2.27.2014

I am a Teacher with a Blog

A few weeks ago I participated in a fun link up with Meg O and Stephanie where I shared a typical day in my life. I am a teacher, so clearly that involved teaching. I tossed my phone to a student and told her to take a picture (no big, it took .5 seconds and we moved on). The caption of the picture was a funny little conversation two students had about why she was taking the picture:
Me: Take my picture when the alarm goes off. 
Student 1: Ok! 
Student 2: Why are you not asking why? 
Student 1: It's for her blog... duh. 



That conversation sparked some questions in the comments about being a teacher and having a blog and the fact my kids know I have a blog.

Yes, my students know I have a blog. And I am ok with it.
Bottom line my kids are old enough to work google (like scary good at google). I think of it a lot like when I would search for my christmas presents as a kid. The anticipation and questions that surrounded the search was a whole lot more fun than actually knowing what my presents were. If I take the questions and the search aspect out of it they really don't care any more. It is NOT a daily conversation, but when it comes up (however that may be) I am honest. I believe in being open and setting an example for them I would want set for my own future children.

I keep things around here very tame, as you well know, so if they do poke around they aren't going to find anything they don't already know (except maybe a fashion or beauty tip, which honestly didn't we all need in the 8th grade--shout out white cream eyeshadow!). When interest gets high I tend to put my instagram on private for a little while and keep at it, because I am a real person who happens to be a teacher...with a blog.

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13 comments:

Meg O. said...

Love this! My students don't really know about my blog (simply because I just don't talk about it with them), but a lot of my coworkers do. If they found out about it, I'm not sure I'd be that upset and freak out. I'm a bit hard to google, so I'd be impressed if they found it. I am on my blog who I am in real life, so there is nothing really to be ashamed about.

nicole s. said...

i love this post! i can see how telling students about your blog would be different than, say, family and friends. i think you've handled it really well. it probably depends a lot on the school and students a blogger has. i've always been really open about having a blog, so i've had trouble relating to other bloggers who kept it a secret. i put a lot of time into my blog, and i want to share it, so i'm glad when people know. granted, those aren't 8th graders, but it sounds like they have a lot of respect for you for being honest (and for being a rockstar teacher).

also, that is such a cute photo that student took! that needs to go in a magazine and on your about page or something!

xo nicole
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Miss Mollie said...

This is fantastic. When my students find it I just act like "oh, you didn't know that?" and the fun of it is over for them! It's just another detail that proves to them I am a real life person outside of school! Good work!

Michelle Irons said...

I LOVE this post! I teach 5th grade and I'm open about my blog too. Kids ARE crazy good at anything internet/Google! They don't seem to care much about my blog but I do share with them that I love writing and sometimes that encourages them to keep writing. Like you, it is a very tame blog and it is my personal nonschool blog so I don't see any harm.

MeganEli said...

haha... love, LOVE this. Great job on addressing this issue :)

shopandtwirl.com said...

Interesting post, Meg! I can totally see what you mean about how if you just put it out there first then it's a non-issue. Makes sense to me! I really like that you are so honest and open with them, you are such a great role model!

Darby Hawley said...

Love love love this post! Why? a) because as always that photo of your is breathtaking, and b) this is so true! You are a teacher and you live outside of the school building. The fact that you can demonstrate an authentic and "tame" life outside of the classroom to potential snoopers just makes you an ever better educator. Keep on rock'n it girl!

Lifes Better Being Southern said...

This is the cutest post! I would say they are pretty lucky to have such a beautiful, stylish teacher!!

Michelle said...

You are so freaking pretty! I never in a million years would've thought to google a teacher back then. In fact, I was in 7th grade when Google first started to come on the scene. CRAZY.

Jenna Griffin said...

I LOVE your hair! So so pretty. Luckily, my students are too young to really know that I have a blog and they wouldn't care if they found out.Some of my class parents know and told me they read it, which is a little funny and slightly weird, but I love it!

Beth B. said...

Love this! I will soon be a teacher with a blog, so this was good for me to see! You're so adorable, by the way!

Britt Louise said...

You are the prettiest teacher. EVER. I want to be you. No, really I do! Always wanted to be a teacher :) And you are so sweet to be so honest with them. I remember when we found our teachers on Facebook in high school, haha so weird! I can't imagine what your students think.

Meghan said...

Funny you posted this! I am a high school teacher, and my students found my blog last year. They think it's a big secret, so they don't bring it up during class. I also use the line of "Oh? You found it?" and it definitely takes the novelty away. I never post anything that I wouldn't want my principal or parents reading. I think it's great you have a conversation about it with your kids. They are insanely good with Google.

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