This is from Jenny at Elementary, My Dear, or Far from It, who recently said I was one of her favourite bloggers. Right back at'cha, Jen. I read lots of blogs, but my absolute favourites are those written by classroom teachers. I especially love elementary because those blogs are about kids and all of the delightful, frustrating, funny, and heart-wrenching things when you put 20+ of them in a classroom with an outstanding teacher. The focus is on how we help children---not strategies, tools, policy, and all of the other things that stand between us and them. Don't get me wrong, I read edublogs focused on those other components and enjoy them---I'm just saying that a blog from a classroom teacher will always be at the top of my list. So, thank you, Jenny, for your passion for the classroom and all that you share on your blog. See you in Denver in a couple of weeks.
Joanne Jacobs had a post yesterday asking "What happened to the teacher bloggers?" It reminded me of my question last fall about Where have all the bloggers gone? when I was hunting for science bloggers. I do think edublogging has changed over the 5+ years I've been posting here. There used to be a lot more classroom teachers and stories of classroom life. But I also recognize that the reasons people blog change with time, as do the rest of their lives. Media changes, too. There are far more classroom teachers I can connect with on Twitter than I can through blogs. Perhaps the widespread use of texting and cellphones with data plans has made the ways teachers want to communicate different. Teacher bloggers are now teacher microbloggers. For me, it's not important which medium teachers use to communicate their ideas and reflect on what happens in the classroom---it's important that we find them and listen.