What is Secondary Generalist?

The short answer is this is a simple blog written by me, Mike Russell.

What kinds of things will be posted here?

This blog will serve as home to a few different types of content:

  • Thoughts about education and ed reform that are too long for twitter. Ed reform is a huge, complicated topic and sometimes debates on twitter lose the nuance needed when discussing huge, complicated topics. So I'm going to do that here instead of strings of tweets.
  • Little chunks of research. Parts of my dissertation or articles in progress, or maybe bits of research that will one day become publications. I'm not quite sure.
  • Workflow posts. I find talking (or writing) about my workflow helps me think about and refine my workflow, so I'll be doing some of that here. It's a stereotypical topic for a grad student, but it's also useful. Hopefully someone will read what I'm doing and get some ideas of their own (or comment and tell me what I'm doing wrong.)
  • Linked lists. On occasion I'll gather interesting articles on education and post them here. Maybe weekly? Again, I'm not quite sure.
  • Thoughts on teaching. This fall I'm teaching four courses: an intro to education class, a basic ed theory course, a "how to write a lesson plan" class, and a social studies curriculum and instruction course. I plan on trying some new idea I gathered from THATCamp Digital Pedagogy this summer and I'll blog about how that goes here.

What will not be posted here?

  • Rants about students. Teachers shouldn't downtalk their students. That's something I teach and something I believe. I think the "millennials" have gotten a bad rap (yes, really) and I'm not going to waste time complaining about texting in class or whatever.

Why the "Secondary Generalist" name?

My first job title as a teacher was secondary generalist. I was hired to teach high school. As in I was the only high school teacher for all subjects for freshmen through super-seniors. It was great.

I've liked the idea of being a generalist ever since. It's not a good trait for a grad student (we're supposed to hyper-focus on a topic, after all), but it seems to work for me. In my current position I work with secondary students so the title still kind of works.