Nine is considered a lucky number in many cultures, and we certainly feel lucky to begin the year with these nine amazing milestone achievers. Of course, it wasn’t luck that earned these Teacher-Authors a milestone — it takes healthy doses of dedication, pluck, and creativity. Have a look at all the fantastic resources this troop has to offer, and find someone new to follow in 2015!

Jump into January with 9 Amazing Milestone Achievers

1. Annie Moffatt is The Moffatt Girls

Try her: Fluency Strips (The BUNDLE) – Quick and Easy Practice and Assessment

Her tip: “Building fluency and confidence in beginning and/or struggling readers is so important! I love using our Fluency Strips because the sentences give students a genuine opportunity to practice early phonics skills and sight word recognition. The flippable strips makes it easy for teachers to assess their students, and fun for kids to read!”


2. It’s Tina McVittie-Miller from Ontario, Canada — Tina’s Teaching Treasures

Try her: Problem Solving Perfection Packet: Making sense of Math Problems

Her tip: “Have your student mastering word problems with these problem-solving strategies. Complete with anchor charts, modeled questions, journal strips, and a super-cute penguin craftivity!”


3. Nice job, Natalie Snyders from Oakwood, Illinois

Try her: High Stakes Testing – Vocabulary Builder

Her tip: “My High Stakes Testing Vocabulary Builder is great to help upper elementary, middle, and even high school students learn the meanings behind many directions on classroom and standardized tests. Use one word per week during the school year, and you’ll be amazed at the results!”


4. Meet Michelle from Tampa, FL — she runs SunnyDaze 

Try her: Roll-a-Story Creative Writing

Her tip: “Creative writing at its most creative! This resource includes an introductory PowerPoint covering the elements of a short story plus silly story starters for creative writing in a ‘Roll-a-Story’ format. These four ‘Roll-a-Story’ cards allow for 864 different story combinations. Let the writing fun begin!”


5. Also from Florida, it’s Jolene Mathew — The Candy Class

Try her: Interactive Notebook Templates 1000+ (Classroom & Commercial)

Her tip: “My 1000+ Interactive Notebook Template set can make any subject activity and grade level lesson hands-on and engaging. Made for both classroom and commercial use, the 1000+ templates come in two formats (editable PowerPoints and high resolution PNG images). Additionally, it includes photographed directions, tutorials on adding text boxes and images, and an organized system with reference guide.”


6. Let’s hear it for Lex — she’s Logical Lex

Try her: Context Clues Cards

Her tip: “These context clue cards are perfect for those students who struggle with determining the meaning of unfamiliar words in the text!”


7. Applause for Andrea from Missouri — Barnard Island 

Try her: Economics Unit of Study!

Her tip: “Help students understand difficult topics like economics by using activities that turn abstract concepts into real-life experiences!”


8. Tip your hats to Debbie from Tennessee — K is for Kinderrific

Try her: Reading Comprehension

Her tip: “Even young students can practice comprehension! Check out this comprehension set to help your emergent readers practice their reading and comprehension skills.”


9. Show some love for Jodi from Missouri — My Heart Belongs in Kindergarten

Try her: Journey into Reading 2014 {Sight Words; High-Frequency Words}

Her tip: “These printables are a perfect way to help introduce sight words to your early readers. Each page offers students the chance to focus on one word at a time yet practice it in a variety of ways. Students will learn their words in no time as they read, write, clap, color, trace, spell, find, and tell! Learning sight words has never been more fun!”


Kicking off the New Year with a strong showing! Thank you, everyone, for helping make TpT the awesome place it truly is. We’ve just started an Instagram account and would love for you to follow us — find us @teacherspayteachers.