Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be reposting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years:

Teaching Is Organizing (Or Should Be) is an article I co-authored with my good friend Craig McGarvey in 2005.

We discuss community organizing and how it relates to my first years of teaching.

For me, the most memorial sentence in the piece is when I recount asking students to do an anonymous evaluation of my teaching one week during the first year of my career. A student wrote:

“I didn’t learn anything, but that was okay because Mr. Ferlazzo tried his best.”

Though I’ve certainly had my bad days since that time, fortunately my evaluations have been a bit more positive 🙂 (see My Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers) )