Why Be Anonymous in Cyberspace?

photo by Vampiro Gordo on Flickr

I have read so many “how-to-blog” pages urging new bloggers to be personal, identifiable, relate-able, yet here I am hiding behind an avatar and nickname.  It was a hard decision to go against all that advice.  After much deliberation, I decided to remain anonymous in order to be able to write honestly about what happens in my classroom, even though it puts me at one remove from my readers.  For that I apologize.

I teach college reading and writing and study skills, and I need to be able to write about student responses without worrying about making my students self-conscious or offended.  I want to write about my efforts to try new methods of teaching those subjects, and I want to be able to write about my failures, my mis-steps and misunderstandings and their possible causes.  I want to write about the dynamics of students in a classroom, the tensions of race and gender and class, the struggles of a student with a severe learning disability, whose lack of reading and writing skills set him apart from the class.  Or the young man with cerebral palsy, whose exuberant and messy sneezes left him sitting in isolation in an overcrowded classroom.

I can’t write about what I want unless I protect the identities of my students, and that is why HeyTeach101 was born.  Behind that avatar is a teacher who loves her students, is trying hard to figure out ways to do it all better, and invites you to join her on her journey.

December 2011 Follow-up:  I found a thoughtful discussion of this issue on a blog about using WordPress (“One Cool Site”) – check it out.

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