Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Teacher Blog Tuesday

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Welcome to this week’s New Teacher Blog Tuesday!
First, let’s meet Lisa from Growing Firsties.
1. Name of blog and link:   Growing Firsties
2. Why did you start blogging?
I have been blog stalker and soooo ridiculously inspired to “up my game” by all the amazingness out there. Once I upped, it made me want to give back to selfless, dedicated educators in this amazing profession. If my freebies and thoughts and ramblings can help someone, I’m thrilled!
3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I have taught first grade for the last six years. I was hired almost 20 years ago (big bangs and all) to teach 6th grade, which I did for two years. I have my Masters in Reading and was a reading specialist, but my heart is truly in the classroom. I have also taught fourth grade and third grade. Each and every grade has its own lovable flair!
4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I am a huge fan of U2…I remember going to the Pride concert back in the 80s and have been to several others over the years. U2 makes me happy. Currently, so do Jack Johnson, John Mayer, KT Tunstall, Sheryl Crow and the Dixie Chicks.
Also, kind of random…but the theme song for the Oprah show sends me back to eight years ago when I was one of 300ish ridiculously lucky teachers in her audience for her Favorite Things show for teachers! I STILL can’t believe that happened! I’ll tell the story on my blog at some point and include the picture of my friends and I with her after the show…she approached us in the streets (in her tinted SUV) after the show and we all screamed and got to hug her and pose in a pic.
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Also, kind of random…but BK (before kids!) a few friends, my husband and I took a sea kayaking trip to the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. We had to paddle something crazy like 11 miles and ended up getting caught in a super scary storm. The Ella Fitzgerald went down during a Lake Superior storm and that was a big ship. We were in 16 foot sea kayaks and felt like we were popsicle sticks. The water temperature was in the low 50s. If any one of us flipped over death would have been the most likely outcome. We all made it, but it was absolutely terrifying. We literally kissed the ground when we landed.
6. What’s your favorite TV show?
Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Parenthood and Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.
7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
DJ Inkers. We spend sooo much time in our classrooms, why not make it cute and pleasing to the eye??? Lately I’m absolutely loving Kimberly Geswein fonts…
8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
41.
9. What was the last book you read?
Professionally I am finishing up: Pathways to the Common Core by Calkins, Ehrenworth and Lehman
Personally: The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Menu Planning. Though, it DOES make the week soooo much easier for my family when we have a plan!!
 
Our next new friend is Jodi from Realistic Teacher.  BTW- she is currently having a great 100 follower giveaway!
1. Name of blog and link:  Realistic Teacher 
2. Why did you start blogging?
I followed a ton of blogs and was always sharing ideas, but it was actually a co-workers idea that I start my own. One of the things I say when I hear about the politics and drama that goes along with teaching is “I’m not being a downer, but that is just not realistic” or “Realistically speaking, this is how it would work in my classroom…” I guess the name stuck. She suggested I start a blog called the Realistic Teacher.
3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I’ve been teaching for 6 years. Originally, I was a middle school teacher…it was really not my thing. I quickly decided that I needed to make a move and moved down to elementary. I taught the “older” kids for awhile, but was always passionate about the little ones in the building. My principal moved me to second – yayyy!! – and I have been here for two years!
4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
This is a great question! Most of these songs have something to do with my family – mom, dad, husband, sons, brother; and really not much to do with teaching…
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel (a shout out to my dad)
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
I Hope you Dance – Lee Ann Wormac
Beautiful Day – U2
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Moving away from Michigan was the hardest decision and thing I’ve done. All of our family lives there and it is difficult to be so far away. It was really hard to move my boys somewhere new and tell them that they had to leave their “old friends” behind. Of course, they stay in touch and some of their (and my) best friends live in Michigan. But I wish that we could move them, or at least visit more often!
6. What’s your favorite TV show?
2 Broke Girls – absolutely. It is totally inappropriate, so I know that people will judge me, but it is hilarious!! It’s nice that Mr. Realistic and I can sit down, watch it, and laugh at the same things.
7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
I love DJ Inkers! Most of the fonts that I use come from www.kevinandamanda.com because they have great fonts as well. If I’m working on a computer where I don’t have access to a “designer” font (a school computer), then I go with Century Gothic.
8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
I would love to answer 29, but realistically 38…
9. What was the last book you read?
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. It was an amazing book! Right now I’m waiting for my book club group to decide on our next book.
The last book I read to my students was Ramona the Brave. My kiddos (girls especially) love Junie B. Jones. I told them we had a Junie B. when I went to school but her name was Ramona Quimby. My kids loved it! They are all on Ramona kicks now and I’m sure they will have Ramona on their Christmas lists. I love when I can get kids reading something new!!
10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Seriously, folding laundry or emptying the dishwasher. I don’t mind doing the cleaning but I always assign the putting away tasks to Mr. Realistic or the boys.
Our last new friend of the day is Terry from Terry’s Teaching Tidbits
1. Name of blog and link: Terry’s Teaching Tidbits
2. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging to draw attention to my Teachers Pay Teachers store, and to start sharing what I’m doing in my classroom. It has motivated me to do some more fun activities with my kids so that I can begin to feature them on my site.
3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
This is my 6th year teaching. I spent my first year teaching 3rd grade and then changed schools to be an Elementary Drama Specialist. I taught drama to all students in my new school in grades K-5 for two years. I grew up doing theatre, so this was such a great opportunity for me. With budget cuts, my position had to be cut, so I was moved back into the classroom. I started teaching 5th grade and am now in my third year of this.
4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
“Life is a Highway,” “Summer Girl,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia”
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
I went to Italy by myself the past two summers to take Italian classes. I didn’t know anybody and had never been to a foreign country, but I made amazing new friends and had an incredible experience.
6. What’s your favorite TV show?
Either Grey’s Anatomy or Dexter. I can’t choose.
7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
Times New Roman is boring to me these days. I’m not sure what DJ Inkers is, but any font that is new and cute is my favorite J
8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
I didn’t have a birthday cake, but if I did, there would have been 28 (or 29 if I have one for good luck!)
9. What was the last book you read?
The last of the Hunger Games trilogy.
10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Cleaning my floors. I avoid it at all costs.
 
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4 comments:

  1. Just found your blog! What a great idea to feature new bloggers. I'm your newest follower, and I'd love for you to check out my blog as well.

    Happy Teaching
    karen
    LittleSecond-GradeSomebodies

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  2. Thanks so much for featuring me, Dana! It was fun to read all of these and hop on over to the other two!!
    Growing Firsties

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  3. Such an awesome idea! I'm your newest follower! :)

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten

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  4. I love how you share info about other bloggers! If you have time stop by my blog and enter my giveaway! Thanks so much!
    Brigid

    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

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