I have to admit that as I compiled this list, I was genuinely surprised by which posts were most popular with our readers. I do believe the numbers are a bit skewed, though. Parentella’s readership has grown tremendously throughout 2010, and I think some gems from early in the year have been overlooked. But still, all the articles listed below are also fantastic!
Topping the charts by far for “Favorite Post” was 10 Tedx Talks that Teachers Should Watch, compiled by Ainslie Hunter. If you haven’t seen these videos, they are worth your time!
By far the most popular category was “Conferences,” particularly when we did live coverage from the conferences. Here is a sample of a few winners from this category:
Can Twitter help with Education? by Aparna Vashisht: At the ISTE conference, Aparna clearly proves the power of Twitter helps educators.
Educators Making an Impact at the #140Conf in Boston, a recap of the conference by Shelley Terrell.
Upcoming Education Conferences compiled by Amanda Henson.
Here are some more of our readers’ “Top Picks for 2010.”
A Parent’s Field Guide to Parents by April McCaffery: a biting response to a post written by Jason Flom on The Ecology of Education site that poked fun of parents.
Confessions of a Problem Parent by April McCaffery: speaks out about trying to find a balance between homework and quality of life.
A Dilemma by Amanda Henson: getting the locals schools to adopt technology in the classrooms.
How to Bridge The Summer Learning Gap by Aparna Vashisht: offers suggestions to help your children keep their skills sharp over the summer break.
Washington D.C. New Teacher Contract by Aparna Vashisht: a summary of the dramatic changes the Washington DC teacher’s union has agreed to.
Don’t Let Budget Woes Derail Education by Deven Black: a poignant article about why schools should not be run as businesses.
What is a Good Teacher? A Parent’s Perspective by April McCaffery: April talks about how well her children do in their classes is directly tied to how much they like the teacher.
How Would You Fix One Single Problem in Education? by Ainslie Hunter: Ainslie challenges us to look for practical, “not sexy” solutions to the education crises.
The Tony Danza Teach(ing) “Experiment” by Steve Franklin: Mr. Franklin realizes that Tony Danza’s teaching debut is not that different from his own.
How to Engage Parents at a Title I School: a compilation of strategies for improving parental involvement in low socioeconomic areas, written and compiled by several teachers and support staff.
“Race to Nowhere” vs. “Waiting for Superman” by Christi Grab: a comparison between two very different movies about education reform that were released at about the same time.
The Decisive Element in the Classroom: Three Ways Teachers Positively Impact Students by Signe Whitson: the importance of teaching children problem solving skills, as well as imparting them with self-esteem and self-efficacy skills.
Parent-Teacher Meetings: What Works by Steve Franklin: three strategies to encourage parents in poor socio-economic areas to be more involved in their kids’ educations.
Alternative Priorities by April McCaffery: April discusses why she chose to not take away her daughter’s extra-curricular activities as punishment for not doing well in school.
Welcome to Featured Apps! by Ann Leaness: Ann shares how much both children and adults love the ifish Pond App for the Ipad and Iphone.
Dad and Daughter Dates by Ainslie Hunter: Ainslie talks about the importance of children spending time with their fathers.
We want to thank all of your for reading our blog, as well as for all your comments, tweets and Facebooking posts about this blog and Parentella’s awesome private parent-teacher social network! We look forward to a fruitful 2011!
Written by Christi Grab, Parentella’s Editorial Director and author of The Unexpected Circumnavigation: Unusual Boat, Unusual People Part 1 – San Diego to Australia. She is currently working on book two of the series.