1. George, I love this post of yours! I will definitely be sharing this with some administrators that I know, as I think you offer some great ideas here about how to support teachers in their blogging efforts. It's funny, but when you spoke about "spying" on the teachers, I was thinking of the same idea when I set up a classroom blog. I WANTED parents and educators to know what was happening in the classroom, and I was hoping that by blogging about it, they could catch a glimpse of the room when they couldn't be there. I've received numerous comments from parents appreciating this glimpse into our room, and I'm sure that your teachers have received similar comments too.

    Congratulations George on another awesome post, and on once again, showing all that you do to support the staff, the students, and the community!


    • George

      Thanks Aviva 🙂 I always appreciate your support in what I am doing! I know that you are probably tenfold like that with your students which is going to help them to be so successful! I appreciate the work you do so much. Good luck in your presentation tomorrow!

  2. Barbara Murray

    Did one of your teachers using the ipods create a webpage or blog? If so could you share the site with me. I am an 8th grade special ed teacher who is piloting ipods and would like to exchange ideas with others. Thank you!!

    • George

      Thanks for your comment Barbara 🙂 If you are looking at implementing Ipods in the classroom, you should contact @royanlee on Twitter. I know he has an Ipad and Ipod initiative in his classroom and would definitely share his work with you.

  3. What a great idea. Building a global PLN is important, but so is staying in touch with the learning community within a school. There are always great things happening "right in our own backyard." Your school-wide blogging approach will create a lot of meaningful face-to-face dialogue between staff members. What a great way for teachers to showcase what is happening in their classrooms for you, parents, the community and fellow teachers to see! I love that you set a wonderful example of blogging for them. It is important for an administrator to be the lead learner. I've found teachers will follow when the administrator also learns right along with them – whether it be incorporating technology, learning teaching strategies, etc…

    Looking forward to hearing more about this project as time goes by! Happy blogging!

  4. Pam Franklin

    I now have two blogs. One is just for me to blow off steam, and the other is a blog where I and my students comment on what we are reading outside of class.

    We live in a poor enough area that most of my students don't have internet access in their homes. Most don't have internet access on their phones (neither do I! Too expensive!). Therefore, my blogs have evolved into less a way to describe what is happening in my classroom and more a way to describe what is going on in my own head.

    After reading your post, I'm not sure I am using my blogs correctly. Maybe I need to go back to the way I started…

    • George

      Thanks for your comment Pam 🙂 I think that as long as you are being ethical with your blog, there is no real right or wrong in what you are doing. It is a great way to be transparent and communicate with different people involved in your class. Everyone is different and so are the ways they share/write.

  5. JoAnnJ68

    This is so helpful especially since we have teachers that are just beginning blogs this year. I will shoot this one over the head so she can be involved. Thanks again, am learning a great deal by following you.

  6. Jen Hodgson

    Hey George! Love, love, love your blog…I have been following it for awhile now and I have learned so much already. It's great PD for me. You probably have posted lots about this already but among many ideas, the Identity fair intrigued me. Wondering if you could tell me more…ps. So sad to hear about the loss of your dog, I must admit I shed a few tears for you! Keep up the good work!!!!

    • George

      Thanks Jen! I really appreciate it 🙂

      Have you seen the session that I did on Identity Day? Here are a list of resources including the session: http://bit.ly/aZNeBG

      Check it out! Thanks again for your kind words.

  7. It is so neat that you are doing this as a school! Keep up the great work and I hope that parents are enjoying the extra glimpses of the classroom as well.

  8. Dorf ( Dorothy-Ann)

    My son and family are moving to Riverbend in Edmonton…next week and are in a quagmire t and are curious about the private, public and catholic schools for their 4 and 7 year old…any suggestions?

    Wish they were moving to your school district!

    Will Richardson directed me to your site

    He spoke to our faculty at Friends Academy in Locust Valley… for our In Service Day


    Dorf – Dorothy-Ann Linehan Kaffl

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