2008 Edublog Awards Open for voting

Lots of great nominees for the 2008 edublog awards – have a feeling we may have to have some runoffs.

I always have done nominations but didn't this year because the nominations had to be in the form of a blog post — here publicly.  So, I wanted my nomination to be “right” and was worried about the hurt feelings that it might cause to pick just one in each category as there are so many amazing edubloggers.

But perhaps the real reason I didn't nominate is just that I've spent a lot of time with family and Mama lately and wasn't able to get online to blog it.

Anyway – I DID vote and now is the time.  It is so exciting to be nominated again for the Best Teacher Blog and Flat Classroom 2008 as the best educational wiki.

A sincere thank you to those who nominated the Flat Classroom wiki and this blog for these awards — it means a lot to me!! Thank you!

The problem with awards
No process will be perfect and each year it has its flaws.  The sad thing about awards is that only one person or blog can win it and sometimes it has the negative effect of making people feel worthless or down about it.  There are some really great bloggers who aren't on the finalist list!

So, yes, vote and whoever wins can bask in the honor of “winning” but remember that the real winner is anyone who blogs in education!!

Edubloggers ARE Winners!
Anyone who wants to share their best practice and help others.  Anyone who believes in students and the nobility of teaching.  Anyone who takes one second to share with others and encourage other teachers to be more — YOU are the winners!

For the blogosphere is a dynamic, awesome, wonderful thing and it is made up of the bloggers, commenters, and readers and even the offline communities that discuss them — it is about education working to answer it's toughest problems and encourage each other to be better, work smarter, and do more with dwindling resources.

It is one of the greatest privileges of my life to be a member of the edublogosphere.  And anyone who persists and continues to blog deserves a HUGE award!!  

So, give yourself a pat on the back, you're part of the edublogosphere — a noble, committed, hard working group of people who love kids and care about education.  It is a great place to be!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Brian December 4, 2008 - 8:41 pm

What a nice and friendly post! The sign of a true leader is one with a servant’s heart!

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