Holy New Followers!

I just took stock of some recent followers added to all my "places", and I realize I have hit some major milestones!

I have passed...

200 blog followers
400 TpT followers
1,500 Pinterest followers

I never dreamed 6 months ago that I would be where I am today, and I am so grateful.  I mean it when I say I value the time you take to read my "musings", and I REALLY appreciate that you take the time to dialogue with me via comments.  Together we can make a difference for our students if we work together to share our ideas, our resources, and our POSITIVE experiences!  For those of you who are new, I hope you take some time to read some of the many posts from recent months--and the GREAT ideas shared in the comments from my readers!  Again, I strive to make this blog a dialogue about teaching and a place for us all to get support and share great ideas!

To celebrate, I am having a little giveaway!  I know it may not be much, but I'd like to provide one of my readers a $10.00 gift certificate to TpT, my brand new word problem bundle (All four grade 4/5 sets!) and a choice of any other item from my store!

So . . . come one, come all! A $10.00 gift certificate, my word problem bundle (see below for the cover and link--HOT OFF THE PRESS at 11:52 pm!), and any one other item from my store--it may not be the lottery, but it WOULD be free!  And free is good, right?  Just use the rafflecopter entry form to enter . . . and follow me in places you haven't yet if you like!  I will end this giveaway on Friday, so enter over the next few days.  

Again, I cannot begin to express my gratitude for your support and kindness over the last 6 months.  Here's to many more!


  1. You are an amazing inspiration! I read your blog, take feverish notes, and get so pumped up about teaching again. I feel like some days at school, I'm drowning in negativity, but you really have gotten me to re-focus and be excited again. So thank you!

  2. I agree with the PP. You are inspirational and I look forward to all your blog posts and TPT products. Thanks for all you do to help so many people in so msny places everyday.

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  4. I've been inspired by your blog posts too. Thank you for time you take to share in such descriptive detail the things you do to help your students learn!

    As far as something positive in my room today..... Well, it's been a tough day so far with so much chitter-chatter. But we're doing book shares and the kids are excited to tell what they've learned from the biographies they read.

  5. I can't remember how I stumbled upon your blog, but I immediately liked you on facebook and have been hooked every since! I love your constructivist ideas and 'real world' outlook to subjects, especially math. I love to teach 'on the fly' by going where the students questions and thoughts take us during investigations, and your lesson ideas allow me to do that. I also teach fourth grade and It can be easy to drown in worksheets and you have helped me stay afloat! =] I wish I had enough money to purchase everything you offer on TPT, but I have several things on a wish list. Thanks for sharing your ideas..You brought fresh thinking to my fractions unit and a helpful way to track students daily reading (I now track goals and running records via calendar format). I would love to observe you for a few days! I don't know how you have time to write such detailed posts, but keep them coming!!!

  6. Oh my...I was NOT thinking THIS was the kind of post I would get! I seriously broke down reading your kind words. Please know I REALLY wanted you to share GOOD THINGS HAPPENING IN YOUR CLASSROOMS! :) I am touched--really. Thanks for riding this ship with me--no matter how rocky the seas are!

  7. Love your blog! your fraction unit was inspirational.....I tried some of your ideas as I was in the middle of a fraction unit at the same time as you. I'm looking forward to using your whole unit next year. Thank you so much for sharing all of your ideas :)

  8. Something great that happened: one of my male students is a great leader (when he wants to be) and after a rough start to the morning, he became that leader without my prodding. I am so proud of him.
    Thank you for for sharing your ideas.
    Toni Nicholson

  9. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. Something great that happened to me was that my kiddos seemed to "get" long division. Yea!

  10. I haven't commented recently, because life has gotten hectic, but I still read all of your posts via email. They are an inspiration! :)

    One good thing that happened today was my students creating thoughtful thank you cards for people who helped with our huge out of state field trip earlier this week. Their words made me smile, and reminded me that all the hard work is worth it!

    1. I just read your next post - about worrying during field trips. An out-of-state trip sounds like your worst nightmare! Ha! Actually, anything that might've gone wrong, did. (At least in the last 10 hours of the trip.) It was incredible how teachers, parents, and our principal rallied together to make it all good for the kids. They really didn't notice the problems - just thought they were minor hiccups. This trip taught me that careful planning and a strong team can help me through field trips. :)