For my 3rd C4T assignment, I was assigned the blog Education Rethink by John T. Spencer. The first post that I read on his blog was titled, "Note to New Teachers", and that's exactly what it was. It was full of encouragement and tips that basically tell new teachers to just hold on, it does get better. He candidly writes about his first year teaching and how he struggled, and shares encouragement with new and future teachers that they too can make it. This was my response:
"Hi Mr. Spencer,
My name is Kristie McNair. I am an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I have been assigned to follow and comment on your blog for two weeks. On October 30th I will write a summary on my blog about what I have read and posted here. If you would like to take a look at it, you can see my EDM310 blog at http://mcnairkristieedm310.blogspot.com/ . Also, please feel free to check out our class blog at http://edm310.blogspot.com/.
I am so thankful to read posts like yours. As a pre-service teacher I sometimes get worried that when I finally do get to my classroom I will forget all of my training and be completely overwhelmed. I know that the first year will be difficult, but it's nice to know that it gets better. I hope I can learn from your advice and be patient with myself and humble enough to ask for help when I need it."
The second post I read from Mr. Spencer was titled. "I'm Going to Write a Novel in November". Mr. Spencer writes about a novel that he is planning to write soon. He tells us that November is National Novel Writing Month (which I did not know). In honor of this he has decided to write a novel that he has been thinking of. The title of his novel will be A Wall for Zombies. He also talks about the plot for this novel. This was my response:
"Hi Mr. Spencer,I think that your idea for your novel sounds awesome. I didn't know that November is National Novel Writing Month. I will be watching for this when you make it available!"
I just wanted to add that Education Rethink is just one of the blogs that John T Spencer writes. I really enjoyed reading his posts, and you can find even more at his website.