The Best of 2016 on WeAreTeachers

Bookmark our “best of 2016” list for some inspiring, helpful, and laugh-out-loud reading.

Best of 2016

Phew! We made it through this crazy, tumultuous, exciting, interesting year! And what a year it has been for WeAreTeachers. We launched our beautiful new website and connected with millions of teachers. Some of our editorial highlights this year included popular videos, the new 50 Tips and Tricks series and, as usual, our hilariously funny and truthful writers.

From the looks of our top 10 blog posts, we struck a chord in particular with middle school teachers, teachers looking for practical, easy ideas to use in the classroom, and teachers who appreciate the truthful humor that helps us survive this heartwarming, sometimes heart-wrenching job to which we are so devoted.

Take a look at this fabulous list of our most popular content of 2016.

Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

1. 24 Must-Share Poems for Middle School and High School

This exceptional article was written in late 2015, but its popularity continued into 2016.

must share poems

2. 10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know

Authentic, important information critical for every classroom teacher.


childhood trauma

3. How to Teach a Middle School Class in 49 Easy Steps

Oh, just 49? A hilarious peek into the life of a (saintly!) middle school teacher.

how to teach middle school

4. 5 Reasons Teaching Middle School Is the Worst and 5 Reasons It’s the Absolute Best

Another voice heard from the front lines. A perfect articulation of the angel/devil-on-our-shoulder routine we all put ourselves through.

5 reasons

5. The 10 Stages of Monitoring a Standardized Test

The look on her face says it all!

10 stages

6. 7 April Fools’ Pranks for Teachers That Will Melt the Minds of Students

Would we even dare? The evil genius behind this article had us rolling in the aisles.

7 april fools

7. 50 Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Teaching 2nd Grade

An excellent resource chock-full of useable, best-practice ideas. One of many in our Tips and Tricks series.

50 tips 2nd

8. Faculty Meeting Bingo Card

C’mon … you know you can relate to every item on this card (eye roll, huffy breath)!

faculty bingo

9. 50 Dollar Store Hacks for the Classroom

Save money on school supplies? Terrific ideas for a small budget? Yes, please!

50 hacks

10. 21 Anchor Charts That Teach Reading Comprehension

Anchor charts once again proved to be one of our most sought-after resources.

anchor charts

Top Social Media Posts of 2016



only job

don't understand


footprintsylvia duckworthrita pierson


This free downloadable poster was our most popular pin of the year!

colorful words 500

Followed by this booklist for social-emotional read-alouds.

15 must have-pin

And, once again, one of our 50 Tips & Tricks articles.

50 tips pin


Teachers could totally relate to this post! Ron, it’s not a competition, really!

Ron W instagram

And here we are folks, right at the peak of the bar graph!

Likelihood Instagram

We loved it as much on Instagram as we did on Facebook.

don't understand insta

Top Videos of 2016

Pool Noodle Phonics

A simple, yet brilliant way to make phonics fun for your kids!

pool noodle phonics

Teaching According to Stock Photos

If only it were as easy as it looks!

stock photos

7 Crazy Things People Say to Teachers (and What to Say Back)

You wouldn’t believe what some people say to teachers! Well, then again, you probably would!

7 crazy things

Thanks for the amazing year teachers! See you in 2017!