I don’t have a very lengthy blogroll on my sidebar — blogs that I strongly recommend that people follow because I find almost all of their posts thoughtful, useful and very accessible (I’ll reproduce that full list at the end of this post).
Recently, I discovered a new blog that I’m adding there. It’s called Cult of Pedagogy, and it’s written by educator Jennifer Gonzalez.
I heard about it via John Norton and Middleweb (also on my blogroll!) through her post there titled 8 Things I Know for Sure about Middle School Kids.
I’ve since explored her extensive site and blog, and have shared quite a few of her resources in my “Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week” feature.
Her blog posts and videos are insightful and very, very practical. Here’s an example of one of her videos, and I’m adding this one to The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching. It’s about “Concept Attainment,” which I’ve written about a lot in this blog and in my books. In her video, Jennifer explains it much more clearly than I ever have in my writing:
You can see more of her fantastic videos here.
You might be wondering, “Who is Jennifer Gonzalez?” Here’s how she describes herself on her blog:
For eight years, I taught middle school language arts. Half that time was spent in an east-coast state, the other half in a Midwestern state. I earned my National Board Certification in 2004. Then, after having my first child, I left teaching to be a stay-at-home mom, knowing there was no way I could do both jobs well. In 2008, I was hired by a local university to teach pre-service teachers. This work gave me new passion for preparing and supporting educators.
So, I’d encourage you to read it regularly and you can also follow her on Twitter.
And, if you’re interested, here is my entire blogroll (which includes my classroom blogs):