Three Blogs You Should Start Reading Right Now

One of my favorite rituals is sitting down every Friday night or Saturday morning and working through my feed reader.

There, the recent posts of a hundred digital friends wait — ready to challenge me, to inspire me or to make me think.  Inevitably, I smile and laugh and wonder my way through fifteen or twenty posts, lost to the world  and wrapped in thoughts.  I leave as many comments as I can — wanting the writers who give so freely to know that their contributions matter and that I am listening.


Committed to the notion that vibrant digital spaces depend on celebrating the folks who create the content that we consume, I’ve decided to start spotlighting three blogs a month here on the Radical.  I figure that calling out the minds that move me is a great way to say thank you while spreading fantastic ideas all at the same time.

Here’s the first three blogs that all y’all ought to start reading right now:

Scripted Spontaneity is the blog of eighth grade science teacher and former marine biologist Paul Cancellieri.  What I love about Paul’s blog is that it is eclectic.  You are just as likely to find intriguing views on #edtech integration as you are to find practical reflections on classroom assessment practices or educational policy.  Paul writes in relaxed, approachable language and always leaves me challenged.

Philip Cummings is the eponymous blog of — you guessed it — sixth grade language arts teacher Philip Cummings!  Philip is on a professional tear this year, tinkering with Chief Instagram Officers and ELA Quads in his classroom.  He is constantly sharing instructional practices that I want to try.  Better yet, he writes with refreshing honesty about the emotions that often define the work teachers do on a daily basis.

Teacher with a Passport is the blog of Josh Curnett — who teaches English at the Singapore American School.  Josh is — without a doubt — the best pure writer in my stream, churning out posts that are a ton of fun to read.  Whether he’s comparing the fundamentals of teaching to learning the fundamentals of bunting from chain-smoking dads in the 80s or using a circle of desks to comment on the challenges of changing schools, Josh’s posts are nothing short of a beautiful read.


Related Radical Reads:

Do We Value People, or Just the Content they Create?

The Digital Equivalent of Strip Malls

So Much More than a Learning Network


14 thoughts on “Three Blogs You Should Start Reading Right Now

  1. Shelby Begley

    Mr. Ferriter,
    Thank you so much for your suggestions. I really feel that the blog world is becoming such a big deal that I need to become more involved. I look forward to thoroughly looking through these blogs and I hope that these blogs help me discover many other excellent blogs.

    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      Hey Shelby,

      The reason the blog world is a big deal is that great teachers are giving away TONS of great content and TONS of great ideas for absolutely free!

      When you tap into that, you get the chance to do a ton of learning — and all that you need to do is invest some time into finding and following the right people.


      Thanks for stopping by,

  2. Paul C

    Thanks for the praise, Bill. You know how much I appreciate your writing and advice, but it’s also just an honor to be listed among such awesome company. I have also been amazed by the quality and quantity of Philip’s writing this year. He’s pushed me to consider my writing process quite a bit.

    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      No sweat, Paul….

      You know how I feel about both your writing and your friendship. Both are much appreciated.

      Looking forward to seeing you when you get back in town….

  3. Philip Cummings

    Hey, Bill –

    I really appreciate the kind words about my blog and all the ways you challenge me as a teacher and blogger. I’m adding Josh to my Newsblur feeds right now. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Jim Tignor

    Thanks for the suggestions. Your blog is probably the steadiest blog I read that is not technology oriented or special-needs oriented. I really appreciate your take on politics, especially those in NC, as I work in Chapel Hill. Thanks for sharing your great ideas, and I will be sure to take a look at the blogs you mentioned!

    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      Thanks for the kind words, Jim — Jazzed to have you as a regular reader!

      And Chapel Hill, huh? We should get together for a cold beer someday!

      Paul and I get together about one Sunday a month in Raleigh. Want to join us sometime?


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