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Sample the “issues” book

As some loyal readers of TE know, in 2015 Routledge released a book I co-edited with Barbara Bateman and Melody Tankersley. It’s a text aimed at graduate education classes and is entitled, “Enduring Issues in Special Education: Personal Perspectives.”

While I was searching for something else, I found a link (posted by one of the publisher’s associates) to a free sample of the front matter (e.g., table of contents; foreword), the first couple of chapters, and part of the third chapter. If they’re providing a copy for the general public, I want to make sure folks know where to find it. Here is the reference, with the title linked to the downloadable PDF:

Bateman, B., Lloyd, J. W., & Tankersley, M. (Eds.). (2015). Enduring issues in special education: Personal perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Kauffman’s Tragicomedy recognized

J. M. Kauffman 2011

The Independent Publisher, a resource for publishers who are not the giant publishing houses that dominate contemporary book publishing these days, annually awards the “IPPY” Awards, which recognize what the Independent Publisher bills as “the best indie-published books of the year in 69 categories, 11 regions, and 12 Outstanding Books of the Year.” For 2011, in the category of “Education/Academic/Teaching,” the Silver Award was made to friend-of-TE James M. Kauffman’s The Tragicomedy of Public Education: Laughing and Crying, Thinking and Fixing which was published by Full Court Press.

Here’s a huzzah for Jim and his book! And here’s a link to Amazon for those who haven’t had a chance to get a copy and read it:

Who? Who? Who?

Some traffic has been arriving from relatively new sources. What are these blogs? Who are the authors?

Liz Ditz says who she is. So does Joanne Jacobs. Ken DeRosa owns up to his posts. It’s easy to m know what Andrew Rotherham writes. Now, I can understand why, under certain circumstances, folks might need anonymity. But, I hope most folks promoting changes in education can speak openly about their views with fear of recrimination. It’s O.K.

Of course, if one simply makes inflammatory comments, then that’s a different matter. Maybe anonymity is advised. (That’s not to say that all anonymous commentators are flamers, just as not all spotted objects are Dalmatians.)

Anyway, anyone know what’s up with these sources?

Another list of blogs and sites

Over on The Teaching Master, a blogger identified as Dana gave a shout out to Teach Effectively in a post entitled “Top 50 Blogs for Teaching Tips, Ideas and Inspiration.”

Teaching can be tough job. Teachers work hard, and sometimes do not get always get [sic] the recognition and pay they deserve. But, at the same time, many teachers are doing the job for other purposes. Helping to develop young minds is one of the highest callings that someone can have. As a result, there are many interested in teaching programs that can help them more effective[ly] do their jobs. While these programs can help, you can also get good advice from a variety of bloggers. There are a number of blogs that share teaching tips, ideas and inspiration. Here are 50 blogs that can help you be a better teacher:

It’s nice to be listed. Skip over to Top 50 Blogs for Teaching Tips, Ideas and Inspiration and check the list at your leisure.

Ola, 你好, bonjour, hola, 여보세요, hallo, здравствуйте!

When I looked at data about visitors’ locations today, I was pleased to learn that Teach Effectively! gets around a bit. Thanks to readers from Canada, Philippines, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan, Germany, Vietnam, China, (not set), South Korea, Turkey, Poland, Denmark, Thailand, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, Ireland, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, France, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Mexico, Egypt, Israel, Nigeria, Japan, Italy, Iran, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Guam, Belgium, Taiwan, Russia, Norway, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, Sweden, Switzerland, Kenya, Romania, Morocco, Cambodia, Algeria, Oman, Jordan, Brunei, Colombia, Argentina, Bahrain, Ghana, Greece, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Malta, Kuwait, Puerto Rico, Hungary, Uganda, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Peru, Slovakia, Austria, Panama, Lithuania, Nepal, Botswana, Bahamas, Belize, Finland, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Iceland, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Estonia, Latvia, Ecuador, Albania, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Maldives, Laos, Slovenia, Barbados, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Papua New Guinea, Cayman Islands, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Sudan, Syria, Grenada, Libya, Antigua and Barbuda, Croatia, El Salvador, Macedonia [FYROM], Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Myanmar [Burma], Guyana, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Bhutan, Uruguay, Iraq, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Afghanistan, Dominica, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Bermuda, Guatemala, Namibia, Nicaragua, Zambia, Bolivia, Timor-Leste, Cape Verde, Swaziland, Netherlands Antilles, Martinique, Macau, Mozambique, Fiji, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Rwanda, Armenia, Kiribati, Zimbabwe, Tajikistan, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, and (of course) the USA.

Thanks for reading!

xkcd for your edification

Randall Munroe creates the xkcd comic, and he often includes insights about logic, mathematics, and science in his strips or other images. This is one of my faves, so I’m passing it along to readers as a gift.

xkcd on correlation

The image points to that particular cartoon. Once you’re there explore, or click this link to go to the home page and see the Mr. Munroe’s current cartoon.

Thanks for pointing.

It’s gratifying to know that Teach Effectively has been referred to by other sources on the Internet. Of course, it’s nice to be aggregated by sources such as CVille Blogs, but it is even more encouraging to find references by sites that are addressing topics related to that are likely of interest to readers. Here, for examples, are some sites that have linked to TE:

There are also some mentions of TE elsewhere, too. Examples: “Education Law” by David Ferlinger and “Blogs for innovative educators” from Biomedicine on Display, and “100 Best Blogs and Websites for InnovativeAcademics” from Accredited Online Universities

TE recognized

I don’t have much idea whether it’s an honor, but I note here that Teach Effectively! was included in one of those “top-100” lists of blogs. In a post on its blog, Accredited Online Universities (AOU) headed the list with this statement:
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