Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday & Some Awesome Giveaways!



                 Welcome Amanda and Stacia from:

1.                  Name of blog and link:
 
2.                 Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
We created this blog to share our teaching ideas.  We collaborate together and we love learning from other people.  We knew this would be a great avenue to share with others but to also learn from others.

3.                  Tell us a little about your teaching background.
Amanda- this is my 13th year-  11 years in 3rd and 2 years in 4th
Stacia- this is my 6th year- 4 years in 3rd and 2 years in 4th

4.                  What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I Will Survive, I’ll be there for You (theme from Friends), Hakuna Matata
(For some reason we are not very good at this!)  Amanda is a country girl and Stacia is more of an 80’s and 90’s music kinda girl!

5.                 What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Amanda- Being a working mom is hard.  I feel pulled in many different directions and guilty when I can’t do everything for everyone.
Stacia- getting a 4.0 in college because I was a hard worker and an overachiever.

6.                 What’s your favorite TV show?
Amanda-  Modern Family
Stacia- Friends

7.                  Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
We are all about cutesy!  DJ Inkers all the way!!

8.                 Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
Amanda- 34
Stacia- 28

9.                 What was the last book you read?
Amanda- Hunger Games trilogy
Stacia- Nora Roberts Bride Quartet

10.            What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Amanda- unloading the dishwasher or anything with dishes
Stacia- cleaning the bathroom

11.             Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
Amanda’s Pinterest Boards-  http://pinterest.com/amandajoy78/
Stacia’s Pinterest Boards- http://pinterest.com/staciakingery/




Welcome Elizabeth from:
1.      Name of blog and link:        

2.   Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
        I started the blog because I love the collaboration that is    
        happening between teachers on the internet! I have gotten 
        so many fabulous ideas from other teachers and I wanted to 
        be a part of such a great group of teachers!

3.     Tell us a little about your teaching background.
     This is my fourth year of teaching Kindergarten. I taught    
     fourth grade for a half year right out of college and as much 
     as I loved it, I knew that my heart belonged to the little kids 
     :)

4.     What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
         Footloose- because it always gets me dancing :)
         Fancy- Well, because the name of it is Fancy. I also live in             
         Nashville so I am a huge country fan!
         She’s in Love with a Boy- It’s my all time favorite song and I  
         sometimes sing it to my hubby when he’s a grump!

5.    What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
        Put my dog, Belle, down. It happened two years ago and I still 
        get teary eyed when I think about it.

6.    What’s your favorite TV show?
        It’s a tie between 24 and Friday Night Lights. Too bad they 
        are both off the air!

7.    Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
        Let’s be honest here...what kind of Kindergarten teacher 
        would I be if I didn’t answer DJ inkers!?!

8.    Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
    26

9.    What was the last book you read?
        Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner. She’s my favorite 
        author!

10.  What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
         Cleaning the toilet :-0

11.  Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.



Welcome Pamela from: 

1.                  Name of blog and link: My blog is called Desktop Learning Adventures!  

2.                 Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
      When I joined TPT, everyone said the best way to get word out about what I do is to pin products and blog.  I figured out pinning and have that (sort of) organized, but the blog idea was still simmering, and frankly, overwhelming.  While I was making a really long unit, I came up with all these ideas I wanted to share with teachers, but they weren’t really product worthy-more just ideas that might be of interest to others.  I decided the only way I was going to figure it all out was to jump in and try it.  Evidently, I should have done it sooner, because I had 3 posts up almost immediately.  Guess I have more to say than I thought I did.

3.                  Tell us a little about your teaching background.
       I taught over 20 years in the classroom, mostly 6th grade, self-contained and still in elementary. 13 of those years were in an at-risk school- differentiation at its best.   I LOVE everything math (highly qualified) and working with gifted kids. (6 hrs. away from a second masters in gifted ed. One masters was enough.)  I retired, but wasn’t finished working with kids- just finished with testing and paperwork.  So, I started an after-school enrichment company, Learning Adventures, LLC.  That has given me great exposure to the primary grades. Interestingly, most of my after-school “clubs” have been first through fourth graders. 

4.                  What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
      I have a very eclectic taste in music.  Anything Dan Fogelberg; I always loved hearing Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall, on my way to school.  Mozart & Enya for the quieter moments.  My soundtrack changes with my mood or activity.  (Tennis definitely needs something livelier than classical!)


5.                 What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
      There’ve been many things that were hard for me- life changes that always worked out for the better in the end.  Right now, getting my blog up and running the way I want it to be is quite a challenge.  I’m a perfectionist.

6.                 What’s your favorite TV show?  I’m quite fond of “Bones”, but it’s going a little off the deep end.  “White Collar” is entertaining. I prefer to stream shows so I don’t have to wait between seasons.  Completely enjoyed “Numb3rs”, after it was canceled.

7.                  Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl/guy and why?
      Times New Roman, but really, I prefer Noteworthy or Arial or even, (yes, I’ll say it) Comic Sans!  J   Just not into cutesy.  But really, I could get addicted to buying fonts, so I stick to the basics!

8.                 Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake? 
      Here’s a math problem for you:
      Even number; product of 2 primes; prime last year and will be again next year; the difference in the digits is 3.

9.                 What was the last book you read? 
      Seriously?!?  The only thing I have time to read are forum posts, blogs, and how to… on Google! J I have several started and I still love reading kids’ books (Hunger Games were amazingly well-written.)  I guess Steve Jobs was the last real book I read.  What an interesting man.

10.            What chore do you absolutely hate doing?  As a teacher- grading papers and report cards and entering data.  Now, keeping up with junk mail so Mount Massive doesn’t grow on our dining room table.

11.             Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
FB isn’t set up yet.  I only have my personal account right now. I’ll link to my blog when I get that far.
Here’s my freebie: 36 BINGO
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/36-Bingo-A-Computation-Game

**Note from Dana- I think who ever figures out how old Pamela is, based on #8 clues, should win a prize!!**

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8 comments:

  1. So fun! Thank you for being such a fabulous blogging buddy :)

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  2. Thank you so much for featuring us!! You are so sweet!!

    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  3. What a fun way to find new blogs. Thanks for sharing!
    Laura
    Enchanting Elementary

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    1. Every Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I love this idea. I will keep checking back on Tuesdays!

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