Just a little love where it's due.
Best Group Blog
I shared a bus ride with Ian Garrovillas at CMC-North and then a table at a conference session with him, Scott Farrar, their friend Joe, and some young genial guy named Dallas and, man — you just want to staff a school full of people your own age like that. And that'd be a terrible school and no good whatsoever for kids but you couldn't mistake the loose-limbed, hyperkinetic vibe at that table, a vibe that I lack at a school where the next math teacher up the seniority ladder from me is in his 40s.
SupTeach? brings that vibe post after post.
Best New Blog
Sean opened huge with a month's worth of killer multimedia resources but his blog's been dark since early November. Consider this my encouragement to keep at it.
Best Teacher/Individual Blog
Kate's second year blogging has been a blast to watch. I don't know if I just imagined a surge in self-confidence, but her wit has never been sharper and she hasn't hesitated to hip-check some of the biggest names in edublogging. Toss in a post count that belies how hard she works on a full-time teaching schedule and my nomination is locked.
Best Individual Tweeter
If you missed it, Elissa became a teacher on Twitter. Starting last summer and continuing into her preservice year, she badgered her followers relentlessly for advice on classroom management and for help with lesson development. Incredibly, her persistence only scored her more followers, which has weird implications for teacher preparation in the 21st century.
Best Educational Use Of Video / Visual
Rhett pairs diagrams in Keynote with LaTeX equations to explain the physics behind the punkin chunkin and other frivolities. I'm not sure there's anything in his life he wouldn't film with a FlipCam and analyze with Tracker if it meant a better (or at least more amusing) understanding of physics for his readership. I'm particularly fond of the running, one-sided dialogue he has with various TV personalities who fudge their physics computation even a little. Mythbusters' Adam Savage will rue the day.
Most Influential Blog Post
Weird Kipp Op-Ed, Tom Hoffman
Tom's recent coverage of the Common Core ELA Standards was exemplary and some of the best eduwonkery you'd find last year inside or outside of a funded think tank. But that was a Tom Hoffman pasteurized and bottled for transport as far outside his blog as he could get it. Tom's best piece last year, for my money, was his withering takedown of an op-ed by KIPP's Feinberg and Levin, the kind of excoriation that reminds me to pause that extra second before I hit "publish" just to ask myself: "Is Tom Hoffman gonna punch a hole in my chest for this or what?"
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Jay-Z Honorarium For Most Convincing Non-Retirement