From the May issue of T.H.E. Journal . . . “It used to be in the 20th century that I considered it rude when people were texting or typing when I was presenting. Now, I consider it rude if I am the one who is doing all the talking.”
My friend and collaborator Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is eminently interviewable. Whether she’s talking about passion-based teaching and learning, the secrets of successful online communities of practice, or her ideas about integrating new technologies and social media into everyday teacher and student life, her transformative vision comes through and what she has to say always has valuable take-aways for listeners.
Tim Holt’s new post — “Ballad of a Frustrated Staff Developer” — has stirred lively comment at our Voices from the Learning Revolution group blog. Tim, an IT leader & tech integration specialist in El Paso, Texas, was letting off some serious steam when he penned his poetic plea DO NOT TELL ME. He recounts many “excuses” he’s heard from teachers about why they can’t more fully engage in shifting their instruction to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Read Tim’s post, some thoughtful pushback, and a supportive reply from PLP leader Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach.
Among other work, Getting Smart is helping raise the voices of classroom teachers and school leaders (including several PLPeeps) who are champions of student-centered, technology infused teaching and learning. We asked editorial director Sarah Cargill to tell us more about Getting Smart, its content and goals, and the kinds of writing they’re interested in publishing from “smart teachers.”