The Blog A Month Challenge

This week I posted a blog The Power of the PLN which you can read here.  In this blog, I discuss the tremendous learning, sharing and collaboration I have experienced during the last 6 months that has had a tremendous impact on my classroom and students.  Joining Twitter and sending out those first tweets were  leaps of faith in many ways for me, but it was the beginning of many more risk-taking opportunities that have led to personal and professional growth.  One of these risks was starting (and posting-the scary part :D) a blog.  My blog is called Partnerships in Learning and chronicles my reflections on my growth as a classroom facilitator of learning and as a professional educator.  The reflection leading to a blog post helps me move my own learning about my practice in an immediate and long-term way.  It enables me to get feedback from the incredible educators and parents in my PLN, which gives me a new lens to view my thoughts about education and the classroom instruction highlighted in my blog posts.  Lastly, the blogging world enables me to learn from others, a learning that is personalized to my interests.  Recently, I have had 2 opportunities to join Blogging groups to reflect, learn, share and support others.  This #blogamonth challenge is one of these opportunities that I am really looking forward to.  Thanks to Jordan Beel @jordanbeel for nominating me for this group, here is his Blog a Month Post.  The people I am inviting below have either expressed a desire to blog this year in a Twitter chat or on Google plus or are bloggers that I have learned from this past month and hope they will consider sharing their learning/thoughts with the hashtag.  If you decide this challenge might be a great community to join to share and learn with then here are some recommendations for the first blog, then a #blogamonth after and support other Blog A Month bloggers by commenting on and retweeting their posts!

The Recommendations  for those new to blogging or trying to restart the habit

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers. They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

11 Random Facts about me @tdishelton

1.  I am a high school science teacher from Kentucky.

2.  I am “in love” with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

3.  I am relatively new to Twitter (summer 13) but have found it to be the most amazing professional learning experience of my life.

4.  I am obsessed with teaching students how to think and communicate their thinking through multiple vehicles.

5.  I am a HUGE college basketball fan!

6.  I am an introvert who plays extrovert all day when I teach.

7.  I love to experience nature-especially the beach and hikes through the beautiful hills of Kentucky.

8.  I love to stretch and challenge myself to be “better” and appreciate the collaboration and learning from others–a different lens to move my thinking.

9. I am addicted to coffee 🙂

10.  I cherish and appreciate time with family and friends.

11.  I am so glad I discovered Google Hangouts!

Answer the 11 Questions

1. Who is your favorite actor of all time?

I agree with Jordan–Tom Hanks

2. If you could have attended any historical event, which one would you choose and why?

As science teacher—of course, I want to land on the moon!

3. What is your favorite movie and why?

Movies like The Sixth Sense that have surprises and unexpected endings.

4. If you could invite anyone to dinner who would you invite and why?

My best friend—busy lives and never enough “friend time”.

5.What is your favorite form of caffeine?


6. Do you sing along to the radio, if yes, what is your preferred music genre? If not, do you make fun of people who do?

Yes-but I am a terrible singer so only in the car or occasionally in front of students : ) so I never make fun of people singing.

7. What is your favorite Twitter chat?


8. Best place to be quiet and reflect?

In front of my computer at 5 am in the morning.

9. Favorite book of your life?

In 2013—Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain or Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele

10. Do you prefer salty or sweet? What is your favorite salty or sweet and why?

Salty –blood sugar issues : )

11. What is one thing you never/rarely share that you are exceptionally proud of?

Stories about my family

11 Questions–Answer some or all

1. Describe something that “moves” you.

2.  Name a critical practice for an educator.

3.  If you could visit any place in the world–where would it be?

4.  What is something new you learned today?

5.  What is the title and author of the best book you read in 2013? (or a few if there are ties :D)

6.  What is your favorite Twitter chat?

7.  What new skill do you want to learn this year?

8.  Describe an class experience with your students that really lifted you.

9.  What is something most people do not know about you?

10.  Aside from the basics (food, water, shelter etc..) what is one thing you could not do without?

11.  Why do you blog? (or want to)

Recent Bloggers or Bloggers who have expressed the desire to Blog more regularly 🙂 Sign Up Here  and post your blog or make your first blog following the recommendations  above.

Donald Gately @donald_gately

Wanda Battaglia @weezywalker1

Dr. Kimberly Haverkos @kimhaverkos

Kent Polen @KentPolen

Kelly Stidham @kastidham

Bloggers I have learned from this past month and support! (Here is the Weebly to start posting your regular blog-you can skip the above if you want : )

Scott Kley Contini @continicorner

Amanda Meyer @AlynnMeyer

Darin Johnston @AnIowaTeacher

Caitlin Conroy @EduCait_Tech

Jessica Worley @edtechartist

Lisi Feit Gopin @edtechtoday

Traci Logue @Fearless_Teach

I am looking forward to blogging, learning from and supporting others participating in the Blog  A Month Challenge!

Tricia Shelton


4 thoughts on “The Blog A Month Challenge

  1. Love this Tricia!! also love 5am at computer… have to read Quiet, hear so much about, but I’m not an introvert. Just finished reading Zealot. am reading the Talent Code and the Shining sequel by Stephen King.


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  3. Oh, so glad I found your blog! I, too, am an introvert playing the role of extrovert all day, and also found Twitter last summer. Your words spoke directly to the leap-of-faith blogger in me, as well. Keep posting! (Going to check out Quiet!)


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