#SOL15 Finale: Top 10 Posts from 2015

I began this blog in October of 2012 because I believed that I needed to write publicly  both to improve my own writing and because I encourage teachers to write for purposeful reasons.  That fits with Betsy’s quote for today:

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

~E. L. Doctorow”

How am I doing with my goals?  Wordpress conveniently compiles a lot of data about blog posts.  Here are the most viewed posts from this site during 2015. The numbered titles are linked to the original post and a picture is included below the link for a reminder.  (Four of these were a surprise as they were NOT written during 2015! See if you can guess which four!)

top ten

10. #TCRWP:  Day 1 Writing Institute 2015


9. Focus:  Informational Mentor Texts


8. #TCRWP:  Day 2 Reading Institute 2015


7.  #TCRWP: Day 3 Reading Institute 2015


6. #TCRWPL: Day 1 Reading Institute 2015


5. TCRWP and Mentor Texts


4. How do we know students are making progress in writing?


3.  Close Reading in Kindergarten? Is it even possible?


2. #TCRWP and a Teacher’s Toolkit for Teaching Writing


  1. Lexile Level is NOT text complexity CCSS.R.10 

    “@amandalah: Careful of lexile: Harry potter, old man & the sea &Alexander & the horrible no good very bad day. All similar lexile. #TCRWP”

What are your top 10 learnings for 2015?

What data do you consider?

What are your goals?

How are you reflecting on 2015?


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

Most commented blog posts from 2015 (in 1-10 order)

most comments

One post that is on both top 10 lists! #SOL15 posts were seven of the 10 most commented on posts!  YAY, Slicers!


Answer to which years were the most read blogs posted:

6 of the blog posts were originally published in 2015.  Two were published in 2014 and two were published in 2013.

  • 5-10  = 2015
  • 2 and 4 = 2014
  • 1 and 3 = 2013


21 responses

  1. It’s awesome to see what our most popular posts were for the year. It’s kind of going back into history a little bit. I’m stopping over from “The Slice of Life.” Great post!

    1. Thanks, Lisa!
      I wanted to compare the “most read” list with the “most commented” list but I couldn’t find an easy way to collect the top 10 commented on. Probably operator error!
      I’m exploring your “Super Spies” – always on the lookout for books to recommend for MS kiddos!

      1. They’re clean reads Fran. No questionable content or swearing. 🙂 I’ve gotten very positive feedback from the Middle School ages! Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

      2. Lisa,
        I read the Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer and have passed it on to some MS kiddos. Can’t wait to hear what they think!

        I loved it! Great capture of MS new kid in town and sibling relationships!

      3. Oh thanks so much Fran! I appreciate your kind words! 🙂

  2. It is fun to look back to see which posts which posts were viewed the most. This is a neat feature of WordPress.

    1. So true! I love the WordPress stats!

  3. Your post gave me the idea for mine today, though it morphed into something more introspective. I started by looking at the stats, but then veered off to choose my own favorites. I linked to several of your posts already and will be returning for more. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Loved your post! Being a “springboard” for thought is a great honor”! THANKS!

  4. The best thing for me about looking at those stats is seeing all the people from different countries that have read my scribbles. It amazes me and makes me feel even more connected to my fellow citizens of planet earth.

    1. Haddon,
      So true that it’s amazing to see such a variety of folks reading – today it’s US and Canada as main sources. I love that we are linked in our “learning”.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. Fran – so clever! You remind me of David Letterman!! How great that all the way in Iowa, your TC posts are read and valued!! That says LOTS about, you, the writer. Happy New Year!! I hope our paths cross in 2016!!

    1. Happy New Year to you as well, Sally!

      And you guessed it – I was thinking David Letterman as I did my countdown! TC posts are valued – I hope that also means that they are pretty accurate . . . My goal is to be a trusted source – not just a source!

      I hope we meet often in 2016 whether in cyber world or face to face! Hope you are having a great year!

  6. So glad to follow you on your blogging journey. Apparently I’m not alone. We slices know a good thing when we read it! Here’s to a great 2016!

    1. Thanks, Julieanne!
      Blogging is definitely a journey! Looking forward to 2016!

  7. I love that Doctorow quote, too. Your writing certainly has led you to lots of new learning. Thank you for sharing it so generously with us! Happy New Year, Fran!

    1. Happy New Year, Catherine!
      So much learning and writing for all of us!

  8. I loved that you shared highlights from your WordPress year in review with us today, Fran. I got mine too. I eat that stuff up! (You’d never know I was the same girl who put off Statistics ’till my senior year with the way I love stats now!)

    Thank you for being so generous with your learning, Fran. You are a treasure! I’m so glad you’re part of the SOL Community and my PLN.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year, Stacey!
      I’ve always loved numbers and data and find it so funny that I spent a couple hours last night digging through WordPress data ahead of the annual report delivered this afternoon! Patience is not my strong suit!

      The continued support to write and share definitely has come from the #SOL Community! So many great readers, writers, and thinkers here!

      And also the relationships from knowing so many face to face as well! After you sit beside someone for the opening at Riverside Church or a lunch at #TCRWP, there’s a deep learning bond that makes it easier to communicate! ❤

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