Our technical staff at school has made it possible for me to keep an in-school blog, and so I started yesterday. Ideally, I’m going to be keeping records of what happens in each class I teach, each day. I’ll post actual homework, planned homework for the next several days, and a little bit about the goals of each class. I’ll also post some coded disciplinary information, and items for individual and group assessment, so that I can keep track over many moons of what happens in class. It’ll also serve as the basis for writing comments at the end of the term.
Is this a lot of work? Quite possibly. But then if I throw a kid out of class, and he comes back 30 seconds later, I can say “hey, why don’t you admins go and read my blog about what he’s been doing in class the last two months?” We’re always being pushed to document our relationships with students. Here’s an experiment in how far we can go.