I have been “tagged” by Christina Niven to respond to a “meme” (an online question circulated among bloggers) about what magazines I read and if and how my reading habits have changed over the past couple of years.
Before I respond to that question, I would like to highlight Christina’s exceptional website, EL Civics, which is designed to help English Language Learners study American government and history. You can find a link to her site on my English Themes for Beginners/Early Intermediate under the Citizenship category.
As to the question about what magazines I read, I’ve been a long-time subscriber to Newsweek, the New York Times Book Review (so I can sound well-read without actually having to read the books!), and The New Yorker.
I changed careers a few years ago from being a community organizer to becoming a teacher, particularly with English Language Learners. Along with that change, I also became intrigued with how to use educational technology.
With that career change, the periodicals I regularly read also changed. Ones I read regularly now include Language Magazine, Technology and Learning, and Rethinking Schools. I also read Fast Company because, even though it’s obviously business oriented, there are usually some useful “universals” in some of the articles.
A magazine that I read regularly when I was organizing, and now read irregularly because it’s so expensive, is the Harvard Business Review. Though it, too, is business-oriented, many of its thoughtful articles are applicable to other areas, including education.
I also read quite a few periodicals online. You can find links to many of them on my Teacher’s Page under Educational Technology Journals and Listservs, Listservs for ESL, Magazines, and Online Journals.
In the spirit of this online “meme,” I would also like to tag two other Californians who’s blogs I subscribe to — Alix Peshette at Ed Tech Gold Rush and Marian Thacher at Adult Education and Technology. Both of their blogs offer very helpful teacher resources.