As a teacher/blogger, I feel as if I carry a deep, dark secret around with me. I don’t tell everyone I blog – as a matter of fact only a handful of close friends know. I am not ashamed, in fact, I am immensely proud, but it is something I enjoy keeping to myself. A little piece of me, that I get to keep to myself.
Blogging, I feel has made me a better teacher and even more compassionate to the writings of my students. Writing is a process and sometimes we want to say things that do not necessarily make sense on paper. This is where our editor provides constructive criticism and guides the way without us losing our voices in the process.
When my children write, I become their editor, and them walk through the entire writing process. We have conferences, and write up draft after draft until they become stronger, more confident, and better writers. My goal is to make sure their voices shine through regardless of the topic they choose to write about.
When I blog, I usually write about my classroom children and my own children at home. The best part for me is being able to capture their every move, thoughts, words, etc and vividly paint a picture in my head of words of what I see through them. Every single day I am given the opportunity to witness exciting scenarios that allow me to breeze through my own writing process.
I write what I see with my own eyes, I am honest and have a no holds barred attitude. This to me is what makes for better writing/blogging. Clearly painting a picture and being sincere about what I see. I explain this to my children, I always tell them to write from the heart. I never want them to fear writing or hide from who they are and what they want to say.
It is my duty as an educator to teach each one of my students both in the classroom and at home to be confident in their writing, in their ability to produce quality work and to encourage them to focus on their strengths and strive.
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