Sunday, March 16, 2014

Big Changes

It’s been almost a year since this little ole’ blog of mine began. The whole ordeal still doesn’t seem real to me. I mean…me? A blogger? Get real!
But, I am kind of obsessed with blogging, and I am so grateful that I took the leap and dove right in.
The entire journey has been worth every.single.moment. I have met so many amazing teachers. I get the opportunity to share my classroom ideas and experiences with others, and I am blessed to be able to read what other educators are doing in their classrooms around the world.
I still don’t consider myself a “blogger”. I am just a teacher with a blog. This adventure has allowed me to reflect on my teaching practices in the classroom and make changes to best meet the needs of those little hearts who I am responsible for. The more soul and energy I put into my students; the better learning experiences they are exposed to. THAT right there is one of the major reasons why I am a huge advocate for teacher bloggers in our profession. All of you are reforming the face of teaching, educating with you whole hearts, and molding young minds each and every day. YOU are education. YOU are the needed change. YOU are making the difference.
So enough heart pouring…and on to the good stuff! Right?
I mentioned that there are some big changes coming to the blog. What are they?
Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 10.12.10 AMRecently, Parker from PJ's Design Laboratory created an amazing new blog design for A Rocky Top Teacher. My first one was created by yours truly. It was OKAY but it was also really painful to look at. I told myself that if I actually stuck with it then I would go get a “real” blog design done by a professional. Well, I kept my promise to myself and am so pleased at how well Parker did. He is the best, and I highly recommend seeking him out if you are in the market for a new design. Head over to check out Parker's work here
Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 10.13.16 AMI also decided to switch over to a dot com. I am not quite ready to bring you to but the change will be here soon. There are a lot of reasons why I am switching over but essentially it will give me more control over my blog content. So excited!
1,000 IG Followers- I am on Instagram ALL the time. I love how easy it is to follow other teachers and see what they are working on in their classrooms. The IG teacher community is huge and their support is never ending. I just recently hit the big 1,000 followers which is just one more reason to celebrate! I have some great IG giveaways coming up soon. Make sure you are following me. My username is arockytopteacher. Come follow me!

So…with all that said. Thank you to all of you who have encouraged and motivated me throughout this journey. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for A Rocky Top Teacher. It’s time to celebrate!
In order to celebrate all of the big changes going on, I am hosting a giveaway. I have some great teachers who are going to be giving away some amazing products to one lucky winner. This giveaway is all about YOU and saying thank you to those of you who read what I write and use the products that I create for my classroom. You all ROCK, and none of this would be worth it without you.
The theme of the giveaway is about rocking those assessments that are about to hit most of our classrooms. They can be scary, daunting, and exhausting for both kiddos and teachers. BUT…some awesome teachers are about to make your test prep and other classroom resources so much more FUN!
Stay tuned…..more details coming tomorrow. I can’t wait to share this giveaway with you.


  1. Love the new look!! And congrats on 1000 followers!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  2. I love your blog, and your instagram- and the fact that you're a fellow paleo-doer! ; ) Can't wait to meet up with you in Vegas this summer!!! <3

  3. I'm so excited for you! I love the .com :) When does that go live!? Get it girl!!


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