Thursday, June 2, 2011

Getting Ready for a New Year and a note to ANONYMOUS who leaves mean comments

At the end of each year as I say goodbye to the little sweeties who have been mine for an entire school year I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Seuss, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.."  It is hard not to cry when we have to say goodbye.  Goodbye to my friend Bobby who gets my humor and constantly makes me laugh because talking to him is like talking to a 25 year old.  Goodbye to my little friend Josh who still needs me to button his pants and who reminds me of Bill Cosby everytime he speaks.  Goodbye to my friends Molly and Elizabeth who greeted me at the start of each day with hugs and ended each day the exact same way.  Goodbye to my sweet friend Emma Kate who would tell me over and over that I was her favorite teacher ever. Never mind that I've been her only teacher thus far.  :)  Goodbye to all of my little friends that I've had the pleasure of teaching this year.  I hope that I taught you well and that these lessons will stay with you for a lifetime.  We learned so many cool things this year, like when we dissected owl pellets and found not only a bird skeleton but part of a bird's nest as well.  We learned all about dinosaurs and about what the planet earth looked like back then.  I loved it when my friend, Buddy (yes that's his name) returned to school after we learned about how during the time of the dinosaurs the earth was one big continent called pangea.  He proudly exclaimed that he told his mom all about pangea and she had to "google" it.   Like all of your students, each of my little kindergarten sweeties left this year knowing a lot more than when we started. They can tell you all about a spider and how it catches and eats its prey.  They can name the seven continents and many of them can point them out on a map.  They can read, write and solve math problems.  But above all of these things that they learned I hope that they know that they are wonderful little people who taught me so much this year.  Kindergarten is just the beginning of their journey and I hope that each step along the way inspires them to always be the best that they can be!
To all of my teacher friends out there, enjoy your summer and make sure you take time to relax.  I
I will be adding new downloads each week as I begin getting ready for the next school year.
If you are looking for great ideas to start your school year you might want to check out my Literacy and Math Fun with Names unit.  It includes some of my favorite ideas to start the year and best of all it is on sale until next week!  Click on the picture to find it on TPT!
 I am working on my Back to School unit and I hope to have it finished by next week.  It will be packed full of ideas to help your first month of school be the best it can be.  It also has a lot of math activities that were inspired by the philosophy of Debbie Diller's, Math Work Stations book.

Dear Anonymous,
I'm not sure why you feel the need to leave mean comments on my blog posts.  In your past comments (which I do delete) you have said that I'm not a good teacher, have no original ideas to share and so on... so I'm just curious...Why do you visit my blog?  Do you download my freebies?  Do ANY of my pictures inspire you to try new things in your classroom?  Am I hurting you in some way?  I'm not sure why you feel the need to be so mean.  I wish I could say that your comments don't hurt my feelings, but that would be a lie.  I can get 20 positive comments to your one comment and do you know which one rings in my ears over and over?   Yep...you guessed it your mean one.  I really hope that you don't make your students feel the way you have made me feel.  I will say a prayer for you that whatever is making you unhappy will be lifted. 
Enjoy your Summer.

107 comments:

  1. you are SO inspiring. thanks for the download.

    mrs tabb

    First Grade Awesomeness

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  2. I am sorry that one cruel blogger can ruin things but good response! Thank you so much for all you do! I hope you also have a great summer!

    Primary Connections

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  3. I am so excited about your upcoming back-to-school posts!

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  4. It's just very fitting that they were "anonymous" as they posted something cruel! If they were so tough then they should sign their actual name to the hateful things they have to say!

    I find your blog very helpful and resourceful, and hope you have a wonderful summer!

    Amy Lemons
    http://stepintosecondgrade.blogspot.com

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  5. I agree with the above comment, it amazes me how people can be so cruel, especially to those who do nothing but help and inspire others! It was you and a few others out there that actually inspired me to start my own blog ... so thank you for EVERYTHING you do and continue to do :) Hope you have a wonderful summer!!

    Christina
    http://allabout2ndgrade.blogspot.com/

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  6. Why anyone would leave a mean comment for you is beyond and I mean beyond all understanding. You are an inspiration! And ALL the wonderful things you do help students as well as teachers..I know you've helped me. Keep your head up and know that you are truly a blessing. Can't wait for your Back to School unit!
    Ms. A
    Oceans of First Grade Fun

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  7. Ditto to Amy.lemons comment...I have followed your blog for a while and this is my first official comment. Felt I should say something to help defuse the negative comments of people who don't matter...you are very talented and looking back on all you have done and one grandma to another (wink, wink) KEEP up the wonderful work you are doing because you are inspiring the young and the old..hehe to do our very best to love children ..what better legacy is there when all is said and done? Fondly, Barbara

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  8. WHY DO WE LET THAT ONE MEAN PARENT/PERSON HURT US SO!!!???? I am so with you. Didn't YOUR teacher ever teach you to not say anything if you had nothing nice to say "mean comment leaving person???? Keep on doing what you do and making the difference that you do! :o)
    Jessica

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  10. I will also pray for "mean" cruelness that is being said. That's what Christians are supposed to do. Way to go Mrs. Jump! ~Stephanie~

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  12. I've posted two comments and had to delete/re-write them.

