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This list of teacher blogs started at Tundra Teachers November 10th, 2007 on my Edublog, Cerebral Odd Jobs -- have mind, will wander. Careful thought, etc. I thought it might be easier to scan (peruse) if re-posted here.


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[updated] 2008-03-20
At one point there were few teachers from the tundra regions writing blogs. Few enough I could put them all into one RSS feed mix in the sidebar as I came across them.

This year there are quite a few new teachers writing about their experience teaching in rural Alaska. All the blogs are different in their approach and frequency of posting. Some are interested in hearing from readers; others are not. Margaret Avugiak and Kendra Krenz have unique perspectives.

I haven’t run across anyone using blogs in the classroom, yet. The Shageluk school is using their website, instead.

I wish more schools would use a blogging, especially WordPress.com and Edublogs.org, platform as that enables more communication between classrooms and between writers and readers. Plus, all the blogging platforms offer RSS feeds for subscribing; some offer comment feeds such as WordPress and Edublogs. (Blogspot.com or Blogger has too many hoops for ordinary folks who wish to interact with the authors. However, just about all the major blogging hosts are represented. MSN Live tends to be used more by missionaries. Xanga has too few representatives and TypePad tends to have Alaska journalists.)

Take a look at all and suggest others. The community names are in brackets [ ]. To view information about the Alaska communities, simply put the village or city name where the Xxxx are (case sensitive) in your browser address bar when you get to this link

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/commdb/CIS.cfm?Comm_Boro_Name=Xxxx
For example, information about Bethel is located here: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/commdb/CIS.cfm?Comm_Boro_Name=Bethel


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Alakanuk

Atmautluak

Bethel

Chefornak

Chevak

  • [Chevak] Oct 15, 2008 North to Alaska – http://annbender.blogspot.com/ Ann and Tom’s experiences in Chevak, Alaska. Ann Bender–Tom and I are both retired, sort of, and we are spending a couple of years in Chevak Alaska for the fun of it, for the challenge, and for a change. Hope we live through it. My former blog – the one that details our trip up here from Georgia and the first couple of months in Chevak is located at http://web.mac.com/annbender355/ I had load of trouble getting it to update, so finally gave up and joined Google.

Elim

Emmonak

Hooper Bay

Huslia

Kasigluk

  • [Kasigluk (Akula)] Dec 20, 2008 The Substitute Puppy (I couldn’t get a dog, so I got a blog.) http://subpuppy.blogspot.com/ Kyle Marvin. The classroom blog is http://lksd.org/akula/Welcome.html/

  • [Kasigluk Mar 4, 2008 http://victoriasjourneys.blogspot.com/, My Adventures, Victoria, I will be teaching 4th-6th grade and living in a house with no plumbing. http://classroomtag.blogspot.com/ Classroom Tag … Exchanging traditions, customs, beliefs, and other cultural identities. … Bringing together two classrooms that are separated by thousands of miles.

  • [Akula, Kasigluk consists of two smaller villages, called Akiuk and Akula ] Nov 16, 2008 http://four2alaska.blogspot.com/ Four to Alaska (Ward Family) We’re moving to Alaska. Two teachers, two kids. Join us for stories, pics and news of our adventures as we leave Oklahoma and head north.

Kongiganak

Kotlik

Kotzebue

Kwethluk

Kwigillingok

McGrath

Mekoryuk

Napaskiak

Nunapitchuk

  • [Nunapitchuk] Jan 6, 2008 The Middle of Somewhere Teaching, living, and now gestating a baby in Nunapitchuk, Alaska http://smaccalaska.blogspot.com/

Oscarville

Quinhagak

Russian Mission

Savoonga

Shaktoolik

Shishmaref

Toksook Bay

Tuluksak

Tuntutuliak

Tununak


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  • Alaska Mentor Pat http://alaskamentorpat.blogspot.com/ “I work around the state of Alaska as a mentor teacher. I travel monthly to 8 different rural communities as well as working in Fairbanks. My job is to collaborate with first and second year teachers on their classroom practice.”
  • [Lower Kuskokwim School District] Mar 25, 2008 Science News from the Lower Kuskokwim (another Edublogs) http://lksdscience.edublogs.org/

  • Aug 19, 2008 Kevin & Dusti’s blog – http://kevindusti.vox.com/ Somewhere in the Kuskokwim, I think. Doesn’t say where, yet. From out of state.

And there is this school, not exactly of children, but definitely learning and interesting.

For another idea of what life in a remote school is like check out this news story. Be sure to read the comments posted at APRN as well.

Teaching in small rural schools presents unique challenges (mp3)

“The Lake & Penninsula Borough has 14 schools but only 370 students. The smallest school has 10 students K-12. The largest has 75 students. Small schools in secluded parts of the state resent unique challenges to teachers who have to teach multiple subjects to multiple grade levels. Anne Hillman, KDLG – Dillingham 3/14/2008 06:17″

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