Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award

The Liebster Blog Award is an award for new bloggers. It is a great way to get some exposure for all of us who feel (sometimes) like we are writing to ourselves. Here are the instructions for any nominated blogs...

  1. link back to the blog that nominated you 
  2. post 11 random things about yourself
  3. answer the 11 questions posted by the nominator (scroll to the bottom of the post)
  4. create 11 questions for the people you nominate
  5. choose 11 other blogs with less than 200 followers and link to them on this post

Thank you so much to Science in the City for nominating me!

11 Random Things About Myself
    1. I have never lived more than three hours from where I was born.
    2. I played basketball in college - even though I wasn't very good I was chosen to be on the team because of my great attitude.

    3. My husband played basketball in college - he was the star of the men's team.

    4. I could eat pizza all day every day, but my oldest daughter hates pizza so I don't get it very often.

    5. My dream job would be professional reader. It would require me to read lots of different books.

    6. I was planning on being a doctor, and even went to medical school before realizing that I was in the wrong field.

    7. I have three children 5 and under.

    8. When I was in first grade my teacher wrote on my report card that I had a tendency to get the whole class excited about new projects - unfortunately very few of my ideas were on her lesson plan.

    9. I was a lifeguard for most of college and high school, but I can't stand to put my face in the water while I swim.

    10. The street I live on is full of kids. I feel a little bit like I am in a tv show because it is unreal how much fun this whole neighborhood is.

    11. I was 100% convinced that my blog would only be up for a month before I gave up.

11 Questions from The Liebster Blog Award
  • How long have you been teaching and what grade do you currently teach?
I have been teaching for three years. I am currently teaching only part-time as a middle school science teacher (7th grade).

  • What advice would you give a brand new teacher?
My advice for a new teacher would be to relax and keep trying their best. There will be days you feel overwhelmed and incompetent, but as long as you keep trying you will be making a difference. (May I mention that I am still a quite new teacher?!)

My advice for all teachers, even though you didn't ask, is to remember that every kid in your classroom is somebody's baby. Even when they are awful, treat them the way you would want your baby to be treated.

  • What made you decide to enter the blogging world?
I guess I am just really self-centered. Plus, I have loved being on Teachers pay Teachers so much that I wanted to do more to connect with other teachers.

  • Which blog do you really love to read?
I jump around so much! I don't read one blog regularly, but I regularly read lots of blogs.

  • If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?
Disneyland! I know it is so sad that this is my dream vacation, but it is. We just took our daughters for our oldest's 5th birthday and if my husband would have okay'd it I would never have come back. I even started sending him Disney job postings!

  • What pets do you have? (If you don't have any - what pets would you really LOVE to have?)
We have one cat named Colby. I got her when I was still in college because my little chihuahua was sleeping all day while I was in class and then keeping me up all night. Colby was her buddy to play with during the day.

PS - Don't ever, ever get a dog before you are settled down with a house of your own. What was I thinking????

  • When you were a child what was your favorite book? What is your favorite children's book today?
I was an avid reader even as a kid - I would be grounded from reading when I got in trouble. My favorite book for a long time was Harriet the Spy. My favorite kids book now is probably Ballet Shoes.

  • Do you speak any other languages? If so, which ones?
I took Spanish through college, but it is pretty rough now.

  • What is one item you can't live without?
My computer!

  • If you look up from your computer right now what do you see?
Toys and my son playing happily.

  • What is your favorite charity?
Kiva - the organization that allows people to make microloans to people without access to other financing. I am currently loaning money to a woman in Samoa!

11 Other Questions From Science in the City
  • What grades and subject(s) do you teach?
7th grade science

  • What made you decide to be a teacher?
Watching my oldest daughter explore and learn as a baby. Watching the process is a little addicting.
  • How long have you been teaching?
About 3 years
  • What type of district do you teach in (large/small, urban, suburban, rural)?
Large suburban
  • What do you think is your strength (or your favorite part) of teaching?
My strength and favorite part of teaching is trying new things to reach my students. I am constantly evaluating their progress and trying to come up with something to help them achieve more. I want all of my students motivated and prepared to go to college someday.
  • What part(s) are your weakness or do you dislike?
Staff meetings! I love collaboration, but staff meetings can be pretty boring sometimes - plus, have you noticed how much teachers talk when they should be paying attention to the speaker?! That is very distracting :).
  • What blogs do you really like?
I should probably make a list at some point...
  • What are you most proud of?
My success of TpT. It isn't anything amazing yet, but every quarter I am having more success and I love it!
  • What hobby do you enjoy?
Right now I take care of the kids, go to work, and work on Teachers pay Teachers. I used to be a more interesting person...

However, my husband and I have been watching Everest: Beyond the Limit, and while I would never climb Mt. Everest (too dangerous), I am planning on climbing Mt. St. Helen's and Mt. Adams this summer.
  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Nothing, I do not mess with my food :).
  • Why did you start blogging?
I had a lot to say about teaching and my husband was getting irritated.

Here are 11 questions for my nominees...
1. What is your funniest school/kid story?
2. If you weren't a teacher, what would you be doing?
3. If you won the lottery, would you keep teaching?
4. What was the last thing you bought on Teachers pay Teachers?
5. What was the last thing you sold on Teachers pay Teachers?
6. Do you use standards based grading in your school/classroom? Do you like it?
7. If you could tell Congress/President Obama one thing that needed to be changed in our education system, what would it be?
8. What is your favorite show on tv right now?
9. What are your plans for this summer?
10. What are your plans for Spring Break?
11. Who is your hero?

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