I've shared a lot of my favorite things and have found that it's a ton of fun to put something out there and see what you think of it (I love to hear when a lesson or trick that I share makes it big with your students!). I am absolutely sure that the act of sitting down and working through a project or lesson and thinking of all the steps and necessary materials (all the prep work that I'd need to do to write about it on the blog), has really made me think through my processes and has helped me become a better teacher and thinker. I've started to come up with better resources for my students and I've shared a lot of those things with you too. I've scoured the internet and looked for great music resources and that page of music education links continues to grow (Check it out here and see what's new!) And I've been able to document a lot of the things that are happening in my room, on my walls/bulletin boards, and in my teacher toolkit. I LOVE the feedback that you give when I write about something new. Often I'll go back and tweak that resource or lesson because of your suggestions.
One of my favorite things about blogging is all the connections I've made. I've met some truly wonderful people and have learned so much as I ask questions of YOU, listen to your feedback, share with you, and sometimes even meet in person! The biggest/best part of blogging has been my interactions with all of you! Even if you just read a specific blog article, that simple act shows me that someone is interested in what I've written and that helps me know more too! When you leave comments or ask questions, provide insight, crack jokes, and send messages I get more ideas and feel more inspired. You have made me a better teacher and person by interacting on this blog and I couldn't be more thankful!
Big Birthday Giveaway!
Thank you again to all of the people who read this blog or follow me in any of these places. This last year has been spectacular and it's felt like my professional learning community has grown from just the few people in my building or my district. Now my professional learning community is huge and includes all of you and your smiles, voices, ideas, thoughts, questions, quandaries, and laughs. Thanks so much for your friendship!
If you were not one of the big five winners, have no fear! I'm releasing some really fun freebies later this month. If you're following my blog or following me on Facebook, Teachers Pay Teachers, Twitter, Instagram, or another social media outlet, you'll know about the freebies!