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    August 10th, 2010 by Mike Bryant

    Time to time here at Discovery we are asked for odd pieces of information: fingerprints, headshots, resumes (thought I had the job already), bios, etc…  One such request came in a few weeks ago and it had to do with goals.  The request wanted us to, in a few sentences, state our goal as an educator.  I’ve done this before of course.  I think we even had to do this back in one of my college education foundations courses, but so much has changed since then.  I came up with the below goal.

    To perpetuate systemic pedagogy change across curriculum areas.  Moving instruction to a student centered, authentic framework that prepares our youth to be thoughtful, passionate, kind and wise citizens.

    I can’t take full credit for this.  Chris Lehmann, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia and author of the blog Practical Theory, sold me on the “thoughtful, passionate, kind and wise” section.  Chris’ blog is one of several that I read as part of my own professional development.   Being a former science teacher, Chris’ practical approach synced with my concept of how science should be taught.

    There are several classroom teachers that I follow, but the two I read most often are Vicki Davis, CoolCatTeacher, and Dan Meyer, dy/dan.  Each have a different take on what we should be doing in the classroom.   Both allow me to stretch my thinking.   Vicki is constantly on the lookout for tools and resources that help with proven instructional strategies.  Dan Meyer’s blog, dy/dan, if you couldn’t tell by the name, hits you from a math perspective.  Dan, up until recently, taught high school math, but is now pursuing his doctorate at Stanford.   what I love about Dan is that his posts really make me stop and think.  That and he and I share a passion for educational design and film making.

    Beyond the realm of educators, I follow several other blogs that provide a great deal of information relevant to my current position with Discovery.  Web Worker Daily, is one such blog that doesn’t focus on education, but has provided tons of tips and tricks that have made my job a lot easier.  In addition, Science Roll keeps me up-to-date on the latest and greatest science centered web2.0 resources.

    The before mentioned are just a few of the blogs I follow.  As you can tell from the below stats, I don’t read every post and several of my top ten I didn’t mention here.  Keeping up with all these blogs can be a chore unless you have a unified place for them all.  I use Google Reader to organize every blog I follow.   It provides stats, like what you see below, so you can see who you are actually learning from.

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