Who Would Have Thought?

I have been hemming and hawing about posting this blog post — because it could be perceived as being 100% boast boast boast — and that makes me cringe — yet, there is an importance of acknowledging accomplishment — so after 1 week of yes/no/yes/perhaps/okay/no — just push submit —  (grins) — here we go.

Backtrack to December 9, 1999:










To be honest — it took me about 3 minutes to write that email — without any thoughts ahead except just to see if I could collect information online, from a variety of areas.

Jump ahead to February 26, 2013 — Projects by Jen just had its 1,000,000 — that is ONE MILLION — participant in my projects.

Now, I know Know KNOW that 1,000,000 in this day of connectivity is a daily number for some — but for me — it has been a slow and steady climb…..persistence, creativity, frustration (at times), joy, and most of all creative learning!

Over the last 13+ years there have been some steady projects:
O.R.E.O. will be in its 15th year this September
St. Patrick’s Day Project is celebrating #10 this year!

There have been some MEMORABLE projects!
Words will never be able to express the joy of hosting DC Ducks!
Receiving over 900 Holiday Cards at work!!
Learning so so much about Lewis & Clark for the Shoeless & Bark project!

There has been a DISASTER too!
Smiles, the Starburst project kinda failed due to NOT checking the starburst packaging before hosting the project!

It has been my supreme joy to host simple ideas for teachers to use within their classrooms to include fun and creativity in their lesson plans.

~~When sending the email out in 1999, I had no idea that 14 years later I would still be hosting projects (6+ a year — STILL FREE — new ideas each year)
~~When sending the email out in 1999, I had no idea that PBJ would have a banner year in 2006 and win 5 awards for creativity!!
~~When sending the email out in 1999, I had no idea that I would make so MANY good friends (great educators) that have trusted my simple ideas with their students!

As I type this post — there is a nagging thought of …. I need to do more!!   I need to expand Projects By Jen to be more than just stacking cookies or counting cereal — I do not mean something that people have to pay for, or something that gives you a badge (etc) — but something more…. However, I am still mulling over what exactly that is.

Projects By Jen has evolved from Technospud to Jenuinetech to ProjectsByJen — and though I am totally happy with the name now — we will be evolving soon.  Perhaps just a new webpage look — definitely more in-depth projects — and as always, finding more and more ways for teachers to connect WITH other teachers.

But for now — this moment, this past week — I am, in a way, patting myself on the back saying “good job, Jen” —

But more than that — I am screaming THANK YOU — as loud as I can — to all the educators and students who joined a project hosted by jen………….

it means a lot — very very much!

It has been my pleasure to help you!!


  1. Mary Kreul says:

    Congratulations, Jen, you have made a difference over the years as more teachers and students connect with each other through your projects. Thank you for everything that you do!

    Mary K.

  2. Jan Wells says:

    I so PROUD of you to share these accomplishments. They show heart, and growth, and history, and what we don’t know today about what/how/who will be affected in the future by doing what we love, LEARNING. Congrats!

  3. I am so glad I found you, I have shared your resources with staff, and my students. Your drive to help others is helping so many others. Thanks for your dedicatin to my students, who you haven’t even met. You are a great person for all you do.

  4. Lisa Erickson says:

    Jen, I must say, I haven’t been with you since the beginning, but I have participated in your projects for a while now. Every one has brought enthusiasm and excitement to my classroom. Thanks for all you do and congratulations! Here’s to another million!

  5. Tangie Rumbold says:

    I have been out of the classroom for five years and I’m back teaching gifted students on a multitude of levels. So excited that your are still going strong. Congratulations.

  6. Pat says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy to hear this. I have passed your info to many people each year and I hope that they are some of the ones that have joined you. Your projects are not just educational but they are just plain fun too! Keep up the good work and thank you for all that you do!

  7. Hurrah! What an accomplishment! The holiday card was my first project by Jen and I loved it. Thank YOU for all you do! Great job Jen!

  8. Lori June says:

    You absolutely should celebrate this fantastic milestone! I just shared the Picture It project with my art teacher, and I’m crossing my fingers that she will be able to fit it into her schedule! Thanks for your commitment to the Project project!

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