In keeping with the Year in Review tradition, this post is a quick snapshot of the past year on the Metawriting blog. I have a blogging app that creates an annual report if you are interested, but here are the highlights (in my opinion).
Most popular Notable Notes posts:
- Connected Learning vs. Project-Based Learning
- Considering the Literacy Narrative
- Reflection Reprised
- What does it mean to be a writer?
- Why Blog?
Most popular blog posts:
- Stop teaching on-demand writing, make writers instead
- 7 Rules for Teaching Writers
- Simplicity: My one little word (OLW) and plan for 2015
- A Systems Approach To Teaching
- What is the purpose of literacy: An argument for teaching transliteracy
The posts most near and dear to my heart:
- How To Make A Writer
- Teachers: We reap what we sow
- Student shaming is bad for YOU
- Detoxify student stress
- In Praise Of Praise Poetry
It is interesting to note that while my focus continues to be on writing that I have also written a lot about learning. As I continue to search for my One Little Word for 2016, I considered empathy due to my current emotional state and my concern for my students as evidenced by four of my five favorites. But I think I will need to continue my search. Empathy is a marvelous word and should guide all our lives, but I think I need something more powerful to get me through just now.
While not everyone has a blog to allow them to take a walk down memory lane and consider the issues and ideas that resonated with them over the past year, I strongly suggest you find a way to mark those important events, celebrate your successes, and learn from your struggles. Why not blog or journal? What is your take-away from 2015?