Teacher Nerds, Unite. If you view teaching as an art, a craft and a science and you are busy with the act of teaching but want to stay informed of the latest new tech tools, current methodology research or professional development opportunities follow Cult of Pedagogy. The author, Jennifer Gonzalez, began her teaching career as a middle school teacher then moved to teaching undergraduate pre-service teachers. There she found her passion for providing an encouraging forum for teacher support. She uses her blog as an innovative place for teachers to support each other, learn about new ideas and share struggles and accomplishments. Gonzalez has co-authored Hacking Education: 10 Quick fixes for Every School with Mark Barnes. She also authored The Teacher’s Guide to Tech: A Cult of Pedagogy Digital Binder available on Teachers Pay Teachers. Her posts offer such a flavorful variety that each month it’s easy to dig into an encouraging post, or links to a technology tool or an easy to use learning strategy. The Reciprocal Learning Strategy was one such post. This is a twist on partner work with each student having a set of problems to complete and their partner holds the correct answers. Partners help coach each other as they work through their problems. If you’re looking for a variety of posts to hold your attention and keep you excited in your classroom, follow Cult of Pedagogy.
The Innovative Educator is written by Lisa Nielsen, the director of digital engagement and professional learning. This award winning blog is a great place to easily follow innovative ways to reach our students and prepare for the future of education. Nielsen launched her blog in 2008 and has been recognized as a Top 100 Education Blog. Currently her blog boasts more than 25K followers. The Innovative Educator is an excellent source of cutting edge technology resources from coast to coast with topics ranging from Google and Social Media uses in the classroom to Smart-board resources and innovative Personal Learning Network ideas. This site has something of use for any educator.
If you’re looking for a resource with “A view from the Schoolhouse”, you must check out Chris Lehmann’s blog, Practical Theory. Lehmann provides a powerhouse of progressive science and technology resources. Building on his role as founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, Lehmann has earned awards, spoken at educational conferences worldwide and has been published in several education publications as well as co-authored Building School 2.0: How to create the Schools We Need. He has a passion for empowering modern learning experiences for all students and integrating technology. The first clear indicator to me that Practical Theory was a blog I would love to follow closely is Lehmann’s page dedicated to his 18 favorite education theory books. The second indicator was a series of statements he wrote to end a post from August 2015 titled Professional Development and Collective Wisdom.
If we want teachers to create collaborative classrooms, we have to create a collaborative culture in our adult learning and problem solving.
If we want teachers to value the ideas and experiences of our students, then we must value the ideas and experiences of our teachers when they come together to learn.
And if we want our schools to find innovative, powerful solutions to the problems we face, we must all learn to seek out the collective wisdom of the room.
His obvious connection with the delicate balance between respecting our teachers as professionals and the need to use the best teaching practices available have convinced me that this is a blog I am dedicated to watching closely. I hope you will find some encouraging posts there as well.
Use these resources as places to find a professional learning community to support your goals of providing positive, productive educational experiences for our future generations. Feel free to comment and share your favorite online resources. Thanks!