I don't read any blogs religiously, even my daughter's. Mostly I prefer the discussion forums I read on my nings. I like that feeling of communicating directly with the posters, and I like how the discussion expands and sometimes takes unexpected turns. I need to be reminded to read blogs. Sometimes this comes from something that is mentioned in a discussion (oh yeah, I haven't read that blog in awhile) and sometimes it comes when there seems to be nothing new going on in the nings, people are just talking about the same things over and over (this can be as much from my state of mind as from the actual content.) Then I'll think, oh yeah, I can read some blogs and check out the ones on my RSS feed (another source I need a reminder to check) or I'll browse the blogs of note in the sidebars of my nings.
But there is one blog I subscribe to through email, and I'm grateful for it. I'm grateful that it's only one, that he doesn't write every day, and that I can read the entire post without leaving my tab, and decide from the 'comfort of home' if I want to go visit his site.
That blog is dy/dan
. He's a high school math teacher. I ran across some geometry curriculum he had developed, and I was jealous
. I admire and adore as I read through peoples posts, but only once in awhile do I get that feeling of jealousy. This person has created something that I would want to create, and I'm not sure if I could. So of course I clicked over to his blog, and his tag line was, "I'm as disappointed as you are." :D Simpatico nature, at least in that moment! (He has since changed his tag line, he changes it once in awhile.)
He starts off his post today with a graph that he has removed most identifying labels from, and then presented to his students, for them to intuit what it's all about:
Link to original graph
And he leaves the questions the students can't answer, unanswered and moves on. But he is not so cruel to his blog readers (that really would have pissed me off, as I can't even see the details of the graph he has posted). First I click on the link that says, patient with irresolution
, and then I click onto a series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle about the Golden Gate bridge
. I can't help myself; it's the most interesting thing I've read in awhile.
I'd like to regularly read about 5 blogs, which is why I'm asking the question, what blogs do you read, and why?
Going down a side street, Dan has changed his blog's tag line to "Teaching Every Year Like It's My Last"... this reminds me of a book I just read, "The Girl with the Brown Crayon" by Vivian Paley, written by a kindergarten teacher about her last year in the classroom- I deduced from references in the book that she is about 65. For those whose interest is sparked by a book's pedigree, the book is published by Harvard University Press and won their annual prize for an outstanding publication about education and society.
But it is not an academic book about educational theory. It is an honest, personal book where she shows her need for her students, just as they need her. They work through a series of life questions and where we fit in the world through studying Leo Lionni books. The choice surprises her- it is predicated by the passionate love one of her students, Remy, develops for the Frederick character, and she takes us through what happened.
Here is a quote from the book that is as close as she gets to preaching educational theory:
"I too require passion in the classroom. I need the intense preoccupation of a group of children and teachers inventing new worlds as they learn to know each other's dreams. To invent is to come alive. Even more than the unexamined classroom, I resist the uninvented classroom."
I need this too. And I need my students. This is an aspect of teaching that isn't often talked about : ).
So, what blogs are you reading, and what does it make you think of?