Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Nominated for a Liebster?? Who Me??

Oh my gosh! So I just got home from vacation today and I have 4 nominations from my wonderful followers for the Liebster awards!! 

Mrs. D over at Mrs. D's Diamonds 

And Last but definitely NOT Least... Mandy at The 4th Grade Journey

I never thought when I started writing this blog a month ago that I'd have a nice handful of followers and be nominated for something! *Blushing!!* I want to answer everyone's questions, so hang in there... Read this post to learn some fun facts about me!

So here is how it works... to accept the nomination I must:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated me (see above!)
2. Nominate 5-11 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees
6. Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them

My Nominees:
Emily and Beth at Whoooo's Ready to Teach?
Jennifer at Love Teaching Kids
and last but certainly not least:
Katie and Amy at Cousin Classrooms
(Ladies, go to the bottom of the blog post for your questions!) :)

11 Questions from Mrs. D's Diamonds:

1. How did you know you wanted to become an educator? I always dreamed of being a teacher. I never really seriously imagined being anything but! I love working with kids and I love the school setting... It's meant to be!

2. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Oh gosh. I love to travel! I always dreamt of backpacking through South America though... Except right now I'm dreaming of a beach and a margarita in the Caribbean somewhere.... hmmm!

3. What is your favorite classroom memory?  This is a tough one. 

4. What is your favorite thing to snack on at school? a banana or an apple and almond butter! best and quickest lunch--plus I don't have to put it in the fridge in the teacher's lounge so I can work through my lunch easily. (I probably shouldn't admit that...)

5. If you went back to school, what would you receive a degree in? Well, I just finished my Masters in Education this May, sooooo umm... I'm feeling DONE with school for awhile. I guess right now I would just add some endorsements--I really want a reading endorsement so I can be a literacy specialist one day.  I do have a bachelors in psychology, so if I went a different direction...maybe some kind of children's psychologist degree? I don't even know what that would be called!!

6. What did you do over summer "vacation"? I just got back from my second "vacation" this summer... and guess what? Summer is pretty much OVER. Boo Hoo!! Darn Arizona. Anyways- I went home to see my mom in Seattle, and then Blue and I went to his home (Charleston, SC) to surprise his mom for his birthday. I also did a lot of playing catch up at home, and getting ready for teaching self-contained this year!! Yay!

7. What is your favorite style of music? I have started to really get into "country" in the past year or two. I never EVER would have admitted that a few years ago! I also love classic rock and mellow coffee shop style singer-songwriters... I'm kind of all over the place!!

8. What is a brand that you will not buy generic? Hmm... I learned the hard way NOT to buy generic pencils for school... The kids break them, they never sharpen... they drive me NUTS. I just "splurged" and bought a 96 pack of the Ticonderoga pencils at Costco for $9.00! I need to keep a secret stash this year, lol!

9. What classroom technology could you not live without? Hmm, well I haven't had a lot of technology in my classroom to be honest... But I love my projector and document camera. I also love having student computers as a workstation for my kids. I'm getting a SMART board this year, and I'm excited to learn how to use that! :) 

10. Who is your biggest teaching inspiration? That's really hard. Since I started teaching, I always think back to my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Herman. She taught math from 4 completely different textbooks... YES thats how well she differentiated. She had kids doing math so independently what, 15+ years ago? (no centers, no math workshop...), that she could teach 4 different math lessons to differentiate. I was in the low group when I started that year (My 5th grade teacher told my mom I would NEVER be good at math in a parent-teacher conference), but Mrs. Herman made math fun (woot woot, recess Math Parties with popcorn!!), and didn't give up on me! I went into Middle school the next year and tested into an advanced math class! 

11. What is your favorite school year holiday? I love our Fall break. We have a week off in October at the end of first quarter in Arizona (I have lived all over and NEVER heard of this...) but we start school the first full week of August, so by October I'm SO ready for a vacation, plus October is some of our best weather in Arizona! Can't wait!! 

11 questions for Teaching Tidbits:
1.  Are you a shoe or purse kinda person? If I have to pick, I'm a shoe person. I love shoes, I used to buy them all the time. (not expensive ones...) but now I have so many shoes in my closet that I don't wear! Oops!

