Blog What You Know: Teachers Write About Their Work
Blog What You Know Registration Form ($250 – make checks payable to UC Regents)
Online Registration ($265 – includes credit card processing fees)
Have you ever been curious about the power and appeal of blogging? Perhaps you have an active blog already and would like to take it further? Have you ever toyed with the idea of using a blog to document your professional life, your travels, your classroom and its many facets? Write with other teachers about what you do everyday. This semester long class has been designed with your work life in mind: the time you have, what you are learning every day in your school and classroom, and the importance of getting your teacher voice out in to the world.
The Bay Area Writing Project invites you to Blog What You Know! Join us for a writing workshop, designed for teachers, that provides a welcoming space to explore online writing together.
This hybrid course (January – May 2015) will alternate online and face to face meetings (held on UC Berkeley campus). In our time together, we hope to do the following:
* Participate in writing workshops to develop blog entries and share our writing
* Explore the possibilities and purposes of the blog as a genre, and discover effective blogging practices
* Explore possible classroom applications, and try out blogging assignments
* Hear from guest speakers who already maintain active blogs for both personal and professional reasons
* Explore the boundaries between public and private writing
* Examine a variety of blogs used for personal, academic, and professional purposes
To help us build a community of writers, we will use the Amherst Writers & Artists practice of timed writings to optional prompts, positive and thoughtful feedback, and the opportunity to share blog entries for response and feedback.
We will create a private blog for shared postings of our works in progress, learning the logistics and formats of a blog, optimal length of blog postings, technical aspects of a blog, e.g., posting photos and videos. We will also learn the legal implications of writing about our classroom and other professional work. Guest presenters will share their expertise in the care and maintenance of a blog and we will learn about new opportunities for transforming collected bog entries into a book-length project. Our blogging practice will be supplemented with useful articles and book chapters for discussion.
Greta Vollmer, Director of the Bay Area Writing Project
Marty Williams, Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultant and trained Amherst Writers & Artists workshop leader
Tuition: $250 (Online Registration $265) Optional 1 credit available for purchase. Class size limited to twelve participants. *BAWP TCs, may be eligible for reduced tuition. Contact Greta Vollmer for details before registering.
In-Person Meetings: February 7th, February 21st, March 7th, April 4th, April 25th, & May 16th.
Online Meetings: February 28th, March 21st, April 11th & May 2nd.