I’ve been writing this blog for six or seven years. I thought readers might find it useful for me to dig back in the “archives” and highlight my choices for some of the best posts that appeared during that time.
The first list in this series, My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume One, focused on the year 2007 and included a fair amount of still-useful material (at least in my opinion).
I’d say the same thing about my review of posts from 2008, which you can find in My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Two.
Volume Three covered 2009.
And now it’s time for Volume Four, which covers posts from 2010:
My second book, English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work, was published. You can read a number of excerpts at that link.
For some wisdom and humor, you can’t beat A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos.
And, for inspiration, check out The Best Quotes About Education.
As teachers continue to be blamed for many of our school’s ills, you might want to read The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher & Outside Factors Have On Student Achievement.
Here’s a fun one: The Best Sites For Learning About “Cool” Cars (& Designing Your Own!)
The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas continues to be one of the all-time most popular posts.
I’ve been a longtime advocate of teachers using student evaluations to improve our practice, as I describe in The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers).
The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students is another popular one.
I wrote quite a few articles for other publications that year. Here are the ones I especially liked:
- English Language Learners And The Power Of Personal Stories (The New York Times)
- Home Visits And Hope For The Future
- The best kind of teacher evaluation (The Washington Post)
- How To Give Classrooms A Mission (The Washington Post)
- Why Paying Parents To Attend School Events Is Wrong (Washington Post)
- Private Foundations Have a Place (& Have To Be Kept In Their Place)
- Teacher Eyes On The Wrong Prize?
- Let’s Do Less ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’
- The importance of being unprincipled
- Being ‘Transactional’ Versus Being ‘Transformational’ in Schools
- School Librarians And English Language Learners
- Looking Beyond The Simple School Fix (reprinted in Washington Post as Teachers: What we need to do to fix schools
- What Do School Reform Technocrats and Failed Urban Renewal Schemes Have in Common?
- The Parent Trigger Doesn’t Help Schools Or Parents
- Gates Foundation Minimizing Great Tools For Helping Teachers Improve Their Craft
I shared my reasons for writing this blog.
Here are some of my favorite classroom management-related posts from that year:
The Problem With “Bribing Students”
Here are some good ones on education policy issues:
And here is a mix of posts on different topics:
A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits is just about my favorite lesson plan.
“Idolizing Just One Person Undermines The Struggle”
Persuasive Essays, Low-Income Communities & The Census Count
Academic Research Has Its Place, But It Also Has To Be Kept In Its Place
What Can Teachers Learn From Terrorists?
“Mr. Ferlazzo, I Need My Post-It, Too” is about one of my favorite classroom moments — ever!