The Best of SYWTT 2009 Blogging & Technology by Joel Wagner - December 31, 2009June 30, 20100 Over the past (almost) three years of blogging, I have learned a lot more about myself, teaching, blogging, WordPress, CSS, HTML, and social media than I ever really thought I would. Most of it has been good, or at least fun. Some of it hasn’t been all that great, but I keep on keeping on. As we close out each year, I like to take a sort of retrospective on the past year and look at some of the most popular articles from the year. I’ve traditionally broken this retrospective into three individual posts (2007 Loneliest/Busiest/Overlooked, 2008 Loneliest/Busiest/Overlooked), but this year I’ll do things a little differently and pack everything into one huge year-end blowout. The busiest articles of 20092009 really saw Twitter begin to do some crazy things to my blog. So much so that I have actually considered turning off comments altogether and just letting the conversations flow across the social media spheres. I still have comments on for now, but it takes up more and more time to weed through the junk. That being said, I’ve decided to break the popular posts down into various categories. The 10 most discussed overallWhether it be on Twitter, Facebook, or comments on the site, these were the most discussed articles from SYWTT in 2009. 30 Twitter Tips for Teachers 25 Free Apps And Websites For Tech-Loving Teachers Google Wave Will Revolutionize Online Classroom Instruction 20 Free Tech Tools for Learning and Communicating Twitter Guide for Teachers 20 Blogs I Wish Were Around When I Started Teaching The Power of Potential: 19 Educational Uses for Google Wave 20 Great Websites for Teachers 85+ Cool Sites I Found In October Via Twitter 10 Things A First Year Teacher Should Do 10 more of the popular articlesBeyond these 10 high-performing articles, there were some others that were also popular in the social media circles. Recession 2009 And Its Impact On Teaching Who’s Looking For A Job This Summer? Should All Great Blogs Have A Comments Policy? When Is It Time To Relocate? Wake Up Call Help A Struggling Teacher Out! Graduate First – Why I Won’t Add You As My Facebook Friend Yet Carnival of Education #214: The Day To End All Days Video: How To Use Twitter In The Classroom Video: Texting While Driving A School Bus? Are You Serious? The overlooked articles of 2009Some of the best stuff on the blog just didn’t catch on for one reason or another. Even so, I still think these articles are well worth your time. 50 Online Reference Sites for Teachers 20 Classic SYWTT Articles And Series Find A Moment (Total Teacher Transformation Day 1) 20 Free Online Tools, Apps, and Downloads Teacher Burnout: 20 Insights From a 17-Year Veteran Teacher On The Brink of Burnout Total Teacher Transformation Begins Total Teacher Transformation: Hope For All Teachers Teacher Burnout: A Sad Story Seven Years Later: 7 Things I Would Do Before My First Year As A Teacher If I Knew Then What I Know Now 45 Tasks for Parent Volunteers in the Classroom The 10 most visited pages on SYWTTAdditionally, we got to the point back in April where the blog is averaging just under 1,000 pageviews a day. As a result, a lot of articles get viewed every day. I thought it would be interesting to list here the pages on the site that got the most views throughout 2009. A few of them were written this year, and some others have been popular since the early days of SYWTT. The top 10 articles are listed with their pageviews and publication date. Are Classroom Rules Needed? (5,278 views) 7/26/2008 5 Surefire Tips For Handling Misbehavior (5,358 views) 9/12/2007 Habit 2: Classroom Procedures (5,420 views) 6/10/2007 Valid Reasons Teachers Quit (6,280 views) 7/08/2007 20 Blogs I Wish Were Around When I Started Teaching (6,730 views) 4/05/2009 50 Reasons To Love Your Job As A Teacher (6,930 views) 11/30/2007 5 Character Traits Of Great Teachers (7,181 views) 11/29/2007 25 Free Apps And Websites For Tech-Loving Teachers (7,359 views) 7/08/2009 How Do I Keep My Students Quiet? (9,965 views) 6/07/2007 9 Reasons To Quit Teaching (And 10 Reasons To Stick) (13,080 views) 6/18/2007 Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.