Math = Love: 2016's Most Popular Posts

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016's Most Popular Posts

This blog post will be my 183rd of 2016.  That's a decrease in posting from my 199 posts in 2015 and my 214 posts in 2014.  I guess that's what happens when you decide to get married and finish grad school all in the same year.  Yesterday, I read Jo Morgan's recap of her ten most popular blog posts from 2016.  This made me curious as to which of my posts from this year have been viewed the most.

So, thanks to the help of Excel for helping me rank my blog posts from this year, here are my top ten blog posts of 2016 according to pageviews.

1.  Growth Mindset Mistakes Poster
Given how many posters I have created and blogged about, I guess it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that a poster I created is my most popular blog post of 2016.  This poster was inspired by a quote from Jo Boaler.

Unit dividers are one of the best changes I have made to my interactive notebooks in the last couple of years.  This year, my husband helped me update last year's divider template to make a new and improved one.  

This poster was inspired by some badges created by the ever-inspiring Sara VanDerWerf.  It is one of my favorite pieces of my classroom decor this year!  It was so fun to see so many of my twitter and blog friends download this poster and hang it up in their own classrooms. 

I wrote this post at the beginning of the summer when I was full of ideas for the upcoming school year.  Sadly, I have yet to implement these in my own classroom.  :(  

5. Quadratic Formula Templates
This next template, on the other hand, was classroom-tested and student-approved!  My Algebra 2 students have always had struggles figuring out exactly how to plug values into the quadratic formula.  So, I made this template to use with our dry erase pockets (affiliate link) to help them set up their problems.  It was a HUGE hit!

6. Broken Circles
This summer, I read Elizabeth Cohen's Designing Groupwork (affiliate link), and I went a bit crazy creating printable resources to go along with the activities she suggests.  I ended up using the Broken Circles activity during the first week of school, and it was AWESOME!

7. Combining Like Terms and the Distributive Property Interactive Notebook Pages
Even though I teach high school, I love using cut and paste activities in my math classroom.  I believe that being able to manipulate pieces as you are learning leads to an increase in understanding.  I especially believe this is true when it comes to combining like terms.  Here's one of my favorite INB pages of the year!

8. Translating Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities Interactive Notebook Pages
This post contains more evidence of my love of cutting and pasting in math class!  It also contains a nifty fold-out I created for my students to help them translate between words and algebraic notation.

9. Algebra 1 SBG Skills List - Aligned to New Oklahoma Academic Standards
I wrote this list of SBG skills as the beginning of this past summer.  It was my first attempt at wrapping my head around Oklahoma's new math standards.  After attending several workshops during the later part of the summer, I changed my mind about how I wanted to arrange/word many of these skills.  I continue editing my skills list as the year progresses.  Maybe at the end of this school year, I will do a comparison post where I look at the original skills list I wrote and the skills list I actually ended up using.

10. Zukei Puzzles for Practicing Geometric Vocabulary
I'm a bit surprised that this post made the top 10 because I only published it on December 17th.  This summer, I discovered a set of awesome mathematical logic puzzles created by Naoki Inaba.  The only problem was that all of the puzzles were in Japanese.  To make these more usable, I used the Snipping Tool and Google Translate to create an English version of his Zukei puzzles.  This post was also notable because it finally compelled Dan Meyer to leave a comment on my blog.  Achievement unlocked!  He did say that the title of my post completely undersells the puzzle, so I guess you should check it out!


My take-away from compiling this list is that people like posts that include something to download.  Every single one of these posts included a download I had created.


  1. My vote goes to Zukei puzzles. I am absolutely trying it with my kids this year when we get to polygons.

  2. Happy New Year Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas! I used the quadratic formula template with the dry erase pockets with my Alg. II students and they loved it! The dry erase pockets are a hit in my classroom.

    1. SO glad to hear that you and your students love the dry erase pockets. Mine do too!

  3. We're a group of Primary pupils from the UK bloggin about Maths - those book dividers look great, we may borrow that idea!