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An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Friday, July 07, 2006

Tea, Empathy, and a really cool Yoda graphic, too

Thanks to the LA Times' education blog, School Me!, (Home of the Teablog Awards!) for the feature yesterday on my advice to rookie teachers post from last week. I also want to thank NYC Educator for including it in the Carnival of Education #74.

And Joanne Jacobs
and Dewey's Treehouse
and mister teacher
and Scott Elliot
and TonNet (In espanol!)

That post really touched a nerve out in the Edusphere, and I am deeply gratified so many people liked it, not to mention the people who contributed suggestions. It was truly a group effort, and I think I added suggestions to it about twenty times. (And I'm willing to do it for twenty more-- as Arlo Guthrie said!) I really hoped, when I started this blog, to be able to take part in reasoned, passionate, informative discusions about topics just like this one, among others. So keep 'em coming!

(Aside-- can anyone tell me how to post a comment at School Me? All I get is a permalink....)


At 7/7/06, 4:26 PM, Blogger La Maestra said...

The only topic I can ever post on on SchoolMe is their question of the week. I don't think they have commenting enabled for their daily posts (shame, I know.)

Or maybe they do and I can't post either? :-)

At 7/7/06, 4:37 PM, Blogger elementaryhistoryteacher said...

I'm not sure about the LA School Me Blog, but the Atlanta School Me sends me to a "can't find this" page when I hit the "post" button, so it makes you think you haven't posted when in fact you have. I can't believe LA doesn't take comments at all. I think the best School Me blog is Get On the Bus with Scott Elliot. You can comment and he actually tries to have some type of dialogue instead of the same people posting tirades over and over everyday.

At 7/7/06, 6:17 PM, Blogger Mister Teacher said...

Your post was very well-written, and definitely worth spreading around on several different sites! Congratulations, and keep up the good work!

At 7/7/06, 7:11 PM, Anonymous Janine Kahn said...

Oh, that. Sorry for any confusion, nothing's wrong with your browser!

We only open the column-blog entry with the question on it to comments. (We decided early in the game that we'd follow the LA Observed blog model instead of the traditional comment-on-all blog.)

-Janine, School Me! staff

At 7/9/06, 7:53 AM, Blogger MsWhite said...

I copied your advice post (with credits intact) into a word document and plan to share it with all the new teachers in my building. God willing, if I get a classroom of my own this year, I plan to use it for myself as well! It was the most comprehensive and clearly written guide I've come across. Keep the advice coming!


At 7/9/06, 11:44 AM, Blogger graycie said...

You did a particularly fine job of pulling all of the real-life practical stuff together in a way that made sense. Kudos to you. I'm delighted to hear that it has become so (deservedly) wide-spread.

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