    First, I'd like to say "THANK YOU"! I stumbled across your blog midway through my school year and have been hooked ever since. Your creative ideas inspire me to try new things in my classroom and challenge myself to step outside my own comfort zone. My students have benefited from your inspiration. Your sweet good-bye brought a tear to my eye. It is easy to see that you pour your heart into your students, your classroom, and your profession. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better teacher! I've even started my own blog because of you! "THANK YOU!!!"

    Second, to your anonymous commenter. You speak of the "mean" cruelness of others. Please reflect upon the Christian teachings and refer to the verse "Do unto others as you would have done unto you." We will also pray for you.

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  13. So sorry that someone is leaving your hurtful comments. It's so true that we focus on the one negative even when there's a sea of positive around us. I've been really inspired by your posts so please keep them coming for all your supporters!
    -Rachel
    edlink123.blogspot.com

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  14. Thanks for all your posts. I think you're great! Thanks for sharing that Dr. Seuss quote. I am going to have to use it for a retirement project that I'm working on.
    Claire
    www.firstgradesmarties.blogspot.com

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  15. Thanks for all your GREAT ideas, thoughts, anecdotes, etc! I love seeing that you've added a new post each time! :)

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  16. I love you no matter what any one says, Deanna! You have inspired teachers in many ways!!

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  17. Man, oh, man (as I shake my head and turn my lip). People like "anonymous", who my 15 year old son would call him/her a "hater" are only jealous of the accomplishments of others. So to all the "haters" out there, I feel sorry for you, don't worry about what others are doing so much and try to put some effort into becoming a good positive person.

    As for you Miss Deanna (as I offer you a HUGE smile and an imaginary white bouquet of happy daisies), you are an inspiration! Cheers to you! Obviously not only to us teachers, but to your students, their families, and of course your family. A million thanks to you for a job well done!

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  18. I too have received not so nice messages, but I feel that they are just jealous of your "riches" (success). I am Jewish and Catholic (crazy mix), so it isn't just the Christian thing to teach kindness and love, but the "Godly" thing to do. Hopefully the person is not working with young children and if they are, they will read these comments and take heart. If we all focus on the positive, we will get more of it, and believe me, this world needs all the positive, loving, and caring thoughts we can generate. So all of us, as we read through this posting, fill our hearts with love and happiness and send it to everyone else (especially Anonymous)! That will get her good! :)

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  19. I am just like you... letting the mean comments ring in my ear. I have often been praying that God will help me to not focus on those things, but I am still caring very much what people say about me. You are amazing and your students are so lucky to have you. What a sweet note you just left them! Thanks for being so inspiring! :) I'll say a prayer for you and our anonymous person.

    Colleen Patton
    Mrs. Patton’s Patch

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  20. I love the mini chart download! I'm going to give it to my kiddos to stick in their writing journals. I am your 20th comment, I hope we have helped rub out a little of the irritation that "meanie" brought onto you! :)

    Hadar
    Miss Kindergarten

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  21. Love you Deanna! I agree with above. I think someone is jealous.
    Have a great summer girl! Enjoy your sweet family.
    -Michelle
    Fabulous in First

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  22. I felt the need to comment for the first time, too. I have been following your blog and success on tpt since the beginning of the year ... not because I can use your ideas in my class (I teach grade 6/7), but because I think your ideas and resources are so wonderful I can't wait to share them with the junior kindergarten teacher at my school (who also incidentally teaches my own daughter). Thank-you for all that you share - you are truly appreciated!

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  23. I am glad you responded to the mean comment instead of ignoring it. I hope the author comes back to read the comments your post has gotten. And if she is a teacher and plans on blogging who would ever feel comfortable sharing and learning from someone who is acting abusive? I have only been blogging since April and I have learned so much and connected with so many wonderful teachers! I LOVE blogging and everyone has been so helpful. Maybe Negative Nelly needs to identify herself and let you know what the real problem is. For crying out loud...kindergarten children do not even act like this! So, you keep going and never give Negative Nelly another thought! I am sure if she plays right, she might have more friends on the playground! Keep up the good work!
    www.littlemisskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  24. Deanna, I looooooooove you! And all you do :)

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  25. Love you!!! You're amazing!!! Everything in your units and posts are always fabulous!!! I always look forward to new things from you!!!!!! :)
    afirstgradefairytale.blogspot.com

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  26. I think some people find you an inspiration, and some people find you someone they want to emulate, and then there are some people who are just plain jealous. Please keep deleting the mean comments, and continue to LOVE the others!
    Tanya

    First Grade is Fantabulous!

