One of my favorite rituals is sitting down every Friday night or Saturday morning and working through my feed reader.

There, the recent posts of a hundred digital friends wait — ready to challenge me, to inspire me or to make me think.  Inevitably, I smile and laugh and wonder my way through fifteen or twenty posts, lost to the world  and wrapped in thoughts.  I leave as many comments as I can — wanting the writers who give so freely to know that their contributions matter and that I am listening.


Committed to the notion that vibrant digital spaces depend on celebrating the folks who create the content that we consume, I’ve decided to start spotlighting three blogs a month here on the Radical.  I figure that calling out the minds that move me is a great way to say thank you while spreading fantastic ideas all at the same time.

Here’s the first three blogs that all y’all ought to start reading right now:

Scripted Spontaneity is the blog of eighth grade science teacher and former marine biologist Paul Cancellieri.  What I love about Paul’s blog is that it is eclectic.  You are just as likely to find intriguing views on #edtech integration as you are to find practical reflections on classroom assessment practices or educational policy.  Paul writes in relaxed, approachable language and always leaves me challenged.

Philip Cummings is the eponymous blog of — you guessed it — sixth grade language arts teacher Philip Cummings!  Philip is on a professional tear this year, tinkering with Chief Instagram Officers and ELA Quads in his classroom.  He is constantly sharing instructional practices that I want to try.  Better yet, he writes with refreshing honesty about the emotions that often define the work teachers do on a daily basis.

Teacher with a Passport is the blog of Josh Curnett — who teaches English at the Singapore American School.  Josh is — without a doubt — the best pure writer in my stream, churning out posts that are a ton of fun to read.  Whether he’s comparing the fundamentals of teaching to learning the fundamentals of bunting from chain-smoking dads in the 80s or using a circle of desks to comment on the challenges of changing schools, Josh’s posts are nothing short of a beautiful read.


Related Radical Reads:

Do We Value People, or Just the Content they Create?

The Digital Equivalent of Strip Malls

So Much More than a Learning Network


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