The Other Side of the Desk

The Blogging 101 Course that I took when I started my blog had some great suggestions for getting bloggers writing. As part of the course, participants were encouraged to respond to some of the prompts available here on WordPress. I found that completing these assignments gave a different perspective on the writing process. As a writing teacher, I am used to handing out the assignments!

On this page, I will feature posts that I create as a result of prompts or ideas I get from the blogging community. It has been quite a while since I have been on this side of the desk, and it is a good reminder of what my students experience. So, here are my writings from the other side of the desk.

  • Do We Have to Talk About That? - The Daily Post’s writing prompt “Trick Questions” posed a situation in which a Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece — about me. We all know that the interviewee does not control the interview, and we’ve seen some uncomfortable interviews. The prompt asked me to consider what three questions I really hope I am not asked. Although … More Do We Have to Talk About That?
  • My Dear Semicolon: - Originally posted on Spontaneous Whimsy:
    Today’s Daily Post’s writing prompt: “By the Dots” was practically designed for the English teacher in me! “We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about…
  • Je Veux Parler Français - Here I am On The Other Side of The Desk again. I popped over to The Daily Post and voila, there was the perfect prompt for an OSOTD piece.  When I saw the words “Lazy Learners,” I thought I was going to get to talk about students who don’t do their homework or go to … More Je Veux Parler Français
  • A Writing Teacher - I’ve been giving quite a bit of attention to my little feathered friend lately, but now I feel it’s time to go back to some basics. My school has been back in session for a little over six weeks now, giving me time to evaluate how my own work writing has affected my ability to … More A Writing Teacher
  • I Had No Idea…That’s How I Got One! - I’m writing this post in response to a prompt from my Writing 101 class. My assignment was to respond to a post from Twitter. Well, this was quite the coincidence since I’ve been incorporating Twitter into my own lessons this year. So, here I am on the other side of the desk again. This time, … More I Had No Idea…That’s How I Got One!
  • What’s in a Name? - I am Tracey. Well, Juliet may not have thought much of them, but I’m rather fond of mine. Blogging has reminded me of this. So many of my wonderfully supportive fellow bloggers address me as “Tracey” here in comments. I like that. A situation that I suspect may be almost unique to teachers is that we … More What’s in a Name?
  • If I Could Make it There… - In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Too Big To Fail.” Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet). I’ve had a dream ever since I can remember: I don’t know when I first felt the pull of the stage, … More If I Could Make it There…
  • Hold on Just a Minute! - I completed this post as an assignment for my Blogging 101 course. As part of the assignment to make it fit my content, I explored this as my students experience a writing prompt. I clicked, I saw, I wrote. … More Hold on Just a Minute!
  • Exploding with Patriotism - Just wondering … Am I the only one who thinks it’s more obnoxious than patriotic to shoot of fireworks in a subdivision AFTER July 4th? People get up the next morning to go to jobs, have pets that freak out, might have asthma aggravated by the smoke. (I was stunned by how much smoke was … More Exploding with Patriotism

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