REFLECTIVE TEACHING - A 30-DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE





A little bit of art to celebrate the 30 Day Reflective Teacher Blog Challenge. Wonderful to see what words stand out. Fantastic that many are still taking up the challenge in October too. Please check out their blogs via the Google Doc link below.
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Week 1 Blog of the Week: Amanda Meyer
Visit her blog "Disciplined Rebellion" to see her thoughtful posts!
Congratulations Amanda!

Week 2 Blog of the Week: Brian Durst
Visit his blog "Form of the Good" to read his creative thoughts!
Congratulations Brian!

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Week 3 Blog of the Week: Nancy Ironside
Visit her blog "Constanteaching" to read her imaginative posts!
Congratulations Nancy!


Week 4 Blog of the Week: Brendan Gill
Visit his blog "The Story Arcade" to read his innovative posts!
Congratulations Brendan!


Welcome to the first ever blogging challenge for our TeachThought community! On this page you will find all the information you need to take part in and complete the challenge.

September here at the TeachThought Wiki is Reflective Teacher Month. so what better way to get you thinking about what you do in the classroom than to participate in a 30 Blog Challenge? As you reflect on your teaching during the challenge, you will become a stronger educator in the classroom with your students and have multiple opportunities to connect with other teachers!

A HUGE thank you to Beth Leidolf, one of our community team members, for coming up with the ideas for this challenge. We're looking forward to reading your thoughts and sharing ideas and reflections. This challenge will also lead into Connected Educator Month in October - look out for new challenges then too!

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1. Add your name, blog title and location to the Google Doc to be an official participator! (Click the link to join).
2. Respond to the 30 prompts in your own blog for the month of September, 2014.
3. Write as much as you want about each prompt. There is no limit to your reflection on the topic.
4. If you have time, visit other participators' blogs and read about their ideas and experiences. Feel free to comment!
5. Place this Blogger Badge on your blog to let everyone know you are a Teach Thought 30 Day Blogger Participant!
6. Have fun! This is a great opportunity to grow and meet other educators!

Ready? Set? Go! Teachers, take the 30-Day Blogger Challenge and write your thoughts on the following posts!

30-Day Blog Challenge for Teachers

September 1- Write your goals for the school year.
September 2- Write about 1 piece of technology that you would like to try to incorporate this year into your curriculum.
September 3- Mention 1 "observation" area that you would like to improve on for your teacher evaluation.
September 4- The thing that you love the most about teaching.
September 5- Post a picture of your classroom. What do you see? What is one thing that you don't see but would like to?
September 6- What does a good mentor "do"?
September 7 –Who was or is your most inspirational colleague and why?
September 8- What’s in your desk drawer and what can you infer from those contents?
September 9- Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about.
September 10- Share 5 random facts about yourself, 4 things from your bucket list, 3 things you hope for this year as an educator, 2 things that made you laugh or cry as an educator, 1 think you wish more people knew about you.
September 11- What is your favorite part of the school day and why?
September 12-How do you envision your teaching changing in 5 years?
September 13- Name the top tech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom and rank them in order of their effectiveness, in your opinion.
September 14- What is feedback for learning and how well do you give is as an educator?
September 15- Name 5 strengths you have as an educator.

You are halfway there. Keep it up!

September 16- If you had 1 superpower to use in the classroom, what would it be and how would it help?
September 17- What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?
September 18- Create an analogy/simile/metaphor that describes your teaching.
September 19- Name 3 powerful ways that students can reflect on their learning. Discuss the one you use the most
September 20- How do you or your students curate student work?
September 21- Do you have other hobbies/nterests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain.
September 22- What does your PLN look like? What does it do for you teaching?
September 23- Write about 1 way that you "meaningfully" involve the community in your classroom. If not, write about 1 way you would like to bring that into your curriculum.
September 24- What learning trend captures your attention the most and why?
September 25- The ideal collaboration between students- what would it look like?
September 26- What are your 3 favorite go-to site for help/tips/resources in your teaching?
September 27- What role do holidays and weekends play in your teaching?
September 28- Your thoughts: Should Technology drive the curriculum or vice versa?
September 29- How have you changed as an educator?
September 30- What would you do as an educator if you weren't afraid?

You have finished the Teach Thought Reflective Teacher blogging challenge!

Look out for the next challenge to celebrate Connected Educator Month in October!