Thursday, December 3, 2009

10 strategies for top ten lists

10. Number descendingly to increase anticipation and excitement.

9. Use appropriate spacing to milk empty space for all it has to offer.

8. Include wonderful and passionate feeling adjectives to create sensuous appeal to any included, life-changing item.

8a. Employ sub-numbers to eliminate ties. Ties slow down the countdown process. Better to go with '8a'.

8b. You'll need this is you use an 'a'. Standard outline rules and regs apply, even after middle-school.

7. Avoid lists that are application-based. For the purposes of real education, craft a skill-based list, or something 'Bloom-y'.
Example, Good:
Top 10 questions to use in the formulation of student-learning opportunities:

10. How can I foster more student participation during class discussions?

9. How can I promote greater outlets for student creativity?

Example, Bad:
Top 10 questions to use in the forced integration of whiz-bangy technology:

10. How do I make Twitter relevant in the classroom?

9. Seriously, how do I make Twitter relevant in the classroom? I mean, I love Twitter. I'm on it all the time. I have a Twitter app, I Twext my Tweets. Tweeet, tweet, tweet.
6. Include a rhyming scheme for number six to help this middle-of-the-pack item stick.

5. Bold and color-code intermittently to reveal deliberate connectivity and patterns of varying ideas.

4. Bold and color-code sporadically to mirror the hectic nature of daily life while simultaneously destroying any bolding and color-coding street cred you may have once had.

3. Link to some of your own previous posts, preferably last year's top 10 list, or your mid-year top 5 list. I don't have one.

2. For number 2, make sure you use phrases like 'so close', 'such a tough time deciding', 'this could have gone either way', or 'for poohs and chortles' to indicate that deciding between number one and number two was so close and a tough decision that could have gone either way, but for poohs and chortles, number two falls just a wee bit short, presumably because it requires a complicated sign-up process for students and doesn't yet offer up an educational version.

1. You can put whatever you want here, as it clearly trounced the other nine items on your list.

And make sure you end with a heart-felt thank you to your PLN. It's the huggy time of year, and they've earned a friendly digital squeeze.

Good luck, and thanks for being a part of my PLN. This digital hug is for you. And you. And you, that guy in Australia.

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