Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A little sunshine

How cool! A follower of mine on twitter, Michelle Knott, gave me the Sunshine Award for inspiring her! Wow! To quote Mrs.Knott directly from her blog "  I'm such a newbie to all of this, but I'm so glad to have connected with so many talented educators.  It amazes me how people have found me - through Twitter Chats, RTs, and link-ups.  I will be forever grateful for everyone's endless knowledge and willingness to share." I couldn't agree more with her! 

I want to keep the Sunshine Award going. I will also nominate the people I have met through this blog and Twitter. I am passing this award on to you because you have impacted me in some way as a teacher, mother, wife, reader and life long learner. Thank you! Thank you!

The Rules of the Sunshine Award
  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  • Share 10 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 10 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  • List or tag 10 bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  • Post 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate
  • Let those 10 bloggers and let them know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger(s) who nominated you.)
So here goes! 

10 random facts about me:
1. When I was little, I wanted to be a teacher, hairdresser and figure skater. I planned that I would teach during the week, do hair on Saturdays and skate on Sundays. 
2. I am a HUGE fan of Gone with the Wind.
3. The Dunkin Donuts employee at the drive up window knows me by name. This will soon be happening at the Starbuck near school as well. YIKES!
4. Before I met my husband in college, I never drove past exit 17 on I-84 West.
5. I was voted Most Outgoing in high school.
6. I have an intense fear of spiders that stems from the movie Arachnophobia.
7. My favorite go to meal in the summer is hot dogs, baked beans, and apple sauce.
8. I was a drama major for a semester in college. 
9. I owned two wedding dresses at one point. I bought my second dress six weeks before my wedding and sold the other one on ebay. 
10. My family used to call me," Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" from the Brady Bunch in high school because I am the oldest sister and could do absolutely no wrong in life. 

Answers to Michele's questions:

1.  Favorite place to vacation? Old Orchard Beach, ME. I have been going there with my family since I was in 6th grade, which works out to be 24 years straight. 

2.  Guided reading or Independent reading?  Why? It needs to be a combination. The guided reading is where the specific strategies are taught. The independent reading allows the students to practice these skills in a book they absolutely love!
3.  Swimming pool or ocean? Pool. I am not a fan of not being able to see the sand below my feet in the ocean. Although I find lying on the beach, next to the ocean, while reading a book the absolute most relaxing activity in the world!
4.  Would you rather close your door and teach or co-teach? Co- teach. I am all about learning with and from others.
5.  City or country? City. I always dreamed of living in Boston or NYC.
6.  Most anticipated 2014 children's book release? I have to admit, I am behind on this. I need to research this more.
7.  Where do you buy most of your books? Amazon or Barnes and Nobles
8.  Best way to incorporate CCSS in your reading block? I don't have my own classroom because I am a Reading Specialist. When I co-teach with teachers we plan specific strategy lessons that will move the students toward meeting the standards. 
9.  How many books do you have checked out from your public library right now? ZERO- but I have a stack of about 10 books that I plan to read. Some books I have bought and some books I have borrowed.
10.  Best original teaching idea you've had? When I was a Special Education teacher, my students and I planned a cafe, "La Chaunce Cafe" (based on my maiden name) in my school. The students were responsible for cooking the food, calculating customer checks, setting tables, serving food, taking orders, counting money and giving change, and designing the menus. All the teachers, parents, staff and administration were invited to our cafe. It was a HUGE success. The students were so proud of their work! It was definitely one of the most memorable teaching experiences of my career to this day. 

And the Sunshine Award goes to:
Theresa Schrader at Pinkadots Elementary @Mrs_Schrader4
Liz Teed @Teedliz
Justin Stygles at writing 15minutes daily @JustinStygles
Kevin Hodgeson at Dogtrax @dogtrax
Gigi McAllister at Book Blog @GigiMcAreads
Cindy Minnich at The Stars @CBethM
Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core @flynn_catherine
Allison Jackson @azajacks
Mr. D. Reads @MisterDReads
Franki Sibberson at Reading Year @frankisibberson

Sunshine Award winners here are your questions:
1.What is your favorite book?
2. What is the best strategy you use to keep your students engaged in your lessons?
3. How long have you been teaching?
4. What is one of the best memories you have from your teaching career?
5. Do you still remember the names of your teachers growing up? If so, how many can you name?
6. Who inspires your in your life?
7. If you won one million dollars, what would be the first thing you would do?
8. If you could change one thing in education right now, what would it be?
9. Given the chance to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
10. Why did you go into education? 

Have a great time! And thank you again for inspiring me each and every day! 

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