What a 2015! The Cool Cat Teacher blog celebrated 10 years, has 167 new posts this year with a total of 3,672 blog posts in the archive. Millions have visited this blog and wow, so many things have happened in ten years. This year was another year of learning and leveling up for all of us.
The stats are in and here's what you liked on my blog this year! Thank you for reading and sharing my blog (and especially for the emails and comments!)
Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015 on the Cool Cat Teacher Blog
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This was a sponsored post I wrote in 2014. Each year, I hand pick several sponsors and dig deep into their work. Here's a great one that helps with close reading.
Another sponsored blog post on reading comprehension that has staying power.
Inspired by the amazing Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at my school, this post shares unique ways to inspire and motivate teachers who need all the encouragement they can get! I also include cool pictures of some neat things they did at a teacher luncheon.
Great teachers sometimes have to answer hard questions, like,
“Can I stay teaching?”
There's a reason so many teachers are quitting. It is not an easy time to teach, but there has never been a more important time to teach. I'm grateful for the emails from teachers who decided to stay in teaching because of this post. Encouraging broken teachers and helping them heal is why I blog. Here's to you hurting teachers, we can keep on teaching. Our students need us.
While Mailbox is going to have to be removed from this list (since Dropbox is cancelling the service), these apps are awesome.
Inspired by a comment made by Kevin Honeycutt on a show where he told his touching childhood story, this blog post talks about the power one person can have in a child's life. We can flip a kid like we flip a house.
Sketchnoting and visual notetaking is part of the notetaking lessons we need to teach students. I share the videos and information I use to teach my students how to take notes.
This post just won't go away. So many people struggle with hate and type it in Google. I'm glad they find some answers here, but it breaks my heart that so many struggle with being hated. It isn't something I'd wish on anyone. The cutting looks and rolled eyes hurt. I wish I could say I was happy that so many have been helped, but there's nothing happy about hate. Hating evil is one thing but being hated is not something I'd wish on anyone.
Google Drive, Google Classroom, and Chromebooks are big, so this post remains popular.
This post received over eighteen thousand views in the first day and within three days had more than 10,000 likes on Facebook. Teachers want to inspire a love of reading and are tired of programs that kill that joy. Principal Todd Nesloney recorded an amazing show that was a companion to this blog post.
Tips for minimizing teacher stress
- Discover 10 stress-busting secrets for healthy teachers. What simple routines will help you handle the stress?
- Simple advice for coping with stress at work.
- Learn tips to help you deal with difficult colleagues and students (even those who "hate" you -- yes it is possible!)