Top Teacher Blog Posts February 2016

The Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Top Blog Posts of February 2016

When looking at the top posts of the over 3,500 blog posts here, a theme jumps forward for February 2016. Hope, stress, encouragement, growth, and trying to improve education. I see struggle and persistence all over the pieces that you are sharing this month. Yes, teaching is hard. But teaching is worth it, my dear friends.

Some of us are looking at where we're going to teach next year. Others are just trying to make it through this year. Testing is approaching. But we can't lose sight of having a relationship with our students and loving ourselves.

If I haven't told you lately, dear teacher, I admire you. Those of you who work hard to encourage your students. Those of you who put in extra hours. Your work does matter.

I had a friend who was talking to an accreditation leader in the state of Georgia this  past week. He asked his friend (the accreditation leader), “what's the biggest challenge in education right now” and here was the answer:

“The stakes are so high right now that the number one problem is that the best teachers are being given more work and those who can't do the job are being given less. This understandable but misguided practice is driving the best teachers out of education.”

I couldn't agree more. I wish I could say hang on, help is on it's way. But I can say that I'll keep yelling from the mountaintops the need for you to persist and the need for good leadership and every education reporter to recognize and get you the help you need. We have to keep speaking out. We are the media now. You have influence. What will you share in your network? What needs to be said?

Keep up your chins, as my Mom would lovingly say. Teaching is a noble calling. We “march” on.

Top Posts: February 2016

  1. 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around
  2. 100+ Great Google Classroom Resources New in February 2016!
  3. 15 Best google Drive Add-Ons for Education
  4. Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students
  5. Edusketching: A Tool to Help Students Understand Complex Concepts (with Wendy Pillars) New in February 2016!
  6. 10 Stress-busting Secrets of Great Teachers (The graphics on this post are being pinned, printed and downloaded. Use them as you need them!)
  7. How to Use Padlet: A fantastic Tool for Teaching
  8. 10 Things Google Classroom Makes Easier with Alice Keeler
  9. 6 Reading Comprehension Problems and What to Do About Them
  10. What to Do When Someone Hates You
  11. 8 Types of Blending Learning According to Research with Thomas Arnett from the Christensen Institute New in February 2016!
  12. 6 Ways to Motivate Teachers: Be the Hope
  13. Teaching Growth Mindset with 10 Growth Mindset Statements
  14. Innovator's Mindset: Teaching Students to Be Problem Finders with George Couros New in February 2016!
  15. Teacher PD is Still Broken These 3 Steps Can Fix It with Dan Brown New in February 2016!
  16. If I'm Such a Great Teaching, Why Do I Want to Quit?
  17. You Matter: Before You Help Students, You Must Help Yourself with Angela Maiers New in February 2016!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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