September 19th, 2008 by Dan Meyer
I subscribe to eighty-something education blogs which push me several dozen posts per day and yet my reader goes these through long, arid stretches — nothing but conference session recaps, pie-in-the-sky tech idealism, policy wonks talking over each other, endless unedited malformations from people (teachers) who probably oughtta know better — where nothing manages to connect even loosely to my practice, where nothing manages to connect even loosely to my experience as a teacher.
Todd Seal’s post, No Idea, cut through all that blogospheric flotsam tonight like an arc torch and left me nodding my head, mumbling “yeah, uh huh, yeah,” at my iPhone as I waited in line for my wife to make a return at Urban Outfitters. Wherever you can find it, right?
When I close that door, I’m on my own. I’ve got fifty-three minutes with a group of thirty kids who want entertainment if they want anything. I need to take those kids wherever they are and help them improve by the time they walk out the door. I need to give them at least one new idea today and one reason to come back tomorrow.
I have no idea what I’m doing.
The stuff that makes you believe in blogs again.