Edutopia.org's blogs launched in mid-March 2006, and their popularity has been spiraling upward, thanks to our talented bloggers and to you, our readers, who visit us daily, bookmark the blog, post your comments, and email suggestions for new postings. Here's my roundup of the picks of 2006.
Most-Viewed Blog Postings
These are the blog posts that received the most hits from Edutopia.org readers:
Chris O'Neal takes our challenge to surf around the hot video-sharing Web site and share his observations.
Cell phones in class are controversial? High school teacher Ron Smith's first blog post set the tone for his out-of-the box postings. Sure to get the conversation going.
Peggy Benton's post gets people started. The comments section is rich with readers' suggestions and favorite resources.
Who would have known that video excerpts set in the context of specific curricular themes would be so popular? We'll continue these thematic video groupings throughout 2007.
Jim Moulton's excellent post offers very practical ideas for using this tool in an average classroom.
Patsy Lanclos's post generated much attention, lots of mentions in other blogs, and even more questions about a basic skill.
In no particular order, my personal favorite blog postings -- some made me laugh, others made me cry, and all of them inspired me -- follow:
The first time I saw former high school principal Tony Bencivenga on video, I knew he was an inspirational leader. Meeting him in person, hearing from his former students and teachers, and having him blog on for Edutopia.org has been a joy.
If you want to know why people stay in the teaching profession, reread Ron Smith's recounting of two special students. Maybe our most powerful posting to date.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton is a wealth of information about the best Web sites and resources for teachers.
Former school superintendent Larry Leverett's post dives deep into his personal experience, provides links to important resources, and discusses a loaded topic with intelligence and humanity.
My pet peeve: putting the cart before the horse.
Which Edutopia.org posts were your favorites, and why? What would you like to see in our blog in 2007?