The Sunshine Award

First of all, I’d like to give a huge shoutout and virtual hug to Tammy Neil, my new Google+ buddy.  Thanks so much for this nomination!  It’s so great to connect with awesome educators around the globe.

Before I begin, quick announcement…drumroll please….I have upgraded my blog via this WordPress thingie, and now you can access it directly at  Yaaaaaay!!!  Yet another URL for me to remember lolol.

One more shoutout to the organizers of #edcampHOME (do hashtags work on this? Hello? Is this thing on?), for such a great opportunity to learn and grow as an educator.  I had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait for version 3.0.

That being said, let’s get this show on the road!

Plenty of Sunshine

Forgive the plagiarizing, but taken from Tammy’s blog, this is how this thing works:

(Begin quote here.)

  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  • List 11 bloggers: they should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate
  • Let those 11 bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

(End quote here).  Ok let’s do this!

Acknowledge the nominating blogger.

Tammy, you are super-awesome.  I’m so looking forward to learning with you!

Share 11 random facts about yourself.

Let the plagiarism continue lol.  This time, I shall plagiarize myself, from my Blogger account.

  1. I’m a vegetarian, and have been since the age of eight.  I made this decision on my own, after engaging in a “gross out contest.” I don’t remember exactly what was said that turned me off meat, but I think it had to do with hot dogs.
  2. I’ve got legs. I know how to use them.
  3. I write very complex and confusing to-do lists on a daily basis.
  4. I was the captain of my high school’s It’s Academic team my senior year (RIP Mac McGary). A former captain from a previous year went on to win on Jeopardy.
  5. I missed going on TV for It’s Academic because Honors Choir was the same weekend.
  6. When I was 21, I started a record label with my friends.  I have random, horrible music floating around the Internet.
  7. I fear many things, including heights and planes.  That’s why I threw myself out of one in October 2011.  Skydiving didn’t cure me…it made things worse.
  8. So…I signed up for a private flying lesson.  That actually did help.
  9. I have a story for nearly every situation.
  10. I have a song for nearly every situation.
  11. My greatest strengths are usually my greatest weaknesses, because I tend to go hard or not at all.

The 11 Questions

Q: What is your favorite subject/grade level? Why?

A: Ooooh, this is a toughie lol.  I love all of the different grades I’ve taught for different reasons.  Right now, I’m loving middle school, because the kids are so independent, and overall a great group of kids.

Q: What is your preference cheese or pepperoni?

A:  Cheese.  Yummmmmm.

Q: What made you want to teach/work with children?

A:  I think it was destined lol.  Almost every job I’ve ever had since I was 13 years old involved children.  First I was a soccer referee, then I worked in the daycare at the gym.  When I was in college, I worked two years at a summer camp.  It was written in the stars.

Q: What made you start blogging?

A:  I grew up in a family of writers, so once again, this was destiny.  My mom and my dad both published newsletters when I was a kid, so I got a group of my first grade buddies together, and we made our own.  “Cool News” lol.  Fast forward 25 years in the future, and here I am.

Q: If you were able to go back through time and give yourself a piece of advice, what would it be?

A: Live in the present. Don’t worry so much about the future, and don’t dwell on the past. Time will continue, no matter what, so take time to smell the roses (still need to follow this advice).

Q: What one movie should NEVER be remade? Why?

A:  I’m a huge Aaliyah fan, so I’m going to go with, “Queen of the Damned.”  She did such a great job playing Akasha!

Q: What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it to others?

A:  The last book I finished was called, “Liespotting.”  It was pretty good, but it focused a lot on the corporate world.  I liked the interpersonal parts more…I hope they come up with a sequel focusing more on that.

I also recently finished reading a novel called, “Gone Girl.”  It was pretty cool.

Q: What would your ideal classroom look like?

A:  My class is starting to look the way I envisioned it in my head at the beginning of the year.  We’re doing a lot of flipped/blended instruction, as well as gamification of my Tech class.  I think I want to do gamification in English next year, too.  We’ve also started using blogs.  Yay.

Q: What is your favorite app? Why?

A:  It’s so hard to pick just one!  Ugh!  Hmmm…in the classroom, I’d have to go with ClassDojo.  It’s been the biggest game-changer for me, next to Twitter.

Q: Who is your hero? Why?

A: My parents are my heroes.  They are incredible people, who inspire me to do my best.  I’m very proud of them.

Q: Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

A:  Experience is the best teacher, although definitely not my favorite.  Haha.  Seriously, though, I’ve been fortunate to have some great teachers.  I wonder if any of them are online and connected?  I’ll need to look them up.  Would be awesome to have them in my PLN.

For the last three parts, please find my answers here.

Ok, beautiful people, tune in at 1 PM EST for a discussion of Gamification in the Classroom!  Hope to hang out with you soon.  Peace in the Middle East.  Audi 5000.  Lexus 450.


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