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CUE Goes to ISTE – Weird Birds

I talked with Melissa Eddington and Shauna Pollock about their Birds of a Feather Session – Calling all Weird Teachers, which happened Monday evening. These two teachers are all about bringing the creativity and verve into the classroom and pulled in many teachers unfamiliar with The Weird Way to their session.

Also- Rocky impressions.


Something Weird This Way Comes (to the CUE Blog)

Welcome to the new incarnation of the CUE Blog. My name is Doug Robertson, and I’ll be the CUE Blog’s Supreme Mugwump, Grand Poobah, and Cat in the Hat.*

The CUE Blog will be home to a diverse and interesting collection of writers covering education topics far and wide, general and specific. It is my goal to bring to you, our dear readers, the highest quality in education writing while balancing information with voice and personality. The CUE Blog will  be a place you want to come read because you know you’ll leave not only having learned something, but having enjoyed learning it.

As the new editor of the CUE Blog I should introduce myself to those unfamiliar with me. When the new school year starts I will be a fifth grade teacher in Gresham, OR, which sits just outside of Portland. It’s my first year in the area. I just finished two years in Medford, OR where I taught third and fourth grades. Before that I spent six years on the island on Oahu training for triathlons, surfing, riding my motorcycle, and teaching third, fourth, and sixth grades. While I was in Hawaii I had two wonderful student teachers who are now excellent teachers in their own classrooms, bringing the aloha and spreading the Weird Way. My first contracted year of teaching was spent in southern California, a little town called Pearblossom, where I taught third grade. My classrooms have always been extremely diverse both racially and socioeconomically, which I think has strongly informed how I teach and think about education. I matriculated from the University of the Pacific where I majored in education, minored in theater arts, and graduated magna cum barely.**

I’ve written two books about teaching. The first is called He’s the Weird Teacher and it’s my effort to explain how I think about teaching. It contains stories about students, lessons I use, and educational philosophy. He’s the Weird Teacher will not teach you how to better teach students to divide fractions. In fact, if you have a better way to do that please let me know. Instead it will reCovers togethermind you why you got into teaching in the first place, what the joy of the job is even through all the struggles, and hopefully give you the confidence to be yourself in your classroom and truly experiment to better serve your students.

My second book is called THE Teaching Text (You’re Welcome) and it’s a satirical look at every teaching book you’ve ever read (except my first book, of course). It’s not meant to be taken seriously and is written from the perspective of someone who knows he’s the greatest teacher to walk the Earth. Why else would he have written a book about teaching? You should be grateful he wrote this book. Both books are funny, but this one’s primary goal is to make you laugh while always asking questions about the educational foundations we’re standing on.

My vision for the CUE blog is one of inclusiveness, diversity, and bringing education the rock and roll it needs. We’re going to be bringing in writers from all walks of the education world, elementary, middle, high school, and college classroom teachers, researchers, counselors, parents, writers, and more. Anyone I can find who I think can bring something interesting to our table I’m going to pursue and publish. Remember, this is a promise coming from a guy who once had his tattoo artist come in to his third grade classroom to speak on creativity. Spoiler Alert- the kids loved him.

This means I need your help. Have an idea you want to explore in a post on a major education website? Email me at blog@cue.org or drobertson@cue.org. Have an educational webcomic you think deserves to be seen by all of CUE’s readers? Use those email addresses. Want to spoil season five of Game of Thrones? Go throw yourself in front of a speeding dragon. Other than spoilers I am open to anything. I want to be surprised. I want to learn from the people who will be writing for me. I’m looking for posts, interviews, book reviews, commentary, lesson ideas, professional reflection, signal boosting, social justice in the classroom, technology and it’s many uses, and more. I’ll be writing about these things but I don’t want to be alone. Join me on this quest to make the CUE Blog the most read, most interesting, most entertaining blog in the ‘Verse.

Let’s say you don’t have an entire post in you but you have questions for me. You have comments you’d like a response to. I will be running a semi-regular*** mailbag I’ll be calling CUEstions and CUEmments. Send me your wonders, your thoughts, your observations, and I will answer them in a public forum, thus fulfilling my destiny as Educator of the Millennium****.

I’m excited to helm this phase of the CUE Blog and I’m thrilled you’re all going to be along for the ride. I look forward to your comments, your post pitches, your CUEmments, your CUEstions, and your tweets. Once again, those emails are blog@cue.org and drobertson@cue.org and I can be found @TheWeirdTeacher on the twitters… *****

Thank you.

*If you understand all three of those references reward yourself with 1000 Internets, redeemable at any Restaurant at the End of the Universe

**I love that joke.

*** read: “when I have enough emails for a post”

**** Falcon

***** I promise the footnote gag won’t be a regular thing^


^ probably


Doug Robertson is a tentcath-year teacher currently talking at fifth graders in Northern Oregon. He’s taught in California, Hawaii, and Oregon in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. He’s the author of two books about education, He’s the Weird Teacher and THE Teaching Text (You’re Welcome) and an active blogger. Doug speaks at teaching conferences including CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps, presenting on everything from technology to teaching philosophy (or teaching The Weird Way, to use his words).  Doug is also the creator and moderator of #WeirdEd on Twitter, which happens every Wednesday at 7pm PST.

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