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  27. Deanna,
    You are such an inspiration! Don't let the negativity get you down. I am a seventh grade teacher inspired by your "good teaching." Don't ever stop!!
    TR

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  28. Deanna - you are such an inspiration to so many of us! When I discovered your blog a couple of months back I was hooked! Your ideas are AMAZING, CREATIVE and...most of all...FUN!!! I have purchased a unit of yours and you put 200% into everything that you do!!! I have recently started a blog because of you (I'm trying but up here in Toronto, Canada teachers aren't really into blogging...yet...hence the 7 followers ....don't laugh!). Please keep up your fantastic work and thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for keeping my passion for teaching alive!

    Sincerely,
    Alessia

    mrsalbanesesclass.blogspot.com

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  29. happy summer!!!

    p.s. they are probably just jealous!! ;)

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  30. Deanna,
    Your blog was one of the first I discovered and your ideas have inspired me. I've even started my own blog. I'm sorry that someone has made your feel that way. It's ironic that we teach are students about the things they say and how one mean name can bring someone down, yet it seems that all of us don't practice what we preach.

    Thank you for being brave enough to put your ideas out there and sharing them.

    www.teachinginthecouv.blogspot.com

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  31. Isn't it true how just one bad comment will just stay with you for such a long time? I hear ya my teaching sister! I must agree with everyone, you are such an inspiration!

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  32. All I can say is that you have many kind followers who do get great ideas and inspirations from your blog and ideas! Thank you!!!!

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  33. I am so sorry that someone has hurt you and I know all too well how those stinging comments are always the ones that linger in our heads for days. Always remember that a coward has to remain anonymous because there are more of us heroes out there in the world to combat those who hurt us. My daughter gets anonymous comments on her Tumbler all the time, but they still follow and still comment. Here is my most favorite Paulo Coelho quote:

    "Haters are confused admirers who can’t understand why everybody else likes you"

    Janine

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  34. Deanna I think you are BRILLIANT and you are a true inspiration! I have to say that I have noticed a common trend in the blogging world of "anonymous" people saying mean things on people's blog. Wether they are teaching ones or ones where a person is grieving for the loss of a loved one. I think that it is down right mean! Please do not take this personally there are people out there that are hurting so badly themselves that they have to hurt others just make themselves feel a bit worthy which they are not. I am saddened to see people like this out there. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful insight that you share with us!

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  35. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I LOVE the chunk posters (I've been eyeing those ever since I visited your classroom website and saw a picture of them), they are wonderful. I have been following your blog for maybe 2 months now and love it! You are truly an inspiration to me and I hope to become a creative and crafty teacher as you one day. Thanks for everything you do for children AND teachers!

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  36. I just want to also let you know what an inspiration you have been to me this year. I am a first time kindergarten (although experienced with other grades) teacher in Alberta, Canada. I found your blog by accident and am now hooked on the world of blogs. I have bought many of your resources on TPT and I know have many other teacher friends hooked too. YOu are a generous person to share all of your ideas with the world. You are also extremely talented. I am so sorry that someone has ruined your day and I hope that you can take some comfort in all of these wonderful words of encouragement.

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  37. Deanna, thank you for posting this! I received a mean email this week which was my first since starting my blog and TpT. I was really upset by it, and it kept replaying over and over and over again in my head. It's hard to shrug off negativity when so many of us pour our hearts and souls into our jobs. I am sorry that someone has the audacity to try to publicly criticize your work. You are a phenomenal teacher, and you are such a kind-hearted person. It saddens me that bullies still exist well into adulthood, but I guess some people feel the need to tear other people down to elevate their own self-esteem. It's sad really. You have inspired so many teachers, and not just Kindergarten teachers. You inspire me! :) Keep your chin up, and remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent." I'll send my happy prayers towards "Anonymous" too. :)

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  38. WOW! I feel so very grateful to have stumbled onto so many great primary teaching blogs! I am so sorry that anyone would make you feel sad (b/c that is just mean)

    Thank you for all the ideas you share with others esp ME! I have NO idea where you find the time, energy or pace to keep up...you inspire me not to complain and to continue to challenge my students AND my self! I LOVE the information you have shared with me.

