On the day that the front page of the TESS is talking about probationer teachers as a “Grotesque waste of talent”, I had the privilege of speaking to Perth & Kinross Council’s latest batch of talented teachers. The sad fact is that some of them will have to wait for a while after qualifying before they get a permanent post, but I do take some pride in the knowledge that PKC do try their hardest to place people.
I promised the probationers that I’d post links to the sites I referred to during my talk to them. They are meant to be a ‘starter’ pack to introduce the wide variety of new primary and secondary teachers to the joys of education blogging. It is, as always, a limited selection (I only had about 10 minutes to cover Bogging and other Web2.0 tools…), but I hope you’ll add some more choice picks in the comments… The slides are on Slideshare (though without my improvised narration), and you are welcome to read them there.
So… my starter pack of blogs for the new PKC teachers are as follows:
Primary Teacher: John Johnston
Secondary Teacher: Me (Look, it was my talk!)
Depute Headteacher: Ollie Bray
Australia: Graham Wegner
South Africa (British by adoption?): Karyn Romeis
China (Or rather, a teacher in China): Thinking Stick
Inspiring: Hot Milky Drink
Education Support Officer: Health & Wellbeing in Integrated Learning Communities
Teacher Teacher: EdCompBlog
Education Researcher: Neu-Thinking
The Ex-Teacher (and Daddy Glow!): John Connell
Groups of Teachers: Connected Live Blog
Director of Education: Don Ledingham of East Lothian
The Pupil (now, an ex-pupil!): The Bass Player – Students2.0
The Brief: Which blogs would you recommend for someone new to the teaching profession? (And maybe even why…) I know that quite a few of the 80 or so new teachers I spoke to will be dropping in to see what you suggest, so go for it!