Tuesday, December 11, 2012

One year ago....


One year ago, on December 16, I logged onto my computer, signed up on blogspot, and began writing down the different ideas and activities that were going on in my room.  My intention was simply to share the things that I was doing with others because I thought a few people might like to read about it.  Little did I know how much this year would mean to me.

In one year I have made new friends to bounce ideas off of and learn new techniques from.  Some of these people (and you know who you are ;) ) have become true friends, even though we have never met.
In one year I have been welcomed into a community of other bloggers, which is endlessly supportive and fabulous.
In one year I have gained a new set of teaching "tools" with which to draw from in my lessons.
In one year I have come to depend upon you, my readers, for support and a "shoulder".
In one year I have streamlined my instruction, making better choices, heading in new directions, trying things out, and taking risks.
In one year I have become a better teacher.

So as a THANK YOU to you, my readers, and to celebrate my one year blogiversary, I have decided to give you the gift.  I am giving away gift bags of everything in my store.  There will be a Math Gift, a Reading Gift, and a Writing Gift.  Just enter the rafflecopter below for the Gift Bag (or two or three) you would like.  That is it!  I will pick a winner from each on December 16th.

And, as a parting favor at my birthday celebration, everyone who is a follower of mine will get a "Favor Bag" of a sample of the Reading Response Mats and Greek/Latin Root Word Memory Game.  All you need to do is leave a comment below, with your email address (and be sure to be a follower, because anonymous sharing is turned off!)  I wouldn't be mad if you told me one thing you have done after reading my blog ;)










So there we go.  A blogiversary birthday celebration.  And a sincere thank you from me for allowing me to share this journey with you. a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

77 comments :

  1. Congratulations, my friend! I am so thankful for you and the ideas you share. YOU have made me a better teacher. Ride that wave!!!

    ♥ Jen

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  2. Hey Stephanie,

    I love your blog! I have learned so much from you! One thing I do from your blog is the team points with the algebra connection. Love it!

    I would love a favor bag! j_findley2003@yahoo.com

    Thanks!
    Jennifer
    Teaching to Inspire in 5th

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  3. Happy Blog Birthday! What have I not done of yours? I have started Calendar Math, used your beginning of school student information, tried to organize my room like yours, etc... YOU ARE AWESOME!

    Emily
    ilovemyclassroom@ymail.com

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  4. Congratulations, Stephanie! I've used many, many of your calendar math ideas just to name one!
    Susan
    wadkinssusan@gmail.com

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  5. I read your blog often to get ideas for my 5th grade class. As a new teacher this year it has helped me out time and again! Congrats on your 1 year anniversary :)
    Marcie

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  6. Your blog is full of fabulous ideas! Reading each post makes me wish I still taught middle school instead of being a lower elementary instructional coach. After I read about your calendar math ideas, I shared it with the special education teacher. She visited to read all about it and began to immediately implement changes in her room. Her kids loved it! You are inspiration to so many. Thank for sharing everything you do with your students. Happy blogiversary!

    Jana
    Thinking Out Loud

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  7. I am a follower, and I enjoyed your recent post about your exploration activities.

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle
    Dlzillman@yahoo.com

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  8. I am always challenged to try new ideas. I love how you maximize each minute of your teaching day. I use your classroom economy system and table captains to check homework completion. Thanks for challenging us all to be better teachers!

    ~Karen (karenproctor@nc.rr.com)

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  9. Congrats! I recently started following your blog and I love your ideas! Keep up the excellent teaching :)

    Ali

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  10. Happy Blogday! I love to read your posts and ideas. I bought the Spiral Math Homework and LOVE IT. I tell my self daily that I'm going to start a TPT store and look to you for inspiration.

    Debbie

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  11. Congrats! I am a new blogger and am inspired to see people like you who have sustained it so well over time! I really think I have found my new passion. Glad to be your latest follower...

