From the “15 Minutes of Fame” and the “It Feels Weird Actually Posting About This” Departments comes news that this month’s issue of Teacher Magazine is not only carrying a feature length story about yours truly but has for some insane reason actually decided to put my picture on the cover under the heading “The Blogvangelist.” (Free registration required.) I’m flattered, obviously, and somewhat embarrassed by the attention. (My kids, however, think it’s cool and actually took out the garbage this morning.) Regardless, the story does focus primarily on the work, and includes quotes from such luminaries as Alan November, Darren Kuropatwa, Anne Davis, Sree Sreenivasan, Chris Lehmann, and others.
But the best part, to me, however, is a sidebar that the writer Patrick McCloskey put together after interviewing my former student Meredith Fear and her Pulitzer Prize winning journalist/mentor Scott Higham who worked together in her blog in my class a few years ago. First of all, I didn’t realize that Scott actually gave her feedback in her blog while he was in Guantanamo Bay working on a story about a secret CIA detention facility.
And this quote literally warms my heart:
â€œFor me,â€ Higham reflects, â€œthe benefit was being able to plug into the mind of a very sharp teenager and connect on a professional level across generational lines. I witnessed the evolution of her thought processes and writing skills as she dealt with feedback. Blogs allow a teacher to literally take their kids out into the world from classrooms anywhere in America. Iâ€™d do it again in a heartbeat.â€
That’s the type of affirmation we can all share with those we’re taking this message to…