Top Posts from 2022 – Part 2

Sometime in December 2022, this blog had its 150,000th reader. I don’t know the exact day it happened or who that 150,000th reader was, but I’m humbled by the fact that so many people have come to this blog for my musings and ramblings over the years. If you’re a regular reader (or a subscriber), I appreciate that you take a few minutes out of your busy work week to read through these posts. As I shared when I first started this blog in 2009, this is a labor of love. I don’t do this to self-promote my work or to feed my own ego. I’m working through things, just like most of you. After more than fifty years of life, thirty years of teaching, twenty five years of marriage and more than twenty years of parenthood, I’m still trying to figure things out. And this space helps me do that. Thanks for being here.

Without any further fanfare, here are the top five posts from 2022.

1. Something Controversial: From April 2022, this post draws on Paul Hanstedt’s book, Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses for a Complex World (2018) and discusses different ways to structure course content.

2. Reading More Closely: I’ve always struggled with getting students to complete course assignments. In this post from February 2022, I discuss different strategies I use to help my students more closely read the texts I assign.

3. Revisiting “A Politicized Space”: A few years ago, I wrote about trying to appear politically neutral to my students. In this post from January 2022, I revisit that earlier post but discuss research that Jose Antonio Bowen shared in his book, Teaching Change: How to Develop Independent Thinkers Using Relationships, Resilience, and Reflection (2021).

4. The Last Class: Endings have always been difficult for me. In this post from November 2022, I discuss how challenging it is to teach the last class of the semester.

5. Revisiting Start with Thanks: Drawing on the book, How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation (Kegan & Lehay, 2001), this post offers a revised look at how we communicate our gratitude to our colleagues.


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