This is my most popular post, which has been viewed 4,336 times, nearly three times as many as the next most popular post. It reflects the difference between what you see and what you get when you look at good teaching, and captures a worry about how the world perceives the adult literacy practitioner. Since I first posted it, I have added the last sentence, based on a perceptive comment by Jenny Horsman. Thanks, Jenny!
When I chose blogging as a way to share my ideas about teaching, the question of who is reading the blog popped up, as well as the related question, “How many are reading?” I’ve learned a lot about finding/keeping an audience since I started this project. Someone posted this piece to MetaFilter, which brought many readers to the site, which in turn caught the interest of WordPress editors, who chose it to be “freshly pressed,” and this in turn brought many more readers to the site. I had a taste of internet “fame” and discovered that I was even more vain than I had previously thought.
It’s my most famous piece. Is it my best? Is it typical of the themes that I write about? Questions for me to ponder as I look at my blog as a whole.
The last time I had my teaching evaluated by my administration, I was disappointed. Although I was happy to get a grade of “excellent” (highest on a five point scale), the comments from administration made me gag: “Kate is a kind and a patient teacher,” and
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Is this one of your “best” posts? It depends on your criteria for evaluation. I will say that it is an insightful one (though most of your posts tend to be in this category), and gets at the heart of the difference between what adult literacy teachers should be and how they are perceived. Well done.
thank you, Kate
I’m posting this to my teaching portfolio thing, something I’m working on as I’m being evaluated, and thinking of how and when to share it with my students
I am so grateful to you. for knowing you.
And I you. Seems we’ve been working on and talking about literacy for many years. I’m curious to hear how your students respond.