Today marks the day my online teacher life has crashed into my real teacher life That’s right, I’ve gone public. My students have been all over this blog today, looking at photos and probably not reading any of the text. All of a sudden I have a jump in my stats — 200+ views! Woot woot, I’m feeling like the popular kid.
Twice a year, for a week, my school switches to “intensives”. Kids and teachers alike take breaks from regularly scheduled programing to reorganize and regroup into intensives, where they spend all week learning about one thing. These intensives are usually elective type courses that teachers find personally interesting. For example, this year, there is a “Woman Warriors” intensive, where young ladies learn all about self esteem, healthy relationships, self defense and feminine strength. There is also the “Physixxxx Olympics” intensive where kids are learning by doing all the cool part of physics and engineering – egg drop contest, catapult assembly and rock climbing. This year is my first year running an intensive and guess what I’ve chosen to teach? BLOGGING, of course!
The first lesson of the day? Your online presence and how the Interwebs is public and permanent. I don’t think I have ever heard so many moans and groans, ever. Some kids really know how to suck the happiness out of a room with their complaining. This was, until they finally got in front of their computers with a task: A Google scavenger hunt on their teachers. They found this blog. They found where I went to middle school, my middle name, my father’s name and an old Sea Scouts photo in Scouting magazine. They also found themselves online, though not as much – I have a 17 year head start on them.
My kids today after googling my name:
I will be posting links to their blogs as they get them going. On the radar for this coming week: an inspiration trip to Central Park, a tour of tumblr’s HQ and a couple expert speakers.