    I am sorry that others are choosing to be so rude. I hope that you will continue to shine and CHOOSE to ignore them and know how very special you are to so many (known & unknown (like myself))

    THANK YOU! Enjoy your summer too!!
    Sarah Hetrick
    shetrick@gmail.com

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  39. Thank you, thank you, thank you...for all your inspiration.

    It always bewilders me that if someone has a conviction, why they don't take ownership.

    Keep up the good work (this summer-it's when I'm free to blog and surf all day).

    Pat Baker
    patbaker67@gmail.com

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  40. When I saw your spelling chunk posters I literally said "Oooh!" loud enough to draw my husband away from the TV and wonder what was going on. :) THANK YOU for that. And for everything else you've created, shared and done.

    I love your letter to your little friend. Doesn't it seem that the better, smarter, cuter, etc we become, there's always someone lurking to try and bring you down?! One word: JEALOUS. It's hard to ignore but you can hold your head high knowing you won't stoop to being hurtful back.

    Enjoy your summer!!
    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

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  41. Amen! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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  42. Cruel Anonymous must be jealous. People like that usually do mean things to try to make them feel better. I too would be hurt if someone was saying mean things to me. So sorry someone is affecting you in a negative way. Too bad there isn't a way to block someone from posting. As I tell my students: Treat others as you want them to treat you. Can you say Kharma?
    Thanks for all your great ideas Deanna!

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  43. Sorry to hear that :( You are an inspiration to me and have been since the day I found your blog!

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  44. I loved how your wrapped up your year! Your blog is the reason I started blogging. Usually, when I end the year I am ready and not really thinking about next year yet. You have inspired my wheels to turn and fueled my fire to do better and be better. I am so exicted about what this next year has for me, my students, and my new adventure in blogging! :)

    Blessings,
    <>< Crystal
    www.kreativeinkinder@blogspot.com

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  45. How ridiculous that "anonymous" person is! YOU ARE AN AMAZING TEACHER WITH INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS! I am pretty sure I've bought about 3 of your units in the past month!!! It's because your lessons are AMAZING and your are fabulous!

    -Rachelle
    whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com


    P.S. Look at all of these comments Deanna! You are truly talented and LOVED!

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  46. Well I hope you get many more than 20 good comments to that one mean comments each and every post. I'm glad you said something. It's always good to stand up to a bully! Keep up the good work. I think you are amazing as well! :D pattiesclassroom.blogspot.com

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  47. First of all, thanks so much for the chunk posters!!♥ them!!!
    Second of all, Mean People suck!!! (that's what my key chain said on my very 1st set of keys when I was 16:) The only reason that person said those things is because he is jealous of all of the success you have had!!! But, for some reason it's easier for us hear the negative things people say about us than the positive....but, just look at the response you have from this post!!! We ♥ you, Deanna!!! You, and many of the other awesome bloggers out there, have ABSOLUTELY inspired me to become a better teacher!! Your ideas and units are SoOoOoOo much fun!!!! (Pretty sure I've purchased just about every single one:)AND what does he mean that you don't have any original ideas!?!? Teachers share and gain ideas from each other. ANY good teacher out there takes those ideas and turns them over and over in their brains...just thinking about what they can do with it, how they can modify it, and make it better and new ideas stem from those ideas. That's what teachers do!!! That's what blogging is all about! That's what teaching is all about! We borrow, we steal, we improvise, we improve, we invent and we make it our own!!!! And you have done an amazing job of "making it your own"!! You ARE inspiring and your ideas...FABULOUS!!! And your obvious love for your job and your students is amazing!! Thank your from the bottom of my ♥ for all that you do!!
    ~Katie
    Little Warriors

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  48. What kind of person would be mean to YOU?!!! I appreciate you sharing all of your ideas and wish I could use more of them in my own classroom! =) And don't forget... not everyone was a fan of Jesus either. And he's pretty amazing!!!! ;) I feel sorry for people who get pleasure out of making others feel bad. It's so childish. Just remember that you have soooo many more people out there that adore you and your work. So don't let one Grouch get you down. You are fantastic!

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  49. Deanna,
    Do not listen to people who leave such negative comments. You inspire so many people and although I know it is very hard for you to not think of the ones that are hurtful, remember that you have so many friends that love you and look up to you because you inspire us to be better teachers. We love your things and are on the edge of our seats until you publish more. You are so correct though, usually if someone does not like something they do not go back, it is an interesting comment on why do they continue to visit your blog? We love you and that is all that matters. Plus, if someone has an issue, a "real" person would not be "ANONYMOUS." I mean, really, who does that? What does that say about their character? My mom said if you can not say it to someone's face, don't say it.

