Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday & Freebies!

Welcome to New Teacher Blog Tuesday, where I feature new bloggers!  If you would like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com

Our first new blogger is Britney from

1. Name of blog and link...

2. Tell us about your blog and why you started it...
My blog is a public place for all teachers to pop in and find useful ideas, tips, and freebies! I have always wandered the internet, which led me to venture into the world of blogging. During winter break, I decided to start my own blog to share, collaborate, and make new teaching friends [as cliche as that sounds]! I am very inspired by many well-known bloggers. It is my true goal to one day be invited to a convention to speak. (: 

I chose Tailor-made Teaching as my blog header because although teaching cannot be individualized in every aspect, it can be tailored to your class, your students diversely, and you (of course!). On the other hand, tailor-made signifies being made by hand with detail, which resonates with me greatly. We put a lot of love, hard work, and dedication into what we do each day!

3. Tell us a little about your teaching background...
Long before I became ECED obsessed, I taught gymnastics, coached swimming, worked as a camp counselor and as a preschool teaching assistant.  I graduated from Kent State University [woot-woot] with A LOT of classroom experience in both Pre-kindergarten and second grade. Now, I am entering into my second year of teaching first grade! I was a bit anxious about what first grade would look like compared to my other field experiences. It did not take me long to absolutely, positively fall madly in LOVE with firsties. 

4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?...
I love an array of music genres... so I have to include songs that I have listened to continuously since I was just a teenager to now. This is therapeutic... as I dig through my iTunes!

Bubbly- Colbie Callait
Better People- India Arie
re: Stacks- Bon Iver
Angels on the Moon- Thriving Ivory
Chasing Cars- Snow Patrol
Same Changes- The Weepies

There- I feel good about my choices! (:

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever done?...
I would have to say moving out of my grandmother's home to live on my own. My family is really close, and my grandmother raised me on and off throughout my entire life! I say this because my grandmother had a brain bleed and stroke just three weeks ago. It has been hard to put aside guilt to face the reality that I had to leave her to pursue my teaching dream. She has always wanted to be a teacher and is THE reason I have had such success in life. I am hopeful that she will be able to listen to me ramble on about my upcoming class of firsties.

6. What's your favorite TV show?...
One Tree Hill hands down! I am just sad it's over.
New favorite = Parenthood

7. What is your favorite item of clothing and why?...
I am not sure I have one favorite item, but I do enjoy wearing dresses! It makes me look like I actually try to dress nice, but really... they are just so comfortable! Jeans and pants can feel restricting, so I like to put on my studded flats and flared waist dresses for sure.

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

9. What was the last book you read? What are you going to read next?...

My educational reads...
Last book- Lucy Calkins writing series (LOVED it & its impact in my first graders' writing)
Next book- because I have been reading up on Shanahanonliteracy.blogspot.com, I'm going to go with Teaching with the Common Core Standards for ELA (Pre-K-2) by Lesley Mandel Morrow PhD, Timothy Shanahan PhD, Karen Wixon, and Jennifer Del Nerro

10. What was the last thing you ate that you really shouldn't of?
Two bowls of sherbet... yesterday! Oops & Yummy. 

11. Give us some links...
Instagram http://instagram.com/tailormadeteaching OR @tailormadeteaching
Follow my blog with Bloglovin' too!

Our second blogger for the day is Mrs. Smith from

1.         Name of blog and link:

2.       Tell us about your blog and why you started it.

I am a brand new teacher and have loved being able to use all the resources on TPT and from the blogging world! I have been looking forward to finishing school and entering the blogging world myself!

3.        Tell us a little about your teaching background.

There isn’t too much to tell yet! I graduated with my teaching degree last December! I permanent substituted at the school I student taught at for a lady on a maternity leave from February-May. I was soon hired as a full-time teacher for the fall and just finished teaching summer school. I am looking forward to starting my first official school year!

4.         What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

“I do” Colbie Caillat (Played at our wedding)
“All About Your Heart” Mindy Gledhill (If you’ve never heard it, look it up) Reminds me of my husband. Oh how I love the man J

5.        What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Probably finish school and move to Nebraska. I had to pull some serious strings in order to finish! But I did it and I’m so grateful. I love my job and my 2nd grade kiddos!

6.       What’s your favorite TV show?

I have many but I LOVE murder mysteries some of which include: Castle and Bones.
I also love Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, and The Biggest Loser!

7.        What is your favorite item of clothing and why?

I have to pick one??? Well I seriously love to shop and I have WAY too many clothes. I take up two closets in our house. My poor husband gets a few feet in our large closet. I love shoes. I have way too many shoes! I love cardigans, dresses, skinny jeans, and my leopard flats!

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

In August it will be 23!

9.        What was the last book you read? What are you going to read next?

Besides a college textbookThe last book I read was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. I read it to the kiddos and they loved it! The last book I read for myself was the Hunger Games Trilogy. What book am I going to read next? I actually have no idea if any of you have any suggestions let me know!

10.     What was the last thing that you ate that you really shouldn’t of?

This past weekend my husband and I went to Panda Express and I ate myself sick! I should not have eaten that much orange chicken and chow mein! I seriously love the stuff!

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



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