    Meg
    www.fourthgradestudio.blogspot.com

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  12. Congrats! I love your calendar math!

    Kcook817@cox.net

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  13. I absolutely love your website. You have such great ideas and I thank you for your videos that you have shared with us. Congratulations!

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  14. I forgot my email address. It is elegant8@hotmail.com

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  15. Congratulations. I love reading each of your blog posts.
    Heather - heatherbeyerlein@gmail.com

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  16. Congrats my dear friend! I can't imagine blogland without you being here...I have learned so much from you and I am always psyched when I see you have a new post. Congrats again!!!!

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  17. Congratulations!! I absolutely love your blog and all of your wonderful ideas. Thanks for being super!!

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  18. What a fun blog and contest! Thanks for all1

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  19. Congrats on your blog birthday! So glad you are around. Love your ideas. :)

    Lindsay
    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

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  20. Congratulations!!! I absolutely love your blog and your creative ideas! This is my first year in 5th grade and my second year teaching. Your blog has been a huge help. I have implemented the Calendar Math. The kiddos and I absolutely love it. I also had the kids create a Hanger Person for an influential person in the American Revolution. They had a fabulous time! Thank you for all that you do. Best wishes on many more great years to come!

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  21. Congratulations!!! I absolutely love your blog and your creative ideas! This is my first year in 5th grade and my second year teaching. Your blog has been a huge help. I have implemented the Calendar Math. The kiddos and I absolutely love it. I also had the kids create a Hanger Person for an influential person in the American Revolution. They had a fabulous time! Thank you for all that you do. Best wishes on many more great years to come!

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  22. Happy 1 year!! I loved your Poet-Trees!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  23. I just enjoy reading your posts. Love the different ideas and the joy you seem to have in your teaching. I have found other blogs because of you and have been considered starting my own blog (but not until after this crazy school year).
    abazant@hotmail.com

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  24. I just started following blogs this summer, so I sort of understand how it feels like a family. I check in on my blog "friends" everyday and feel like I share their successes and failures, good ideas and bad. Congrats and thanks for sharing!
    Peggy
    mrspaulson@gmail.com

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  25. I'm not in the classroom yet (still looking for my forever home!), but I truly enjoy following your blog & all your posts. Your organization, dedication, and just pure funness (yep, it's a new word.. didn't ya know?) you exhibit has made me want to become an even BETTER teacher when I start out! Thank you for the giveaways & happy blogiversary.

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees

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  26. Congratulations!!! Your journey is inspiring to all of us newbie bloggers. I also appreciate your editable calendar math. Spiraling concepts in mat is so essential in building fluency! missyobryan@aol.com

    www wildaboutfifthgrade.blogspot.com

    Missy OBryan

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  27. I love your ideas and the goodies in your tpt store. I even own some of them! :) Congratulations!
    Ursula
    ugamler@boyertownasd.org

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  28. I have found too many ideas to count! Thank you so much for the time you put into your blog!

    HFISCH0919 (at) gmail.com

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  29. You're my go-to blog! I purchased your Christmas Poet-tree unit and we are loving it. The kids are thrilled to work on it each day!

    cindyswindell@gmail.com

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  30. I'm a new follower of your blog. I can't wait to get some new ideas :) etr2003 at gmail dot com

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  31. I love all of your ideas! This summer, you inspired me to try "Beginning of the Year meet End of the Year" and can't wait to write The Important Thing poems! Keep up the awesome work.

    dyoung112880@gmail.com
    Young Daze in 5th Grade

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  32. I love your ideas, and I've implemented many in my classroom: poem of the week, calendar math, spiral math homework, reading response mats, the product where kids "blog" about their reading, Native American Museum (ours is Friday morning!), Greek and Latin Roots (I use yours and made more to fit what Treasures teaches using your root word blanks), place value game, Scholastic book order wish list - to name the ones I remember offhand. I won't enter your give away as I have all the items, and more people need to know how very useful your ideas and products are. Thank you very very much for sharing!

