Sunday, January 27, 2013

What Makes You Feel Proud?

I was asked an interesting question today that really got me thinking: "What TpT (Teachers pay Teachers) product are you most proud of and why?"

Whew!  Good question!  Every time I create something new I go through a phase where that newest product is my favorite.  When I really stop to reflect about the items I offer in my store, however, there really are 2 or 3 that make me extra proud.  And when I think even deeper, I realize that I am most proud of the product that I know has changed my teaching and that gives me an extra feeling of excitement every time another teacher deems it purchase-worthy. 
 My Guided Reading Planning & Recording Forms!!
(includes 15 usable forms)

First of all, let me just let you in on a little secret... although it's not actually a secret if you know me in real life!


One of my favorite things to do in the whole wide world (as funny as it may sound) is to create quality forms!  As a resource teacher with a huge caseload (at all times), I am constantly rewriting and revamping my lesson plans and the forms I use to stay efficient.  My goal is always to plan and work smarter, not harder.  So, ultimately I work hard to make sure that I work smart!  :)

This year, I decided that I needed to become more familiar with Fountas & Pinnell's Comprehension Toolkit.  My district adopted the Toolkit as a major part of our 3-6 reading curriculum 2 years ago.  I have become familiar with the way it is used in the classroom and had general knowledge of how it can be used with guided reading groups, but in order for me to really understand it and be able to use it effectively... I had to create... SOME NEW FORMS!!  Woot woot! 

My Guided Reading Planning & Recording Forms were the result!  Now that I've used them for the majority of the school year, I can tell you that they have really improved the way I plan and teach guided reading (with or without the Toolkit).  One of my favorite forms is the Plan & Prep form which forces me to think all the way through the guided reading process.  After using this form to plan for a student or small group, I feel completely prepared for the lessons ahead.  Other forms in the set allow me to record meaningful anecdotal information and plan next steps as I monitor and adjust.

Additional forms have also been added to the set as I found a need for them.  At this point, the set feels pretty complete to me, but I'm sure I'll find new ways to make it even better over time!

I love that this resource has become such a staple in my daily teaching life, but what makes me feel even prouder is that these forms have quickly become my best-selling item!  It is such an amazing feeling to know that other teachers have seen their value and are loving them as much as I do. 

So, since there isn't a way to give a direct thank you via TpT, thank you to all of you WONDERFUL teachers that have purchased this item from my store.  You are such a blessing to me!

What Makes You Feel Proud?


  1. Shut the front door! I thought that I was the only form fanatic! I love making forms, using forms, re-using forms! I am a new folloer!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

    1. Ha! Glad to know there are other form freaks in the world! Love your blog!

      Thanks! :)

  2. Maybe we should start a club... I love forms, also! Hmmm, maybe a support group! Thanks, for answering my forum question. Yours was one of the blogs I was looking for and couldn't remember where I saw it. New follower!

    1. Yes, a support group definitely!

      Thanks so much for becoming my newest follower! I've had a stressful day and you just made my night!! :)

  3. I recently discovered your blog through the "Blogs by State" linky party! I am also a Husker Blogger!!! I can't wait to check out your forms, thanks so much for sharing these with us! I am your newest follower!