OMG – Look at me! And my AWARD! I am so honored!
I’ve read about the Liebster Award at other blogs, and here I am with my own, which makes me feel like a legitimate Blogger!
I would like to thank Alicia over at The Elementary Professor for nominating me – THANK YOU! This just really topped off a great day for me!
Alicia came up with some really fun questions for me to answer. I feel like a celebrity being interviewed 🙂
1- What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
My favorite subject to teach is whatever I’m teaching at the moment. I just switched to math this year after teaching language arts for the last 14 years. Prior to that, I taught both language arts and math. I’m really, really enjoying math. I truly believe that if I’m making the material fun enjoyable and innovative, my students will want to learn – and they will!
2- When you were a kid, did you already know you were going to be a teacher?
Always! I played school constantly and had lesson plan books of my own (my dad was a teacher). I taught my dolls and stuffed animals – and my brother. I still take credit for making him smart.
3- If you could have a shopping spree at any one store, what would it be?
Well, often I would say I’d love to shop at a book store – oh, my gosh – just the smell of the freshly printed books . . . (I’m sure some of you can relate!!!) But lately, I feel like my wardrobe needs a major overhaul, so I’d have to go with a clothes shopping spree – I’ll pick Maurices – my newest favorite store!
4- What do you do to make yourself relax on weekends and breaks?
Relax? What’s that? I love, Love, LOVE watching The Office! I just love those people – especially Dwight! That show makes me laugh out loud and makes me happy when skies are gray!
5- If you have a family and teach full time, I’d love a tip about how to balance it all. Beyond being good at scheduling…I’m already a bit crazy about that?
I don’t have a tip about having it all – we all have to find our own way, but I will say this to Alicia – your kids are at such wonderful ages. PLEASE take the time to enjoy them NOW! Mine are 19, 17, and 15 and getting older so fast! My oldest is a freshman in college and I’m still in shock. My heart breaks and my eyes fill with tears just typing this. (You didn’t know you’d make me cry!) It’s true – they grow up too fast and I would give anything to turn back the clock a few years!!!!!!
6- What is your favorite thing to do at home?
Well – after eating – I would have to say playing around on the computer – which could mean anything from Pinterest to Teachers Pay Teachers, to creating products for TPT, and blogging, etc. And . . . did I mention that I LOVE The Office?
7- What is your must have food or drink when you’re in for a long session of planning/grading, etc….
Well – I am the Caffeine Queen – COFFEE!!!!! Regular or decaf – with yummy flavors! I’m currently loving Hazelnut and a new creamer named after Almond Joy (I know, weird – but delicious!!!)
8- After school in your classroom, music or silence?
9-What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?
Interviewing for an administrative position that I didn’t get – in front of 7 of my administrative peers. Also, leading a committee on our school levy campaign – scary because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing!!
10- What is one of those teaching moments that you still laugh about and will forever retell?
Well, there was the day a kindergartner brought me a piece of bologna and wanted me to eat it in front of him – Eww! It came out of his pocket!!!! I told him I was saving it for lunch!!!! There was the day another kindergartner brought an egg to school – and asked me to cook it for her! (I never could figure out HOW this girl got the egg to school without breaking it! She was the hell-on-wheels type!) Oh, so many others!
11- If you could meet 1 character from any book in real life, who would it be and why? What would you with them?
read all of her books during third grade and wanted more, more, more! I
have no idea what I’d do with her – ask if she married Nick Nickerson?
random facts about myself. Ok – you asked for it!
and next thing you know – I’m back at it! Grrr!
2. I’m a terrible cook – I burn EVERYTHING! Sometimes I try so, so,
so hard, and my food just tastes BAD!
3. I love to hear my dog snore. She’s 14 years old and I know that
I won’t have her forever, but we love her so much! Her name is Trixie and
she’s a lovable mutt. We got her from the pound 13 years ago. She
is truly part of our family.
4. I’m learning that I procrastinate. When I don’t know how to
start something – I do nothing. Eeks!
5. I’m an introvert. I force myself to be more outgoing than I
usually feel like being.
6. My family is my life and I am their biggest fans! I am so proud
of my kids and hubby and I wish I could
7. I am fidgety – I have “nervous” habits, but I’m not nervous.
I just always have to be touching something or moving.
8. I spend too much time perfecting my lessons (notes, handouts, etc.).
I can’t stand my lessons to be not exactly the way I want them to look.
I rarely say “Good enough.” That means I spend way too
much time on them.
9. I love walking and running and working out. Every day – at least
an hour. Non-negotiable!
10. I love thunderstorms – we had some today. In the summer I like
to sit on my porch and watch it rain. When it thunders and lightning, I
go inside, but I still like to watch.
11. I wake up at 4:30 every morning to work out before school. But
I stay up too late at night working on the computer. Which is why I am
the Caffeine Queen. 🙂
Here is the wonderful blog that I am nominating for a Liebster Award:
|Teacher See Teacher Do Blog|
Here are the questions that I would like them to answer:
1. Why did you become a teacher?
2. If you could design a class/course to teach, what would it be?
3. What is your biggest strength as a teacher?
4. Can you please share a moment of Teaching Success with us?
5. What do you do to relax after a rough day?
6. Did you have a mentor? What did that person do that was so helpful to you?
7. Where would you go on a “dream” vacation?
8. Would you like to be an administrator?
9. Why did you start a blog?
10. What is your favorite pig-out food?
11. What is your favorite poster/picture hanging on your classroom wall?
For the blogs that I nominated, here are the official Liebster rules to follow: Liebster Rules
I want to thank Lorraine
over at Wording
Well for her blog about the Liebster Award and what I need to do to
accept this wonderful award!