2017 - Year In Review

Happy New Year! At the beginning of every new year, I love to look back at all of the posts I shared throughout the year. Here is my 2017 Year In Review. These are my Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017!


All good things start with donuts, am I right?! I've rounded up (get it?!) my favorite books, crafts, games, and of course, treats for you to use to celebrate Donut Day in June! Be sure to bookmark this post for a fun end-of-the-year celebration!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

#9 - How to Easily Print on Sticky Notes

I love a good hack, and this particular trick is one of my favorites! I use sticky notes for so many things in my classroom, and being able to print right on them has simplified my assessment data collection immensely! Read on to find out how to do this, and grab a FREE template!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

#8 - Erin Condren Teacher Planner 2017 Walk-Through 

I love, love, LOVE my Erin Condren Life Planner, and this year I took the plunge and got myself a personalized Teacher Planner! I love it so much, and it has definitely helped me stay on top of my day plans. Take a look at the inside features and grab yourself a code for $10 off your first Erin Condren purchase in this post!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

#7 - How Technology Can Help Tame Your Paper Obsession

Do you have a paper problem? I've struggled with it for years, but I'm definitely in recovery! This post is crammed as full as your filing cabinet with tips for going (mostly) paperless in your classroom!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

#6 - 5 Ways to Get Student Attention in the Classroom

Heading into a new year is the perfect time to refresh your attention-getting tricks! Freshen your strategies up in 2018 with these ideas, and grab a FREEBIE for your classroom!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

Still with me? I hope so... the best posts are yet to come!!

#5 - How to Accomplish Differentiation in Guided Math

This second in a four-part series all about Guided Math focuses on differentiating your instruction. It is easier than you think!! I share my strategies and resources, and you can grab a FREE set of Guided Math centers!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

#4 - How to Get the Most Out of Your Planning Time

I've had many emails from my readers with feedback about this post! There's never enough prep time in a teacher's week, and inevitably there are interruptions, so I've compiled a list of my tips for getting the most out of your planning time. There's a FREEBIE in there for you! ;)

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

#3 - How to Effectively Track Student Progress in Guided Math

Post #3 in my four-part Guided Math series, this one focuses on how to track the work that is happening in all the different groups around your classroom while you're teaching! Don't stress over this one. I share my all-time favorite (and FREE!) app in this post!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

#2 - How to Get Organized for Guided Math

The top question I get from blog readers curious about Guided Math is "Where do I begin?". Hearing this issue over and over was the inspiration for this post, and it turned out to be the second-most-popular post of the year! In this post, I share my ideas about storing Guided Math materials, creating groups, organizing groups, and managing group expectations. Be sure to grab my FREE Guided Math Starter Kit!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

And finally... #1 - What to Do on the First Day of School

No matter how long we've been teaching, we are always on the lookout for fun, new ideas for what to do on the first day of school! In my 20 years of experience, I have learned a thing or two about how to manage a successful first day, and I share my routines, activities, icebreakers, and expectations, along with a FREE editable scavenger hunt that your students will love!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

Runners-Up Worth Mentioning:

Here are a few more top posts from 2017 that I think you'll enjoy:

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

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

I am reflecting on my most-viewed blog posts of the year! Don't miss The Year in Review: Celebrating 2017 where you'll find great tips, resources and lots of freebies!

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 say. I wish you and yours a beautiful 2018 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 2018!

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