Sunday, January 20, 2008

Wishing...

I've been thinking. (Yes, yes, you could smell it/hear the gears turning, me too.)

I really just want a chance to talk to other secondary social studies teachers about ideas, lessons, et cetera. To post my "stuff that works" and see theirs and generally actually collaborate with our people doing what I'm doing in my subject.

Is there interest out there for this sort of thing? Or am I totally blind and missing it?

5 comments:

Miss Profe said...

Hi! I discovered your blog via Slam Teaching. I like what I have read.

Perhaps you may want to connect with MissTeachA over at Confessions from the Couch. She is a social studies teacher, high school, I think.

Penelope said...

Thanks, and thanks for the link, I just spent a while reading MissTeachA. :)

Neal said...

I would love to get involved in that kind of conversation. Unfortunately, I am not yet a teacher and have yet to take a single class in education (I do have a history BA and a goofy obsession with historical tchotchke). Thus far, every time I try to craft a material comment on teaching history, it has felt overly trite and/or naïve. The good news is I am committed to my path, so the inanity has to subside sooner or later.

That said, I am thrilled to the gills for a chance to read what practicing history teachers have to say about lessons, etc. It’s been difficult to track down very many history teacher blogs. I can promise you at the least that I will do my best to ask stupid questions and provide inane commentary when you speak of such things. I’m sure I’ll accidentally add something meaningful on occasion.

Penelope said...

Neal: I've been thinking that blogs are maybe the wrong place for this conversation? I wonder if people would be interested in a lesson-sharing forum. Of course, I don't really have enough internet influence to create one that'll get used by many people.

Anyway, ask all the questions and provide all the commentary you like. I've been pretty general so far, but that's cuz I'm working on my own "overarching theory of teaching" at the moment.

Neal said...

You may be right. I've often thought that forums have been unfairly left behind in this wash of 2.0-mania. Alas, my influence is a mite less pervasive than your own, but maybe someday...