Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Teacher Blog Tuesday!

This week we will meet Nikki and Jaime


Feature Teacher: Nikki Sabiston
1. Name of blog and link:

2. Why did you start blogging?
To glean and share ideas and insight.
To be a part of a community where teachers are never finished becoming a teacher.

Here’s an excerpt from my first post that explains it a little more:

Teacher sharing really is at the heart of teacher survival. Isn't that how most of us persevere in this crazy job? We share ideas, what works, what doesn't work, crazy stories, frustration, our strengths and weaknesses, personal triumph and pain. Then we take it back to the classroom, put it all together and make it work.

That's why I feel like a 'teacher in progress.' Just when I think I've had a terrific day (or week, or year) and everything went pretty well, I come across the most amazing way to share a new concept with kids, or I'll read a book that blows my mind and causes all kinds of upheaval in my ideas about teaching. We're never really 'finished' becoming a teacher. We just keep learning and morphing and becoming.
3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I have been teaching for 16 years. The first five years were in a school in an inner city housing project where I taught third and first grades. The level of poverty, violence, and desperation was staggering. I taught lots of lessons that weren’t on the state standards and those kids sure taught me a few life lessons.
For the last 11 years I have taught first grade at an urban Title I school where poverty is also one of our primary challenges.
For the past few years, I have taught the first grade special ed collab class and I work closely with one of our special ed teachers to meet our kids’ needs. Last year I had nine friends with IEP’s in my class of 21 students.

4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Oh my! I am typing this very late at night after the family has gone to sleep and I’m not sure I can come up with a coherent list right now!

But we do have a two year old Yo Gabba Gabba fan in the house and our theme song lately has been “Don’t Bite Your Friends” – or in our case – Don’t Bite Your Brothers!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6UWNA-WQgI

5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
That’s a tough one. Our lives are full of challenges and we tackle each one as it comes along. At the time, a situation might seem almost unbearable, but later you realize it has given you the insight, knowledge, or strength to tackle something greater. But if I must name one thing, I think the answer is parenting three boys. (Particularly that last boy -quite a surprise when he showed up shortly after my 42nd birthday!)

6. What’s your favorite TV show?
Between caring for my family, teaching, (and now blogging!), I honestly do not have much time to watch tv. When I do, I’m a huge sci fi fan. (True Blood, Being Human, Grimm) I try to catch up in the summer.

7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
Oh, I love me some funky fonts! My school district just gave teachers new laptops with all the latest software – so much fun. Until I realized I am not ‘authorized’ to install fonts! I must find a solution to this problem soon…
8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
45 - and that’s no easy task with a toddler in the house!

9. What was the last book you read?
I’m just rereading The Hobbit along with my boys. My two older boys are 10 and 11 years old and are avid readers. Often, when they read something they love, (or a novel they have to read for school), I’ll read it too. The three of us have had some of the best conversations over books we’ve all read together.
10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Folding laundry. Fortunately, I have trained the two older boys and the husband well. They do all their own laundry.J Now I’m working on the toddler – he already knows how to sort…


2nd Feature Teacher: Jaime Pink
1. Name of blog and link:

2. Why did you start blogging?
A girlfriend of mine told me about Pinterest and I saw all these amazing ideas from other teachers. It opened up a whole new world of inspiration and I wanted to share my ideas with others as well.
3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I have been teaching since 1998 in Los Angeles. California. I taught 4th grade for a year and a half and switched schools in the middle of my second year of teaching. I moved to a K-12 Title 1 magnet school (my mom taught there as well) where I have been teaching first grade (11 years) until I made the switch to second grade this past year. I have my masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and I have held several coordinatorships such as Elementary Coordinator, Gifted and ELL Coordinator.
4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
It’s A Wonderful World, Brown Eyed Girl, Don’t Stop Believing, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Super Freak and Disney Lullabies (listen to it every night to put my kids to bed)
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Being a mom. It’s the most rewarding, yet the most trying thing I have ever done in my life. Trying to be the best person you can be for your children on a daily basis is sometimes the most difficult thing one has to do.
6. What’s your favorite TV show?
I am a reality show junkie. I love the Real Housewives of New Jersey, New York and Orange County. I also love to watch Top Chef, Project Runway, Amazing Race and Survivor.
7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
I would say DJ Inkers because it is out of the box. That is the way I think when it comes to teaching. What I mean by that is that I can put my own creative spin on things. My life is so structured and organized in every other aspect, but when it comes to teaching I am a DJ Inkers gal-always trying something new!
8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
36 (next week)
9. What was the last book you read?
50 Shades of Grey (Currently)
10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Laundry and making salads.
 
Next Tuesday we will meet Allie and Kate! If you would like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com

12 comments:

  1. I think it is just great that you are featuring new bloggers! :) I am going to email you my survey soon!!! I was waiting until I got my new blog design and button made.

    I have awarded you TWO awards. :) You may have already gotten them before, but I want to give them to you anyway! Come over to my blog to check them out!

    Amanda
    Sweeties In Second

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    1. Thank you so much!! Can't wait ot read all about you!

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  2. Thank you so much for featuring me today! It has been so fun reading about all the new bloggers -looking forward to two more next week:)

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    1. You're welcome!! I hope you have made some new blog friends as a result!

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  3. Dana you ROCK! Thank you so much for featuring my blog today! What a great way for people to meet new bloggers! I can't wait to meet other newbies out there!
    -Jaime
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

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  4. This is such a fun idea! Can't wait to keep reading about more new blogs!

    Cait
    Sliding into First!

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    1. I'm glad you like it! Your blog is adorable!

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  5. What a great idea and way to meet new blogs! I'm a new follower!!

    Heather
    The Busy Busy Hive

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  6. Hey Dana,
    Your questions are fantastic. They really are very original and I love reading the responses that everyone has. . . my favorite is the soundtrack one. Looking forward to next weeks post.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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    1. Thank you Stacy! I like that one too!

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