Back in March, Mr. D was a bored, often frustrated teacher who needed a way to vent to a larger audience. To that end, Mr. D’s Neighborhood was born. Since its inception, thousands of visitors have stopped by, many to leave lasting imprints on me and my work. I want to take this time to thank my many readers who have made the Neighborhood the success that it is.
By far, the most popular post on this page was actually written as a lark: This Day in History 7/16, the history behind the “ultimate weapon.” The number of hits for that post alone is simply mind-boggling. This must be either a credit to the piece or the fact that so many whackjobs out there are looking up recipes for weapons.
I’m guessing a little of both.
Other highlights included the ever-popular Jeopardy! saga, my musings about Las Vegas, my rantings on Teach for America, the Disney cartoons from WWII, and of course our first contest, History’s Greatest A**hole.
Yet with this New Year, we cannot rest on our laurels.
The Neighborhood will still be on the forefront in history education, with resources, links and interesting facts to share with students, colleagues and friends. This year is a big anniversary: the 150th anniversary of the election of Abraham Lincoln. I plan on putting more Lincolniana at your disposal, which makes the Civil War buffs salivate.
Furthermore, 2010 marks the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, an often-overlooked period in our continent’s history. We here at the Neighborhood will right this wrong with as much data, media and resources so that any fool can be experts on Pancho Villa or Francisco Madero.
Lastly, I’d like to thank some folks that have supported and read the Neighborhood, almost since its inception. Deven Black, my old warhorse buddy from our TAH grant days, never ceases to amaze with his wit, his resources, his ingenuity, and his integrity. Blighter, the author of Ozymandias, the first blogger to follow the Neighborhood, will always be in my debt. Also, the folks at Multimedia Learning LLC, and their Social Studies and History Teachers Blog, for allowing me access to their materials and the ability to share them to our readership. JD2718, Bronx math teacher, agitator and blogger, gave us our first recommendation on his site. Many of our fans include the folks at the NYC Department of Education. especially Phil Panaritis and Brian Carlin.
A big thanks to all our fans…keep reading, as 2010 proves to become even better!