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 re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009. and A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog.

Five Questions That Will Improve Your Teaching was the headline of a guest column I wrote for Education Week in 2011.

I think readers might find it useful to read the entire piece.

To give you a sense of it, though, here are the five questions I highlight in it:

“Will what I am about to do or say bring me closer to the person with whom I am communicating—or will it push me further away?”

“Is what I am doing (or about to do) going to connect to the student’s self-interest?”

“Who’s doing the work?”

“Is what I’m doing connected to higher-order thinking?”

“Am I using ‘whole-class processing’ strategies?”