2015 - Year In Review

Happy New Year! At the beginning of each new year, I love looking back on the highlights of the year I'm leaving behind. Here is my 2015 Year In Review:

In 2015 I reached a TpT milestone, hit a milestone 40th birthday and spent many weeks traveling the world with my husband and partner of 17 years. My blog also continued to grow, surpassing 600,000 views this year! I'm pulling together my top posts of the year. I hope you find something inspiring or helpful here!

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

#10 - Tricks & Treats: A Halloween Blog Hop and Giveaway

Who doesn't love a good blog hop?! This one was packed with 20 awesome freebies and a fantastic TpT gift card giveaway from the Under The Maple Tree Bloggers. Keep an eye out for more fun blog hops from us in 2016!

#9 - Back-to-School Bonanza 2015

This annual linky was a fun way to share some awesome resources for heading back to school! 75 great products were linked up this year and it was the perfect time for me to announce a huge product makeover!

If you are new to Teachers Pay Teachers (my all-time favorite site for teaching resources!), you can set up a free account here!

#8 - Engaging Students Using Technology

With new iPads in my classroom came the discovery of some fun apps and resources to engage and interest my students. I share all of my favorites in this guest post on the Who's Who and Who's New blog!

#7 - 5 Reasons You Should Be Using Guided Math In Your Classroom

Another guest post on the Who's Who and Who's New blog and one of my favorite posts to write was this one where I share 5 practical reasons for using the Guided Math structure in your classroom. If you haven't looked into Guided Math for your classroom, this post just may convince you!

#6 - Throwback Thursday: Word Work In Action

While I was away on vacation I shared one of my most popular posts from 2013 and it turned into one of my most popular posts of 2015! Jam-packed with awesome ideas for your word work centers, this post is one you shouldn't miss!

#5 - 5 Creative Ways to Use Clothespins in the Classroom

Every teacher has a bag of clothespins kicking around in their classroom, but do you know what to DO with them?! In this post I've shared five fun and creative ideas for you, so dig them out and make them work for you!

#4 - Fighting For Fiona - A Fundraiser

I am thrilled that this post got the attention it deserved this year! I teamed up with a pile of other great TpT authors and bloggers to raise funds for Fiona, a three-year-old little girl who was born with a life-threatening immune deficiency that required an expensive series of infusions and a bone marrow transplant to treat. The amazing product bundles are still available for purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers and are a great way to boost your classroom resources while helping a family in need. I hope if you check out even one of my Top 10 posts it will be this one.

#3 - Pumpkins in the Classroom

Bringing pumpkins into my classroom has become one of my favorite things to do with primary students. There are so many fun stories, writing ideas and math opportunities to be explored. In this post, I share some of my favorite pumpkin books, a fabulous math activity and a Pinterest board that will help you make your Pumpkin Day one to remember!

#2 - Making The Most of Your Smart Board

I LOVE my SMART Board. I'm not quite sure what I would do without it. It is such a fun way to engage learners! Making your lessons interesting and interactive isn't difficult, but I know that many teachers just don't get the training they need to make the most of this technology - I didn't. I did my own research and taught myself tons of easy tricks to make the most of the SMART Notebook software and I share these tips and tricks in this collection of step-by-step tutorials! If you have a SMART Board this post is a must read!

And finally... #1 - How To Differentiate For Your High Achievers

I've always found tons of blog posts for supporting and engaging our struggling students, but when I noticed a lack of resources targeting our high achievers I decided to write a post of my own. This one is full of tips for differentiating for these stronger students and very quickly became my top-viewed post of the year. I hope you find some inspiration for your own classroom here!

Runners-Up Worth Mentioning:

Here are a few more top posts from 2015 that I think you'll enjoy:

You can visit any of the blog posts I've mentioned by clicking on the headings or images. 

I'd like to take this final opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your continued support - for the comments, the shares and for returning time and again to read what I have to share. I'm wishing you and yours a wonderful 2016 full of health and happiness. love and laughter! I hope you'll continue to join me here, and on Facebook and Instagram, as I continue to share ideas, products, and freebies in 2015!

If you're posting some reflections of your own year of blogging, please join me by linking up your post below! Just grab the Year in Review image at the top of this post and link back here!

Thanks to KG FontsLittle Red and Sonya DeHart Design for their talents as seen in the Year in Review images!

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