2.  What is your favorite grade to teach and why? Second is the BEST! :) duhh...

3.  If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would it be? I love to travel. I answered this one a little bit above, but right now... I want to be on a beach... :) 

4.  What is your one teacher supply that you can not function without? Thin tip Sharpies! Love them. I made a whole drawer for them in my teacher toolbox this year. So excited!

5.  What is your number one trick for classroom management? Positive reinforcement!! Praise Praise praise!! Find SOMETHING good going on, and if not, start over and try again!!

6.  What do you love most about summer? Being on my own schedule... Being productive on my terms and with my own projects--including house projects that I don't have time to do during the year!

7.  Do you like whole group teaching, small group teaching, or both? SMALL GROUP. I taught for two years almost entirely with small groups in my reading classroom. I did my own version of reading workshop, reading workstations, and guided reading for Kinder, First, and Second... I loved it and the kids did SO well! I hope I never have to teach any other way! 

8.  What is your favorite blog that you visit often? Ok, I can't pick a teaching blog, that's just not fair. There's too many wonderful bloggers out there. But I love this lady: Danielle at Blissful and Domestic. She does homeschool her kids, so there is some teaching stuff out there, but she's all about saving money, eating good food, green cleaning, as well as lots of crafty homemade things! She is AWESOME and he blog is so diverse. It's such a treat to be welcomed into her life and home! Check her out! :)

9.   Did you always know that you wanted to be a teacher? Yep. Always. Never really dreamed about seriously haven't any other job!

10.  Where is your favorite place to shop? For what ?? I love shopping online if I can! But I don't buy clothes online. I love Amazon and Groupon!

11.  Warm or cold weather? I love the Arizona heat. I really do. "It's a dry heat!" But,
 I also love dry cold. I don't mind snow when I get to bundle up with lots of layers and scarves and mittens!! :) 

11 Questions from The Traveling Teacher:
1. What song describes your personality?  Hmm. This is a tough question!

2. What is one item in your classroom that you could not live without? My classroom library! I have worked SO hard to collect books and I love making sure my students have lots of choices of what to read.

3. How did you end up teaching at the school you are at? Well I was placed at the last school I worked at for two years. I'm starting at a new school district near my house this year. I had a couple job offers, but I really liked the administration in this district... Hoping for the best!

4. If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be? Maybe a child or school psychologist, or child therapist? I got a degree in psychology.

5. What is your favorite hobby outside of school? That would imply that I have time outside of school! haha. I spend plenty of time at the gym during the school year. I try to go 4 times a week, so I guess that counts as a hobby... I also love being outside, hiking, enjoying the sunshine, water, whatever is around!

6. What is your favorite unit/concept to teach? Well, I have only taught reading for the past two years. I guess I'd say guided reading was my favorite. I love teaching decoding strategies and helping kids become independent readers. 

7. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be? Internationally? Spain. I spent a semester there during college, and I would go back in a heartbeat. My heart is still there! I also love the ocean. If I could afford it, I'd live in the San Diego area. Blue is from SC and he loves Charleston and so do I--but I'm still a little afraid of hurricanes and I am not sure about humidity after living in Arizona... 

8. What is your favorite thing about having summers off? I love making my own schedule! Doing what I want, when I want! I seem to always stay busy, but it sure is nice to not have anywhere to be at any particular time!

9. How do you spend your weekends during the school year? Well, up until May, I was working on my Masters. So at least one day during the weekend was always school work... And the other day was usually spent on school work/prep for my own classroom! In between, I did laundry, cleaned, caught up on those household things that always fall behind. And if I still had time, I spent time outside with my puppies, or did something fun with Blue--date night? What's that! lol.

10. How do you unwind after a long day of school? A cold drink! lol,  just laying on the couch for an hour, or a good sweaty workout! I realize those are kind of opposites, but work with me here!! :)

11. If you could time travel, what era/time period would you go to? Hmm. I always wanted to see what it was like to live Laura Ingalls Wilder's life! That would be pretty cool!

