I had a huge month in April, over 25% larger than my last winner, November. My blog has a total of 121,000 page views (since January 1, 2012) and have 178 followers on Twitter. The last probably doesn’t seem terribly impressive, but I literally started with 0 followers. I told no friends or family of my blog, although three or four found me over the months. I had just 7000 pageviews in June 2012, when I created a Twitter account. (First follower: the hyperliteral Paul Bruno, of This Week in Education, who I argue with via twitter but quite enjoy as a writer.)
I have absolutely no idea what this means in relative audience size. What matters to me is that, in a loyal band of regular readers, interspersed between teachers, parents, and Dark Enlightenment folk, I count more than a few policy wonks and reporters—and even a publisher, apparently. I might not have a large crowd following my every tweet, but well over half of my followers do. I started this blog to inform and persuade. So far, so good.
I often check my top posts, reading the growing numbers in awe and wonder, because they, too, confirm that my blogging goals have been and continue to be met. The most popular posts cover pedagogy, policy, some unique data analysis or exposure, and my somewhat scathing opinions about the reform crowd. (I don’t much care for progressives, either, but plenty of people are around to debunk them.)
Since my audience has grown again, I thought I’d remind everyone of my most popular posts, in case someone wanted to check them out. Most of my essays represent at least five or six hours work (I worked on the Philip Dick essay for over a month, the algebra pointlessness one for two weeks), and I think any of the 1000+ view entries are worth a look for a general audience.
|Algebra and the Pointlessness of The Whole Damn Thing||4,733||Aug 12|
|Escaping Poverty||3,664||Nov 12|
|Teacher Quality Pseudofacts, Part II||3,417||Jan 12|
|The myth of “they weren’t ever taught….”||2,992||July 12|
|Homework and grades.||2,576||Feb 12|
|The Gap in the GRE||2,280||Jan 12|
|Why Chris Hayes Fails||2,240||June 12|
|Philip Dick, Preschool and Schrödinger’s Cat||2,102||April 13|
|The Parental “Diversity” Dilemma||1,907||Nov 2012|
|An Alternative College Admissions System||1,553||Dec 2012|
|Why Most of the Low Income “Strivers” are White||1,525||Mar 13|
|The Dark Enlightenment and Me||1,137||April 13|
I left off my “About” page, but both it and “Who am I” right below were nowhere on the horizon last December, so more people are checking out my bio. Neat, if unnerving.
So then we have the 800-900 views, also worth a read for the general audience unless you really have no interest in math pedagogy or curriculum, in which case skip the obvious suspects. But I’m incredibly proud of those curriculum posts; googling modeling linear equations brings up my post in the top two or three as of this writing; likewise a search for binomial multiplication area model brings my post up right near the top.
|Who am I?||966||Jan 12|
|Plague of the Middlebrow Pundits, Revisited: Walter Russell Mead||918||Mar 13|
|Teaching Polynomials||917||Mar 12|
|Modeling Linear Equations||907||Jan 12|
|SAT Prep for the Ultra-Rich, And Everyone Else||871||Aug 12|
|What causes the achievement gap? The Voldemort View||820||Jan 12|
|More on Mumford||817||Nov 12|
|Binomial Multiplication and Factoring Trinomials with The Rectangle||790||Sept 12|
And now the less viewed posts that represent my favorites of the rest. I really wish people would read more of these, particularly the Chris Christie post and the Fallacy at the Heart of All Reform. So pick a few to check out. You can also check my year in review for posts I’m fond of.
|Why Chris Christie picks on teachers||699||Aug 12|
|Radio silence on Clarence Mumford||660||July 12|
|Learning Math||605||Aug 12|
|American Indian Public Charters: What Word Are You Forgetting, People?||602||Apr 13||557|
|Acquiring Content Knowledge without Hirsch’s Help||555||Jan 13|
|Jo Boaler’s Railside Study: The Schools, Identified. (Kind of.)||548||Jan 13|
|Boaler’s Bias (or BS)||521||Oct 12|
|Picking Your Fights—Or Not||501||Apr 13|
|Those Who Can, Teach. Those Who Can’t, Wonk.||493||Dec 12|
|What’s the difference between the SAT and the ACT?||483||June 12|
|The Fallacy at the Heart of All Reform||454||Sept 12|
|The difference between tech hiring and teacher hiring||219||June 12|
Pedagogy and Curriculum
Probably not too interesting unless you’re a teacher. But I have to say that Modeling Probability is pretty kick ass.
- Algebra Student Distribution–An Example
- Teaching Algebra, or Banging Your Head With a Whiteboard
- The End of Pi
- Mapping Real Life with Coordinate Geometry
- Teaching Congruence, or Are You Happy, Professor Wu?
- Teaching Humanities, Twelfth Night
- Modeling Probability
- Geometry: Starting Off
- Modeling Linear Inequalities
- Teaching Trig
I realize these probably come off as vanity posts, but for me, they’re a great way to take stock. I have had a genuinely terrific year, between blogging and teaching, and it’s fun to write it all down.
May 6th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
Your blogs are not just opinions but contain a lot of factual information on education
May 8th, 2013 at 2:55 pm
There’s a publisher, really? I started reading this blog last year but only commented in the last few months, had to work up to it I suppose. I think I found you after searching Google for SAT or GRE verbal score information. Yours was the first site with any interesting information/discussion even if I never found any real answer to my original questions.
May 8th, 2013 at 4:52 pm
What was the question, did I miss it?
May 8th, 2013 at 6:03 pm
There is no question to ask you, I was just looking for information about higher scorers and what we ought to be doing with ourselves, but since then I’ve pretty much figured that out. I am a middle aged existential banality.
May 9th, 2013 at 4:58 pm
I cannot remember how I found your blog, probably from Sailer, but I check in here a couple of times a week. I’m the parent of 3 boys, 1 heading into middle school & the other in elementary, so I find most of what you write incredibly insightful and helpful. Nothing wrong with tooting your own horn, nobody else will do it.
Keep up the good work and thanks!
May 12th, 2013 at 5:04 pm
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