I’m weeks behind schedule on my update to LessonIndex.com, but of course classroom teachers can’t ignore the calendar so easily: traffic at LessonIndex.com has surged by 60% in the past two weeks. Welcome back!
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?
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.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (unchanged)
- The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell (+7)
- Magic Tree House by Mary Pope and Will Osborne (+60)
- The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (+87)
- The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (-1)
- Fudge, Double Fudge, Fudge-A-Mania, Superfudge by Judy Blume (-6)
- Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (+105)
- The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R Stockton (+29)
- Cam Jansen (+34)
- The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street by Rod Serling (+2) Read more »
It’s kind of fun to look at the graph of weekly traffic at LessonIndex.com 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.
Today I learned about two “new” companies, called GlobalTeacherExchange.com and TeachingCompanion.com, which sell the same exact products as EnglishUnitPlans.com. All appear to be scams!
Here’s a list of the most frequently-viewed lesson-plan pages at LessonIndex.com during the first 25 days of August. (The number of unique pageviews is shown in parentheses.)
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.
Early this year, I created a separate Facebook “page” for LessonIndex.com (see http://www.Facebook.com/LessonIndex) 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 LessonIndex.com (see http://twitter.com/LessonIndexcom), though I’m not yet sure how I’ll use it.