We’ve got quite a few educators among our TLN Forum membership who run their own blogs here, there and yonder on the Web. Others are group-blogging in interesting places. Here are some recent highlights from the seldom-quiet minds of TLN’ers . . .
Dayle Timmons (Great Expectations) is a former Florida state teacher of the year who writes about goings on at Chets Creek Elementary, interspersed with wise observations about state and national issues. In a recent post titled “Courage,” Dayle reflects on how technology has changed the world, including the world of school. She writes in part:
In order for teachers to see through the fog to this new uncharted path, I think they will have to have courage. They will have to be BOLD. They will have to be brave. That’s at the center of what I believe it will take to make a difference with this generation of children. We have to stop floundering around in the past and open our eyes to the future.
In another recent entry, Dayle reports on her reading of a new book by Robert Marzano, School Leadership That Works. Dayle, who serves on her school’s Leadership Team, writes that “It’s really one of the first books I have read about leadership that is aligned with what I am actually doing!”
John Holland (Lead from the Start) is a nationally certified pre-K teacher who also paints professionally. He recently returned from a summer artists’ retreat with the insight that accomplished teachers and artists have something in common. They don’t rely on Eureka moments. They’re willing to let things simmer and wait for the good stuff to rise to the surface.
Anthony Cody (Spiral Notebook) has a new blog at Teacher Magazine, but is still writing a monthly piece for Edutopia’s Spiral Notebook group blog. His latest post there raises questions about college being the exclusive goal for all K-12 students.
Emmet Rosenfeld (Eduholic) describes his first week on the job as an administrator/teacher hybrid. He’s still an eduholic….but now he’s also on crack — a Crackberry, that is.
Cossondra George (Middle School, Day by Day) wonders whether it’s really true, as Marc Prensky says, that the young digital natives will always be ahead of the older immigrants. Just what technologies are we talking about?
Cindi Rigsbee (The Dream Teacher) has a good post that will be of special interest to newer teachers. She titles it “Expressions for Excellence in Education.” With typical humor, she lets us in on some of her own favorite expressions, like “Hit the floor running, and breathe when you leave.” Or, in reference to students, “If you make them the enemy, you will lose.”
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (21st Century Learning) writes and speaks around the world on her favorite topic (see blog name). Recently, she’s posted several reflections on the National Education Computing Conference in San Antonio — the good, bad and ugly parts. Our favorite includes this little story, illustrated with photographs:
We ended up at a pretty ritzy restaurant. Once we were seated Dean pulled out his laptop and called Darren on Skype. We made him full screen and sat him at the table across from ours. It made him seem as if he was eating with us virtually.
It was so dark that we had to use a candle to allow Darren to see us. It seemed a little like a ghost story moment. Dean took the laptop and walked Darren around with the camera on so he could see the RiverWalk and get a feel for what our surroundings were like. Someone walking by knew Darren and hollered out to him. It was wild, just like he was really there.
Marsha Ratzel (Reflections of a Techie) is mulling over”scientific argumentation” (the things teachers will do for fun in the summer). “Trying to distill the parts of what makes a scientific argument and then how to teach those parts to my 6th graders is a daunting task,” she admits. Nevertheless, she’s on it!
Nancy Flanagan (Education Policy Blog), in addition to herTeacher in a Strange Land blog here on the TLN website, blogs with the likes of Sherman Dorn and Craig Cunningham at the plain-brown wrapper site “Education Policy Blog.” In a recent entry headlined “The Research Triangle. Sort of.”, Nancy considers the teacher’s place in the wide blue sea of education research.