    Donna
    www.kinderglynn.blogspot.com

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  50. Deanna--I am so sorry to hear about your mean anonymous blogger. What a meanie! You are an AMAZING teacher, who is also KIND and GENEROUS. Your work is inspiring and it sounds like your "meanie" blogger is just jealous. Don't listen to them!

    www.mrskilburnkiddos.wordpress.com

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  51. Deanna,
    My team and I owe you a big THANK YOU for inspiring us to bring new life into our K curriculum! Usually when I walk in on Monday's our conversation goes quickly to "What Deanna" posted about so please don't let one comment get you down! This is not a place for bully's this is a supportive teaching community! I'll keep your negative blogger in my prayers and I hope you rest up at least a little bit before jumping in to your next adventure!
    Lindsey
    http://www.whytewater.blogspot.com/

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  52. Thank you for sharing like you do! I'm sorry you have received negative/hurtful comments. I think you should print out all of these comments on this post and IF you get another post that is negative (hoping and praying you don't) I think you should reread every one of these posts 3 times!!! Okay maybe 5 times!! Let your brain be bombarded with all of these loving, grateful, kind, caring, inspiring & inspired comments drown out the garbage!!! I wanted to say a personal thank you for placing me on your sidebar I am honestly humbled, honored, and grateful as I have had more views of my blog from that link than I have even from TBA! Thanks You are AWESOME!!! (BTW I can truly relate to having the negative scream at me...just today I asked my husband what drew hime to me and what he really likes about me...I needed to focus on what HE said instead of the 'failure' shouts on my insides...so listen to these encouraging voices please, you are enriching literally 100s if not 1,000s of lives!)

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  53. oops forgot to add Thanks, Nancy
    www.theapplebasketteacher.blogspot.com

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  54. Deanna, you have been a plus in my teaching life. I am a veteran teacher, just completed my 25th year of teaching and i now have that spark for teaching I lost about 5 years ago! Your positive posts and love for teaching have made a huge impact in my life...my principal even noticed the difference. Thank you for sharing and making this dinosaur of a teacher love her profession once again! Sylvia

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  55. Keep your head up Deanna! Just take a look at how many posts you have and how many people adore you! That is what is important. I know it is hard to ignore things people say...but what would you tell your students? I try to practice what I teach my first graders about good character..and it sound like this teacher is not setting an example. That is unfortunate. I know it is hard to brush it off, but time and more great posts like these will help!

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  56. There is nothing like a negative comment to wipe a smile right off of your face. As hard as it is, IGNORE it! You are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and such an inspiration to thousands of people. I'm sorry that someone is being so rude.
    I hope you have a wonderful summer!

    Jodi
    www.fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  57. Deanna,
    I find it so sad that somebody could actually post mean comments to you! You have inspired me in so many ways and that person is just negative and unhappy. When I have emailed you, you have gotten right back to me and I can just tell what a sweet person you are in "real life". And to "Anonymous" - when you point the finger at somebody, look at who the other 3 fingers are pointing back at: yourself!

    We love ya, Deanna! Kristen H.

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  58. I think you handled the situation with the mean commenter very well. I have received some mean e-mails/comments over the years and they can be very hurtful. Lift your chin up and continue to take the high road, you are an inspiration to us all!

    Vanessa @pre-kpages.com

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  59. People who send mean comments for no reason are probably jealous and/or insecure about their own abilities. They must put others down to build themselves up. I certainly hope that Anonymous is not a teacher! Yikes! You (and all the other teacher's I blog-stalk) are an inspiration! You put your heart and soul into what you do and I admire that!

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  60. Ok... I have been reading through your shower of LOVE your followers have left and I TOTALLY agree! Sheww... Mean girls... I guess the mean girls in high school turn out to be mean adults!

    Love your blog, your stuff, your attitude! You have seriously CHANGED me as a teacher and lit a spark in many of us!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

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  61. Ditto!! Everyone already said what I could say. I have been inspired to be more creative in my teaching again. After a challenging class this year I am gathering new ideas from blogs like yours to get my year started right. I look forward to your creations this summer. That's when I do most of my work for the fall too. Thanks

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  62. I too have been following your blog and find you to be an inspiration. As someone who is moving to kindergarten your blog has been a godsend. You have made me so excited to be a kindergarten teacher and I am so mad someone hurt your feelings! How dare they! Please know there are so many of us out here who think you are an amazing teacher. I am just starting my blog and my new adventure in kindergarten and I am glad I have great role models like you. Thanks for all you do and if they post again they better watch out because we will all have lots to say to them.

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  63. THANK YOU for sharing your awesome work. I will put it to good use!

    LOVE what you said about your students. I usually cry on the last day of school, but it didn't happen this year....until last night, in a dream! I was saying goodbye to all my sweeties in the carpool line and I just lost it!

