2012 — In Review

It has been an interesting year —
Personally, I have moved, lost 42 lbs, paid off student loans, irs, and my car, and almost all credit cards are nearing the zero balance.

And it has been a good year for projects by jen as well.

The Newsletter (written since 1999) went bye bye but was replaced by my new chat called The Back Channel at edreach.us.

Guess the Wordle had over 113,000 visitors this year.   Plus, I offered a monthly subscription of the Wordles for teachers to use all year round in their classrooms (pdf, png, and powerpoint format).

Projects By Jen started a Pinterest page, Edmodo Group, and really publicized the facebook page.   I also started a mailing list through Mail Chimp.

PICTURE IT was our first project in 2012.
Picture a piece of art divided into 24 sections….each section sent out to 24 different classrooms — who then share their drawings with each other — to equal one unique art creation.   My friend, Deborah Craven,  created the artwork!
5,760 students were involved!

Next we had the ST. PATRICK’S DAY PROJECT – well, the St. Patrick’s Week Project!
Take a box of Lucky Charms and let the math opportunities begin.
This project is for PreSchool to Third Grade!
6,706 students were involved!

Many people had requested the return of THE GREAT EGG ROLL….so I hosted it again!
It is a easy, effective, and creative way to teach distance, averaging, and estimation to students!
We had 3,434 students involved and my favorite part of this project is the Fashion Show!!

During the summer, I decided to rehost the SHOELESS AND BARK PROJECT.
A project to help students learn about Lewis and Clark via a traveling buddy project!
We have 3,090 student involved!

And then we have O.R.E.O. 2012.
Now in its 14th year, this project just keeps getting better and better.
Participants have 2 opportunities to stack their cookie (one at a time) until the stack tumbles and they record their highest stack.  This count is averaged with all the other high stacks in the classroom and submitted as a class average.   PLUS, what to do with all the left over cookies — we have a sculpture opportunity!
Total number of participants:  20,416

Onward to the Pumpkin Seed Project.
A project just for PreSchool to Third Grade which helps counting by 2, 5, 10, estimation, comparison, and more.   Because of Hurricane Sandy — this project lingered for a few weeks to allow everyone to post results!
Total number of  participants:  4,369.

And we ended up the year with the Holiday Card Exchange 2012!
Such a FUN holiday project which is so much more than just exchanging greeting cards.   And this year has been the best, in regards to teacher communication.  The facebook page is busy with sharing, as is the edmodo group, and emails are flying between groups!   This year’s theme was snowglobes!!
Total number of participants:  35,100

Total number of partipants in 2012 (not counting Guess the Wordle):  78,875

And we are already getting ready for 2013.   Picture It will return as well as a BRAND NEW PROJECT called “Weather or Not”.

Be sure to check the calendar page at projects by jen to learn more!.

And thank you to all who have been encouraging, supporting, and enthusiastic about being a part of projects by jen.

Smiles, I would not want to do this without you!

One comment

  1. Jen thank you for your projects that bring classrooms through out the world together. This is my first time participating in the Holiday card exchange and it was a blast. The kids ask every day, “Did we get any cards today?” I can’t wait for next year!

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