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I am honored to receive the Thinking Blogger Award. I was nominated for this award by A Voice of Reason, a blog I read and contribute to as well. One of the stipulations of receiving this award is to nominate five more sites that get me thinking. So (in no particular order) here goes:

1. Educating Alice: A wonderfully thoughtful exploration of literature, teaching and other remarkably vital topics. I read this blog often.

2. Ed Tech Journeys: A thoughtful blog at the cutting edge of educational reform. A voice of sanity in a world of madness.

3. Eighteenth-Century Reading Room: A grand resource for 18th century documents, readings and more. For those of us with more than a passing interest in The Enlightenment this is a must visit resource.

4. Mr. Pullen’s Blog: Thoughts on Education: While a relatively new blog, Pullen, a 3rd grade teacher, makes me think about issues in the classroom. The writing is thoughtful and the topics are timely.

5. One Utah: This is an eclectic blog with multiple authors, all of whom live in Utah. The writing is often surprising, always thoughtful and amazingly fresh.

Congratulations, you won a Thinking Blogger Award:

Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme

3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

Congratulations, you won a Thinking Blogger Award.

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Okay, you just have to visit Educating Alice and read her post Anti-Intellectual Education. As a regular reader of this blog I continue to be impressed with the thought that goes into the writing and the generally correct posture taken. In the final analysis, I am constantly reminded that one goal of education is to do no harm to kids. The other is to cause them such discomfort intellectually that they have no choice but to think, to struggle with ideas and to emerge from their struggle as productive and competent citizens of the world.

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This was posted by Educating Alice. I found it so intriguing that I simply had to place this link here.

Teaching with Blogs: Podcasting Literary Salons

I made the following comment to this post:

What a wonderful idea. I really love your mention of the weaker reader preparing so that they perform well. This is a fine example of the aspect of authenticity that suggests that there be an audience beyond the teacher for the product of work produced by students. Responsibility for learning shifts from belonging only to the teacher to belonging mainly to the student. I want to share this idea with my English Language Arts methods students. Bravo!!!

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