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Top Posts of 2020

Read the most popular posts of the year!

Well, 2020 has been a whirlwind year! Countless educators have had unprecedented teaching experiences this year, many of which were captured and shared on Aligned. Teachers from all over the country have contributed their insights, tips, tricks, and lessons learned to Aligned, and we wouldn’t be here without your willingness to share your expertise with us and our readership!

Here are the top 25 most popular posts published in 2020:

  1. Top 5 Resources for Learning Online — Tika Epstein
  2. 5 Ideas to Engage K-2 Students in Math Remotely — Chris Fishpaw
  3. 3 Recommendations for Supporting Early Elementary Students Remotely  — Lindsay Arnold
  4. Amplifying Student Voices During Distance Learning — Bethany Lockhart Johnson
  5. Coaching through the COVID-19 Crisis — Kenny McKee
  6. Distance Learning with Intention and Purpose — Marya Hay
  7. Planning for Math Remediation — Sarah Britton, Jami Therrien Wells
  8. Is it Possible to Use Personalized Learning to Accelerate Students’ Literacy Outcomes in the Time of COVID? — Meredith Liben, Tanji Reed Marshall, Susan Pimentel
  9. Why Teaching Justice Through Reading & Writing Cannot Wait — Yvonne Thompson
  10. Class and Family Book Tasting During Distance Learning — Tika Epstein
  11. Reaching New Heights — Shelbi Cole, Ph.D, Ted Coe, Ph.D
  12. Digital Coaching Menus Bring the Professional Learning Principles To Life — Kenny McKee
  13. Enhancing Remote Learning and Student Engagement With Online Tools — Aaron Grossman
  14. Centering Student Voice & Choice in a Remote Classroom — Whitney Aragaki
  15. Tidying Up — Jon Gustafson
  16. How to Keep Virtual Live Lessons Running Smoothly? It Takes Two — Matt Kerrigan
  17. Creating a Culture of Shared Norms and High Expectations in Your Classroom — Matthew Shea
  18. Designing Equitable Learning Environments — Amber Cook
  19. You Have a List of Culturally Diverse Texts. Now What? — Keenan W. Lee, M. Ed
  20. Finding the Courage to Teach Texts Outside Your Comfort Zone — Rhiannon Hartman Dunn
  21. What Is “Content-Focused Professional Learning”? — Kate Crist, Jun Li
  22. Mistakes Tell Us What Students Are Ready to Learn — Michael Pershan
  23. Designing for Equity (Teachers as Designers) — Dr. Christine Ortiz
  24. Immersing in Vocabulary — Zachary Chan
  25. Knowledge-Building Model Lessons for Middle and High School — Jenni Aberli, Lauren Trahan

And here are the top 10 posts of all time that readers loved this year:

  1. Limiting “Teacher Talk,” Increasing Student Work! — Tori Filler
  2. Designing Shifts-Aligned Interventions in the Math Classroom — Astrid Fossum
  3. Using Content and Language Objectives to Help All Students in Their Learning — Shanthi Kumar
  4. Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals as an Educator — Susan Hitt
  5. Addressing Unfinished Learning in the Context of Grade-Level Work — Christina Allison
  6. Planning the Small Group Reading Lesson — Dr. Deborah Glaser
  7. Wit & Wisdom: Implementation Dos and Don’ts — Sarah Webb
  8. Determining Reading Fluency — David Liben, David D. Paige
  9. Strategies to Support Learners Who Are Below Grade Level — Bryan Drost
  10. Supporting All Learners with Complex Texts — Carey Swanson

We’re looking forward to seeing what you share with us in 2021!

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