    Jan Tappan

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    1. Oh my gosh! I am tearing up now. Thank you so very much for such kind words Jan. You really are so very supportive of me and this blog. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  33. Happy One Year Stephanie! You have definitely inspired me in prepping my students for the state test. I believe that's when I started following your around Spring and so glad I came across your blog because I believe using your ideas to prep my students helped them and I will definitely be implementing it this year again. Really ALL your ideas are wonderful, but that sticks out for me... ohh and your Math Number of the Day =)Thank you for sharing!

    rogwachi@gmail.com

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  34. Happy Bloggiversary! I love reading your blog and have purchased many or your items from TPT. My fave is the spiral review--we use it everyday. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas--you are a wonderful teacher and inspire so many. Keep up the good work! :)

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  35. Congratulations! I have used so many of your products from TPT! Probably mine (and my kids) favorite was the scholastic book shopping to practice adding/multiplying decimals. Thank you!!

    Ashley
    adeck1102@yahoo.com

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  36. Congrats girlfriend! You are a CONSTANT inspiration and I too get giddy with every new blog post of yours. You have changed my teaching because of your blog, so thank YOU! You know I could go on and on, but let's face it, I have a not-so-secret blog crush on you! Here's to another 20+ years in Teaching in Room 6!

    YoungTeacherLove 5th Grade Blog

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    1. Oh my gosh! Can you imagine what it will be like to blog in 20 years?

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  37. I can't believe you have only been doing this for a year. I love just about everything you do. Right now my class and I are in the middle of doing the Christmas tree triangles. Thank you for your generousity. Someday soon I will be joining you. Thanks again for the inspiration.

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  38. Wow! A year of blogging! That's great! I really appreciate all that share! I have learned so much from you! My favorite purchase is your interactive math journal! My students love it too! I've even started trying to create and use the foldables and interactive notebooks in science and social studies! Congrats on the year anniversary!
    Bev
    bwunderlin@lincoln27.net

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  39. You're work is inspiring. I already own so many of your creative projects and they are making a huge impact in my classroom. Calendar Math and Reader's Response Logs are two of my very favorites. Congratulations!
    H White
    hawhite@henrico.k12.va.us

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  40. Oops,
    late night. "your" not "you're"

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  41. Congrats! I LOVE your blog, Stephanie! I use many of your ideas and products-calendar math, spiral math and currently doing your Christmas Poet-trees in class! Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas!
    Amy
    mommyinca@yahoo.com

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  42. Congrats, my friend! In one year, I have grown to just adore you and your blog:) But, you know that already. Keep all of your fabulous ideas coming!

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  43. I love following your blog! I've pinned many ideas from you!
    jsullivan@st-thomasmore.org

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  44. I love your blog. I have used many of your activities. I especially enjoy calendar math. Congratulations!

    Debinderry@gmail.com

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  45. I use so many of your things. love so many and read them all. i remember one video you filmed with your own kids at home peeping in. thanks for all the sharing. Donna my.espavo@gmail.com

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  46. The "Taking A Stand " activity was a HUGE hit in my reading class. Look forward to each new post. Thanks so much.
    Cfarison@live.com

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  47. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas for upper grades.

    Cindy
    Cindy.campbell@vcslearn.org

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  48. So many great ideas!

    HFISCH0919@gmail.com

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  49. Thank you so much for all of your kind words everyone! I am smiling from ear to ear now. :) I send the party favor to everyone who left an email address up until this point. Thank you again for joining me here!

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  50. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. I have started calendar math and the kids love it. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

    Heidi
    hweber923@gmail.com

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  51. I always enjoy opening my email and finding that you have made a new post! Thank you for opening your classroom and generously sharing ideas & products. Your hard work has benefitted both me and my students!

    Heather
    hwhytsell@gmail.com

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  52. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas! I have used your paragraph of the week as well as your book order wish math activity in the past few weeks to the delight of my class.

