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“Life of an Educator” Critique

I had the privilege of reviewing the award-winning blog, Life of an Educator, in class today. Dr. Justin Tarte, Director of Curriculum & Support Services in the Union R-XI School District in Union, Missouri, created this blog in June 2010 as a way to increase collaboration amongst educators and incorporate technology and social media into an educational setting. Check out his video about what he stands for regarding education:

This blog seems to be centered on trying to do what is best for students, which is what education is all about. The students are the reason we do everything (or they should be). Anyone who is serious about educating others will find something of interest on this blog. For example, here is a post about how much time is actually wasted if the first and last five minutes of each class are not used effectively. This is an article about how powerful it is for a teacher to say “hello” and “goodbye” to his or her students. When students see and hear teachers communicating with them, they see that teachers are actually humans that care about them. I would highly encourage any educator to follow this blog. There are so many positive posts that shed light on current struggles, solutions, and resources regarding today’s students. After four years of serious blogging, there are plenty of posts to read, but I promise they will be worth it!

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