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Monday, December 24, 2012
2012's Blog Best and Brightest!
Happy Holidays! Today I decided to join in the blogging festivities by linking up with Christina at Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge. Everyone participating in the party is writing about our favorite and most popular ideas, products, and bloggers out there, which provides a great resource for all of you teaching blog stalkers out there. I'm one, too, by the way!
There are two things I discovered in 2012 (I know, I'm a late bloomer) that wowed me and changed my life as a teacher. Teaching blogs and Teachers Pay Teachers. I discovered blogs first and then was amazed there was an online store full of products that would make my life easier and make me a better teacher. Where was I before that? Oh, yes. Buying resource books full of stuff I don't need and griping to my colleagues that would it be nice to get new ideas from other teachers.
This spring I started my own blog and teacher store, which has been a huge undertaking. I am still trying to figure out how to juggle teaching, helping my husband run our wine business/tasting room, blogging, and creating products. However, it's fun, I'm creating curriculum (which I love), and I'm networking with fantastic teachers around the world. Thank you for following me and for reading my posts!
This year's most popular posts on my blog are listed below:
Surfin' Through Second and I got some awesome decorating tips!
Another fun post was about Halloween and I shared my grammar product, which sold well in my stores. I love Halloween and the clip art for this product was so cute!
My best selling product this year is used for making birthday books. People have been really generous with their feedback and emails. I use it in my classroom and my students love it. They get so excited when their birthday book gets stapled together with a cute cover and letters from all of their classmates. They also enjoy creating a poster about themselves while everyone else writes them letters. It's only $1 so that's a bonus!
I have been excited about meeting so many talented teachers with fabulous ideas this year as well. They have taught me a lot about teaching, blogging, and creating great products. I hope you check them out!
Kelley (a fellow Californian) at Teacher Idea Factory
Lori at Teaching With Love and Laughter
Corinna at Surfin' Through Second
Nicole at Teaching With Style!
Merry Christmas Eve!