I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

These posts are different from the ones I list under the monthly “Most Popular Blog Posts.” Those are the posts the largest numbers of readers “clicked-on” to read.

This month’s list is longer than usual.

Here are the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

“Languages smarten up your brain”

I Like Fotobabble

Third Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

“Myths of Independent Reading”


A Question On Teacher Attire

The Power of “Touch” In The Classroom

A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits

Have You Ever Felt Like You & Your Students Are “Enduring” Class Instead of Enjoying It?

The Saddest School-Related Statistic I’ve Heard In Awhile….


TIME Magazine Can Do Better Than This…

“Idolizing Just One Person Undermines The Struggle”

Students Annotating Text

If You Teach ELL’s In Grade Six Or Above, These Are “Must-Have” Resources

Call Me Cynical, But I Just Don’t Think This Workbook Is Going To Help Us “Close The Achievement Gap”

Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem

Story Jumper Looks Good

I’ve Never “Motivated” A Student

“School Secretary Fired For Translating For Parents”

Persuasive Essays, Low-Income Communities & The Census Count

A Really Nice Online Writing Exercise

“Will Sleeping More Make Me Smarter?” — A Lesson I’m Trying This Week

Universcale Looks Pretty Amazing

On Rewards & Classroom Management

Are Some School Reform Technocrats Using Failed Urban Renewal Projects As Their Blueprint?

Interview Of The Month: Marvin Marshall On Positive Classroom Management

“A History Of The World”

“If it is familiar, it has not eaten you yet”

Excerpt From My Upcoming Book On Teaching English Language Learners