Monday, May 18, 2015

600 Posts!

It's hard to believe that two and a half years ago, an "impulse" decision to start a blog has turned into SIX HUNDRED POSTS!  Man--I sure have a hard time keeping my "mouth" shut, don't I!  When I started my blog, I had a few goals.

1.  I wanted to become a more reflective teacher. (To be honest, I didn't think anyone would find my blog nor read it.)

2.  I wanted to share some of my teaching ideas with others.  I used to present at workshops, etc but having a special needs child changed my path quite a bit.  I thought maybe my blog might give me another way to share with other teachers.

3.  I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and challenge myself--both instructionally and technologically (To be honest, I hadn't really even LOOKED at blogs before).

After 600 posts, I think I have at least scratched the surface on these three!  Along the way, new goals surfaced...and people started asking for resources that I used and my Teachers Pay Teachers store began to take off as well.  To this day, I am humbled and honored that people around the world find what I do helpful and that maybe my "reach" as a teacher extends beyond my 25 little humans each year.  Seriously.  Sometimes this thought alone is what gets me through my days--and I am grateful to all of you who follow along with my crazy ride.

So what next?  To be honest, over the last months I have had moments where I wanted to close up shop...to delete my blog...to just get my "real" life back...working full time in the classroom AND running a blog/business is EXHAUSTING.  I spent some time thinking...talking to other bloggers...and finally I decided to continue--and to try to set some NEW goals for the upcoming blogging year.

1.  I want to continue to provide quality, informative blog posts that can help teachers continue to push their teaching and implement exciting, best practice lessons for their students.

2.  I want to expand my reach by getting back into presenting and doing teacher workshops--something I did years ago before my own children arrived.  I miss it...I miss working with teachers who are excited to improve their art.  Stay tuned...

3.  I want to make sure I don't lose balance in my life.  My son is finishing his junior year in high school and will be leaving the nest soon.  I want to savor every minute I have with him!

By the way...it's almost summer!  Be ready for "Texts on Tuesdays" where I dig into some of the best professional resources out there..."Monday Made It" with Fourth Grade Frolics where I showcase projects for the home and classroom, "Loved That Lesson" linky where I showcase lessons I can't WAIT to teach in 2015-2016, and more "Math Is Real Life" posts.  Of course, there will be new products, special deals, and more!  Thanks again for being a part of my blogging world.

29 comments:

  1. On your blog over the summer I would like you to share with us some new ideas that you plan to use in the next school year.
    Congrats!
    Emily

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  2. Congrats! So excited for you and all of us teachers that you share your hard work with.

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  3. Congratulations on hitting 600 posts! I love your Thinker Tasks.

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    1. I'd love more of them. Maybe something to do with measurement or geometry.

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  4. Congrats! I'd love to see some real classroom examples of what you've done to avoid "test prep" math instruction and how to implement problem solving strategies.

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  5. Thanks for hosting. Thrilled to discover your blog!

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  6. I can't wait to hear more about professional resources this summer.

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  7. I LOVE reading any and all your posts regarding math. Keep them coming!

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  8. I love to see how you set up your math and reading workshops, as well as organizational things!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  9. I try to keep up with reading the blog, though I sometimes struggle with that. I am glad to read someone else's struggles and triumphs! Congratulations! Things I like reading on your blog...all of it? Things I would like to see continue on your blog...all of it? :) Hearing big idea plans or organizing outcome based report cards is something I hope to read about. I expect to teach in a double graded classroom next fall (a 4/5 or a 5/6 split) so these ideas are something I expect to deal with myself. Congrats again!

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  10. I would love to see what you do for measurement and geometry...maybe some techniques for multiplication as well. Any big units like your big fraction bundle would be awesome! I love the stuff you have made so far!

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  11. Awesome! Thanks for sharing so many ideas!

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  12. I like how you share so much about how you get kids to think. I like that you provide ideas for quality teaching without always plugging a product. My students don't need the same things yours do, but I need your ideas!! Thank you for sharing...and for making me think, and inspiring me.

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  13. I'm looking forward to seeing your posts on professional resources.

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  14. So exciting! I always love reading your post and using your products!

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  15. I love reading your posts, I;m looking forward to new ideas

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  16. 600 posts is amazing! I love hearing about math teaching books and like to see what is out there that I can add to my reading list!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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  17. I know you're a "math person" but I love your book studies. I am a huge (new) fan of Flutter thanks to your posts about how you get students to think deeper about reading. Thanks for sharing all of your hard work!

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  18. Congratulations! Thanks for the giveaway :) I would love to see more posts about test preparation!

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  19. I would like to see some blog posts on how you are preparing for the new school year. I always love new ideas for the new year.

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  20. Congrats!! I'd like you to share new ideas for next year, what you're reading this summer, and how you're prepping for next year. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  21. Congratulations to you and thank you the the giveaway. Love anything reading related-non fiction, text evidence, close reading, paired passages, etc.

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  22. Well, you get an A+ as a blogger! Any standardized testing practice ideas would be so helpful. It's great to see the ideas others have found successful. Thank you.

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  23. Congrats! I love your meaty blog posts! I would love to hear more about how you use Google Docs in your classroom!

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  24. Love, love your ideas! Your tpt store is a regular stop for me!

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  25. I have so many of your TPT products. You are an inspiration to follow.

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  26. This summer I am reading "Number Talks". I am planning to incorporate this routine into my classroom next year.

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