I have a parent this year who really outdid herself on the creative gifts. I have received a gift every day that obviously had thought and effort put into them. Look how cute:
I also wanted to take a moment and express appreciation for some fellow bloggers out there who inspire me every day. I look at them as mentors of a kind-I look forward to reading and trying out their ideas!
Terri over at Engage Their Minds: http://engagetheirminds.wordpress.com/ -she and I have very similar philosophies and I steal resources from her all the time!
Tammy at: http://foreverin1st.blogspot.com/ -I look forward to her Saturday sayings every week. She has given me a lot of ideas particularly to step up my math instruction this year.
Barb over at: http://www.gradeonederful.com/ -not only will I be forever grateful for the beautiful blog design that she made me but I often find suggestions for books and poems to share with my kiddos from reading her posts!
Kimberley at http://1stinmaine.blogspot.com/ -she's doing a new blog series you might like to check out. I love reading blogs when people have opinions about things and are not afraid to express them. She has wonderful ideas especially about writing.
Sandy at: http://rubberbootsandelfshoes.blogspot.com/ . She teaches early childhood the way I wish we all could! I have to sneak some of her ideas into our curriculum, but it's a good reminder to me of how it can look when students aren't just made data points.
There are many others-I follow many, many blogs. I discover new ones every day! I appreciate the fact that you take the time to share your ideas and experiences so it can make us all better teachers! I know how not only time-consuming it is but also how much courage it takes to share those ideas with the world.