Tomorrow, August 4, 2012, is my blogiversary! I can't believe I've been doing this for a year, but I'm sure glad I decided to do it! There is no question in my mind that I've become a better teacher from blogging. I'm more reflective about everything I do. I have more resources now. Everywhere I go, everything I read becomes a potential blog post. Even working at a golf camp became a blog post! (And a series of learning games!)
I'm so grateful that blogging is part of my life. I'm grateful to all the people who read my blog, which makes it all worth it! (That's just another reminder, as a teacher of writing, the importance of the audience!)
I wanted to share some of my favorite blog posts in the past year:
1. Brain Facts - Since I'm a big fan of Brain Research, I often post interesting facts. This one has valuable teaching points as well as interesting little bits of brain trivia.
2. Giving Feedback - Giving Feedback is such an important part of teaching. In this post I shared a simple system I use to give feedback on daily classwork and homework.
3. Band aid or Lasso - This has been one of my most popular posts. It contains a couple of stories I share with the children to help them remember when to use an apostrophe. These silly tricks really work!
4. Lessons Learned - This post contains a personal story from when my daughter was little. It's a story I repeat often to parents every year.
5. Ten Brain Based Learning Strategies - This is another of my most popular posts. I read it frequently myself so that I can re-think those important strategies that help learning happen!
6. Ten Ways to Motivate Students - This is another post that I re-read frequently. I wish students came self-motivated, but it doesn't happen often enough!
7. Developing Open Response Answers - I work hard each year helping children improve their ability to answer open response questions. These are some of my strategies.
8. Ten Easy Learning Games - Games are an important part of my classroom. Here are some fun games that are easy to teach the kids and include in a classroom.
9. Seven Brain Based Learning Principles - The more I learn about the brain, the more I want to share with the world. This is another one of my favorites!
10.Twelve Strategies to Get From Working Memory to Long Term Memory - Isn't this what we're really trying to do?
11. Assessing Reading Difficulties - I was lucky enough to have some great training this year, and this is some of what I learned.
12. Random Tidbits About Our Language Reading Teachers Should Know - Still more I learned from training this year.
These last three posts don't have a whole lot to do with teaching, but they are special to me because I'm sharing very personal stuff!
13. When Bad Things Happen, Make Lemonade - This one is about some health issues I have.
14. Tell Me More, Tell Me More - More than you ever wanted to know about me!
15. Speaking of Heroes - This one is about my hero, my dad.