Monday, June 18, 2012

My 5 superstars of summer...

Do you ever come across a person on Twitter or find a blog and you immediately begin to think, "how did I not know about this person or this blog?" This happens to me quite frequently. These "undiscovered gems" are not really undiscovered, but they are undiscovered and new to me. Consequently, I really do try my best to spread the word with my PLN about any great new finds, as I know and expect them to do the same.

Here are my 5 superstars of summer:

1 - The first is a blog by John Scammell (@thescamdog). John's blog is titled, "Zero-Knowledge Proofs," and I have found his voice to be both refreshing and relevant to many of the conversations I have been having lately. John has a background in math, and I have especially enjoyed his "School isn't like a job" and "Lazy and entitled kids" posts.

2 - Michael Soskil is the author of the blog, "A Teacher's Life for Me." You can follow Michael on Twitter at @msoskil. Michael's background is in elementary education, and I have thoroughly enjoyed many of his most recent blog posts. "Qualities of excellent principals" and "The irresponsibility of grading responsibility" are two of my favorites.

3 - In terms of leadership, I have very much enjoyed reading the blog of the "Hickey Leadership Group." The leadership group is actually led by Dan Hickey, and every Monday there is a new post on leadership in education. You can follow Dan on Twitter at @hickeygroup.

4 - Following the leadership trend, I am a huge fan of Jon Gordon and everything he does. Jon has an awesome blog which I highly recommend that you follow, and you can follow him on Twitter at @jongordon11. Jon has written several great books; "The Energy Bus" and "The Seed" are two I would recommend.

5 - Last but not least, I encourage you to check out Clouducation which is a blog led by Anthony VonBank. Anthony can be followed on Twitter at @clouducation_. I especially enjoyed Anthony's two blog posts titled, "10 things principals need to stop doing" and "10 things teachers need to stop doing."

I hope you take the time to check out these great minds and start following them on Twitter, as well as add them to your list of blogs that you follow. Enjoy, and be sure to spread the word when you find any "undiscovered gems!"