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!):
“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!
If 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).
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.
- 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.
- 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!