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Leaping into a Liebster Award!

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Thanks to Mrs. Wansink, a blogger who shares her blog under “Teacher on Training Wheels”, I have been nominated for  Liebster award!  The award is designed to help up and coming bloggers develop a larger audience for their fantastic writing!   I am so excited for this opportunity to promote my blog and to share the work of other bloggers who I follow!

Guidelines for Accepting the Liebster Award:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award and link back to their blog.
2. Nominate 11 other bloggers (with less than 300 followers) for the award and link them to your post. Let them know that they’ve been nominated!
3. Answer 11 questions from your nominator.
4. Ask 11 questions from your nominees within your post.
 
My Nominations….
 
Derek McCoy presents great thoughts in educational leadership:  http://mccoyderek.com/   
Experiences I wasn’t prepared for as a School Leader: http://drtewright.wordpress.com/
Principal Smart’s Blog: http://sm45rt.wordpress.com/
Smart Teaching: http://smartteachingideas.wordpress.com/
A Journey of Leading and Learning: http://thepoullard.wordpress.com/
Drawn Bellows: http://drawnbellows.com/
Jigsaw Learning: http://jigsawlearningca.wordpress.com/
The Advocate’s Corner: http://davisadvocates.wordpress.com/
Rachel’s Reflections: http://reflectwithrachel.wordpress.com/
Let Learning Lead: http://timdawkins.wordpress.com/
Fearless Teacher: http://teachfearless.wordpress.com/

Questions from my nominator:

How long have you been teaching for and in what schooling area/s?
My response: I have been in education for 16 years.  I spent my first 14 years teaching in a variety of grade levels.  I have experience teaching 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.  I also spent 2 years as a teacher on special assignment, teaching gifted 3rd and 4th grade readers in a blended learning environment.  I have been a principal for nearly two years now.  My building is a rural PreK-4th grade building in Ohio, United States.

How do you unwind after a long week?
My response:  That varies, but one of my favorite ways is to have a quiet evening at home with my family.  I may pick up my crochet hook and work on a project or I may read a book.

What have  you found to be the most challenging aspect of teaching?
One of the most challenging aspects of teaching would be making sure that all learner’s needs are met.  These needs can be very different for each child because of their background, their learning needs and their interests.  As an educator,  I have to strive to understand what works for each child and then figure out a way to make it happen.

What was your very first job?

My response:  My first job was that of a “runner” at a local auction house.  I would carry the items being auctioned to the auctioneer’s stand, then I would deliver the items to the person with the winning bid.  I was only 15-16 years old and I had a blast meeting people with many backgrounds and cultures.

Did you have a nickname when you were at school? If yes, share it and the story behind it.

My response:  Oh dear.  Many of my softball buddies called me “Geezer” because my maiden name was McGhee.

What barriers get in the way of your blogging?

I would have to say that my biggest barrier is making sure that I take the time to write.  I find writing to be cathartic in many ways, so I often craft blog posts in my head as I am commuting to and from work.  I have even purchased a dictation app for my phone.  I’ve recorded a couple blogs that way.  I just need to publish them.  I am sad to say that I feel like I think like a writer, but I still need to learn how to live like one every single day.

If you were a character in a book, who would you want to be? Why?

This is a tough one.  I have so many characters with whom I can identify.  One of my favorite ones, though is Despereaux from Kate DiCamillo’s fantastic novel Tales of Despereaux.  Despereaux has so many qualities that I would like to strive to have myself.  He is brave, kind and loving.  Despereaux also has weaknesses, but he doesn’t allow these obstacles get in the way of his mission.  If you haven’t read this book, please do!  The movie is good, but the book is always better.

Name 3 of your favourite movies.

Again,  I have so many movies that I love dearly.  I love “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” better than most, though.  “Forrest Gump”  brought me to the theater at least 3 times when it was playing and I return to that movie every now and again.  I love the simple flavor of life that both of these movies bring.  For third place, it’s a tie between “The Color Purple” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

What is your favourite ice-cream flavour?

Easy!  Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s Ice Cream.

What advice would you like to give to teachers who are just starting out?

It’s simple:  Put students first.  You will sacrifice.  You will love.  You will laugh.  You will cry.  Just remember that you do it for the students.

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Please describe your professional experience (teaching, leading, etc…)
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. What are your hobbies outside of your profession?
  4. What are your top 3 songs on your play list?
  5. What do you wish you could change about education?
  6. What do you wish other people would understand about your job?
  7. What are some of your favorite ways to grow yourself professionally?
  8. If you had one wish for your school, what would it be?  Why?
  9. Think about your first year as a teacher or as an administrator, then finish this sentence:  If I knew then what I know now,  I …
  10. What are your ultimate professional goals?
  11. Where was your last vacation or break from work?  How did you choose that location?
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