Hey, Everybody! I have some exciting news. I’ve started writing my first eBook! I’m excited. I’ve been writing on it for a few solid days now, and I think I’ll be able to post it in another few weeks or so.
I wanted to post the Introduction today so you can see where I’m going with it. It is going to be about teaching and some tips for starting your year off well. I also wanted to bring up Grammarly.com. Grammarly is a service I’ve seen ads for all over the place. I’ve been very hesitant to look into it, though, because (being honest here) aren’t they basically what you have with Microsoft Word? Aren’t they just another spell checker?
The answer is no. Grammarly is a very cool program. It goes far beyond just a spell checker: it checks grammar, it recommends rephrasing, it quickly pulls up synonyms to spice up your writing. It has been catching a ton of the mistakes that I usually make in my writing. A big mistake I routinely make is writing in the with repeated words or passive voice. I’m terrible at it. But when I write like this, Grammarly catches it and warns me. Like so:
This has been super helpful in beginning this eBook process.
Two Pros and One Con
Pro 1: Grammarly is FREE!!! That is the best part of all of this. I was always afraid to look into it because I just figured it would cost a lot of money. But, nope! It’s free!
Pro 2: Grammarly works in Google Chrome. So, I’m using it right now in writing this blog. You can also use it when writing emails or even on Facebook. Pretty sweet and easy to use.
Con 1: You can’t use Grammarly in Google Drive yet.
This is sort of an annoying aspect of this program, but so far I’ve found I can just copy and paste from Grammarly to my Drive to save my work in a second place. This is made pretty easy because Grammarly will save your work for you too.
I really like this program. That’s why I’m writing about it. It has been very helpful in starting my next project, so I’m happy to review their product. Best part, like I said, it is free! So, check it out.
They do, of course, have a “Premium” version that does cost money. You can upgrade to that if you so choose. I did, just to review the program, and, if you are writing often or for specific purposes, I would also suggest looking into that. The Premium version goes even further into editing your work.
For example, this picture shows how many more errors Grammarly will pick up if you are in the premium version. That photo comes from an article that was maybe 300 words long, so there is a lot of help to be had with Grammarly if you really want it.
Look into this program. It is certainly worth checking out. Now for my eBook Introduction (edited, of course, with Grammarly). ! I’m excited to share this with you. Let me know what you think so far, as I’m still very much in the writing and reviewing process.
Introduction to my ebook
If you are anything like me, you got through your university years thinking that you knew a lot about education. Then, however, you got your first job. You were excited: you moved into your classroom, you started decorating, you even looked up your future students. Then something hit you. Hard.
You don’t know where to even begin!
You realize, only weeks before the year begins, that you seriously haven’t learned anything of that much value. Your professors spoke of differentiation, of adapting lesson plans, of unit and quizzes and standardized tests. They talked about theory. They referenced educational law. They spoke, they spoke, they spoke.
But the problem is you are now starting your first year (or even your second or third), and you realize that you don’t have any reliable, simple, and easy to understand pieces of advice.
That’s where this eBook comes in. I have for you 20 clear and straightforward tips that I wish somebody had told me. These tips I come back to routinely, and that I make a point of sharing with my department and my mentees. They are easy to explain, and therefore easily overlooked by professors aiming to defend their positions with dense language and intricate theory.
They are certainly not comprehensive, but they are concrete actions you can follow from day one. I hope you get a lot out of them. Enjoy.
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