BlueSofaMedia.com is a teaching blog focusing on innovation, creativity, student engagement, professional development and technology integration.
Who are you?
My name is Matthew Callison. I have been working in schools and teaching in Northern California since 1998. I was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2007 for the way I effectively use technology to reach students in new and different ways. At my school I am known as the teacher who “doesn’t have any desks” (not entirely true) and who has a sofa in his classroom (entirely true).
I believe that being a teacher is a process more than a product. I must continually learn new things and grow as a human being and as a teacher to be effective at helping others learn. It has taken me years to become more comfortable and confident as a teacher and there are days when I still feel brand new.
Four of my beliefs about teaching and learning are:
- Teaching is a process of building human relationships.
- Classrooms should be centers of research (formal and informal) and reflective and innovative practice. Innovation requires experimentation with new ideas and approaches.
- Pretty much everything about “education” in the United States must radically shift to meet the needs of ALL our children in the 21st century.
- While teachers and schools do need to continually improve, poverty is the (often unspoken) underlying cause of what we call “the achievement gap.”
What is BlueSofaMedia.com?
BlueSofaMedia.com is a platform for me to share things that work well for me, with my students, in my classroom. As a recovering perfectionist, this blog is a way I can push myself to share things “as is”.
Why is it called BlueSofaMedia.com?
We live in a time when you can connect with people from around the world without ever leaving the comfort of your home. I like the analogy of a sofa being the center of teaching and learning. When I connect with global colleagues and expanded my horizons as a teacher and learner I am most often sitting on the blue sofa in my living room.
How often do you post new articles?
My goal is to post at least one new article each week. I would love to put things up more quickly, but for now, my goal is to post some type of new article each week.
I have plans for several ongoing series of articles as well. In the works are a series of articles that deal with classroom organization, blogging in the classroom, cooking in the classroom, podcasting in the classroom, working with English learners, and building a positive classroom community.