Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday with Janet & a freebie!

Welcome to another edition of


Today's new blogger is Janet from


1.             Name of blog and link:


2.          Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
I am addicted to teacher blogs! I absolutely love collaborating with and being inspired by my colleagues. Originally, I wanted to create a blog to share my ideas and creations, but I opted to try a different approach. I love using technology in the classroom. Our kids’ brains are hardwired to be techy. So, I want my students to have an active part in helping me create a class blog. I’ll still be sharing my teaching ideas and activities with my teaching colleagues, but I really want the kids to get involved. I’m really excited to try this out and hope you’ll join us in this adventure! We’d love to have other classes blogging with us!  

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background.
As a little girl, I knew I was going to be a teacher. Upon learning that I was offered my first teaching job, I was jumping and screaming with excitement. The HR lady couldn’t help herself but to laugh at my reaction. I just LOVE teaching!!!

I graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. In August 2006, my childhood dream of teaching came to life. In June 2009, I received my M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Touro University.

This is my 7th year teaching. I taught 1st grade for 6 years and 2nd/3rd combo for 1 year in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. I now teach at a new school Star Academy in Sacramento, California. Star Academy is in its 3rd year and a charter school. I absolutely love my job. We do NOT have adopted curriculum (boxed/prescribed curriculum). Everything is teacher created. It is definitely a lot of work, but I LOVE the challenge and freedom to create and do what I think works.

No matter what situation a child comes from, I hold all of my students to high expectations and standards. I love witnessing the growth, sparkle, and excitement for learning in my students. Learning is a safari...a journey. As a teacher, my goal is to facilitate learning in an exciting and meaningful way for each child. I try my best to instill this love for learning in each of my students. Of course along with all the learning, you will see and hear lots of laughs, smiles, and love.

4.            What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
“Black and Gold”
“And All These Little Things”
“Try”

5.           What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
One of the hardest things I have ever done was to watch my boyfriend leave for duty to Afghanistan. The whole waiting processwondering when they would have him deployto the final moments before I saw him go. I was an emotional wreck but was determined to stay strong for him. I did not want him to worry about mehe knows I can be a big baby. I email him every day and we Skype or talk on the phone at least once a week. I just hope and pray him comes back home safe this fall. I miss him terribly.

6.           What’s your favorite TV show?
I LOVE all the CSI shows and Hawaii Five-O.  

7.           Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl/guy and why?
Totally DJ Inkers kind of girl!!! From the gecko, I loved DJ Inkers. J I love having some sparkle and curly-qs in my fonts! They make me happy!!!

8.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
My last birthday cake had 31 candles. Number 32 is coming soontoo soon.

9.           What was the last book you read?
I heart my iPad Mini!
For leisure reading, I read all 3 books in the 50 Shades of Grey series. Haha! I totally did not pay attention to all the talk about this book until last November. In 1 week, I read all 3 booksit is addicting! Then, I read the first book again.

For work related reading, I read Transforming School Culture by Anthony Muhammad. Love Dr. Muhammad’s message on the importance of building a healthy school culture. It is honest and really makes you reflect and think about you as a professional. What type of teacher/contributor are you to your school culture?

10.        What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
I HATE dusting!!! I’d rather clean and scrub the bathroom over sneezing and dusting the house. One of the reasons why I don’t own “dustibles” (aka collectibles that sit and collect dust)gives me a reason to not dust as often.

11.         Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
Twitter janet1choi
Pinterest Janet Choi
Free Teaching Item -  100 Book Log
The 100 Book Log is a document I use with my students to encourage reading at home. Every time a child completes 100 books (or chapters), s/he is rewarded. I prefer to keep my rewards simple but also something the kids will get excited over. I promised my class that I would dye my hair a funky color is ALL 26 of each read at least 100 books. Oh myThey are REALLY close. I have 5 more students who have to turn in their logs. Ahhh!

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