Humbly I tried to learn, more humbly did I teach: Dispatches from the Land of the Puzzle Palace: An English teacher blogs in the Baltimore City Public Schools, located at http://bmoreteach.blogspot.com.
I spent a long time on the title, reading poetry, trying to find the perfect phrasing. I thought about a line from one of my favorite Langston Hughes poems, "Theme For English B," but, after re-reading it several times, nothing grabbed me that could become a title. Then, I found one of his little-known poems, called "Teacher," and, wow, it really grabbed me and throttled me. It's a very dark poem, but the opening lines sort of encapsulate me and my career, so I decided to try it on for size.
I haven't written very much there yet, but I wanted to at least give the address now, so people could start updating links. I do realize that there is a risk with trying to do the blogging over there, because I do have some nice readership and a lot of linkage, but I think this decision is for the best. If I deserve the readership I've gained, then they'll follow me.
On the bmoreteach blog, I plan on sticking almost all to school stories, with little bits of Baltimoria thrown in on occasion. It will be the site that I don't mind if students or parents find. I hope that I can eventually get back up to the 200-300 readers a day I get on this blog, there, but it will take some regular readers and that means I'm going to have to start providing some content. It being summer vacation (and a wonderful one so far!), I don't have that much, but that should change. Even in July, I'm thinking a helluva a lot about what I'm teaching next year.
The other blog that I'm keeping will be geographically anonymous. I've only got two entries there so far - one about my mundane life, one about relationship woes - and that's probably what I'll stick with there. You can email me if you're interested in having that address. I won't guarantee I'll give it to you, though.
Either way, I'm heading out of town for a week, so I won't be thinking about this at all. I'd appreciate it if you could update your links.
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