1. That you thank the person who nominated you – No problem. Thanks Molly!
2. That you share seven things about yourself – Sorry to put you through this.
- a. I rejected a permanent position in an Irish Secondary school in 2008 to take a risk in the International school system.
- b. I have worked at both the Bavarian International School (BIS) and the International School of Augsburg (ISA)
- c. I left the latter to complete my Dr.Phil in pedagogy at the University of Augsburg.
- d. It is my ambition to found an M.A. in Internationally-Minded education so that every public-school teacher/student can have the same experience as an International-school teacher/student.
- e. I currently lecture at the University of Augsburg.
- f. I have been overwhelmed by the passion and genuine desire of German student teachers to change the world through teaching.
- g. I have been saddened by how traditional teacher-training programmes suck that passion out of them.
3. You must nominate 15 other blogs and let them know. I am going to limit myself to 10 that I read regularly.
It is actually very fortunate that this nomination arrived at the same time as the “Bammy! Awards” for education. None of my 10 recommendations are (at the time of writing) on the list of nominees for a Bammy, so to rectify that I hope they will be satisfied instead with my “One Lovely Blog” nomination. And the nominees are in no particular order…
1. Kimberly Mitchell @inquiryfive. In her blog, Kimberly speaks passionately and personally. A post that typifies her style and struck me with its honesty was “Heartbroken” in which she discusses just how difficult change can be in education, even when it is in the best interest of the child.
2. Geoff Petty @GeoffreyPetty. I challenge you to read Geoff’s blog and leave without tweeting or emailing a link to one of his posts to a friend or colleague. Geoff writes with authority on Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT), having published one of the best books on the subject. Geoff believes passionately in EBT but he is never hostage to bias or strays into abstraction, which makes his work so important for teachers. This recent post provides an outstanding introduction to EBT.
3. Kerri Thompson @Kerriattamatea. When she is not busy facilitating #BFC630NZ and #NZreadaloud, Kerri maintains an incredibly useful blog. Her approach is practical and she will routinely take inspiration from her Twitter chats to reflect on issues that matter to teachers in their classrooms. This post promoting student initiative will ring true for many educators.
4. Laura Hill @candylandcaper. This one is a little controversial because Laura’s #whatisschool chat, co-moderated with @mrkempnz, continues to go from strength to strength and is nominated for a Bammy! However, in her blog expect to find the same idealism and passion that has brought #whatisschool so much success.
5. Sandy King @sandeeteach. The subtitle of this blog “The Journey of a Veteran Teacher into the 21st Century Classroom” tells you what you need to know about Sandy. She is an inspiration for any teacher who is thinking about implementing EdTech in their classroom.
6. Beth Houf @BethHouf. It was through the #BFC530 weekday morning chats that I met Beth, first as an advocate for @burgessdave’s “Teach Like a Pirate”. It turns out that Beth has been a Pirate for a very long time however. Her blog is a repository for the positive energy she brings to school each day. If you need a little motivational boost, read this.
7. Steve Guditus @sguditus. Like Beth, Steve is a master motivator. His passion for teaching comes through in each and every post. He is an educational risk-taker, one who will not ask his students to do anything that he would not do himself. If you don’t believe me, just read this.
8. Brian Aspinall @mraspinall. I have previously blogged about Brian’s latest project @edmettle. However, besides being a serial EdTech inventor, Brian maintains one of the most diverse and voluminous blogs that I have come across. What sets Brian apart is that even when he discusses dense and technical topics (e.g. “Coding Probability Models to Make Predictions About Real-Life Events“), he makes them not only enjoyable, but fun.
9. Jessica Raleigh @TyrnaD. Jessica recently left the classroom and, through her blog and frequent videos, has reflected, with great honesty, on her reasons for doing so. Her struggle with her decision to leave will strike a chord with many excellent teachers who feel guilt or a sense of loss when choosing to step away.
10. Dr. Charles Gleek @games_frontiers. Dr. Gleek’s blog is an important read for any teachers who wish to engage their students with more real-world activities. His blog outlines how to engage students in collaborative and self-directed project work. It is an important source for teachers looking to introduce 21st century skills into the classroom.
Now, I know many of you on this list are too busy (or too broken-hearted not to have been nominated for a Bammy!) to fulfil the criteria of the “One Lovely Blog Award” but worry not. I have just founded something altogether more prestigious: the “Blarney Award” for Education Blogging. Congratulations on being the inaugural nominees. All you have to do, in order to proudly announce this honour on your homepage, is to nominate, via twitter, one education blogger who has inspired you this year. Who knows, maybe Brian will come up with a suitably flashy badge to make the award official!
Joking aside, thanks again to Molly for the nomination and to all on this list for motivating me to keep blogging.