Tchers’ Voice: Top Blog Posts of 2017

Tch Most Read Blog Posts 2017

Each year, Teaching Channel has the pleasure of publishing great ideas, thoughtful reflections, and helpful advice from our community of educators in our Tchers’ Voice blog. This year was no exception! We published posts from writers across the country, covering topics from classroom management to the solar eclipse. In case you missed any of these amazing posts, here’s a wrap up of our top reads.

Top Community Blogger BadgeTop Community Contributors

First up, let’s take a look at the most popular posts from our community contributors. We’re recognizing the bloggers who published our most-read posts with a badge to honor their work as our Top Community Bloggers. We thank them for taking time out of their lives as educators to share their wisdom with us through writing.

Want to join the ranks of these Top Community Bloggers? Check out our call for bloggers. We’d love to hear from you.

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Most Read Post of 2017

Fidgeting for Physics: Spinner Science in Six Steps by Matt & Meg Richard

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Runners Up

Top Five Vocabulary Strategies for English Language Learners by Erica Hilliker

Teaching Has Taught Me… Nothing by Elissa Smith

The Far-Reaching Benefits of Co-Teaching for ELLs by Jamie Ponce

Five Ways Teacher Leaders Use Storytelling by Christopher Bronke

Responsive Classroom: Empathy is the Key by Ann Rose Santoro

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Most Popular Topic: English Language Learners

This year’s most popular blog topic was English Language Learners. From video playlist blogs to posts on how to teach vocabulary, our readers wanted to know more about teaching and learning with ELLs. In addition to the community posts recognized above, here are a few more of our popular ELL posts:

Video Playlist: Five Essential Practices in the Elementary ELL Classroom

Bridging Content and Language: Strategies from a Dual Language Classroom

Strengthening Teaching and Learning for ELLs

The Power of Collaboration for ELLs

And, for a closer look at all of our resources on ELLs, be sure to check out our ELL Deep Dive.

Although ELLs was clearly our top topic this year, math was a close second, especially Tch Laureate Kristin Gray’s focus on Number Talks in her DIY series of posts.

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Top Tch Tips

Our monthly Tch Tips series aims to provide tips and tricks to help make your day a little easier. This series continues to be a popular one, and here are the top Tch Tips from this year:

Planning Engaging Lessons

Four Ways to Communicate with Families

Four Tips for Surviving December

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Top Topics to Learn

This year, we launched a new blog series called I Want to Get Better At as a way to share resources for summer learning. Your clicks told us which topics you wanted to learn more about!

I Want to Get Better At… Classroom Management

I Want to Get Better At… Organization Next Year

I Want to Get Better At… Growth Mindset Next Year

Thanks again for reading and commenting on posts this year in Tchers’ Voice. Do you have a favorite post? Is there something new you learned from our blogs this year? Please share in the comments below!

Gretchen Vierstra taught middle school for ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area. During her 15+ years in education, she’s also been a department chair, new teacher coach, curriculum developer, and policy analyst. She is Director of Educational Content at Teaching Channel.

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