My favorites of 2013

It’s December and that means it’s time for all the “best of” lists.  Since you’ve probably already perused these:

I figure you’re ready for my Best of the Web 2013!
(Don’t worry- I don’t have 50 favorites- 5 should be sufficient to share this year’s bounty.)

1. A Year at Mission Hill
“Ten videos. One year. A public school trying to help children learn and grow. The national conversation we need to be having.”

2. Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble 
“Inquiry means living in the soup. Inquiry means living in that uncomfortable space where we don’t know the answer.” (From MindshitQED)

3. Education Needs More Tempered Radicals
To me, *this* is the piece about what it means to make change from within the system. (From EdWeek)

4. Adult Learning in Under 3 Minutes
It says “adult” learning, but this is the best explanation of learning theory that I’ve seen- and it applies to everyone, not just the grown-ups.

5.  Last but not least, anything on Dan Callahan’s Remix Teaching
Dan brings content from all over the place and manages to make me think about serious things without taking this whole thing too seriously- a rare gift in today’s edusphere.

6. (BONUS!) Edutopia
Now, I get paid to be one of their community facilitators, so I have time to really dig around on this site which has been around for awhile and is easily one of the most under-used resources out there. (Yes, it needs  a SERIOUS redesign but it is filled with gems.) Looking for stuff on PBL? Common Core? Arts Integration? They have it in spades.  It’s a freaking gold mine.  Plus if you ask a question a whole host of people like me will rush to help you find answers.  (Bonus bonus!)

Thanks for being a part of my 2013- let’s hope 2014 brings laughter, friendship, and student achievement (the real kind, I mean) for everyone!


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