State of Educational Blogging – 2015

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Using Blogs in your classroom to connect with students and engage them in their learning process?  As an educator we are constantly looking for ways to reach out students on a level that pushes the boundary of understanding to comprehension.

Educators across the world are turning to Blogs to provide students with an opportunity to communicate with peers in a format they are comfortable with that promotes collaboration and ownership.  Teaching students to own what they say and to think before they speak is incredibly powerful.  For those that work in schools and your kids have Facebook accounts, you know exactly what I mean!

This article will provide you insights on how blogs are used, best practices, and platforms that commonly used.  It is a great resource for those of you who are already using this avenue to engage participation in the learning process but more importantly for you who are interested but have not jumped in.


Educate Yourself on ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act has finally arrived provided educators some pleasure as we do not worry about the door hitting the No Child Left Behind Act on the way out.

ESSA will be in full effect for the 2017-2018 school year with an estimated 15 million dollars in grant money available.  That amount will raise slightly each year before breaking 16 million in 2020.  The National Conference of State Legislatures provides a great summary of the act, funding, goals, and purpose.

Click here to navigate to Education Week as they share with their subscribers inside scoop to how states, and districts will share more power under the ESSA Act and how your school can prepare to meet the new goals that have been set to receive maximum funding!

Additional resource!  Added on March 4, 2016.

TEDed – Every Kid Needs a Champion

MUST WATCH – Amazing video from TEDedCHAT with Rita Pierson.  Rita spent has been a teacher for 40 years and discusses the importance of relationships with our students.  She discusses in the video how colleague said to her, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.  They pay me to teach a lesson, the kids should learn it… case closed” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.”

rita pierson

She challenges educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level and see where you can take them!