It’s hard to believe that another year of writing here on the Radical is coming to a close, y’all. Every time that I sit down behind the keyboard and start clicking away, I keep my fingers crossed that I’ll churn out bits that SOMEONE will find useful.
Having spent the better part of the past 8 years learning from others who are freely giving their thoughts and ideas away online, being useful is important to me.
I want to do my part — in my own simple way — to give back.
That’s why I wanted to take a minute to spotlight the five Radical reads that were viewed the most times in the past year. Doing so will put the content that others found the most provocative in one place. It’s like crowdsourced filtering, right?
So here are the five most viewed posts on the Tempered Radical in 2012:
What if You Flipped Your Faculty Meetings? (15,379 views)
In this post, I challenge school principals to model the kinds of learner centered instructional practices that they’d like to see happening in classrooms by finding ways to flip their faculty meetings.
Writing Student-Friendly Learning Goals (14,116 views)
Written in November of 2008, this post ranks as one of the most viewed Radical Reads of all time. In it, I lay out a clear process for — and rationale behind — converting the clunky objectives found in state curriculum guides into language that parents and students can understand.
One of the ideas that I believe in is that teachers can make digital moviemaking projects a WHOLE lot easier by assembling kits of content — pictures, music, statistics, quotes — for their students before the project even begins.
In this post, I show readers how to use Google Docs to do just that.
A highlight of my professional year was working with Patrick Larkin, Larry Fliegelman and Kristen Swanson to reimagine schools as a part of a David Jakes presentation at Educon.
Together, we wrestled with the changes that would need to be made to turn schools into places where doing mattered more than knowing.
Writing 25 Word Stories [HANDOUT] (5,700 views)
For years, Kevin Hogdson — @dogtrax on Twitter — has been writing 25 word stories that he shares on Twitter. Knowing that students have troubles with word choice while writing, I thought the same process would make for a good lesson. That’s what I share in this post.
I think what I’m proudest of in this list of the most viewed Radical Reads is that all of my professional interests are represented.
I really am just as passionate about wrestling with just what our schools should be as I am about trying to help readers find ways to integrate digital tools into their work or sharing lessons that have worked in my classroom — and I’m jazzed that those passions resonate with all y’all.
And I really am thankful that you choose to keep reading.