One's blogger's momentary lack of inspiration leads him to an inspiring blog, which, in turn, inspires me to finally do another blog entry!
This morning I prioritized time to read Matt Miller's Blog, Ditch that Textbook.
His blog entry first caught my eye because it said he was feeling a bit uninspired to write a blog entry! Why on earth would that catch my attention? It made me think of how much attention my 5th graders pay when the technology goes awry, compared to when, say, I am giving directions! I have many compassionate thoughts about this, from their sense of humor to a desire to be problem solvers, as well as other thoughts.
Matt Miller's blog post, Learn on the Go: The Essential Educator’s Guide to Podcasts ended up being an inspired entry on podcasts, which I find integral to staying inspired in education. I was grateful for this Ditch that Textbook blog entry and responded to Matt Miller with this comment:
Well, I am very grateful that you had an uninspired moment that led you to this blogpost! I am always on the lookout for new education podcast and was delighted to have your list. I immediately subscribed to all of these, adding them to a few of my actively listened to podcasts:
•TeacherCast with Jeff Bradbury
•Every Classroom Matters with Cool Cat Teacher
•Tech Chick Tips
I was looking for an updated podcast by Steve Hargadon, as he does fabulous education interviews, but I am not find one, any ideas?
Also, you may have done this in the past (I need to look at your past posts), but if you get inspired by podcasts again, I would like your thoughts on Podcasts that are good for students. I have Fifth Graders. Our current favorites are:
•60 Second Science (and all the companion 60 Second podcasts from Scientific American)
•Minute Physics (Which is fascinating even if often over our heads!)
•CNN Student News (A bit intense and we really miss the BBC news for kids)
•Question of the Week, From the Naked Scientists
•Grammar Girl (Most are a bit in depth for a 5th grade focus, but certain ones are good.)
Matt's blog entry, Learn on the Go: The Essential Educator’s Guide to Podcasts shared how to access podcasts and how to find podcasts, which included great podcast resources like the BAM radio network, educators channel. Matt even gave a list of recommended podcasts for educators:
Thank you Ditch that Textbook!