Last year I wrote up a bit of a summary or review of my blog for the year 2016 after reading similar posts by others around the MTBoS. So here is the look at my most read blog posts in 2017 and some other stats that I find interesting to look through:
Most-read blog posts from 2017:
- Building #ThinkingClassrooms (March 15th):
Detailing the research of Peter Liljedahl, including the use of vertical non-permanent surfaces & visibly random groups. My sketchnote of the elements of the thinking classroom has been updated to accurately reflect his additions to the framework & a link to the most current version is at the top of the post.
- Self-verbalization & Reciprocal Teaching (March 1st):
This one surprises me. I made a couple of sketchnotes on the topic of self-verbalization & reciprocal teaching as way to take my own notes about them when I was tasked to read up about them before our lesson study at my school. I quickly posted them to the blog. The concepts must have been coming up at other schools too, perhaps as part of RMS, and thus being often searched online.
- Course Packs for the #ThinkingClassroom (November 11th)
I was very lucky to have Peter Liljedahl visit my classroom this year to see how we implement his Thinking Classroom framework. In his keynote speech the next day at the OAME Leadership Conference, he said some kind words about the “course packs” I create for my students as a “shell” for them to complete their own notes about our learning (one of the elements of the thinking classroom – student-created notes). I got many requests to share my course packs that day, so I put together a blog post w/ links to download course packs for the courses I teach.
- Khan Academy … everyone loves to hate it (November 28th)
My response to a blog post by David Wees titled “Online Practice is Terrible Practice”. The original post was shared to a wide audience on Twitter by Dan Meyer. David then shared my response to his large audience as well.
- Kahoot: game-based learning (February 15th)
A bit of a primer on Kahoot; what it is & how it works. Includes a sketchnote of course 🙂
Other Stats I Thought Were Neat:
Views my blog gets, year by year. Growth is a good sign.
Where in the world the views came from this past year:
The search terms that lead people to my blog (a lot of searches are encrypted so don’t show up in these results). But I find them interesting nonetheless:
Someone out there must have their students researching Roger Schank b/c my book summary of his book is often at the top of the views list also.
Finally, these are the top-viewed posts on my blog, NOT necessarily written this year:
Have you done a similar year-end review or summary of your blog? I would love to have a read; leave a link in the comments below!
– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)