Sometimes readers want to know more about who you are because it helps them understand the ideas you offer. My About Page does that for them now.
I hadn't used an About page before starting this Teachers Challenge, probably because I started this blog as a reflection place. I wasn't thinking about my readers' needs. Now that I want to expand into a dual purpose blog (one that is still reflective but also tries to find other practitioners that would want to dialog about best practices), I need to add this kind of personal contextual information.
I chose to include information about
- the standard how long I've been teaching and what I've been teaching
- a description of how I came to be interested in using technology in the ways that I do with the chronology of tech project I've done. I think this is useful because it establishes my track record with tech & hopefully will allow me to show that using tech is more than being good with the toolbars
- some of my professional work outside my classroom with links to things I've published and/or participate in doing
- a short paragraph on my personal life's interests
I don't have any ability to predict if people will actually read, use or find this helpful. But it wasn't hard to do and it gave me time to think about how to distill "me" into something useful for others to read.