“Looks like our readers love a secret,” wroteTeacher Magazine’s online editor Elizabeth Rich when she sent us a list of the five most popular Teacher Leaders Network essays posted at TM during 2008.

All five were part of our occasional series of “Teaching Secrets” articles aimed at helping novice teachers along the road to a successful teaching career. Many veterans enjoy the articles as well and often find them useful in their mentoring work with new colleagues.

Here’s the Top Five list. Each essay garnered tens of thousands of page views, a statistic that’s gratifying to all our TLN writers who have contributed to this Teacher Magazine partnership.

1. Teaching Secrets: Five Tips for the New Teacher
by Cindi Rigsbee – North Carolina

2. Teaching Secrets: What Kids Wish Teachers Knew
by Laurie Wasserman – Massachusetts

3. Teaching Secrets: The First Days of School – Part 1
by Jane Fung – Los Angeles

4. Teaching Secrets: Take Charge of Your Classroom
by Gail Tillery – Georgia

5. Teaching Secrets: The First Days of School – Part 2 
by Jane Fung – Los Angeles

As one TLN member noted during our private celebration: “Here’s another big secret (to some people, at least) — the best advice for teachers comes from (drum roll) real teachers. Surprise, surprise!”

You can quickly browse all 100-plus TLN contributions toTeacher (since fall 2006) at this index page on the Teacher Leaders Network website. All the “Teaching Secrets” articles begin with this tag.

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