As we stare down the end of 2020, let me thank you again for visiting this space and reading my musings. This has been a busy year for the 8 Blog. Almost 15,000 people have visited this space to find some solace or some support. I’m blessed to have this forum to share my thoughts and work through my ideas. As I written before, I write to learn. I come here to work through the different challenges I face in my classroom and I’m tremendously grateful that these thoughts resonate with you. I wish you and your loved ones a joyous and healthy 2021.
Without fanfare, here are the Top Five posts from 2020.
- Resources for Disruptions: From March 2020, this post serves as a time capsule for the start of the pandemic. At the time, we were all working through the pain of quickly moving our face-to-face classrooms to remote instruction. This post was an effort to provide some resources for educators to navigate those challenges.
- Teaching Remotely? Forget about Perfect: Also from March 2020, this post offers a supportive reality check for the amazing, hard-working teachers who are driven to perfection, even amidst a global pandemic.
- What Matters: From April 2020, this post was a response to an opinion piece from Inside Higher Education where a professor chastised students who appeared unkempt in their Zoom classroom. I offered that we need to focus on what really matters in our classrooms. And include a powerful Maya Angelou quote for good measure.
- Flip a Switch: This is another post from early in the pandemic. Inspired by a tweet from Howard Rheingold, this post shared some critical resources during some of the darkest moments of the 2020 academic year.
- Visions of Hell: This post from May 2020 is a little existential. Inspired by a catchy witticism, this post examines what the definition of hell might look like for a student-centered teacher.