The best career choice I made this year was to somehow stumble upon the blogging world last summer and then immediately start a blog (why not?). It has been the best thing to happen in my career. The ideas and inspiring thoughts have really transformed my teaching in so many ways. The bloggers that have become my cyber space friends have uplifted my spirits countless times this year when the stress has been high due to CCSS and APPR changes.
Speaking of fellow bloggers, I have bragged about my blogging friends several times. These blogs are amazing and are all written by super talented, amazing gals. They have provided me more inspiration than I can ever thank them for!
The most popular post on my blog was a Monday Made It on Editable Schedule Cards and shared writing journals. I posted about the editable schedule cards I made and they became a quick seller in my TPT store much to my surprise. I think the blogging had something to do with it:)
I also posted here about the shared writing journals I mod podged using labels from other fabulous bloggers. I blogged about my avery label idea for students to keep track of which journals they have used. See post here.
I love the shared writing journals but one source of nagging in my head is that I never make the time (or have the time) to keep up with reading all the entries. I just hope that they are allowing the students to write creatively and I tell myself that some writing should not be graded so closely. During writing conferences, I look at their writing journals but the SWJ are often being used. Also, I am lucky to get in 8 writing conferences a week out of 23, so I only see each student for their conference about once a month. There is a little reflection on that...any comments on how you read or fit in your writing conferences?
I think the best freebie I shared this year was the Decorate Your Writing Journal Handout. The students love this activity and every time I conference with them I immediately see something personal to them on their cover and can ask them about it.
Making some new, more substantial TPT products have been on my to-do list for a long time. I FINALLY got around to making some Monster Math Fraction Centers and just posted them yesterday. This is the TPT product I am most proud of and time will tell if it will be a good seller. The adorable monster graphics are from Scrappin Doodles. I know I can use them in my classroom.
I am getting just a little stressed about the NYS test coming in April. I know they will be tough this year. We have been using the same math curriculum at my school for 10 years and I have been pulling resources from everywhere. I feel like I cannot get a good handle on the new core and when I see the sample questions, I almost start hyperventilating!
The single, best technological trick I learned was the screenshot on my mac (command+shift+4). I use it ALL the time and do not know how I went so long in the dark ages. There is so much I still need to learn!
I am so excited for 2013 and know that I will feel more organized and ready when this September comes. I had so many changes this year (blogging, Daily 5, CCSS, new APPR) and it won't be as difficult next year after going through it once. Here is to a wonderful 2013! Cheers!!