There is a lot to think about.
It started like this.
My opinion hasn’t changed from the day I read your first story—you should write a book or a memoir or a collection of teaching stories.
This was a bit of an ego boost especially coming from her.
I was feeling that I could use my Cooking blog better. (But thanks for all the encouragement I got from you all.)
And then the ideas came in. I’m going to list some of them briefly and tell you what I was thinking.
First from apetcher.wordpress.com
I think you need a good title, a big hook as it were. “round Ireland with a Fridge” was a great title and a big seller but really quite mediocre in content. Ans Good idea
Then you need a consistent formula. Ans Good idea I know what I want to do. Thanks.
My advice would be to do exactly what YOU want to do. Just think about how you want your book to go, and make a start. Ans Exactly. I know what I want to do. Thanks.
Why are you writing? Ans I’ll tell you in a minute.
Who is your audience? Ans I’ll tell you in a minute.
Would you like to get published? Ans Of course I would. But it isn’t necessary
There is a school of thought that handwriting triggers neural pathways and is more creative than direct typing.
If you don’t blog (any more) , then you will not receive instant feedback.
I copied all Q’s suggestions and put them on an A4 card to keep on my desk. I won’t put them here..
Why don’t you create a TedTalk spiel that encompasses your teaching experiences, advice and successes. That would be fun and I will definitely think about it.
Film or TV scripts? Yes. But you must follow a very strict formula and I am too lazy.
From an unnamed contributor. Start a pod cast series.
The result of a lot of thought;
First of all thanks a lot to you all. And if I missed you above it is because what you said was bleeding obvious.
I am not going to start a book. I am too lazy and disorganised to do that. I would love to have some one come and sit down with me over coffee (in the morning) or a glass of single malt (in the evening) and write it for me but that ain’t gonna happen.
I am going to hijack my cooking blog and start it as a teaching /education blog. Gwen, you and Q said I should ask “Why am I writing?” I am writing because I have been extraordinarily lucky to have survived making as many mistakes as I did. In most case I learned from these mistakes. Also, I have seen over forty-five years that a majority of teacher graduates have been sent like lambs to the slaughter without more than one or two arrows in their quiver. (And that is as mixed a metaphor as I could construct.) One time in particular I came across a recent graduate sitting in the back of her class curled up like a baby and crying because she felt she had failed miserably. She hadn’t. The school and her teaching college failed her. Things like that angered me.
I was lucky in so many ways and I would like to pass off some of that luck to others before it is too late.
I do not give a toss what people might say after I am dead. I like talking about things now.
Why do I want it to be a blog? Quite simply because I love talking to you. There are some blogs where the post is someone telling me something and that is the end of it. A bit like being in church and listening to a sermon that may or may not be interesting. I like blogs that are a conversation. It is like being at a dinner party where the conversation goes round the table and back and forth.
As for a formula – I plan each post will start with an anecdote and end with my idea of something that any young teacher needs to know. (I might have to work around that a bit) And I will try to stick to the Andrewpetcher rule and keep to as close as possible to 800 words.
I will start from where I started, way back to when I left school. Maybe even before that. I will probably need to write a bit about the different schools because each one taught me different things. But I do think it will be chronological because I developed as the year proceeded. I will of course, be dredging up pages from earlier posts and earlier blogs.
And a title. Maybe you can tell me. The theme will be “1001 steps to becoming a good teacher.”
I won’t start until you have all had your say.