It felt like the blogosphere increased in ‘noise’ in 2014. The Echo Chamber went from under 2,000 blogposts in 2013 to over 6,000 in 2014. Teacher voice online is proliferating, spurred on by the astonishing energy of the edubloggers’ commander-in-chief, Andrew Old (who unmasked himself in 2014).
Here is my small effort to tune into to the ‘signal’ of some of the best blogposts and bloggers over the year.
My Top 14 bloggers of 2014
- Andrew Smith
- Daisy Christodoulou
- David Didau
- David Thomas
- Harry Fletcher Wood
- Harry Webb
- Heather F
- Jo Facer
- Kev Bartle
- Kris Boulton
- Phil Stock
- Sam Freedman
- Tom Sherrington
Top 14 posts of 2014 on this blog
- Bloggers lead the campaign to reform Ofsted
- Stop Ofsted grading teaching
- End Graded Observations: The Gorilla in The Classroom
- A History of Education: When Teachers Stopped Teaching
- One Scientific Insight for Curriculum Design
- Three Applications of Cognitive Science
- Rethinking Instruction: The Clock & The Compass
- How to Design Multiple-Choice Questions
- The Science of Self-Control
- Motivation & Instruction, Emotion, Mindset & Peer Pressure
- Crowdsourcing The Essay Emporium
- The research-practice paradox
- Annotating is Beautiful
- SEX helps us teach
Top 14 books I read in 2014
- Progressively Worse: The Burden of Bad Ideas in British Schools (reviewed)
- Moonwalking with Einstein (reviewed)
- Practice Perfect
- Leverage Leadership
- Teacher Proof
- The Righteous Mind
- Thinking Fast and Slow
- How Children Succeed
I’ll end with 3 of my highlights of the year, 3 trends I see, and 3 of my hopes for 2015:
3 Highlights of 2014
Starting a free school with an amazing team – Katharine, Katie, Bodil, Jonny, Olivia, Barry, I am so lucky to work with you!
Visiting Trinity Dixons Academy with its inspiring leadership – thank you so much Dani, Wes and Luke!
Meeting Doug Lemov and his wonderful family with Bodil and Jo – thank you Doug!
3 Trends in 2014
The Rise and Rise of ResearchED: amazing energy from Tom, Helene and the team
OFSTED Reach Out: edubloggers have been holding their feet to the fire
Core Knowledge gains influence: Daisy Christodoulou, the tide is with you!
3 Hopes for 2015
OFSTED stop grading teaching
Research(ED) Leads forge a network to lead the teaching profession
Michaela develops a powerful knowledge-led curriculum, pioneering mastery assessment system, unprecedentedly effective CPD, unusually low-burnout staff culture and habitually kind, motivated pupils!
Here’s to finding the signal amid the noise in 2015!