “So You Want to Start a Teacher Blog?”

MTMI Mail: Yes, I CAN Help!

I received an unexpected, yet most welcome, email the other day. A fellow teacher, and reader of Make Them Process It, sent me this message:

I’ve been reading your book and your blog and they both have been a big help. Thank you for all of your hard work and sharing your ideas with others. The ideas from your book and posts present the direction I want to move in as a teacher.

This made my week!

For a long time, I have wanted to be a help to other teachers. This feels like a step in that direction. Continue reading “MTMI Mail: Yes, I CAN Help!”

How to Find Great Lesson Ideas: Don’t Use Pinterest!

Pinterest used to be my go-to app to find great lesson ideas. Now, not so much. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great lessons pinned there. But when I’m looking to do something innovative, then I’m in the market for FREE. And I used to find that on Pinterest. But, it seems, the days of people pinning helpful websites out of the goodness of their heart are gone. At least this is my experience in the education space. Now, I see Pinterest as platform to advertise crafty projects, some of which are not easy on the budget.

In the last few years, when I have plugged in keywords for a lesson idea, clicked ‘search’ and eagerly awaited the app to assemble all the search optimized pins, I would be hopeful I could find a quick solution. Eventually I found that I was giving up my searches after the top 5 pins would all direct me to Teachers Pay Teachers.

For the record, I think Teachers Pay Teachers is a great space for what it does, but I want to go there on my own terms. Not be redirected through Pinterest.

So, if Pinterest is out, what should we do instead? Fortunately, I have hack to share with you.

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