Seeking Input- Sharing Difficulties and Avoiding Negative Comparisons

I’m working on an article (hopefully for publication) about the ways in which sharing online sometimes leads educators only to tell their success stories and the temptation to compare oneself (in negative ways) with others online. I’m also hoping to add suggestions for ways to share authentically and avoid negative comparisons. I’d love to add some input/quotes from y’all.

I’m interested in any thoughts you have, but especially related to the following questions…

  • Do you think it’s beneficial for educators to share their difficulties/questions/failures online? What do you think keeps educators from sharing these, if they don’t?
  • Do you or other educators you know ever compare yourself/themselves to other educators and what they write about their schools/classrooms online? Have these comparisons ever been discouraging?

If you comment on this post, I assume that you are ok with being quoted in the article, unless you say otherwise. 

Thanks in advance!


One thought on “Seeking Input- Sharing Difficulties and Avoiding Negative Comparisons

  1. It is intriguing. I have read a few blogs where people admitted they had not achieved their personal goals. It was not that their school had failed. I was not admitting a serious flaw. As an AP teacher, at this time of year teachers write about how great their scores are. It is hard to not make a negative comparison. The now extinguished AP listserve often advised teachers to take the scores wtih a grain of salt. We don’t know the caliber of students, nor if the scores reported by the teachers are correct. Adults expect honesty from other adults, but online it often is simply not the case.

    Last night on Twitter, I had a conversation with a teacher who was frustrated by the NWEA MAP tests. Her school will be using it as part of the teacher evaluation process. Our school began implementing NWEA three years ago. This year we used the RIT scores to better address our students individual needs in tutoring. So, it has been a useful tool for us-but we are not using it as part of teacher evaulation. Common Core Standards and the common Next Generaton exams will help teachers better communicate about what is being taught and what they need. While our schools are different (admin, Ts, Ss, and communities) we will now have common goals for each grade level. This is a GOOD thing. As we develop our PLNs we will learn who we can trust with our difficulties and questions.

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