The past six weeks participating in the #IMMOOC have been powerful in many ways, the blogging experience being one of them. Not only have I enjoyed and grown through the process of blogging myself, but reading the blogs of other teachers has also made a big impact. Three bloggers in particular have stood out:
My first shoutout goes to Kelly Ann Pace, from Pacing Through Life: An Educator’s Journey. Kelly wrote a very inspiring post about how her view of relationships in the classroom has changed over the years. She talks about the importance of letting your guard down and allowing the students know the “real you.” And sometimes that means taking a trip to taco bell!
Another blogger I have enjoyed following is Annick Rauch. Annick has had several great blog posts, but the one that resonated with me the most recently was titled, “Not Easy But Worth It.” She talks about how we have to remember what people see is just the tip of the iceberg – they don’t always realize all of the incredibly hard work we put into making things happen. What we do is not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it. You can follow Annick on Twitter, @AnnickRauch.
Finally, a big shout out to Kathryn Finch, a fellow music teacher and #IMMOOC participant. Not only have Kathryn’s posts been great to read, but she has also been so supportive of my blog which is incredibly appreciated! Kathryn is doing amazing things with her music students, and she talks about how it all starts with Small Shifts, and remembering the importance of Empowering Students. I know you will enjoy reading her blog as much as I have! Be sure to also follow Kathryn on Twitter, @Singingfinch1.