It’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)
- Why Do We Need Teacher Librarians by Jane Lofton
- Teachers vs Technology by Doug Robertson
- How Can We Best Support Our Teachers Implementing California Standards? by Mark Archon
- What is Your Education Moonshot? by Esther Wojocicki
- The Connected Educator’s New Clothes by Brian Costello
- CUE Rock Star Black Label by Doug Robertson
- Ahmed Makes the Loudest Clock by Doug Robertson
- Selecting Quality Research Sources for the Classroom by Tasha Bergeson-Michelson
- Simple Steps for Starting School with Tech by Trisha Sanchez
- You’ve Gotta Hand it To Them by Shauna Pollock
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.
- Take a Hike and Take Your PD With You by Eric Saibel
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.
- Technology as Privilege: Why Using It Matters by Christina Torres
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.
- Media Literacy 101 by Julie Smith
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.
- What We Want For Ourselves We Should Want For Our Students by Jessica Lifshitz
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.
- Getting in on the Green Screen Scene by Justin Birckbichler
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.
- EdTech and Screen Time are Awkward Friends by Kerry Gallagher
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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