...writes a blog better than I do.
Peter Pappas's blog Copy / Paste seems full of practical suggestions to do the kinds of things I want to do in my classes: project-based learning, student-centered and student-directed educational practices, critical thinking skills crammed into everything, clear and effective communication skills. I was introduced to him through Larry Ferlazzo's blog.
Some favorite posts so far:
First day of school? Here's how to get students thinking. Instead of passing out books, going over rules, etc., give your students an engaging puzzle to solve that involves communication and analytical thinking. And then, just for kicks, have them think reflectively about the whole experience.
A taxonomy of reflection. An application of Bloom's taxonomy of thinking to reflecting on learning. This is the first of a four-part series. It's an interesting framework for reflection.
Teachers, have the courage to be less helpful. 4 key points on how to make your classroom more student-centric.
How to tell a story: Five rules for better writing. Actually a cross-post from someone else, but still good.