I’m going to go ahead and assume that some relatively large percentage of Scripted Spontaneity readers value my opinion. With this fact in mind, I want to share with you some of the education blogs that I’m voting for as part of the 2013 Edublog Awards. For each one, I’ve explained a bit about why I am a fan.
I hope that you find this interesting, whether you choose to vote or not. I’ve only included the categories that I have strong opinions about, so read on.
Best Individual Blog: The Jose Vilson
In the world of blogs (and online reading, in general), it’s easy to turn your feed into an echo chamber–choosing to read voices that parallel your own views and experiences. Jose keeps me honest with myself by pushing my thinking, specifically about minority students. And, he’s a hell of a writer.
Best Group Blog: MiddleWeb
Middle grades education has always been my passion, and this recently renovated site is the best single place for news and conversation about teaching that unique and challenging age group.
Best New Blog: Leading Learner
Perhaps it says something about school administrators that I am so surprised when I find knowledgeable and savvy ones online. This is a great example.
Best Resource Sharing Blog: Edudemic
There are TONS of sites like this out there, but the number that combine objective advice and share resources that I haven’t already seen is much smaller. Edudemic has become one of the 2-3 sites where I know I will find a tool to do what I need to do.
Best Teacher Blog: The Nerdy Teacher
Nick is one of those teachers that I get giddy about. I admire many educators, but there are a few whom I truly aspire to emulate. And it gets even geekier when I’ve had a chance to meet him and interact with him online. If you’re considering starting your own blog, this is what you need to see.
Best Administrator Blog: A Principal’s Reflections
I read several blogs that fall in this category, making the decision here difficult. I was tempted to vote for Chris Lehmann’s Practical Theory or George Couros’ The Principal of Change, but decided that (among this list) Eric’s work is the most insightful and engaging.
Most Influential Blog Post: Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’
There have been far too many of these posts in the last few months. It is a sad testament to the state of teaching in America that this is the case–and I’m just another example of this trend, I suppose–but this letter from a resigning teacher is poignant.
Best Podcast or Google Hangouts: #EdChat
As someone who really wants to participate in the weekly #edchat events on Twitter, but rarely finds/makes the time, I REALLY enjoy this podcast that summarizes the chat.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Adam Bellow
This is all you need to know to appreciate my vote for Adam: