Nominated for TWO Liebster Awards!

I want to thank Mandi at Life with Middle Schoolers and Danielle at Oh, My Science Teacher! for both nominating me for a Liebster Award! I feel like I must be doing something right. This award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It helps other bloggers get to know us “newbies” and helps circulate great new blogs for all to read!

There are a few rules/guidelines:

  1. You have to link back to the blog(s) that nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions posted by the person that nominated you.*
  3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5 more blogs that have less than 200 followers.
  5. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answers.

11 Questions…Answered

*Since I was nominated by two different bloggers, I’m going to pick a selection of 11 questions from each of their blogs! It takes a long time to answer these questions!

1. What’s your guilty pleasure?

I love to sit outside at Starbucks with a Pumpkin Spice latte, people watching and enjoying the crisp fall air.

2. What’s your favorite part of starting the school year?

I love meeting my students and meeting the teachers that I will be working with. There is so much positive energy at the beginning of the year. I wish I could bottle it up and save it for February!

3. What’s the worst thing about starting the school year?

Getting up early and getting everybody back into a our school routine.

4. What advice would you give to teachers for starting the new school year?

Take the time to organize yourself now because three weeks from now, you won’t have time! Putting in the extra work to plan and prepare seems tedious, but the payoff is huge. Many new teachers skip the planning part because they think that they have it “all in their head”. You don’t. You are a better teacher when you plan.

5. What is your favorite professional book?

I am constantly referring to my book “Behavior Management” by John Maag.

6. Where did you study and what was your degree in?

I have a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I also have a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, plus I’m just 3 credits away from another Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education.

7. How many years’ experience do you have?

I will be starting my 4th year of teaching. I also spent also spent 3 year working as a para-educator which was trial by fire and a great learning experience. I have a lot of respect for paras.

8. What is your opinion on the Common Core?

I have lived and taught in two of the five states (Nebraska and Texas) that don’t use Common Core, so I’m not as familiar with it as I probably should be. I am anxious to learn more about it.

9. Give me a book recommendation and tell us why.

The best book I read this summer was “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer. I love books that turn familiar stories on their head, and make you look at it from a different perspective. This book is part of the Lunar Chronicles. I also love series because I when I finish one book, I can move on to the next one!

10. Coffee VS tea?

Coffee, for sure! My Verismo machine will definitely be accompanying me to school this year.

11. Is the glass half-empty or half-full?

The glass is always half-full. There is no point in going through life any other way!

11 Random Facts

  1. I start every morning with a cup of coffee.
  2. I drive a stick shift.
  3. My first major in college was Biology.
  4. I recently moved to from Nebraska to Texas.
  5. I have at least five machines/methods for making coffee in my house.
  6. I have travelled across country with two small children in the car and made it home alive.
  7. I hate high-heels.
  8. I hoard fabric.
  9. My husband is from Brazil.
  10. I have a basic proficiency in Portuguese.
  11. My favorite station on Songza is “Sunshine Indie Pop”!

Bloggers you should follow

  1. Surviving and Thriving: Teaching Middle School Social Studies
  2. Middle School Stories
  3. Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach

11 Questions…Asked

  1. What made you decide to start a blog?
  2. What made you go into teaching?
  3. How many years have your been teaching?
  4. What do you teach?
  5. What would you do if you weren’t a teacher?
  6. Have you ever been to another country?
  7. Do you speak any other languages?
  8. What advice do you have for new teachers?
  9. What is your favorite lesson?
  10. What is your favorite app or technology for the classroom?
  11. What was the best thing you did this summer?

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