1. If you refuse to tell me about your background or experiences, then I reserve the right to assume that you are new to the profession with a limited set of experiences.
2. Please don’t use the word ‘best’ if you actually mean ‘quickest’, ‘cheapest’ or ‘most efficient’. It’s wise to pick your vocabulary with care and precision: every word matters.
3. There really is no need to be rude about named individuals, or about your colleagues, or about the students you are entrusted to teach, especially if you do so from the safety of anonymity. Doing this tells me more about your attitude than about the people you describe.
4. You don’t know it all, I don’t either: no one does. Useful phrases include ‘in my experience’ and ‘in my opinion’.
5. If you use a text style that is small and tightly spaced, it’s very hard for those of us with poor eyesight to read.
6. Use words with accuracy – ‘learning to decode’ is not the same thing as ‘learning to read’. If you mean ‘some’ then don’t say ‘many’ or ‘most’.
7. Don’t make definitive judgements about a sector or activity that is outside of your direct experience. If you haven’t experienced it, then what you say will most likely be generalised or one-sided at best.
8. Through your blogging style we will know you: I reckon I can tell how you teach through how you write your blog. Writing is teaching.
9. Science does not have all the answers: scientific ideas are continually evolving, just like those in other disciplines. Don’t quote research as though it gives a definitive answer. The answer you get depends on what question you start with anyway.
10. If you don’t like what you’re reading: (edit, too didactic 🙂 ) you could always stop.