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The Most Interesting Posts of the Year

Most interestngIt’s the end of the year and the according to the laws passed by Bloggers Of Olde at the dawn of the Internet it’s time for Looking Back. Reflection, as you’ve probably read, is a hallmark of good teaching (and a strong hair-care regimen), so let us reflect first on the most clicked-upon CUE blog posts of 2015 and then on the posts that spoke to me, your handsome and modest Editor-in-Weird.

Most Seen Posts of 2015

I present 2015’s Most Clicked-Upon CUE Blog Posts!

(as painstakingly recorded by my class of 5th graders during a week of rainy-day recesses)

  1. Why Do We Need Teacher Librarians by Jane Lofton
  2. Teachers vs Technology by Doug Robertson
  3. How Can We Best Support Our Teachers Implementing California Standards? by Mark Archon
  4. What is Your Education Moonshot? by Esther Wojocicki
  5. The Connected Educator’s New Clothes by Brian Costello
  6. CUE Rock Star Black Label by Doug Robertson
  7. Ahmed Makes the Loudest Clock by Doug Robertson
  8. Selecting Quality Research Sources for the Classroom by Tasha Bergeson-Michelson
  9. Simple Steps for Starting School with Tech by Trisha Sanchez
  10. You’ve Gotta Hand it To Them by Shauna Pollock

CUE EoYPersonally Inspiring

I’m proud of every post we run on the CUE blog. If I wasn’t you wouldn’t read it because we’d work until it was something to be proud of. Here are a few (but not nearly all of the) posts that made me realize how lucky I am to edit this blog. This is an incomplete list. For the complete list read everything written this year. This list is in no particular order.

Like most teachers I’m often uninspired by professional development, even when the person giving it means well and is trying hard. Eric’s innovative attempt at mixing things up by getting out and going out spoke to me and it’s something I’ll be trying as I get the chance to run my own professional developments.

Christina is a bright new voice in education writing and I’m proud we got a chance to feature her a few times this year. Her work in social justice and how she connects that to education makes me want to be a better teacher, and this post is the perfect example of that.

If there’s one thing I like doing it’s talking about the media I consume. Julie makes me feel smart for wanting to do that, and taught me how to do it in smarter ways. More importantly she showed me how to teach my students to do it.

If I was asked to make a list of teachers who should write a book my list would go 1) Jess Lifshitz 2) Jess Lifshitz 3) Yoda. She does things all the time that make me want to be a better human and a better teacher and this post is a wonderful distillation of that.

I’m stealing all of Justin’s ideas in this post when my school opens our MakerSpace (complete with green screen). He wrote this so I could steal all his ideas.

Well-researched and quoted, Kerry covered a topic that I’ve thought a lot about. How can we possibly still hold to the ideas of screen time when everything we do happens on a screen? This was important and informative for Mr Robertson the teacher and Doug Robertson the dad of two Weirdlings.

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Photo credit- Nicole Dalesio

It’s been an excellent year at the CUE blog. We started the year by having a three-person trial period to find a new editor and after many well-written and thoughtful posts I was chosen. My six months with the blog have been exciting and I look forward to kicking up the quality of posts in 2016. We need writers and I want everyone. The CUE blog should be the most interesting, diverse, personable place to go for a wide and deep variety of edtech information and opinions. Never written before? Don’t think what you have to say is what people want to hear? Bring it. Please. Email me at drobertson@cue.org and we’ll work together to amplify your voice.

Here’s to 2016. May it be better than 2015.


Doug Robertson is the CUE blog editor, Slytherin faculty representative, and a tenth-year teacher currently talking at fifth graders in Northern Oregon. He’s taught in California, Hawaii, and Oregon in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. He’s the author of two books about education, He’s the Weird Teacher and THE Teaching Text (You’re Welcome) and an active blogger. Doug speaks at teaching conferences including CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps, presenting on everything from technology to teaching philosophy (or teaching The Weird Way, to use his words).  Doug is also the creator and moderator of #WeirdEd on Twitter, which happens every Wednesday at 7pm PST

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  • Hey, Doug! I don’t know if you’ll see this or not, but I follow you on Twitter and have a private account, so I don’t think you would be able to see my @ response. Anyway, I saw your call for submissions for a baby teacher. I’m not a first year teacher, but I’m in my second year of teaching, so if you were looking for a perspective on being new and ed tech, I think I could help. If so, let me know! I’ve read your first book, and I really appreciate your perspective. Whether I can help or not, thanks for being an encouragement. 🙂

    • Britt,
      Thank you for reaching out. If you tweet directly at me or tag me in it I’ll be able to see it. And second year sounds good for the post I’m thinking about. Thank you for reading the book too!