Although I spend a decent amount of time blogging, I spend a great deal more time reading other people’s blogs. A novelist wouldn’t be very good if he didn’t read other people’s work, and likewise it’s important to read what other people have to say about education.
Not only do they help inspire me to write better and work harder, their ideas present me with topics to think about – problems to solve. It’s in this dialogue – even if it sometimes seems one sided – that quality ideas germinate.
For your benefit and so that you can have an idea of where I’m coming from, here’s a selection of the education related blogs that I subscribe to and read on a regular basis.
- Teach42. Steve’s blog, Teach42, is one of the first ones that I started subscribing to. He focuses on technology and especially the way that Web 2.0 relates to classroom learning. It’s always a good place to keep up on the latest gadgets and trend in ed-tech.
- Weblogg-ed. Will’s blog at Weblogg-ed was another that I subscribed to early on. He’s also focused on tech, although he has a lot of great discussions about the nature of education in general. Great source for fresh ideas, and it reminds me of my more radical days in college.
- TechSavvyEd. Ben’s blog, TechSavvyEd, is another good read on the mix of education and technology.
- Tempered Radical. I just recently stumbled on this gem. Bill is a middle school language arts teacher (although he’s also referenced being a Social Studies teacher). He’s got some interesting insights into school reform – something of particular interest for a teacher like me at a not so well performing district.
- dy/dan. Dan is a math teacher, which wouldn’t normally interest me. However, his perspective as a young teacher like me is refreshing.
- Bionic Teaching. Tom has left the classroom for a job at central office, but he’s still got some useful thoughts. More on technology.
Most of what I read tends to be in the ed-tech vein. That’s not entirely bad – I’m really interested in technology – but I’d really like to find some quality feeds focused on social studies ed or literacy development.
If you know one, drop a note in the comment section and I’ll check it out.
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December 31, 2008