2008 has turned out to be one of the most significant in my life. It was a year of great loss as as well as great joy. Although I didn’t write so much about the latter, I became engaged to my long-time girlfriend, also a teacher, in September. And we will be beginning 2009 in a new home.
As I review the year, I thought it might be appropriate to recap some of my favorite posts from the past year. Here are the ones I am most proud of:
- Mr. Winkle Wakes
Between Youtube, Teachertube, and the Spanish language Dotsub version, Mr. Winkle has been viewed approximately 18,765 times this year. The movie my attempt to add something to the “eduporn” medium that didn’t take itself too seriously and made its point with visuals and not just text. It was also my excuse to learn Apple’s Motion.
- Film School for Video Podcasters
I had a lot of fun getting to play a detective and create this how-to movie for the K12 Online Conference on making better videos in the classroom. I enjoyed the reactions to the project and being a part of the whole K12 Online experience as a presenter and participant.
- Classroom Mangement: Appropriate Consequences
This post had 42 comments, more than any other post I’ve written though most of them were more about differentiating instruction than the original topic. The comments inspired my differentiation series.
- The Digital Storytelling (aka Video in the Classroom Carnival)
- I hosted seven editions this year of examples of video work from around the blogosphere.
And my three most popular posts of the year (based on Feedburner item use):
- Royalty Free Music and Images
- A Curriculum for Working with English Language Learners
- Whose Classroom Would You Rather Be In?
I thank you for reading and for the inspiration provided by the blogs I read on a daily basis.