Teach Effectively is a source for current news and opinion about effective teaching. Teach Effectively emphasizes evidence-based instruction and educational practice. Although the majority of the content on Teach Effectively focuses on instruction for students in special education (especially those with Learning Disabilities or Emotional and Behavioral Disorders), the entries also address other disabilities (e.g., autism, ADHD) and are applicable to students at risk for school problems. The principal contributor to Teach Effectively is John Wills Lloyd, but TE has also featured posts by Margaret P. Weiss and James M. Kauffman.
I (JWL) have a day job as a professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. I currently teach courses on classroom management, learning disabilities, and research methods (essentially single-subject design and integrative literature review); I’ve also taught about curriculum, emotional and behavioral disorders, teaching methods, and other topics. I am also associated with the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children, serving as the executive director for DLD.
TE, which began publishing in January of 2005, can make no great claims to influence. However, it has gotten a good review or two, does receive about 100 visits a day, and has sometimes even been picked up by other (probably far more influential) sources. It has been included in some lists of Web resources, including these:
- Online Universities: 50 Best Blogs for Special Ed Teachers.
- Accredited Online Universities: 100 Best Blogs and Websites for Innovative Academics.
- The Teaching Master: Top 50 Blogs for Teaching Tips, Ideas and Inspiration.
- Masters in Education: 100 Blogs That Will Make You a Better Teacher.
- 360 Education Solutions, which advises that it provides CEU units as professional development for teachers threw a link to TE.
Posts published on the blogs that I manage are written by identifiable individuals. For example, except for those that I publish as the blog administrator, my posts are identified as being written by “JohnL.” To reference a blog post, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association recommends using the following form:
Author, A. (date of post). Title of post [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://site.name/path/blog_post_name.
Here are two examples of references that one would use in a list of references for a scholarly paper:
Kauffman, J. (2009, January 8). On the statistics of high achievers [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://TeachEffectively.com/2009/01/08/on-the-statistics-of-high-achievers/.
Lloyd, J. (2010, April 22). Is LD viable [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://LDBlog.com/2010/04/22/is-ld-viable/.