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Redirecting my blogging

April 1, 2008 pm30 11:52 pm

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.

A reader has pointed out some problems with this blog. Serious criticism should be taken seriously

  1. There is an overall negative tone.
  2. Too critical, especially of the UFT’s leaders
  3. There is a know-it-all-ish feel, especially related to the teaching of math
  4. The travel/politics/and oddly assorted posts are rather dull.

Instead of responding as if these comments were an attack, instead of denying the problems, I am going to accept that there is at least some merit to each of these. There are a few things I can do.

  1. Inspirational messages. These are easy to find on the web. I will include one at the beginning and one at the end of each post. That should help with tone. Saw the one at the top of this post? Kinder, gentler, right?
  2. The political writing is dull. Enough, I’m done with it. The other off topic stuff doesn’t catch anyone’s interest. Why not just stop?
  3. Less math. Math is right or wrong. Absolute. Talking about math tends to be in absolutes as well, leading to some of the know-it-all feel, the sharpness, the pomposity with which this blog is occasionally associated.
  4. Travel leads to lousy writing, but also to negative comparisons of New York to other places. Maybe it’s time to go back to teaching summer school, and leave the summer travel to others. Two birds, one stone.
  5. Reduce negatives about union leaders and the DoE. My principal’s not abusive. I like my school. My problems get handled. Why rock the boat? Another increase in May. I got it made. No cubicle on 52 Broadway, but I’m already happy – if I learn to keep quiet, maybe a teacher center gig?
  6. Math blogging is not the whole problem. Math teaching makes me see the world in black and white. While I am tossing out all this negative energy, how about rechannelling my efforts? Certification in Social Studies? My writing might get much softer, much kinder, much gentler if I taught a subject where right answers don’t really matter.

Why not improve the blog, if I can? And if not today, when?

Change for the sake of change is good if and only if the change was good before the sake.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2008 am30 6:16 am 6:16 am

    Personally, all these things are why your blog is your blog and no one else’s. You’re right about that change quote, but we need as many (diverse) voices as possible, and yours is certainly distinct. That’s just my take, but then again, I got you RSSed :: shrugs::

  2. April 2, 2008 am30 6:50 am 6:50 am

    “And if not today, when?” April Fool’s, right?

  3. April 2, 2008 pm30 2:46 pm 2:46 pm

    Haha — I like the part where “talking about math tends to be in absolutes, leading to the … know-it-all feel.” good one! ;-)

  4. April 2, 2008 pm30 3:21 pm 3:21 pm

    I tried!

    You didn’t like the give up math and teach something where wrong answers are ok?

  5. April 2, 2008 pm30 3:31 pm 3:31 pm

    Wow! I look forward to the kinder, gentler jd2718. I agree with your final classic inspirational quote:

    Change for the sake of change is good if and only if the change was good before the sake.

  6. April 2, 2008 pm30 8:09 pm 8:09 pm

    I didn’t find this in my feed reader until April 2. You had me worried until I got to the Social Studies part. Good one!

  7. April 6, 2008 pm30 9:05 pm 9:05 pm

    Now, talk about being behind. I just now read this. I got the point at number 3 :)

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