Challenge #2- How to Keep Your Heartbeat

Since I’ve joined the edublogs teacher challenge, I’ve come across so many interesting teaching blogs. It’s like I’ve stepped into the whole new world of blogging and all it took was a few clicks! Challenge#2 is about writing effective posts. I really like the analogy that they give, that the post is like the heartbeat of your blog!

How to keep your heartbeat of your blog!

5 Steps to an Effective Post:

1) Paragraphs– You have organized your writing into paragraphs. I get lost when I see just a whole bunch of text without paragraphs!

2) Purpose– There’s a purpose to what you’re sharing. It can be useful to other teachers and educators.

3) Pictures– There are pictures, photos, comics, clip art, etc that relate to your post.

4) Personal– You make your post personal in some way, whether it’s about an experience you had or something that is important to you.Β  It can allow readers to connect to you as well.

5) Practice– The post gives you practical tips or spurs you to reflect on your practice as a teacher.

This is the best I could come up with after a really loong day of writing report card comments! πŸ™‚

What do you like to do to make your post effective?

What makes you read other people’s blogs?

Feel free to leave a comment, even if you’re shy! πŸ™‚

10 thoughts on “Challenge #2- How to Keep Your Heartbeat

  1. Amy Alrawi says:

    There’s some really great advice here. I especially like your first point about paragraphs. I even went so far as to write a whole blog post the other day about the unattractiveness of massive chunks of text.

    I like to keep my posts relevant, personal and fairly easy on the eye. I also try to inject as much humour as possible. Gotta have a black sense of humour in this business.

  2. Leslie Raffelson says:

    I am glad that you started off with paragraphs. Too many people try to write a novel and forget that reading on a computer is harder to most of us than reading on printed text. You have great advice.

  3. Ashley W. says:

    Great post! All of the steps you listed were in the blog post that I mentioned today. I am thinking about teaching abroad in a few years. Are you teaching with a particular group or did you apply to schools directly?

    • jee young says:

      Hi Ashley! I found my teaching job through Search Associates. You can check out the link in my teaching resources section on the right side of my blog. It is a good idea to register through a job placing place like Search Associates. They hold recruiting fairs throughout the year in different places including the States for international schools. All the principals and directors from many international schools go, and you interview, and can get offered jobs. If you have a specific country you really want to go to, you can just apply to the schools directly, but many schools prefer that you sign up to be at these job fairs. However, it really depends on the school and their preference. If you need any other suggestions or have questions, feel free to e-mail me! jyk730 at πŸ™‚

      –jee young

  4. murcha says:

    Hi Jee Young I liked reading your blog post because you followed the guidelines that you set on effective blog posts. It was broken up into small segments, had an image that was pertinent to the post title. I love practical tips as I am always on the lookout for new and better ways of doing things. One other thing that I like to see in a blog post are links. This means that there is even more to explore if I have the time. And, yes yours had a link. Thanks for sharing.
    (By the way, how did you go with reports. If there is anything I avoid like the plague and procrastinate on, it is reports)

  5. Ruary Laidlaw says:

    Hi Jee!
    Yes I had the same problem with inserting links into a comment. I discovered that when I copied the HTML from Sue’s help notes that the speech marks didn’t copy properly and I had to redo them manually and then it worked fine!
    I liked the way you presented your 5 effective post ideas. What is the overall purpose of Blogging for you?

    • jee young says:

      Hi Ruary,
      Thanks for stopping by my blog! I think my purpose is to reflect on my teaching and share my teaching ideas with other educators. I guess that’s really two different ideas, but they are both my purpose in blogging.

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