Teacher’s persona and blogs
Since my last post, I have been thinking about my persona as a teacher. I say persona since the person that I present myself in the classroom is not exactly the same person I am outside the classroom. In the classroom, I am almost extroverted, but outside the classroom I am introverted, having struggled with shyness from my youth and often lost the struggle.
With this preface in mind, I realize that to successfully build the type of blogging effort I understand to be optimal from what I read about in posts on blogging, I need to change. It seems that it is important to blog with the students not as an expert nor as a somewhat distant figure. Instead, it seems that the blogging should be done almost as a peer. But how can I do that without feeling artificial and being artificial?
I also am not comfortable revealing a great deal about myself online even though I do reveal some of my private self in class. I sometimes use my own failures as a stepping stone to discussing how I learned something. For example, I often tell my students that I never really understood fragments until I took a graduate school linguistics class when all of the sudden fragments made sense. From how they made sense to me, I try to show them how they can make sense of them. I also use this story to tell them that I don’t expect perfection, but I do expect them to keep trying, and I will keep trying with them and not get tired of explaining because learning frequently doesn’t happen the first or second time we encounter something new or even old.
Still I am more comfortable handling my foibles in a classroom thanking my students for setting me straight than I am doing the same in a blog. So I am still not sure what persona I should take on when blogging with my class.
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