I’ll be the first to admit it: The word “blogging” seems so ... dated. When I graduated college my brothers joked me that I would get a job as a professional blogger—an idea that seemed downright ridiculous. And here I am—managing the Teachstone Blog! So what the heck does that mean? And what does this all have to do with you?
In short, my role is to find great authors who can talk about an array of topics. How boring would this blog be if I wrote each post? You’d probably hate it because I would write too much about my brothers teasing me. Or my cats.
So here’s my open-letter to you—why you are the best thing that can happen to our blog.
You Can Share Your Expertise
But Meghan, I just go to work everyday like the next person. I’m not really an expert. Well, you’re right and wrong. Maybe you do work each day, but you are an expert at being you. No one else has the exact same background, the same job, same students, same coworkers, in the same place. Maybe you are famous for all your creative, open-ended questions, or maybe you once had to suddenly mentor three brand-new teachers on the CLASS—everyone solves puzzles and overcomes challenges a little differently.
And that brings me to my next point...
You Have a Story
As humans, we are drawn to stories. We love hearing about the trials and triumphs that others have gone through. Stories inspire us. They keep us motivated.
I was so excited to meet people at InterAct. I couldn’t wait to ask them what their experience with Teachstone, with CLASS, with teaching was like. A lot of folks were talking about their CLASS journey—even if their path was really hard. It’s important to share both the accomplishments and the not-so-great moments. Others need to hear that they aren’t alone. They need to hear that maybe someone else had a hard time using CLASS in their special needs classroom, but there are ways to make it easier.
Be a Published Author
So, we already covered that you’re an expert with a great story, but being a blog post contributor can help you, too.
Not only does it just feel good to add “published author” to your résumé, but it can help your career by:
Amplify Your Voice
And finally, my last point—your post can make a difference. This year, the Teachstone blog has averaged 14,000 views each month (and growing!). That’s a lot of eyes reading your words. Your story can impact the lives of teachers, coaches, observers, and school administrators all over the world. I believe that’s the most important reason why you can be the best thing that happens to our blog.
If you've been training or coaching on CLASS recently, you've probably started to notice that CLASS domains and dimensions are applicable to life even outside the classroom. Perhaps you've started wondering why your partner doesn't have more regard, you've started asking your mother more open-ended questions, or you've caught yourself attending to your dog's positive behaviors.
CLASS Specialists are always thinking about the complexity of the CLASS tool as we prepare for our trainings. As a trained CLASS observer, I am comfortable observing and recognizing quality interactions that fit in the tool. But I needed a strategy to convey this information to those who may not be as familiar with the tool.
As it turns out, using an analogy is a perfect way to make the complex relatable, less overwhelming, and more familiar to our participants.