    My oldest child graduated from high school last week; I think I've been trying to hold it ALL in and not become a total teary mess. :-)Chrissy

    ReadWriteSing

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  64. I am so sorry to hear you have been receiving mean comments. I, too, struggle with focusing on the one negative "comment" amidst he dozens of positive ones. I will be praying for your hurt to subside. You are truly an inspiration and outstanding teacher. I always look forward to reading your blog posts. Thank you for ALL the wonderful ideas you have shared. You are a gift to the teaching world....Thank you!

    Kim - http://teacherkimbo.blogspot.com/

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  65. Mrs.Jump, I've only been following your blog for a few weeks, I have to say that your June 2nd post has me crying! I have two children that will leave my daycare this summer and head off to school. My one wish is that they will get a great teacher they can hug every day and not get pushed away. Your blog is great and you seem to have so much passion for your work. It's great that our children have teachers sur as yourself!

    Isa
    http:libellulesmadamegrenouille.blogspot.com
    http:creationsleslibellules.blogspot.com

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  66. Thanks so much for the posters!! You are an awesome teacher! Keep up the great work!

    http://lessonplandiva.blogspot.com

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  67. Thank you for everything you do! I'm so sorry that someone is leaving you mean comments, how cruel! I think this post about your students proves their comments about you wrong!

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  68. Mrs. Jump,
    You have sparked a light in each of us. Thank you again and again. Your students love you. Teachers are inspired by you. Thank you!

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  69. Thank You for sharing!!! You are very appreciated!

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  70. Mrs. Jump,
    I can not thank you enough for all that you do to touch the lives of teachers. Just think of the many, many children who are inspired by your creative and engaging lessons and graphics!

    I stumbled upon your blog this year & it has become a hit with my co-workers! We use your name in our conversations as if you were one of us. "Did you see what Deanna posted last night?"

    You are a stellar teacher who radiates with kindness and generosity. Thank you, thank you! You have made an impact on myself and my little firsties!

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  71. I cannot believe that someone would leave such rude comments to you! Are they serious!!!!! I have been sooooooooo inspired by you and your SENSATIONAL ideas! I would give anything to be in your classroom for a day :-)
    Be encouraged that YOU are making a difference in so many people's lives - not just the darling kiddos in your class but teachers all over the world!
    I thank God for giving you an outlet to share your talent and I pray that the "mean" person would make better use of their time!

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  72. I was moved to 1st grade this year and was a bit nervous about the change. I was so HAPPY when I came across your blog. You have inspired me!! I have tapped into my creativity more because of ALL of your incredible ideas. The lessons, posters, artwork, and ideas you use with your students! THANK YOU for sharing your passion for teaching!!

    Laurie
    http://firstgradelyonsden.blogspot.com/

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  73. Wow, some people are so mean. You're right, she is spending a lot of time and effort revisiting your website in order to think of more mean things to say. I hope it's keeping her up at night.

    Just keep doing what you are doing because you are making a difference in the life of child. There is nothing more important than that. God bless you.

    Mandy
    http://aspecialkindofclass.blogspot.com

    I'm sorry I had to sign in as anonymous (I don't want to be tied in with that awful person)but blogger won't let me sign in to make a comment. I hope they fix it soon.

    Mandy

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  74. Thank you. Two simple words but they don't say enough for the way you have inspired me (and many others) to be better than we were in our classrooms. You have led by example and encouraged us to try something new in the classroom. You have shared. You have been kind. Even in your letter to the "meanie" you were kind and compassionate ... demonstrating the proper way to handle someone who isn't kind. So thank you ...

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  75. Thank you for sharing all of your work. What an inspiration you are! Your students are so lucky to have you as a teacher. What a great beginning you have given them!

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  76. Okay...this makes me sad. First of all, you are AMAZING. Such an inspiration to SO many!! I know I've told you a hundred times before, but you have seriously helped make me such a better teacher and inspired me to really get creative in what I teach. This kinda reminds me of "that" parent...you know the one. The one who can't find ONE nice thing to say about what you've done for their kid, but is the FIRST person to find something to gripe about. We've all had "that" parent before. And even though you know they're a little off their rocker, you can't help but be hurt by what they say. It tugs at your heart no matter how hard you try to block it out! I LOVE the Eleanor Roosevelt quote from Amanda...I'm stealing that! As cliche as it is to say, I'm thinkin' someone is awfully jealous of your creativity and success. Just know that you're an inspiration to so many people and I always look forward to seeing the fun things you're doing in your classroom! Thanks for making me a better teacher!! Hugs, girl!! XOXO