    VictoriaBee
    jvcebaum@gmail.com

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  53. Happy blogiversary!
    Heather
    kyle98sean02@gmail.com

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  54. Congrats on making the year - I'm so glad you're here! Love your blog, and your Calendar Math, it has stopped the blank looks from new topics I used to get in my classroom. Hope it works next year for my new lot of Grade 4's...

    My email's lozzaandrew@hotmail.com, I'm excited for my present!

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  55. Congratulations on making it a whole year! I started blogging this school year after spending last school year reading all the great teacher blogs out there. I stumbled onto your blog not too long ago and downloaded the Paragraph a Week resource from your TpT store and I am excited to implement it after the holiday break. Thank you for sharing your time and your talents with so many of us!


    Sarah

    Sarah_knights@live.com

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  56. Congratulations!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  57. I'm currently student teaching so I don't have a classroom to call my own but I am most def saving some of your wonderful ideas for when I do!(: angelicag1414@yahoo.com

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  58. I'm so glad you decided to start blogging! I've gotten so many wonderful ideas from your blog and reading your ideas has truly inspired me to really get more creative in the classroom! Thank you!
    Congrats!
    Heather . Alexander (at) gmail.com

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  59. Congratulations on one year!!!! I have found your blog humorous along with inspiring. THANKS!

    melanie.stern91011@gmail.com

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  60. Congrats Stephanie!!! I am so thankful to have gotten the lightning rod homework idea from you!! It has definitely helped my kiddos improve their multiplication facts!!! Love your blog and congrats on one fabulous year!!!

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  61. I love all the ideas that you share. It's hard to choose a favorite, but after reading your blogs I almost wish I was teaching math to use some of those wonderful ideas. (I am NOT a math person so this is a HUGE compliment) ;)

    Thanks!
    sarahreese.k@gmail.com

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  62. Congrats on your blogday! I can't even begin to tell you what a help and inspiration you have been to my teaching. I am using TONS of your ideas: spiral math homework and quizzes(LOVE LOVE IT!),lightning rods, reading logs, Native American project, paragraph of the week (starting this after winter break), foldables, social studies and science ideas, just finished our holiday present with last names, and that's just a few of the ideas I have used. Oh! The classroom economy and your procedure manual! If I sit here long enough I'll have a whole letter instead of a paragraph! Thank you and thank you again.

    Sharon
    sledelman@ca.rr.com

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  63. Congrats! I have been so busy and have not been able to get on as much as I hoped since the school year started, but hopefully over the break I can catch up and get back on to share and learn. I am still very new to this but since I have seen your blog I have used your spiral math and lightning rod. I must say that my kids are doing awesome with their facts and the spiral math has really helped introduce and discuss skills that we have not covered yet. Thank you for all you do :)

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  64. Congrats! I LOVE reading your blog. You have so many wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing :)

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  65. forgot to add my email
    ms.jojohnson@yahoo.com

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  66. Thank you all for joining me here on this journey! I have everyone who left their email address up until this point.
    Stephanie

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  67. Ohhhhh....don't forget me! I, too, enjoy your blog and your stories! Happy anniversary! tcotton@usd345.com

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  68. Happy Blogiversary!

    Kristin
    Teachntex@aol.com

    Teachntex.blogspot.com

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  69. I follow through Google Friend, and now e-mail. Happy Blogiversary!
    jkmatuch@aol.com

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  71. Congratulations on your blogiversary.
    srebel@usd260.com

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  72. Congrats! I have loved your root word trees and your rainy day mats. I know there's so many other times I'm about to teach something and I wonder "what has STephanie done?" Oh! I've done the dry erase/dice game that's not really a game activity in math - keeps them busy, keeps them happy. :) Thanks for sharing your world with us!
    -Lynette
    lynetteapo@yahoo.com

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  73. Thank you for the information you share here. I really appreciate the ideas. Congratulations on your first year.

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