7 thoughts on “AFTER STEP 2: FOLLOWING BLOGS

  • June 20, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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    After searching and searching (great list to look through was the “Daily Ranking of Education Blogs”) I have found a few blogs that I found myself digging deeper and deeper into. The ones that I found were: Free Technology for Teachers, Mathequalslove, and 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning. The Free Technology site was good for giving different technology pieces that I’ve not heard of before as well as how to use them with students. On the math blog, I liked the list of resources for interactive notebooks (specifically for math). The thing that caught my eye on the last blog, 21st Century, was the discussion about STEM. As our district navigates our way further into PLTW, I found that this blog was good for gaining more insight.

  • June 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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    I specifically leaned toward blogs that focused on fifth grade and reading/ELA in particular. I’ve found that my favorite blogs are ones that show actual lessons and activities and that actually lead to the printables associated with the lesson. They seemed the most useful and practical for my own classroom usage. The blogs I tended to click away from immediately were the ones that were more personal (the teacher sharing various pictures of him/herself doing things).

    A few I liked were:

    Life in Fifth Grade – The various reading and writing skills that this blogger addresses caught my eye. I love that she has graphic organizers that are actually printable, Powerpoints/slides that are usable, and pictures of fifth grade ideas. Her Greek and Latin Roots activities stuck out to me immediately.

    Teaching to Inspire with Jennifer Findley- I loved the set-up of her reading, and it gave me some great ideas for the next school year on organization and reading skills.

    I’ve found that if I search for a more specific activity or lesson (ex: persuasive writing), often times I’m taken to various blogs that I wouldn’t have found if I had just looked for writing in general. 🙂

  • June 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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    There are three blogs that I chose to subscribe to. They are Edudemic, Powerful Learning Practice, and Teach Thought. All of these blogs cover a variety of topics. I’m finding that in both Twitter and blogs, I am drawn to the hosts who address many different topics related to education. There are some very good tips on everything from personalized learning to should students really be taking notes on a computer. Many of these blogs offer videos to support the written information given. One blog even offered a free ebook to support the written information. I will see how I am able to manage following three blogs. I can increase my following if I can handle the influx of knowledge. Or, I can scale back if necessary.

  • June 29, 2017 at 1:31 pm
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    I find and use a lot of blogs via Pinterest. To be honest I haven’t focused on the blog authors in the past so I am unsure of the ones that I visit often. I did some investigating into the blogs you shared as well as some of the things that I search on Pinterest.
    *Minds in Bloom is a great blog that has a lot of useful information that can be used immediately. She had a section on Genius Hour. Very interesting.
    *Teach Between the Lines had information on the critical components of personalized learning.
    *Edudemic: Easy to get to information in articles regarding things that you are looking for. I like the ready to use information.

    • July 6, 2017 at 11:12 am
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      Excellent recommendations to check out! Thank you!

  • July 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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    I am sorting through the many different blogs that may be of use to me. I am finding myself gravitating towards Coaching/Leadership blogs as well as ones that address topics of Special Education, Early Childhood and new methods and strategies being used in today’s classrooms. I Like the way Edudemic is set up and organized into more specific topics (easier to find what I’m looking for). Also like the user friendly: Cult of Pedegogy which addresses a variety of relevant topics for me. I enjoy the Cool Cat Teacher blog and it’s ideas of how to effectively incorporate technology into the early grades. I am following several Early Childhood teacher’s blogs—they are a wealth of information and fun ideas for today’s classroom teachers. I can’t wait to share them with my candidates!

  • July 6, 2017 at 11:13 am
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    Cult o fPedagogy is one of my absolute favorites. Cool Cat also, she has great ideas AND she has a daily podcasts AND they are only 10 minutes so I can listen while I do something else.

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