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  77. I know that everyone else has said exactly what I'm feeling, but I have to be yet another teacher admirer to post to let you know just how loved you are. I started getting inspirations from your original website - you inspired me to take art projects to a different level - to include them in our writing lessons each week. Then I discovered your blog this year. This was my first year of teaching Kindergarten. Our group of kinders were very advanced this year, and I was able to use so many of your themes and units. One of my recent posts includes a picture of your word chunks from your website (gave you the credit you deserve, I promise!). :o)
    Your inspiration and love of teaching helped me to have the best year of teaching EVER! My students and parents thank you, but mostly I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing all of your wonderful ideas. You are modeling what good teachers do - we don't steal ideas from each other, we harvest them. It's all for the good of our students. So thank you again for letting us have great harvests, and keep on keeping on, girl! :o)
    Love,
    Brenna
    http://sothentherewere2.blogspot.com

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  78. When I see that you have 1200+ Followers you must be doing something right! Even though it will be hard to ignore the comments just know that your kiddos love you and that's why you do what you do!

    Lori
    Little Priorities

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  79. Don't let anyone make you feel bad...you are awesome! You have inspired many of us...have a great summer and enjoy your sweet family. :)

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  80. Deanna - Thank you for all that you do!! You are an amazing teacher who is so very kind to open your classroom to us all! Please don't let this blogger get you down. If you were not an amazing teacher you would not have the amazing following that you do! Thanks again for all the wonderful ideas!!

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  81. I too get an occasional email or post that isn't kind. It hangs with me for days sometimes. Just keep doing what you're doing. It's obvious that you're a caring, kind teacher!

    Kelly
    http://elementary-teacher-resources.com

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  82. You are a blessing and wonder, Deanna. I hate that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Boo to that! As you've read here, the work you do and love you have for our shared profession is important, meaningful, and should not be demeaned as it has been by someone like that. Feel the love here...THAT is real and not anonymous! :o)

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  83. Deanna,

    It is so very sad that someone feels the need to be mean. I also find that the mean comments stink more than the positive ones. I think you have many wonderful ideas. It seems like you offer your students a lot of different activities everyday. We can not determine a good teacher from a bad teacher through a blog so for someone to say you are a bad teacher is crazy. AND a bad teacher would NOT go through all the work (time and energy) it takes to put these units together.
    Anyway, I am a little jealous that you are on summer break. I still have 3 weeks left, but we go back in September, so I guess it is fair. :o) Enjoy your grandbabies!!! We all deserve the break and time to re-energize our batteries for the new little ones we will be getting in the coming months.
    Thank you for sharing all of your units with us. It is always helpful to see and hear different ideas to help our students. Happy Summer! Tracy

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  84. Deanna -
    I have been meaning to comment for a long time. This year was a rough year for me...so many new district requirements and demands. I really left down in the dumps. About Jan. I found your blog. It was you that inspired me to get out of my slump. I started trying a ton of your ideas. I loved teaching again and my kids loved all the projects and learning. I used one of your schema charts and my principal absolutely loved it! Sorry that someone is bringing you now. You are an amazing teacher and are inspiring teachers all over the country. I wish I had the opportunity to work with a teacher like you. Your blog and ideas make me feel like I have a team to work with. THANK YOU! I look forward to all your next posts.

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  85. Deanna,
    Your blog and ideas have been an inspiration to me and my team teacher! Please do not let the mean comments of one person bring you down when you have so many that admire and love what you do! You are truly a special person and your kiddos are so lucky to have a teacher that loves them and loves what she does! THANK YOU!

    Tanya Wildman
    www.thekindergartencorral.blogspot.com

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  86. Thank you for sharing all of your ideas, creativity, and hard work...I just got your ocean unit to file away for next year and it looks awesome!

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  87. This entry just made me cry, especially when you said your "goodbyes" to the students. Oh Bobby, he is a charmer, isn't he?! But, then, when I read someone leaves you negative comments, I was floored. I know your work and your ability TO TEACH. You have inspired me in many ways. You have an amazing spirit, endless talent and a passion that is never ending. Don't let that one jealous person bring you down; that person is just jealous. But, I do know that despite hearing all the praises from people, we still think of the "negatives". You will rise above because you have strength and faith on your side.
    Mrs. Jump, thank you again for being you. I thank God everyday that I was placed in your classroom last semester. You showed me what an awesome teacher does to facilitate learning and how a classroom CAN be fun and rewarding, all at the same time. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO BEST; TEACH!!!!

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  88. Deanna,
    I just want to say thank you for the inspiration. I love visiting your blog and your website for new and fun ideas for my wonderful classroom children.
    Also, I agree with every positive comment someone has left you and as hard as it is delete and ignore the not so nice ones.
    I think you are terrific and would love to visit your classroom.
    Leslie

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  89. I have been so inspired by you. The fact that whoever is writing that is anonymous speaks volumes! You are doing awesome things! Keep up all the good work that you do not only inspiring your students (who are lucky to have you) but you are inspiring us teachers as well!! :)

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  90. It's always easy for someone to be so "tough" when hiding behind a computer...the nerve of some people! They just need to get a life. As hard as it may be try not to let it get to you, then the bully is accomplishing what they set out to do. Don't let them win.

