September was a busy month, and there were many great blog posts out there you might have missed. Take a few minutes and check out these great stories shared by wonderful educators.
Here is a very interesting piece by AJ where he discusses Appeals Day in his class. Without giving away too much, AJ allows students argue for the grades they feel they deserve and has created a very interesting system that allows students to make a case to him for a different grade. Grading is a hot topic in education and this post adds a different commentary to the debate. Check it out and share with AJ what you think in the comments section of his post.
Life of an Educator - Dr. Justin Tarte 10 Ways To Remain A Relevant Educator
Justin wrote a wonderful post on the 10 different ways educators can remain relevant. I have always worried that the time might come where I am no longer on the cutting edge of education. I try very hard to stay relevant, but will I eventually fall too far behind? Justin gives some great advice to educators looking to keep up in the fast-paced world of education. My favorite one is not to think about how something used to work for previous students so it must work students today. That tip and many more can be found in Justin’s excellent post.
Dangerously Irrelevant - Scott McLeod - When will we be ready?
Scott McLeod is one of my favorite bloggers. He really tackles important educational issues and is honest in thoughts. His posts can be short and sweet or a very detailed look at a complex issue. “When will we be ready?” is a short post about student engagement. Why is school so boring for students? When will teachers take a look around their classroom and see the need to change the way they are engaging their students? This is a great post to read if you are ready to start a conversation with others in your building. Read this post and then check out Scott’s other posts as well. You will not be disappointed.
Blogging Through The Fourth Dimension - Pernille Ripp - How Many Readers Have I Hurt?
Pernille’s blog is something every educator should have saved on their desktop. She is always posting something new, and it is always hard to choose just one post of hers to share. In this post, Pernille writes about her approach to teaching reading and how it might have impacted the students in her classroom. As teachers we strive to push our students to be better readers and try more difficult books, but is that always helping them be better? Pernille poses some great questions that are worth considering as we look to help all of our students.
Edutopia - Elana Leoni - 8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture
Edutopia is always filled with wonderful resources, and Elana does a great job at pointing out 8 wonderful tips that can help create a positive Twitter-Driven school culture. The first tip is to model appropriate use for the the community. All administrators should be on board if Twitter is going to be a tool the school intends to use. Dormant Twitter accounts are worse than not having any Twitter accounts. Let the community see what an active Twitter account looks like and the types of things that can be shared using this wonderful social media tool.
I hope everyone had a great September and that your October is even better! It is crazy how quickly time passes. Make sure to pass these posts on to others who are looking for some good reads between classes.
Nicholas Provenzano is a high school English teacher and an education blogger. He writes on his website, TheNerdyTeacher.com, Edutopia.org, the ISTE blog, to name a few. He has been featured on CNN.com, The New York Times, Consumer Report, and many other media outlets. In 2013, he was awarded the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL (Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning) and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) based on his efforts to integrate technology into the classroom. Nicholas is also the Evernote Education Ambassador and does consulting work for many edtech businesses and school districts. He can be found tweeting plenty of nerdy ideas on Twitter at @TheNerdyTeacher.