How can it be that another year is nearly over?
It's been another busy year. They all are, and they seem to keep getting busier! Luckily, most of it has been GOOD busy!
Here are 14 things that went on in 2014!
1. Guest Post!
Way back in January 2014, I wrote a blog post that was shared on Corkboard Connections about using gestures. You can see that post HERE. It just so happens, Laura Candler of Corkboard Connections is letting people vote for their favorite guest posts HERE. Feel free to vote for my post or any other posts... they are all quite good!
2. New England Blogger meet up!
Several teacher bloggers from the New England area got together last January at the Cheesecake Factory in Boston. I can't tell you how much I love getting together with other teacher bloggers. I always leave with new ideas for the classroom, new ideas for my blog, and new friendships. You can read more about that get together HERE.
3. My Most Popular Blog Post for the Year!
I've had several blog posts that were well read this year, but THIS ONE had more views than all the others this year. I'm glad a lot of people read it, since it's near and dear to my heart. I've never been of the "everybody gets a trophy" way of thinking, and I believe that honest feedback is a true way to learn. (I'm not a fan of criticism or humiliation either, but there's a happy medium!)
Just in case you're curious, THIS POST was the second most popular.
4. One Million
Way back in April, I hit a milestone: my blog had one million views! It was pretty exciting for me!
As crazy as life gets, I always make time for my friends and family. We went out to eat on Easter Sunday, and had a glorious time!
6. My Amazing Daughter!
My amazing daughter was chosen Outstanding Student of the Year at her college. Here she is accepting her award. It's just like the Oscars!
7. College Greek Reunion
My college held a reunion weekend in June for all the Greeks. Here I am posing with my sorority sisters, most of whom I'd never met before! I regret to say, I was the oldest of the group.
I'm trying not to admit that we look more natural with drinks in our hands. (Seriously, it was cider!)
8. Vegas, Baby!
For the second year in a row, I went to Vegas to meet with other teachers whom I'm met through blogging. HERE is my blog post about the "golden nuggets" I brought back with me!
9. Red Sox!
Yes, I know, it wasn't a big year for the Red Sox, but I am still loyal. My daughter got tickets for the 4 of us to go to a game. We had a blast! (No, the Sox didn't win, but we still had fun!)
10. A Terrible Loss
My singing group, Voices of Distinction, suffered a terrible loss on Labor Day. One of our members died suddenly in a plane crash. We held a touching memorial service for him, and shared lots of happy stories, but Bruce will be missed. HERE is a blog post I wrote about this.
11. Another College Visit
After having such fun in June getting together with old friends, I didn't hesitate to go back up to my old college to get together with this same group. Although most of this group were still in school or fresh out of school, there were several I knew from "my days". Plus, I wasn't the oldest one this time!
12. New York with Teacher Friends!
In October, I went way out of my comfort zone and went to New York City by myself! It was so totally worth it because of all the people I hung out with there! We went to Brain Pop, Bryant Park, an awesome dinner, Teachers Pay Teachers, and I even got to see Carol Burnett in Love Letters! You can read more about that trip HERE! (But I do have to include a couple more pictures, since it was such an awesome trip!)
The people from Teachers Pay Teachers are awesome! Definitely a highlight of the NYC trip!
13. Bright Ideas Blog Hops!
I'd been involved in several Bright Ideas Blog Hops this year. Our goal was to share blog posts with good, valuable content. In November, we had a round up of all those blog posts, which turned out to be several days worth of reading! There must be some sort of Staff Development credit involved in reading all these posts! If not, you will surely get a whole lot of great teaching ideas! I know I did! You can find that Round Up post HERE.
After all is said and done, it always comes back to family. This picture is from Thanksgiving, but I spent Christmas with most of the same people, and it was fabulous as well!
2014 was a great year. I have a feeling 2015 will be even better!