Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday!

New Teacher Blog Tuesday
Our 1st blogger is from 

1. Name of blog and link:
Granny Goes To School
 
2. Why did you start blogging?
My daughter (who is also a teacher) got me interested in blogging. She began sending me links that I could share with my students (Early Childhood Education students in a college preparation program). I was so thrilled to see how the "teaching world" has changed in the last 40 years. When I first started teaching we were all so isolated. There was almost no opportunity to see what other teachers were doing in their classrooms. I LOVE what the internet/blogs have done to help us connect and share with each other. I also love creating "craftivities" and learning games. My blog has given me a chance to share.


3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I began teaching 40 years ago...yikes!!! I began in a Prek classroom and moved to kindergarten/1st grade. I now teach Early Childhood Education at a college in Arizona. I also volunteer one morning a week in both kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.

4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
"That's the Power of Love"... because I believe the most important thing we can model for our students is kindness, love, understanding, and acceptance.
"Fireball" - I still have TONS of energy. I get teased all the time about being the "energizer bunny" that never slows down.


5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
I was a single mom by the age of 20 with two beautiful little girls. I put myself through college while raising them. I had little to no financial support. That's just kind of how the 70's were. Although difficult, it was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. My daughters grew into amazing women. The experience also taught me that we can all rise to any challenge and come out stronger and better for it.


6. What’s your favorite TV show?
I absolutely love Downton Abbey (PBS) is one of the most engaging series on TV in years. PBS hit a home run on this one!

7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?

DJ Inkers- I gravitate towards the whimsical. I also do a fair amount of mosaic and clay work which is ALWAYS described as very whimsical. I tend to be more playful than serious.

8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
61!


9. What was the last book you read?
Winter of the World by Ken Follett. He is an amazing author. This is part of a 20th century trilogy that is fabulous. If you like historical fiction- this is the series for you. Be sure to start with Fall of the Giants .


10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
I hate dusting! In Arizona it's a useless task. It is so dry and dusty that as soon as you have finished- it's dusty again. I hate wasting time.
 
  
Our next blogger is
1. Name of blog and link: The Classroom DJ – Music to Manage Your Classroom

2. Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
So first things first…I am not a teacher….but I am married to one. And after watching my wife spend countless hours at her school setting up her classroom, grading papers, preparing lesson plans, cutting out laminations (actually that is usually my job), and worrying about what she is going to wear the next day, I realized…her time is pretty limited.
Oh yeah, throw in the one year old son who is running amok around our house, and suddenly that time I thought she had, well that’s gone.
Somehow, I started thinking about it all, and I realized my wife probably isn’t the only teacher that feels like she doesn’t have a minute to do anything more than what is already on the plate.
So I started thinking to myself, what can I do to help out (other than cut laminated posters out)? and then it dawned on me…
Why don’t I do something for her class that I am actually good at and love doing?
And so began The Classroom DJ. A site where you can get ideas of music to play in your classroom for whatever the reason (parties, end of day, morning songs, transition songs) as well as request songs and playlists from me.
And the best part about it, if you have a computer and a set of speakers, you will be able to play the music straight from the site. It is like having your own DJ in your classroom.
3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
Umm….again I am not a teacher but have been happily married to one for almost five years now. We also have a one year old son.
 
4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
The Lumineers- Ho Hey
The Wiggles-Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car (Come on, I have a one year old)
Kenny Chesney-I Go Back
 
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Built our house back in ’09 with the help of my father-in-law. Group effort but extremely time consuming and difficult.
 
6. What’s your favorite TV show?
Parks and Recreation and Shark Tank
 
7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of guy and why?
I can’t say I have heard of DJ Inkers but I would imagine since I am the Classroom DJ I would go with that.
 
8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
32
 
9. What was the last book you read?
The Snow Angel – Glen Beck
 
10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Wiping countertops
 
Twitter - @TheClassroomDJ (although I have not really used it at all)
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/theclassroomdj/
 
If you would like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com!
Thanks for stopping by!













































2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the opportunity to be a part of New Teacher Blog Tuesday. I really appreciate it!
    Cindy
    Granny Goes to School

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  2. What a great way to meet new teachers in the blogging world. I am your newest follower.

    Terri
    The First Grade Princess

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