As regular readers know, this month marks the ninth anniversary of this blog (you can see a list of the “all-time” most popular posts during that time here).
And many readers are familiar with my regularly updated lists of “all-time” favorite sites (you can see them at All Of My “All-Time” Best Lists In One Place!).
Every six months, I also make lists of my favorites posts and articles during those periods (you can see them all here).
I thought it would be appropriate for me to take a look at those favorite lists and share “my favorites of my favorites.”
First off, here are my favorite “Best” lists (you can see all 1,600 of them here):
The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons
The Best Resources On The Importance Of Knowing What You Don’t Know
The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change
The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading
The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”
The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing
The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise
The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers)
The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students
A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos.
The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes
The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching
The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More!
A Collection Of The Best Fun, Yet True, “Said No Teacher Ever” Resources
My Best Posts On Writing Instruction
The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits
The Thirty-Seven “All-Time” Best Lists
A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools
The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students
A Collection Of My Best Resources On Parent Engagement
A Collection Of My Best Resources On Student Motivation
A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners
New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work
THE BEST COLLECTIONS OF INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR ELLS – HELP ME FIND MORE!
A COLLECTION OF SILENT MOVIE GIF METAPHORS FOR TEACHER LIFE – MAKE SOME YOURSELF WITH THE TAG #EDMOVIEGIF
THE EIGHT BEST TEACHING & LEARNING RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON THIS BLOG
FIFTY-THREE WAYS TO HAVE STUDENTS INTERACT WITH TEXT – ONLINE OR IN THE PHYSICAL CLASSROOM
Next, here are my favorite “non-Best list” posts:
“What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand”
Ducklings Video Demonstrates Great “Differentiated Instruction”
Is This The Most Important Research Study Of 2012? Maybe
An Effective Five-Minute Lesson On Metacognition
Is This The Most Important Research Study Of The Year? Maybe
Collective Punishment In The Classroom
What Can We Learn About Classroom Management From Abraham Lincoln?
Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t”
A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits is just about my favorite lesson plan.
“Mr. Ferlazzo, I Need My Post-It, Too” is about one of my favorite classroom moments — ever!
The Fifteen Tech Tools & Non-Tech Resources I Use Most Often With My Students
Deliberate Practice & Red Herrings
“How Can I Better A Better Teacher For You?”
No, The “Cone Of Experience” Is Not “Research-Based” & Yes, Some People Debunking It Have Way Too Much Time On Their Hands
Here’s My Chapter On Elements Of A Successful Lesson, Along With Student Hand-Outs THEY Use To Teach
“Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”
It Doesn’t Matter If It’s “Effective” If Students Won’t Do It
How To Turn A Negative Consequence Into A Positive Classroom Management Strategy
Classroom Management Strategy: “Sometimes The Only Thing Worse Than Losing A Fight Is Winning One”
Classroom Management Strategy: Here Are Three Things I Want. What Are Three Things You Want?
Knowledge Isn’t Power — “Power is Power”
“Flowchart For When A Day Goes Bad In Classroom Management”
KQED Interviews Me About Saul Alinsky & His Connection To Teaching
Here’s A Narrated Version Of My Slide Deck On SEL & The Common Core
The Elephant In The Room In The Talent vs. Practice Debate
What My Students Say About Teachers Mispronouncing Their Names
Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class
New Animated Video I’ve Done With Ed Week: “What Is ‘Transfer of Learning’ and How Does It Help Students?”
We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity
Guest Post: What ELLs Taught Our School In A Week-Long Empathy Project
My Growth Mindset Lessons Usually Go Well, But What I Did Today Was The Best Yet (Student Hand-Outs Included)
Three Videos Of English Language Learners Giving Advice To Teachers
We Need To Talk More About Schools As Mediating Institutions
THE DEMONIZATION OF IMMIGRANTS AS INVADERS, AND WHAT TEACHERS & STUDENTS CAN DO ABOUT IT
LEADING WITH INQUIRY, NOT JUDGMENT
TWELVE WAYS ELLS – & ANYONE ELSE – CAN READ & DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF A TEXTBOOK CHAPTER – ADD TO THE LIST!
“WE ALSO SHOULDN’T LET WHITE PEOPLE OFF THE HOOK”
EDITING LIST FOR WHEN TEACHERS WRITE BOOKS
OUR THREE VIDEO SERIES ON DIFFERENTIATION, INCLUDING TWO NEW ONES!
WAYS TO TURN A BAD TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP INTO A GOOD ONE
WE SHOULDN’T “EMPOWER” STUDENTS – INSTEAD WE SHOULD CREATE THE CONDITIONS WHERE THEY CAN TAKE IT
IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING DOESN’T SEEM TO WORK – SO WHAT SHOULD TEACHERS & OTHERS DO, INSTEAD?
ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH, RITA PIERSON WAS MORE RIGHT THAN NOT WHEN SHE SAID, “KIDS DON’T LEARN FROM PEOPLE THEY DON’T LIKE.”
I DID THIS SIMPLE THING TO TRY & HELP MY COLLEAGUES’ MORALE & YOU MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT WANT TO TRY IT, TOO
WASH. POST PUBLISHES MY COLUMN: “WHAT’S MISSING FROM CALLS FOR SUMMER SCHOOL TO STEM ‘LEARNING LOSS’”
TRYING TO BRING RESEARCH, SANITY, TEACHER EXPERTISE & STUDENT VOICE TO THE “LEARNING LOSS” DISCUSSION
NEW STUDY FINDS THAT THE PRESENCE OF IMMIGRANT STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS HELPS EVERYBODY, BUT TOTALLY MISSES OBVIOUS REASON
I hope you find this list useful!