Happy New Year from APLitHelp

2017 has been a great year for APLitHelp and its community. We have posted 45 blogs by 11 different contributing authors offering teachers ideas and inspiration for instruction. The number of hits on the site increased from 73,388 in 2016 to 133,679 in 2017. The best part of the year by far for me as editor is the chance to meet, collaborate with, and serve other teachers. Thanks to everyone for making this site a strong and positive learning community; thanks to each of you for making me a better teacher and person. The top posts of the year (which were interestingly not all written this year) were:

1 – The Myth of the Poetry Prompt by Jill Massey and Adrian Nester (June 24, 2017)

2 – Thoughts from an AP Reader, “Juggler”  by Susan Barber (June 26, 2016)

3 – Annotations for Smarties by Jori Krulder (March 29, 2015)

4 – Shakespearean Musical Chairs by Talks with Teachers (Brian Sztabnik) (August 25, 2015)

5 – Film in the Classroom: A Means to Develop Literary Analysis by Susan Barber (February 29, 2015)

6 – Question Like a Four-Year-Old by Jori Krulder (August 27, 2017)

7 – Reminders from AP Readers by Susan Barber, Jori Krulder, and Adrian Nester (April 24, 2017)

8 – Taking the Mystery Out of Question 3 by Melissa Smith and Sarah Soper (June 25, 2017)

9 – Writing the Group Essay by Jenn Wolfe (March 3, 2015)

10 – Essay Organization: Three Common Methods by Susan Barber (March 29, 2017)

Reflections on analytics:

Teaching poetry continues to be a challenge for teachers. We need to continue to share ideas on teaching and writing about poetry.

Lessons that are thoughtful, creative, and well-planned work well regardless of the setting or content. We need more posts detailing solid lessons that work in real classrooms.

Writing instruction continues to be a need for teachers. We are always rethinking, repackaging, and reimagining teaching writing.

Goals for APLitHelp in 2018:

Continue to post weekly articles providing ideas to use in the classroom whether it be a mini-lesson, instructional strategies, or ideas for unit or novel studies.

Provide a midweek post featuring five English education articles to give even more ideas and inspiration.

Increase our base of writers and readers. If you would like to write for APLitHelp or give feedback on the site, please fill out the survey below. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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