Friday, May 16, 2008

Ed In 08 Blogger Summit...

...has come and gone, and a good time was had by all. I heard some interesting discussions, listened to some quality ideas floated (extended school days) and some silly ones (paying kids to read books), was unsurprised by the opposition that exists to both the quality and silly reforms, got to talk about the purpose behind this undertaking: the idea that a space that sees our problems as fundamentally adult-created and therefore adult-solveable is inherently a place of hope, regardless of any surface negativity or frustration. I also drank like eight cups of coffee to compensate for my red-eye voyage.

I also got to tell this story (this version is better than the original).

Moderator: Tell us about how you started blogging and how your blog became well-known.
Me: I'm not sure how well known this blog is. There are certainly hordes of blogs with more hits, etc. But for me, the thing that got a wider audience was when this guy named Russo, who some of you may remember as this morning's moderator, listed this blog as one of the top blogs you shouldn't read anymore. Dull and a downer were the reasons given. Then, this other guy, Rotterham, writes to say he liked this blog, and only found out about it because Russo trashed it. Then, Matthews says he likes this blog because there's some heart-warming tales of middle school girls basketball, which, if I never wrote about again, only two readers would miss in the least.

Three minutes of stellar interviewing is not available for all of your youtubing pleasure (we should remember that some of the hair situation is accounted for the red-eyeing). Shout-out to my buddy [Victory's] undergrad-paper-writing go-to-line around 0:52.


Blogger Sarah Cannon said...

Ooooh! Paying kids for reading. We did that last year. And we paid teachers for validating that kids read the books. Just sign this form. Obviously it was a win-win situation.


2:58 PM  
Anonymous Dan Meyer said...

Heh. Just exhumed all that noise. Pretty sure that was my original link-up with Room D2 so, uh, good work, Russo.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Joanne Jacobs said...

Good to see you at the summit. Do keep blogging whatever you do next as a teacher/educator.

6:25 AM  
Blogger J said...

wow, cool to see that interview, thanks for the link! and thanks for being such an articulate advocate for education. you always inspire me.

1:08 PM  

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