My #OklaEd and Others Content Challenge

Most of you are or have been classroom teachers - whether that classroom is actually in Oklahoma, in a traditional public school, or whatever. We talk policy a great deal - and rightly so. From time to time we're inundated with pedagogy - which can be either helpful or a tad pompous depending on who's doing the inundating. But it's not all that common to use the wonders of the interwebs and edu-blogosphere to get all giddy sharing something content-related that gets us all tingly in our hoo-ha.

Teach Me Your WaysSo, as I've been locked in eternal (well, two days) combat with the unacceptable word count of my most recent elucidation of favorite Civil War shenanigans, I thought it would be diverting as a group to share similar loves from our classrooms, our book research, or whatever. It would certainly entertain ME to hear from YOU, and it might even promote bonding and academic conversation and maybe even stir up things about this gig that DON'T make us want to take up cordless bungee-jumping.

So, here's my challenge to each of you, whether specifically named in my Twitterpalooza when I send this out or not, AND whether you're part of the #OklaEd world or not:

1200 words or less describing, explaining, or otherwise sharing a favorite bit of content from whatever you teach, taught, write, or otherwise shine upon the future. You may reference the pedagogy involved, but I'm not asking for teacher techniques - I'm looking for an education about a favorite book or event or equation or chemical reaction.

Talk content to me, baby. Talk content to me HARD.

Please prod me when you post so I can compile a link-list below. Bonus points for appropriate visuals, and triple dog bonus points for submissions before May 1st.

Hot For Teacher Piano Lesson

RESPONSE POST: The Grandaddy of Trig Identities! (Teaching From Here) - Scott Haselwood is a confirmed longtime #11FF and one of those rare people who make math seem possible to me - maybe even fascinating. I think it's because he genuinely seems to love it, both as an academic exercise and as something that happens in the real world. After you check out this content post, you should follow him on the Twitter and subscribe to his blog. He writes purdy for a math fella.

RESPONSE POST: BlueCerealEducation Content Challenge (JennWillTeach) - Jenn is a charter #11FF (the kind that means she's an original member; not the kind that makes all the public members mad by drawing away money and glory) and this response might give you some hint as to why. Rather than pick a single lesson on which to elaborate, she's laid out several weeks of ideas by grade level, 8th - 12th. This is a woman who chose the RIGHT online moniker. Her blog is brand spankin' new, so go give her some edu-blogger love. She's also rather amusing and insightful and stuff on Twitter, so check her out.

RESPONSE POST: BlueCerealEducation Content Challenge - I Teach The Blues (JethroBlank) - Jed Lovejoy is a relatively new #11FF who, I'm discovering, is full of surprises. You may not think, for example, that a breakdown of the musical curriculum for a small children's home in Tipton, OK, would be particularly fascinating reading (and some listening) - but you, like me, would be so very wrong. We should keep an eye on this guy - he might end up changing the world while we're not paying attention.

RESPONSE POST: "Beat It" (This Teacher Sings) - Mindy Dennison gets serious about Beat vs. Meter. I'm starting to see a theme in how many of these lessons are about taking the unfamilar and connecting it to the familiar before moving into the new. Hmmm....

RESPONSE POST: Blogger Challenge & The Heartbreakers (OkEducationTruths) - Rick Cobb of the legendary OkEducationTruths starts with Tom Petty and takes kids to Wordsworth before they realize they've been taught. (If he'd been in charge of getting that guy to eat green eggs & ham, that whole book would have been about 3 pages long.) Turns out even the bloggers get lucky sometimes.

RESPONSE POST: Flying, Fickle Apostrophes (Debbie Matney) - Debbie is a legend in all things ELA, but she doesn't cotton much to that 'Twitter' stuff or them edu-blogs. She was kind enough, however, to send one of her favorite 6th Grade ELA lessons and some student work samples. Kinda makes me want to be eleven again, just so I could have her class...

RESPONSE POST: Talkin' Content Challenge - History Edition (Marauding Mentor) - I somehow missed this one in the original sweep, but I love the approach. And they say History Teachers just show movies...

The peer pressure is building for the rest of you. Whatcha got? Huh? HUH?!?

Talk content to me.

**If you've posted something in response to this and don't see it here, please nudge me on Twitter (@BlueCerealEduc) or email ( - My intentions are good, but my brain is old.



I love this - excellent idea and I can't wait to see what everyone does!!


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