I was a bit concerned that this week, with most teachers going back to work, things might slow down for this blog. And to be honest, I was right. The number of views is way down (really down); the number of blogposts being submitted is a little down, and new volunteers have stopped appearing. So…
What Can You Do To Help?
Well, here’s the basic list.
- Follow us on Twitter here. Consider including us in your #ff. Retweet our tweets.
- “Like” our Facebook page here. Share the posts on the page, either to your timeline or to individuals you know who are Labour supporting teachers.
- Tell any Labour supporting teachers you know about us.
- Write for us. Details here.
Any Advice on Writing?
If you do write for us, here’s what seems to be most popular:
- Posts about experiences as teachers. I don’t mean autobiographical posts, but posts where you can relate policy and politics to things happening in your school. This provides insight into policy that cannot be easily found elsewhere.
- Discussion of issues that haven’t had much media coverage. Some of the more obscure topics have been among the most popular, probably because people haven’t read about them elsewhere.
- Posts by people who have then discussed them on social media. I am trying to give people advance warning of when their posts go up; see if you can be on Twitter to share your post and see what responses people give.
Any Other Advice?
What follows is not based on what’s been popular, just at looking what has been sent to me so far. This is really a list of what I’ve not seen from anybody and what I’ve probably got enough of already. (Please remember there are posts that I’ve read that I’m still waiting to publish, so my comments might make more sense in a couple of weeks time).
- We haven’t had posts disagreeing with previous posts on Labour Teachers. More debate would probably be a good thing.
- Nobody’s written anything on gender or race.
- Only citizenship teachers have written about their subject. Does anyone else want to explain why their subject is important?
- Nobody has written anything on discipline or behaviour management. This is really unusual for a teacher blog.
- The same policies are suggested frequently. More power for local authorities. No more free schools. Move power from elected politicians to unelected experts. You probably don’t need to write anything in favour of any of these any time soon, as I have several posts on these already, either on the blog or [spoiler!] waiting to go up.
- Only one teacher who is a parliamentary candidate has been sending us reports (thanks, Dan). It would be great to hear from others.
Anyway, I’d just like to thank everybody who has contributed to the blog or promoted it. Thanks, in advance, to anyone who can help us get over the back-to-work slump.