The best thing I did in 2012 was start my blog. After blog stalking for so long, I knew it was time for me to start sharing my ideas too. I have had so much fun not only writing on it, but designing it as well. I am actually ready for a new look, but I don't think I want to do it all myself. The blog itself has been the best thing I have ever done!
The second best thing I did in 2012 was to upgrade my TPT store to a Premium Account. I have been selling since Teachers Pay Teachers started when I read about it in a magazine. I just had some piddly things on there that I had made, and sold a few things a month just to have some extra spending money. When I started adding some of my new stuff that is soooo much better, I started selling more and realized how much I was losing out by not upgrading. Now I feel like I am actually making the money I deserve!
My favorite blog post has to be the Early Grades and Leveling Books post. It really opened my eyes to practices I had used in my classroom and got a lot of other people thinking. If you have not read the book Beyond Leveled Books, you should! It really makes you think about the books we use in the classroom and gives purpose to what children choose to read.
The best product I created is my Read It With Emotion Fluency Phrasing Activity. It is a fun way to practice fluency, an important part of the balanced reading diet. I created this one after reading an article from The Reading Teacher about fluency while SOL testing. This is one one of my best sellers, and my students have enjoyed it!
Melissa from Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late and I have found out we have a lot in common, even down to where we have lived! I have really enjoyed getting to know her!
Conversations in Literacy) posts. They inspire me and give me great ideas for my little classroom!
So, what is the best and brightest for you in 2012? I can't wait to find out!