5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015

At the end of each year, it’s fun to reflect on what I’ve written about and what other educators have gravitated to on my blog. This year the following 5 blog posts generated the most activity and conversation!

#1 Thesis Statement Throwdown

This activity is a fan favorite and requires zero technology. It transforms thesis statement writing into a fun collaborative task complemented by dance beats and a healthy dose of competition.


#2 Word Sneak: Vocabulary Game Inspired by the Tonight Show

This vocabulary review game is so much fun! I’ve been on a mission this year to get Jimmy Fallon to play Word Sneak with a woman on his show. To date, he has only played this game with men. I’d love to see a clever female guest give him a run for his money!

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#3 Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook

This year I shifted from traditional grades to a standards-based grading system. It’s been incredible how this has also changed the conversations I have with my students. When I used traditional grades, students asked, “Why did I get this grade?” Now, they ask, “How can I improve this skill?”

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#4 Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

I designed this 4 part project to get students excited about sharing their silent sustained books with each other. It’s an informal book chat the combines art, reflection, and food. My students love it!

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#5 Teaching and Parenting–A Delicate Dance 

This year more than years past, I’ve felt the strain of balancing my work life with my home life. Raising two young children, ages 6 and 8, is a wonderfully exhausting challenge. In this post, I felt I needed to be honest about how challenging it is to be a mom and a teacher. The flood of responses reminded me that I am in good company!

Being a mother is the most wonderfully exhausting work I will ever do.

Being a mother is the most wonderfully exhausting work I will ever do.

As I wrap up 2015, I am incredibly thankful for the educators in my life who inspire me and motivate me to continue learning. Thank you.

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