It’s hard to imagine what keeps on motivating National Writing Project friend Paul Allison and others to host the wonderful and insightful Teachers Teaching Teachers chat each week but they do it, and this week will mark the 300th episode of the program. I have been lucky enough to have been a guest for a few episodes over the years and even was a guest-host for a few shows as we rolled out our book, Teaching the New Writing (which Paul contributed to).
The TTT show, which takes place over at EdTechTalk (which always deserves its own round of thanks for the hosting of the show and others that it has supported over the years), is often a free-wheeling talk on far-ranging topics, from the changing nature of writing, to using current events for project-based learning, to how the arts influence the rest of the curriculum, to developing an emerging online writing space for youths, to gaming, to the power of teachers being able to share and network with each other, and more. Much more.
Paul and co-host Susan Ettenheim have been the perfect hosts whenever I have been on the show, setting the stage with insightful questions and leaving space for the guests to expand. And neither are afraid to push the thinking forward — extending ideas into possibilities, and then asking: now, how do we make that happen? And then, more often than not, inviting folks back to reflect on how a particular learning venture went, what was learned and again, where do we go from here?
300 shows over six years.
That’s a lot of sharing, and a lot of discussions, and a lot of expertise brought to bear on the world of education. Every year, when I see various blogging awards, I almost always nominate Teachers Teaching Teachers for a category but where to put it? Best podcast? Yep. Best live online gathering? Yep. Best use of audio, and now video, to further professional development? Yep. Best place to re-energerize your thinking and your teaching? You bet.
If you want to learn more about TTT, you should check out Paul Oh’s piece at the NWP site about Paul Allison and the impact of the show on educators: http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3838
And Catch TTT’s 300th milestone episode May 30 at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT at edtechtalk.com/ttt
Peace (in thanks),