I'm IT!

I've been tagged by the ever so sweet Mrs. Parker. How fun!

The Rules:
1) Post the rules.
2) Post 12 things about yourself
3) Answer the 12 questions sent from the person that tagged you.  Then create 12 new questions for the people you tag.
4) Tag 12 people and link them to your post.
5) Let them know you tagged them.

12 Things About Me: 
1. I'll be 30 in 12 days! I can't decide if I am excited or not, but I think I am ready to say goodbye to my 20s
2. I have two older brothers and I think having brothers is awesome. They totally broke my parents in for me. Plus, they are very handy when I need them to be. 
3. I knit (very slowly--projects take me forever)
4. I love to bake. Seriously. One of my Chanukah presents was a cupcake carrier and I loved it!
5. I miss New York City - not to live there but I do miss it. 
6. I love the beach but the beach and sun don't love me (I guess that is what I get for having red hair and freckles!). It's such a catch 22. 
7. I think being an aunt may be one of the greatest privileges EVER!
8. I have a memory like nobody's business. My family jokes that I have a computer chip in my brain. The details and events I remember are ridiculous. My dad always says "If you say so, I'm certainly not questioning your memory!"
9. I am a procrastinator. (I think Tamara and Leslie at TBA have figured that out and it drives them NUTS.) But, I have a sign that reads "Don't rush me, I'm waiting for the last minute!" My dad got it for me when I went to college. 
10. In another life I was meant to be a professional organizer or an interior decorator. 
11. Seriously, sometimes my organization takes an OCD form, which is weird because I totally have crafting and cleaning ADD. 
12. I recently started selling Stella & Dot and my wardrobe has never been better or received so many compliments. 

1.   What is your favorite outfit to wear to school?
My favorite outfit would have to be loose pants (like flowy), shirt, cardigan (always a cardigan that's long with pockets) and flats. I also like tights, shirt dress, and boots. 
2.   Would you rather cook or go out to eat? Why?
Hmm, this is hard. I like to cook, but sometimes just don't have the energy. But tonight my crock pot was ready and waiting for me. I like to eat out sometimes, but the funding is always an issue.  
3.   Do you have a favorite blog post?
4.   Do you read blogs before school?
I try to read some if they have updated overnight (all those west coasters) but I follow way too many to read them all. 
5.   What do you love most about the school you teach at?
I love the population I teach. My kids are low-socioeconomic status and 69% Hispanic. My kids truly appreciate items that we take for granted. Some of their home lives make me want to take them home with me!
6.   How long is your commute?
My commute is 20-25 minutes and it is against traffic both ways. 
7.   What is one area you would like to improve in your teaching?
Ironically, for being an English major, I would like to improve my reading and writing teaching. 
8.   Are you a morning person? Or night owl?
Both kind of. Once I'm up, I'm up. I can stay up at night if I get going on something. 
9.   What is your favorite day of the week?
My favorite day of the week is maybe Saturday. I have the whole day off to relax and I still don't have to be anywhere specific the next morning. 
10. Is teaching your first or second career?
Teaching is my second career. I worked in book publishing at Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins for two years. 
11.  How tall are you?
On a good day I am a short 5'7. But otherwise, I'm 5'6. ;)
12.  Do you have a color scheme for your class? 
Yes - my colors are blue (like bright blue), teal, and lime green. I tried to keep it gender neutral, not too overwhelming, but nice to be in. I don't have my own room this year and I miss it. I used to get told how cute and 
homey my trailer was!

I'm tagging: 

My questions for these bloggers are:
1. How long have you been teaching?
2. Have you taught at the same school the whole time?
3. Do you like to travel? Where?
4. How early do you get to school? OR How late do you stay?
5. Why do you like blogging?
6. Mac or PC?
7. Do you use any drawing programs on your computer?
8. Do you like to make photobooks? How do you store your memories?
9. Plants - do you have them, can you keep them alive?
10. If you could go to one event over the weekend, what would it be?
11. Do you make your bed every morning?
12. Do you refill your car with gas the minute the light comes on, or do you press your luck?


Just "Write" for Me - FREEBIE

 Happy Monday!

A little while ago I saw this on Pinterest: 

I decided to go ahead and make my own: 
Go ahead and click on the picture. It will take you to my Teacher's Notebook Store where you can download this for free. Enjoy!

P.S. I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of generosity, kindness, and help that exists throughout this blogging community. I almost don't know where to start for my Professional Learning. If you would like to contribute, there is still time. Just click here: 


I'm Looking for My Friends, I'm Looking for YOU!

 Sid the Science Kid, anyone? Isn't that song just a little catchy? I'm the teacher on the hall who has found not one but two different box sets of Sid, so we watch when there's a rainy day because we can usually get a science or health grade, too (trust me, we are good teachers!).  Needless to say, the teachers wind up singing this song down the hall to one another when we need something, so now I sing it to you - my blog friends.

As I mentioned in a previous post, a co-worker and I are going to teach a Professional Learning Course to other teachers. The way it works in our school is that each semester you fill out the application and topic and then the AP decides on some and the teachers have to sigh up for the one they want to join.

I had been thinking about a blogging one of sorts. Especially as I was putting centers and games together and fellow co-workers would constantly comment on my creativity, telling me I should work with curriculum or be 1st grade's professional blogger. At the time I was having a hard enough time finding a real job - so we even joked that we would give it a more "professional" title - Professional Resources Manager.

Before I knew it, co-workers were finding my blog through Pinterest (they recognized my rocking chair) and I was recognizing activities they were doing with their kids from all of YOUR blogs. We started comparing notes. We decided why not?!

We gave our PLU course a classier name - Creative Teaching and Technology Resources. It begins on Tuesday, January 23rd. What we would like to do is put together a packet/powerpoint for them (we limited the class size to 20 - and mainly K, 1, ELL teachers) of blogs, freebies, fonts we like, ideas for organizing and using, etc). The teaching I am doing this actually has no idea I am making this post, but I kind of thought it would be fun (she searches on blogs and I blog) about another different way you can use blogs to reach out to all different teachers and get ideas and resources. If you are willing to contribute - anything, in any way - be it a printable, a freebie, math, science, social studies, word work, daily 5, organization - I would love to include you all in our presentations and give you some shout outs! And of course, in appreciation I will be more than happy to share the entire organized compilation that my co-workers receive with any and all who contribute when all is said and done! If there are any questions please let me know.

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