    I've been teaching Kindergarten for 10 years now & I hope to one day be at least half the awesome teacher you are. I felt like I was in a rut for many years with my district adopting the Direct Instruction (DI) program- which allows for little to no creativity. Now that we've gotten rid of the program and gone back to traditional ways of teaching I'm a bit lost since all I've known is Direct Instruction. But stumbling across your blog has renewed my love & excitement of teaching. I am more excited than ever to start the new year & plan all these wonderful activities you have offered. So, thank- you for inspiring me to be a better teacher, and encouraging me to go above & beyond for my little ones.

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  91. Mrs. Jump,

    Your blog is AMAZING! I love your work and admire you as a teacher. I'm sorry someone has a mean spirit and has the nerve to put you down. I'm glad you know how much better you are than that. :)

    Dana
    3rd Grade Gridiron

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  92. I can't believe someone would even bother to leave a negative comment. Anyway, I thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas. I've been teaching for 24 years and just love to try out new things and many of them come from you. Once again, thanks so much and enjoy your summer!!

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  93. Make your haters your motivators.

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  94. Mrs. Jump,

    I am not going to say anything that hasn't already been said, however, I can't leave your blog without expressing my gratitude. I think you are top notch! I check my email just to see if you have posted anything new to TpT. I am addicted to your units and you have been such an inspiration to me. Thank you for the extra time and effort you put in to sharing your work/ideas with fellow teachers. I would love to come spend a day in your classroom!!!

    Danielle
    http://toadallyawesomeinkindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  95. I've followed your blog for a long time... and LOVE IT! However... next year I am switching grade levels, and will miss your units! Do you know of any great 4th grade blogs out there?
    Thanks for being an inspiration!

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  96. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting your Chunk cards!!! They are SO cute and I LOVE them!!!! I've wondered where you got them or made them!!! Thank you SO much for sharing. This is my first year teaching Kindergarten in the fall and I'm spending so much time downloading and printing stuff!! Thanks!!

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  97. You are just wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Enjoy your summer and many blessings!!

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  98. Deanna,
    You have been such a blessing to me and my students. You have helped me to blossom into a better teacher and helped me to really look at my lessons in a whole new light. I am sorry that one person can bring down all the good you have done for many teachers out there and the numerous children you have helped! I know that if I get messagess that are mean spirited that I too am the one that takes those to heart the hardest. Sending you big CYBER hugs!
    Jenea
    www.seedsofnoledge.blogspot.com
    Kindergarten Teacher

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  99. You are an inspiration to me! I'm sick that someone would be so rude. Return to this post and reread all of our messages each time you need to forget about the one person who left a negative comment. You have touched so many and I hope that you will continue to inspire us by sharing your ideas and hard work.
    Kimberly
    Funky First Grade Fun

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  100. Thank you for opening your heart, classroom, and FABULOUS ideas to all of us.

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  101. Your awesome-ness inspires me! Thank you for being so kind and giving so much to the teacher world! You're the best!
    Brenna Jones

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  102. Just found your blog tonight thru the Top50 K list and can certainly see why you are a step above the rest. This post is quite telling.

    Congrats on your honor & your keeping your dignity in the face of un-kindness.

    I'm an author/illustrator seeking to connect my blog to a wider audience of educators and have come to the best to learn. I plan on getting better acquainted this summer.

    (I have a LOT to learn: LOL)

    www.rainbowswithinreach.blogspot.com

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  103. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO anonymous! Your blog ROCKS - and it's totally awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  104. I do not blog, but now that I have been seeing all these wonderful blogs, I soooo want to blog. My youngest son is about to start kinder and I would have loved for him to have a teacher like you. Keep up the great work! by the way, hope you don't mind me sharing with my coworker and soon to be my teacher's son. God bless!

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  105. You have proven my point! YOU are so awesome and I appreciate all of the sharing that you do!!! You are a good teacher and You do have A LOT to share. It drives me crazy when one person needs to be NEGATIVE. I know that person is unhappy within themselves, but WHY do those type of people feel the need to share their negative thoughts. It really makes me sad that it always seems like those are the comments that come to mind! I would like to see some of Anonymous's ideas and lets turn that critical eye on her. People who do these kinds of things are not worth our time!!!

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    1. YOU GO GIRL! As much as I, too, would pay them no mind, I'm happy you said something...It can just get so annoying. Keep doing what you are doing because you inspire us all :)

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