The main purpose of this blog is to provide a forum for current and former Minnesota Teachers of the Year to post their thoughts on education. Traditional media outlets are often not the best venues for discussing a subject as complex as education. This blog is an attempt to convey our messages clearly and in depth.
Secondly, the blog gives us a chance to listen to you. Blogging is a two-way medium, and we look forward to learning more about education through your comments and feedback. If you’ve got something to say, let us know. We may not be able to reply to every comment, but we do promise that we read all of them.
Lastly, this blog will give us an opportunity to chronicle some of our experiences as Teacher of the Year. To some degree, this aspect is for our own benefit, but we hope that others may find some entertainment value in it.
Initially, this blog started as a blog to chronicle the experiences of the 2007 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Mike Smart. At the end of his term, we decided to expand the blog so that all Minnesota Teachers of the Year, both current and former, could post. Presently, Derek Olsen (the current 2008 Minnesota Teacher of the Year) and Mike Smart (2007 Minnesota Teacher of the Year) post as their schedules permit. If you are a former Minnesota Teacher of the Year and would like to join us, please contact Mike Smart and he’ll help get you started.
We also feel it would be helpful to mention what this blog is not. We do not include student stories that would violate the privacy of the classroom or embarrass students in any way. We believe strongly that students have a right to expect a degree of confidentiality when they work with a teacher. We don’t and won’t mention such matters publicly, whether in this blog or elsewhere.
This blog is free of advertising. Hosting fees and miscellaneous costs are generously provided by Education Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year program.
Thanks for stopping by. We hope you find something of value.
Updated: August 12, 2008
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