Yesterday, I awoke to this Twitter message from one of the first people I followed on Twitter (and one of my favorite tweeps), @mom2preens:
I named yours as a “blog to watch” in my post today. You have taken off like wild fire with your blog!
I cannot tell you how excited and honored I felt by this tweet. This blog is less than two months old and it has been such a roller coaster of emotions. The launch itself was probably one of the most exciting days in my life. (If you are interested, you can read about that here.)
Back to LeeAnn (@mom2preteens)… Obviously after reading that tweet, I went to her blog to read her post. This is what she said about my blog,
Another twitter friend, Julie Petersen, is a newby blogger, but she is blowing me out of the water with her blog, TWRCtank.com. Julie is a wealth of information for reading teachers. She has so much great stuff on her blog that I cannot even keep up with it all!
As a feedback junkie, these very kind words from a fellow literacy advocate had me wildly jumping up and down for joy! Thank you so much, LeeAnn! I am so glad I found you way back when. I think you are the first Michigander I found on Twitter and I really enjoy your tweets and your blog. I hope we get to meet up in person at a reading convention some day.
If you don’t already read LeeAnn’s blog, please take some time to check out All Things Preteen and read about the other blogs she nominated.
I think the best part about this nomination is that I have found so many other great blogs by reading about the other nominees.
The following are the rules of this award:
- Copy and display the picture of the award given to you;
- Link back to the blog that nominated you;
- Nominate 10 different blogs yourself;
- Inform the people you nominated, so they can in turn, continue the chain and spread the word about other great blogs out there.
This is quite a challenge for me because until a few weeks ago, I mostly read blog posts only whenever someone mentioned them on Twitter. Thanks to this award process and from the recent recommendations people shared with me on Twitter, I have developed quite a list of blogs that I hope to read with regularity using GoogleReader. That being said, and keeping in mind that I cannot repeat any of LeeAnn’s blogs, here are my nominations for “A Blog to Watch” in alphabetical order:
- Book Chook by Susan Stephenson aka @BookChook on Twitter. Her blog is amazing and includes links to a fabulous literacy related magazine for parents called, “Literacy Lava.” I have recently been chatting with her on the We Teach ning and look forward to getting to know her better. I know I can learn a lot from her.
- The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller aka @DonalynBooks. In this blog, Donalyn “writes about how to inspire and motivate student readers, and responds to issues facing teachers and other leaders in the literacy field.” Donalyn is such a phenomenal resource and writer. She actively shares her knowledge and book recommendations on Twitter and I think I am safe in saying that we all greatly appreciate it. She is a must follow!
- Frankly Freddy by Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert. A few days before attending my first International Reading Association convention, I finished a research paper for a course in the master’s program in teaching reading. I quoted Freddy often, so her name was fresh in my memory. At a session, I heard her name and thought to myself, “Hey! I just quoted her repeatedly!” Then I heard her speak and I have been hooked on her research ever since. (I also love her kindness and great sense of humor!) Freddy is always busy with new research and presenting all over the country, so her blog is not updated as frequently as she would like, but when it is…. it is great! I highly recommend subscribing to her posts. Her blog “features occasional thoughts, comments and observations.”
- Jen Robinson’s Book Page by Jen Robinson aka JensBookPage” on Twitter. If you have not visited this blog yet, you will be amazed at the wealth of information here. One of my favorite parts of this blog is called, “Children’s Literacy and Reading Roundup” which is a weekly roundup of literacy tips, research, and events.
- Literacy Toolbox by Dawn Little aka @linkstoliteracy. I have enjoyed reading Dawn’s blog posts and tweets for quite some time. I also really enjoyed getting the chance to meet her at the last International Reading Association convention. I can’t wait to read her new book!
- Page by Page by Maria Salvadore. This blog is hosted by Reading Rockets, one of my go-to websites for all things literacy. I recently discovered that in addition to their fabulous website, www.readingrockets.org, they also have two blogs. I am going to nominate both because anything by Reading Rockets is usually of very high quality. This blog “explores the best ways to use kids’ books inside – and outside – of the classroom.”
- Putting Learners and Learning First by Angela Maiers is one of the first blogs devoted to teaching reading that I found on Twitter and it blew me away. I love, love, love all the video lessons she includes. She has such a way of getting difficult concepts across to young learners. I really look forward to reading all the posts on this blog I missed!
- Reading Countess: Random Thoughts by a Reading Teacher of Tweens by Tess Alfonsin. I have been following Tess for quite awhile on Twitter and her passion for teaching reading is refreshing. I am sure that parents are delighted to have their children in her class. I know I am delighted to have her as part of my Personal Learning Network. It amazes me how much she can accomplish.
- Reading & Other Learning Disabilities by Howard Margolis and Gary Brannigan. I have been following Gary on Twitter for quite some time and I really enjoy our conversations. He is a very passionate literacy advocate and a very supportive person. I think this blog is a great resource for helping parents and teachers make sure students with disabilities get the services they need.
- Sound It Out by Joanne Meier. This is the second Reading Rockets blog. On this blog, Joanne shares her experiences and “guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.”