Let’s catch up with the insightful commentary of TLN bloggers featured here on our website and at our Teacher Magazine annex:
In her three most recent entries (a blogging hat trick), our Teacher in a Strange Land (Nancy Flanagan) explains why teaching third grade may soon be the only growth industry in the state of Michigan, how snow days can be well-invested in “important rather than urgent” professional reading, and why the new movie Juno, which explores life as a pregnant high school student, is becoming “something of a national touchstone and conversation starter.”
Over at TeachMoore (Renee Moore), the latest hot topic is teacher preparation — and more specifically, the quality of student-teaching experiences, which can vary from “sublime to just plain stupid.” Renee is distressed by the growing number of accomplished teachers who are hesitant to work with student teachers in a school environment where success on high-stakes accountability tests can affect a teacher’s career.
Our Tempered Radical (Bill Ferriter) has been reduced to “Random Babblings” — the by-products that result when his incessant thinking about teaching and learning clashes with his overstuffed calendar. That calendar (yes, he is a classroom teacher) has recently included his work developing a course on blogging in education for publisher Pearson Achievement – an experience that provoked some reflection on the state of digital learning in our schools. Just as he finds himself too busy to write, Bill has discovered a new web tool called Gabcast. The bottom line: From now on, he’ll be phoning it in.
UPDATE: Bill’s web tool explorations are threatened by an increasingly tall and thick firewall in his school district. Read his thoughts about struggle between Internet safety concerns and concerns that students will not acquire the 21st Century skills they need to be successful.
TLN member Susan Graham launched her blog (A Place at the Table) on the Teacher Magazine website a couple of months ago, and she’s already developing an audience. Business picked up when she began her three-part (so far) series questioning the conventional wisdom that a four-year college degree should be the goal for most high school graduates. Her latest,“The Emperor’s New College Education,” includes this comment/question: “I am not saying that college is a scam. But have its rewards been misrepresented?” Susan thinks so.
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