Tuesday, July 28, 2015

*Updated!* INSTRUCTIONS: Beliefs to Actions Blog Hop


Hi there!!

First off, I'd like to say WOW. I have had a huge outpouring of support about this blog hop. It says a lot about our profession that so many educators are so passionate about what they do that they will dedicate the time and effort to reflect on their beliefs and write about it. I'm proud to be a part of this. :) 

Secondly, if you are unable to participate in this blog hop, please email me ASAP! I will need to make adjustments so there is not a dead end in our loop. Thank you for your help with this! :) 

Now, let's get to business. Here is what you need to know for the blog hop:

COMPOSING THE POST
The main purpose of your post is to list your education beliefs. You may do so however you please.. writing them down, using a template I created (https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxSwYMKRMkIifkxIb2wtbDM0Y2szdkdLQndxbm1oOTFJME1DNGNPWjVLZldkRTJ6ZndaVXM&usp=sharing), or creating your own!! You may add to the post as you see fit, possibly discussing how you came upon these beliefs, how these beliefs will drive the upcoming school year, how your beliefs align with your teammates/school/district, etc. Completely and totally up to you! 

At the bottom of your blog post, you MUST link up to the person after you on the spreadsheet (see instructions and spreadsheet below).  I encourage you to make the 'link up' portion stand out by adding color, highlighting or SOMETHING to encourage your reader to continue through the hop and discover all you amazing educators!

Insert the attached image somewhere on your blog to have continuity across the blog hop. Use this image on social media to spread the word, too!!  

See my blog for an example of how it should look if you have any questions. :)  http://withlovefromtexasblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/i-challenge-you-turn-your-beliefs-into.html 


LINKING UP
Click this link to see a spreadsheet listing all the contributors to the hop. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PtqPEyVaKNeDsqU2YFFal3R3OFGUhwmHH_bUNRszajQ/edit?usp=sharing 
*Please email me if there are issues with this file to let me know!

The spreadsheet is numbered, and it will indicate to you who you will link up to at the end of your post. The person with the number before you will link up to you, and the person with the number after yours will be who YOU link up to at the bottom of your post. 

Also, remember you are commenting on the person before you and the two people after you once the blogs are published! That is THREE comments total. Share some love. :) 

**VERY IMPORTANT**: Your blog post must be published by this Friday, 7/31! Post your three comments (on the post before yours, as well as the two after yours) by Sunday, 8/2!

Thank you so much for being such a wonderful group to work with! I am having a blast organizing this, and I hope it is a great experience for you, as well. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Thank you:)
Whitney





UPDATE:

Lizzie Clarke, a contributor for the hop, had a great suggestion. She thought it would be best if on the link-up, we included the exact link to the blog post instead of the blog site itself. This way, the post will not get lost in the shuffle (especially if you are a frequent blogger)! 

This is completely optional. If you do not blog often and know you won't have another post for a little while, it is fine that you leave your blog site link in place. However, if you think you may be blogging soon after you post the Beliefs to Actions post, you may want to do this!! 

If you are on BLOGGER:
See the attached PDF for instructions on how to access the permalink to your post. You can edit the spreadsheet with the permalink even if you are not done with the post itself!

If you are on WORDPRESS: 

Here is the link to the spreadsheet again (now editable!) so that you may change your link if you choose to do so. :) 

I ask that EVERYONE double check on Friday to make sure they linked up to the correct link for the person following you. If you were a go-getter and wrote your post early, you may need to go back and edit it if the person after you chose to change his/her link! 

​Thank you so much for your cooperation with this!! I'm sorry for the extra work it caused. :p

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