I thought it would be fun to check the blog analytics today and find out which articles you all liked the best this year. Most of them were written in 2014, although there are a couple of older posts which lots of teachers are still checking out. Here they are in countdown form, from10-1:follow-directions1-150x150

#10) How to get students to follow directions the first time (33,002 views)


#9) How to work a 40 hour week as a teacher (35,727 views)


#8) 10 classroom routines that get kids talking (and writing) about math strategies (38,839 views)


#7) 50 fun call-and-response ideas to get students’ attention (50,448 views)


#6) 10 authentic ways to hold students accountable for home reading (69,781 views)


#5) 15 creative & respectful ways to quiet a class (75,879 views)


#4) 8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more (82,971 views)


#3) Alternatives to classroom teaching: 15 other rewarding jobs in education (85,911 views)


#2) 7 ways for teachers to beat the Sunday blues (92,347 views)


#1) The 2×10 strategy: a miraculous solution for behavior issues? (211,538 views)

For this round up, I only counted blog posts, but there were some static website pages mixed up in among the top slots. They were: Ideas for classroom seating arrangements (106,652 views), Job interview tips for teachers  (49,721 views), and Math games and center ideas  (44,785 views).

I am truly amazed at how many teachers have taken time from their busy schedules to check out the articles I’ve written. This blog has been ELEVEN YEARS in the making, and it’s incredible to see it continue to grow. Thank you so much for reading, for commenting, and for sharing! Your support is what motivates me to keep going.

A lot of people ask how I manage to come up with new ideas all the time. I always respond the same way: My purpose for blogging is to help solve teachers’ problems. I look around at what’s not working and try to share solutions that can make things better. As long as there are problems in schools, I will always have something to write about!

So with that in mind, what would you like to see me blog about in 2015? What problems are you facing in school? Please share your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll do my best to share possible solutions in upcoming posts throughout the year. 

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    I would like some advice on the topic of being an effective teacher balanced with being an involved parent. The juggle of those two passions in my life is a daily struggle. I want to be a connected teacher, collaborating, creating, enjoying all the parts of my job that I love. I also want to be there for my kids. I hear the suggestion “after the kids go to bed, use that precious two hours to improve your teaching,” however I also value my husband and home! Laundry, meal prep and clean up, etc.! I need to put my career into the 7:30-4:30 bubble in which it can exist and learn to be most efficient with that time. How do I make that happen and not feel guilty in either area? I guess this is just the working parent’s dilemma, but I’d bet there are other readers of yours who are in my same boat! I love your focused approach to teachers’ problems!

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