Category: Misc

The Teachers Are Back At Work!

By , August 20, 2012

I’m weeks behind schedule on my update to, but of course classroom teachers can’t ignore the calendar so easily: traffic at has surged by 60% in the past two weeks. Welcome back!

What Impact from Kindergarten entry delays & reduced cohort sizes?

By , August 10, 2012

I noticed that several states have begun “rolling back” kindergarten enrollments, so that this year and in each of the next few years, students will need to be 1 month older to enter kindergarten. What impact will the flow of these smaller cohorts have on our schools?

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Most Popular Lesson Plan Pages at

By , March 22, 2012

Here’s an updated list of the 500 most popular pages at this site, ranked for the current school year (from August 7, 2011 through March 17, 2012). The number in parentheses is the change in rank compared to the earlier period from January 1, 2011 through August 27, 2011.

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (unchanged)
  2. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell (+7)
  3. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope and Will Osborne (+60)
  4. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (+87)
  5. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (-1)
  6. Fudge, Double Fudge, Fudge-A-Mania, Superfudge by Judy Blume (-6)
  7. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (+105)
  8. The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R Stockton (+29)
  9. Cam Jansen (+34)
  10. The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street by Rod Serling (+2) Read more »

Traffic Update

By , March 22, 2012

It’s kind of fun to look at the graph of weekly traffic at since August, viewed as a proxy for “lesson planning activity.”


You can see quite clearly what happened during the holiday season: there’s a sharp drop for Thanksgiving, and a bigger plunge during the Christmas/New Year’s break. (Note that the baseline for this graph is not zero.)

Update May 24: I’ve replaced the earlier graph with one that extends from September through mid-May. You can see “spring break” and the overall decline as the end of the school year approaches.

Scam Alert: Global Teacher Exchange, Teaching Companion, English Unit Plans

By , August 30, 2011

Today I learned about two “new” companies, called and, which sell the same exact products as All appear to be scams!

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Most Popular Titles (August 1-25)

By , August 26, 2011

Here’s a list of the most frequently-viewed lesson-plan pages at during the first 25 days of August. (The number of unique pageviews is shown in parentheses.)

  1. The Hunger Games (390) Suzanne Collins
  2. The Most Dangerous Game (366) Richard Connell
  3. Sideways Stories From Wayside School (147) Louis Sachar
  4. The Best School Year Ever (136) Barbara Robinson
  5. The Lemonade War (134) Jacqueline Davies Read more »

How Facebook is Mucking Our Kids’ Minds

By , August 8, 2011

With a new school year comes a new spate of warnings about how the internet is warping our kids.

Today’s example: “What Facebook Does to Kids’ Brains”  Read more »

Mistakes That Lesson-Plan Sellers Make (on TPT and elsewhere)

By , August 3, 2011

Here is a list of problems I’ve encountered while trying to organize information about lesson plan resources; this is essentially a list of marketing suggestions to help sellers — but if sellers heed my advice, they’ll help teachers find useful resources with less effort.

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Testing Some New Directory Pages (Experimental/Beta-Test)

By , August 2, 2011

I’ve generated a set of about 350 new directory pages under the /beta/ subdirectory at, to experiment with “theme” pages for a variety of content areas.

Read more » on Social Networks

By , August 2, 2011

Early this year, I created a separate Facebook “page” for (see and I’ve been sharing updates and some news articles through that account for several months.

This week, I created a separate Twitter account for (see, though I’m not yet sure how I’ll use it.

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