Good morning! Happy Friday! Happy End of Sepetember!

Today, my energy level has bottomed out. My wife is out of town, and my youngest daughter goes and hides in her room, so I was left to my own devices last night. Bad idea. I stayed up WAY too late Minecrafting (yes, I’m a dork) and so this morning I’m just dragging.

However, as I was oozing along the beginning of the day, I came across a former student’s blog that I absolutely love reading. It’s titled “For All the F Words” and honestly, after a few reads of stuff I’d missed, my tank is much more full. So I thought for my own blog, why not share a little bit of what I enjoy reading. Some of it’s goofy, some serious, but all it makes me think about who I am, what I do, and what I do it.

For All the F Words I’m pretty sure I’ve written about this blog, or at least posts from this blog before work with the author’s mom, and she’s always hesitant to share her daughter’s work because of the language. While I don’t remember her language as a high school student, she tells it as it is in her writing, and that’s what I love. If you are looking for something inspirational, something to kick your butt in gear, or just something to laugh about, this is the blog for you.

The Tempered Radical This is another one of those blogs that you either love it or you hate it. Me, I love it! I love the style, the topics, and the tell it like it is attitude that you find here. The last blog, “Here’s Why I’m Thankful for Hillary Clinton” isn’t so much about politics as it is about a dad of a daughter. I can totally relate to it and that’s why I love reading this one.

Two Teachers Writing Oh my goodness, if you are a teacher of writing at any level, read this blog. Period. Do not past go. Do not collect $200. The stuff that’s shared here is amazing for all levels, and if you are a blogger who loves to share, their “Slice of Life Challenge” on Tuesdays and “Slice of Life Challenge” that happens in March is well worth your time to check out!

M MalMcrona Ok, this one sticks out like a sore thumb, and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how I got following this blog, but I’m glad that I do. First, the photograph in this blog is marvelous, making me want to get my passport and travel to all the places she’s seen. The writing makes you take a step back and think about life. Not many people want to do that any more, and I appreciate that style.

Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension Another teaching blog, Pernille Ripp, is one who is such a passionate person about giving students choice, a voice in their classroom, and about literacy education. Reading her blog makes me realize how far I have come as an educator, but yet how for I really need to go as well.

Black Heart Gold Pants One of my favorite Iowa Hawkeye blogs. I love the writing style and the various topics that are discussed via this blog. I also enjoy the comment section almost as much as the actual writing! We Hawkeye fans are a passionate bunch, too much so in some cases! 🙂

Pounding the Rock I’m a huge basketball fan, of all levels, but love me some San Antonio Spurs hoops! This, like the above blog, is written in a very conversational style, but with a lot of great insight into the team. And the comment section is in this one is a hoot as well!

And there we go! A little bit of an insight into some great reading for education, for sport, and just for fun. I wish you all an awesome weekend and I hope you do something smashingly grand! 🙂