What a whirlwind month it’s been! My book was published and I’ve been traveling quite a bit. One of my favorite stops was for my presentation at the Solution Tree authorspeak2011 conference to kick off the release of my book: The Connected Educator – Learning and leading in a digital age.
Interview of the Month
Speaking of the launch of the book, I am honored to be Larry Ferlazzo‘s Interview of the Month for November. Larry and I came to know of each other through the Teacher Leaders Network and our mutual colleague John Norton, an education writer and editor who co-founded TLN and has given both of us helpful editorial feedback over the years. Larry has been a high school teacher for over nine years after spending nineteen years working as a community organizer. He is a published author and runs the popular Websites of the Day blog. Larry also blogs at Education Week Teacher.
In this interview, I shared some of my own education backstory and my vision of teaching and learning in the Internet Age. From the interview:
“I wasn’t one of those kids who always wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. In fact, probably the opposite was true. I came from challenging personal circumstances — the sort where schools more often add to the problem than help solve it. I decided to become a teacher, oddly enough, because I was interested in homeschooling my kids and I didn’t want people saying that I wasn’t qualified.
Once I started taking education classes I fell deeply in love with learning, teaching, and the possibility of making the world a better place one kid and classroom at a time. I know that sounds kind of “noble” but I absolutely mean it. I fell in love.”
Win a signed copy of The Connected Educator
To celebrate the release of the book, I’ll be giving away three signed copies of The Connected Educator – Learning and leading in a digital age. To enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post telling me what you see as the biggest challenge to schools being full of “connected educators”. Comments will remain open through 11:59pm EDT Wednesday, November 30, and I will draw three random winners on Thursday December 1.