Every year I identify my personal favorite posts, and it’s time for my end-of-year selection.
Here are My Favorite Posts In 2014 — Part Two:
Here are some of my favorite “The Best…” lists from this year (by the way, the total lists I’ve published reached 1,400 this year):
I’ve continued to write posts for The New York Times about teaching English Language Learners, though I’ve been doing it at a reasonable pace of once-a-month instead of my previous insane schedule of once-a-week. You can see all of them at All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions. They’ve been very helpful to my students and me, and I hope other teachers can say the same. Two of my favorites (actually, they’re the only ones I’ve written there this fall — look for more in 2015) are:
Food is the topic of this New York Times Learning Network post for English Language Learners, and it’s chock full of some pretty unique lessons. In addition, it discusses how to apply Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of “flow” to those lessons and, in fact, to just about any other lesson, too.
Teach academic writing through civics and citizenship lessons around the legal voting age. In addition, use surveys and polls to provoke listening and speaking practice.
I’ve continued to publish two or three posts each week at my Education Week Teacher advice column. Teachers Should Dress As Students’ Advocate Not ‘Peer’ was insanely popular, but my favorite was ‘The Teacher Wars’: An Interview With Dana Goldstein.
I didn’t write as many articles as I usually do for other publications over the past six months since I was focused on finishing up the third book in my student motivation trilogy 🙂 (look for Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners to come out in March, with early excerpts in Education Week, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Middleweb and Edutopia). However, I was able to write two for The Washington Post that I liked and were fairly popular:
And I’ve had a lot of fun doing a weekly ten minute radio shown for BAM!, where I’ve been interviewing guests who have contributed responses to my Ed Week column. They just redesigned their website, and it’s worth a look…
Here are some favorite blog posts divided by category: