Start a #Teach180 Blog

A couple of years ago I had a 180 blog.  If you haven’t heard of this, you should check out #Teach180, because it is fascinating! I really enjoyed doing it and was considering doing it again for the upcoming year.  But I was unsure, because I get busy and sometimes would forget days.  Then I saw this tweet from Sarah, (who actually started this hashtag!):

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“I frequently miss a day.  NO BIGGIE.”  Sarah’s tweet took away the guilt.  If I miss a day, or two or three, it is OK!  No more teacher guilt.  So I have decided that I AM going to do it again this year!

#teach180If you are thinking about it, I would say definitely say, “Go for it!”.  I made it super low maintenance by creating a new blog (see below for how I did it).  Some teachers just tweet a picture or post a picture to Instagram.  Some people use IFFF to post to Twitter, but you are also able to just connect the two if you allow Instagram to connect to your Twitter account.

I loved capturing students doing awesome math every day.  The students loved being photographed and seeing pictures of themselves.  I shared the 180 blog website with my parents at parent night.  The pictures I took everyday were a great reminder of things that I wanted to blog about later.  I also loved having a visual record of my year.  The next year, the blog was a visual reminder of the interesting activities I did not want to forget about (like Kate’s Graphles to Graphles Game).

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This is how I ran my 180 blog.  But there is no perfect way!  Just do it!

  • I just took one pic a day, not per class.  If I took multiple pictures that day, I would picstitch them together so I could make “one” post.  However, this year I am going to be less strict.  If I take multiple pics, I will do multiple posts.
  • I started a NEW WordPress.com site and picked a free photo theme!  That was really fun as the photo themes are so different than my regular blog.
  • I downloaded the WordPress app to my phone so it was truly effortless to post each day.
  • I added the categories #Teach180, #Alg2Chat, and #MTBoS to the blog settings.  So each time I posted to the blog, I could easily click on those catagories.
  • I connected the blog to my Twitter account.  Last time, I included  #Teach180 and #Alg2Chat to the TITLE of each blog post.  Each time I published a post, WordPress would tweet out the title, and my desired hashtags were automatically included.Screen Shot 2017-08-09 at 7.57.27 PM
  • THIS year, I am using IFTTT (If Then Then That) to automatically tweet every blog post and attach the #Teach180 #Alg2Chat and #MTBoS hashtags.  I had to create my own applet.  Here is what it looked like when finished.Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 12.42.21 PM
  • You may have to get permission from your school / parents.  We have our students sign an extra form each year. 

I would LOVE to see your 180 blogs, or any great ideas that you have.  So please, post the link to your 180 blog in the comments!

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12 thoughts on “Start a #Teach180 Blog

  1. Great advice Julie! I (selfishly) love having my archive of photo180 posts, so useful to me. And if a commitment to every day sounds like too much, try every other day. Every day got draining after a couple of years of a photo180 blog (http://photo180.recursiveprocess.com) so I went weekly which wasn’t enough, but for me the “goldilocks” amount was every other day. Could share interesting things, and the commitment was just right.

  2. This is really encouraging! I started reading thinking “I could never do that,” but you’ve got me more than halfway convinced! Thanks especially for the practical how-to advice.

  3. I love this idea. Sounds like something I can manage. A way to blog with pictures. I might just take a leap of faith and try it.

    • Awesome! If you are unsure, you could start it without telling your students and parents to see if you enjoy it and can handle it. That way if you don’t like it, no one is the wiser! 🙂

  4. I’m trying this out and followed your instructions. I got stuck at this part: then added #Teach180, #Alg2Chat, and #MTBoS to the blog settings. So each time I posted to the blog, it would automatically tweet the post out with those hashtags.

    How do I add the hashtags to the blog settings? Thank you!

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