11 Questions from The 4th Grade Journey:

1. What's your favorite grade to teach? I have taught K-2 and I'll be teaching 2nd grade self-contained this year. This is a hard choice! I loved Kinder because I saw so much growth in their reading over the year. But seconds are my favorite because they are so independent but still SO curious and little! (Plus if I didn't say that, my blog title would be joke, wouldn't it!!) :)

2. Would you ever consider teaching in another country? Absolutely! I love to travel. I really wanted to travel and teach in South America or the Dominican after college, but I never got around to it... I would still go abroad to teach in a heartbeat. Though it would be hard to leave my puppies now... hmm...

3. What is your favorite craft to make in your classroom? I love making labels and finding crates and buckets to help organize things! A place for everything, and everything in its place! I'm not always the best... but ideally... my room would look like an organized sanctuary!!

4. Can you imagine yourself doing anything besides teaching? Hmm, well I studied psych, so-- child psychology, or something along those lines. Or... maybe... one day... a mommy?? 

5. Where is your dream vacation destination?  One day I'd love to go back to Europe, see Italy and Germany, a few other places I didn't get to see, but right now, all I want to have is a chaise lounge on a beach right now! :) (and maybe a few margaritas....)

6. We all know teachers aren't supposed to have "teacher's pets," but don't we all?! Describe yours from last year. Oh man... it is SO hard to chose! 

7. What classroom theme do you have planned for next year? Well, kind of more of a color scheme than anything. I've never had a super formal theme. I picked lots of teals and greens, and purples for my room decor so far. I'm excited to have a way to make everything match for once!!

8. What's your favorite subject to teach? I have really only taught reading for the past two years (and LOVED it...) so... Reading!

9.  What is your favorite fast food restaurant? I really don't eat out very often, but Blue is a manager at Chipotle, so I guess that's my favorite!! :)

10. If you could "hand off" one of your responsibilities as a teacher, what would it be? Faculty meetings! (I know how bad this sounds, but at my old school, our after school meetings were such a waste of everyone's time...! I'm hoping this is not true at my new school!)

11. If you won the lottery, for say 150 million, would you still teach? :) Yep. Probably at least until I start having kids...Then I'd want to stay home with them for awhile. I can't handle not working and staying busy!!

Are you still with me? Yikes!! That was a lot of information about yours truly! 

11 random facts about me!
1. I skipped Kindergarten. (But taught it for two years!) 
2. I went to 6 schools before 8th grade. (in 5 states!)
3. I have 3 dogs... Well between Blue and I, we have 3 dogs... My house is a ZOO!
4. I love the water. Lakes, oceans, rivers, pool, anything! 
5. I was on the swim team in high school for 4 years. (woohoo!)
6. I am a Green Bay Packers Fan! (family's from Wisconsin--don't be hatin!)
7. I played violin for 8 years. (don't ask me to play now...)
8. Craftiness and creativity does NOT come easily to me... But I wish it did!
9. I can't go to sleep with a dirty kitchen. 
10. I was a vegetarian for all of high school, and now I'm back to not eating meat, and very very limited dairy.
11. I am an only child!

This is probably the longest post in the history of blogs everywhere. I'm so sorry!

Ok--so my nominees! Here are your 11 questions!
11 questions for MY nominees :)
1. What is your favorite holiday?
2. What is your school year bedtime?
3. What is your favorite thing to teach/make resources for/plan lessons about in the classroom?
4. Where is the best place you've ever traveled or lived?
5. Favorite restaurant?
6. What is your best advice for starting the new school year off right with a new class?
7. What is your favorite place to shop for teaching/classroom goodies?
8. What is your favorite read aloud?
9. What is your least favorite household chore?
10. Favorite adult beverage? 
11. What kind of vehicle do you drive?

If you made it this far... I applaud you! Thank you for reading. Now--go check out the new nominees and some of the great blogs featured in this post! :) 

Happy Wednesday!


Mandy Lopez said...

Oh man.. 4 nominees? I know that took a hot minute to write! :)Congrats, my friend!

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