To All the Great Educators I’ve Met…

As often happens with small companies (like TestSoup), the staff wears many hats. Just because you do one job this month doesn’t mean that that’s what you’ll need to do next month.

Such is the case with me. For about a year, I was engaged in the “connected educator” scene — and what an experience it has been! I want to heartily thank all the amazing people that I met online via blogs or through #edchat. You are doing truly awesome work, and I hope that soon enough I’ll be able to jump back into the saddle with you all!

I know that I’ll end up leaving a lot of people off this list (there are just too many great movers and shakers in the education community), but I want to post up a few blogs that I personally recommend (in no particular order):

<> JD Ferries-Rowe, who writes a very thorough blog from the perspective of a tech specialist to a Jesuit school.

<> David Wees, who I met at ISTE11 and have been following ever since. He has a great blog about teaching math, which I read regularly even though I am very far from a math educator!

<> Douglas Green, a major player in #edchat who never ceases to amaze with his dedication. He curates a link-laden blog for educators.

<> Mark Isero might be one of the most dedicated and innovative English teachers I’ve ever heard of. His blog has some inspiring stories about teaching – and some great tools for educators!

<> John T. Spencer, another blogger who I was lucky enough to meet in person at ISTE11, is a very talented writer, excellent thinker, and I can only imagine a wonderful teacher. His blog is always worth a read, even if you’re only loosely connected to education.

<> Mike Vigilant was one of my first #edchat friends. He doesn’t post as often as I would like on his blog, but he’s a regular in the chats and never pulls his punches.

<> What list of education influencers and excellent education blogs would be complete without mention of Tom Whitby? He’s a heavy-hitter and a challenging thinker, to be sure. But he’s also very personable and willing to engage with the little guy.

<> Eric Clark, a tutor who really embraced TestSoup right out of the chute, curates a great blog for students and also runs an innovative tutoring site. We’re big fans of Quincy Tutoring over here.

<> Berni Wall is another one of those committed educators that is worth following even if she’s out of your field. She has a blog about teaching ESL, and also helps moderate the weekly #edchat conversations.

<> And while you’re following #edchat moderators, you would do well to add Shelly Terrell to your list. Her blog posts are always very thorough and practical.

<> Another one who doesn’t post often enough (because, when she does, her posts are always so good!) is Debra Finger, also known (on her blog) as the Incidental Techie. You can always count on her for some great comments in #edchat, too!

<> Finally, we have another heavy-hitter to add to the list: Will Richardson. This guy has been around education for a while and knows his stuff. But he’s another one that’s willing to respond to your comments on his thought-provoking blog posts, which is always nice.

Those are my favorite bloggers on my list, but I’m also very grateful to a number of others as well.  We’ve had great guest posts from Steve Silvius, Justin Baumgartner, Tracy Schutz, Okema Sandlin-McMillan, Justin Ballou, PJ Caposey, Nicola Ward Petty, Lauren Scheller, Karen Greenhaus, and Wim Coleman. (I hope I’m not forgetting anyone!) If you have a Twitter account, do yourself a favor and follow all of these people.

I’ll try to poke in on #edchat when I can, from time to time. And I still hold out some hopes that I’ll get to jump back in the fray eventually, once some other important work gets done. But until then, I want to wish these folks and the many others in #edchat all my gratitude for what they’re doing in the world of education.

JJW

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