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You can see them all organized in a slightly different form here!

I’ve recently looked back in the archives of the blog to identify the best posts of each year, and now I’m up to 2012!

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.

Volume Four reviewed 2010.

Volume Five looked at 2011.

And now it’s time for 2012:

I published my fourth book, “The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels,” (co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski). You can see lots of excerpts here.

Here are some of my favorite “The Best…” lists from this year (by the way, the total lists I’ve published reached 1,000 this year):

The Best Sites To Learn About Saul Alinsky

The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading

The Web 2.0/Social Media Tools I Use Everyday & How I Use Them

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior”

The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons

My Best Posts On Metacognition

The Best Funny Movie/TV Clips Of Bad Teachers

The Best Resources On The Newly-Released California Educator Excellence Task Force Report (I served on the Task Force)

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Knowing What You Don’t Know

A Sampling Of The Best Tweets With The #SaidNoTeacherEver Hashtag

I’ve published quite a few articles in other publications this year. Here are a few of my favorites:

I’ve enjoyed doing my monthly New York Times column on teaching English Language Learners and my weekly teacher advice column in Education Week Teacher.

My article in ASCD Educational Leadership, Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do, has been the most popular article on their website for months.

Here is a good post on classroom management:

How To Recover From A Classroom Train Wreck….

And one on education policy:

“Sacramento City Teachers Association declines to participate in Race to the Top “

Here are some on instruction:

“Instead of seeing students as Far Below Basic or Advanced, we see them as learners” (Guest post by Lara Hoekstra)

Have You Ever Had A Student Say “This Is Boring”? Here’s A Lesson On It I’m Trying Out Tomorrow

Series Of Good Dan Pink Videos To Use With Students

“What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand”

Ducklings Video Demonstrates Great “Differentiated Instruction”

And here are a few miscellaneous ones:

All My Class Blogs

Eight Ways To Build An Audience For Your Blog

Prof. James Heckman Says Adolescence Is Key Time To Teach (& Learn About) Self-Control & Perseverance

“You Cannot Make A Plant Grow — You Can Provide The Conditions For Growth”

How I’m Helping My Students Try To Avoid The “Summer Slide”

Wow! Voice Of America Dramatically Redesigns & Expands Its Learning English Features

Part Two Of “How I’m Helping My Students Try To Avoid The “Summer Slide””

Daniel Pink Answers Two Questions About Group Incentives

Is This The Most Important Research Study Of 2012? Maybe