Thank you to all of you for clicking on this blog, even if it was only to pass the time while sitting on the toilet. I am glad to have been a momentary distraction.
Back in 2015, I closed my old websofsubstance blog as it ticked over 200,000 hits and I really thought it was game over. However, I took the advice of @oldandrewuk and just kept going. I have learnt so much as part of this process – I have learnt so much from all of you lovely people – and I can only encourage other teachers to blog. Yes, there is unpleasantness at times from those who don’t like what I say, but the rewards outweigh the costs, in my opinion.
My top five blog posts, in ascending order of the number of hits, are as follows:
I have written a great deal on differentiation over the years but this is my most popular post on the topic. Essentially, differentiation as it is usually conceived, lacks supporting evidence. However, the term is so broad that it can cover both good and bad practice. We need better words.
For a long time, this was my most popular post. It contains the first outing for a graphic that, if not quite viral, has found its way into a number of different cracks and crevices, including the second edition of Dylan Wiliam’s book, Embedded Formative Assessment.
In this piece I explain that explicit teaching is not lecturing, it is a whole system that includes the gradual release of responsibility to the student.
Here, I jumped on a tweet by Dylan Wiliam to post some useful resources for anyone interested in learning about cognitive load theory. It probably needs updating.
Fittingly, my post popular post also deals with cognitive load theory, the subject of my PhD research. This post is specifically about using practical applications of the theory in class and it seems to have struck a chord.
One thing I notice is that three of my top five posts have questions for titles – note that well young Padawan – while the other two about about cognitive load theory. I have also posted a lot about PISA data but none of these make it into the top five, perhaps because there are so many posts and none of them particularly stand out.
Should I stop now I’ve hit a million hits?
No, I think I’ll just keep going…