This blog post is the Big 500! “I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!” so hesitantly started in the summer of 2008 has continued through thick and thin. The Index page lists every post written.
Having just checked the Blogger and Google Analytics stats, this blog has recorded over 1.15 million page views in its entire history. Since July, when the new website became live, every page has been viewed a minimum of 8 times, which surprises me as I had assumed many would be ignored. So 500 thank you’s from me! Also 500 thank you’s to everyone who’s contributed towards creating a post in some ways, shape or form.
The most visited blog post is an Outdoor Music Wall from October 2011. This particularly pleases me as it is based on a project undertaken by the nursery at in the school where I used to work.
The most visited page, by far, is Outdoor Maths. It accounts for more than 1 in 10 visits to the site and as a result, my maths posts get a lot of knock-on views.
62% of visitors come from the UK. This has seen the biggest growth in the past year as it used to be around 50%. I think that’s not altogether surprising since I’m based here!
London is the city which has the highest number of recorded visits at just over 9% of the total. Yet both Sydney (ranked 3) and Melbourne (ranked 9) feature in my top 10 cities. So thank you Australia, for being such a big-hearted blog-loving nation.
Out of the 500 blog posts, do I have a favourite? I’m not sure that I do. But some memorable posts include:
1. Outdoor Hand Hygiene. This was the result of many months of discussion, dialogue and research with lots of people, not least Jason Tetro, a hand hygiene researcher. This was the one that took the most amount of time to produce and get accurate.
2. The Comedy Carpet. Visiting this showpiece in Blackpool, made me realise the power and potential of public artwork, freely available and almost always outdoors, as inspiration for outdoor activities. I loved how everyone interacted with it in different ways and the enjoyment of the spoken and written word as an art form too. It also has made me a real fan of Gordon Young’s work.
3. The Coombes School posts. There are 10 in total which I ended up writing as a result of one open day visit!
4. Urban Tracking. I just marvel at the potential of any place to provide all sorts of opportunities for learning and play
6. Dangerous Ideas in Education. For me this post is about risk-taking being a positive necessity for any educator.
7. International inspiration. I have been lucky enough to travel and meet wonderful educators, plucky children and great outdoor spaces. In particular I am grateful for my Swedish experiences, and the Mulleborg I Ur och Skur blog post always gives me good memories.
8. The Magic of Masking Tape. This post is about providing a provocative open-ended resource and observing the play that follows.
9. Wild about this Space. One of the quirkiest outdoor spaces for children to explore was in the school grounds where I used to work.
10. The 10 Ideas Series. 2013 has yielded lots of 10 ideas posts, which seem to be very popular. So this is another to add to the list.
I know you are all very busy people and taking the time to comment is a lot to ask. But I would love to know which post you have particularly enjoyed or found most helpful from the first 500. Thank you too, for visiting, reading and wanting to get children outside too. Long live outdoor learning and play.