My PLN and Homework

Last week, my friend Diana (@teacherdiana1) gave me a “homework” assignment; I think her exact words were “get your blog on” and continue this blog chain (http://teacherdiana.com/more-homework/). Today, Andrew Sharos (@AndrewSharosAPT) also included me in his post (http://bit.ly/1hssVEEl) so I am going to do my very best to finsih this post – and actually make it public.

HERE ARE THE RULES OF THE CHALLENGE:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.  They should be bloggers you believe deserve a little recognition and a little blogging love!
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they’ve been nominated.  (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

Since this is my first official post of my new blog and part of the challenge, here are 11 Random Facts About Me:

1. I first started blogging in college…all the way back in 2003.  If you ever found any of my old posts online, I would be horribly embarrassed because much of what I wrote was nonsense. (I did make some incredible friends through blogging who I still talk to today though, kind of like Twitter).

2. I have a fear of clowns…and people who dress up as mascots, Disney characters, etc.  I’ve had panic attacks being in the vicinity of clowns.

3. I am a great procrastinator.  I’ll tell you more about that later.

4. I love books and have an addiction to buying them. Yes, I do love the feel and smell of new books.

5. When I go to the movies, I stay and read all the names listed in the credits. My sister and I sometimes cheer for whoever that person turns out to be.

6. I have never seen Anchorman.

7. The entire time I was in France, my really rusty Spanish came out mixed with English (Zut Alors)!

8. I am a gamer…kind of. Video games, computer games = love! The more strategy and plotting involved the better.

9. Generally, I am a very quiet person…takes a while for me to warm up to new people.

10. I think shoes and socks are overrated.

11. I love history. I originally wanted to be a MS social studies teacher, but was talked out of it by my Mom.

Next up, I am to answer the following questions from Diana (and now Andrew):

Questions For Me:

1a.  If you weren’t in education, what would you do instead? Honestly, I have no idea. Every job I’ve ever held has somehow been linked to teaching in some capacity.

1b. What is your favorite quote about education? “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

2a.  Pencil or pen? Pen…in lots of different colors! Life isn’t just shades of gray.

2b. What are you most passionate about in life?

3a.  Last book you read? Wonder by  R.J. Palacio

3b. If you were having students work in groups, how many should the group have to be most effective? I think this would really have to depend on what the group assignment is.  I generally have students work anywhere from 1-4 in a group (Yes, I did say one. Sometimes group members need time to think independently and work on different components before joining a group).

4a.  Guilty pleasure? Watching “Reign” – the historically inaccurate tale about Mary, Queen of Scots.

4b.What is your favorite Sunday activity? During football season, it’s watching football with the family and friends.  Really, it’s spending time with my family and friends. Doesn’t matter what we end up doing as long as we’re together.

5a.  Has tech made your life easier or harder? Both. I am really bad with tech, but trying to learn and find a balance.

5b. Which twitter chat is your favorite? My heart will always belong to #sschat (social studies chat on Monday night). It was my first Twitter chat I lurked and then joined thanks to Shawn (@ShawnMcCusker) and Heather (@irishteach) who welcomed and encouraged me to share.

6a.  If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be? Be yourself.  And go talk to that really cute, smart guy sitting next to you in the cafeteria.

6b. Who inspires you the most? My nephew Lincoln. I love this kid; he has taught me so much about enjoying life and asks the most amazing questions. I love the adventures we go on.

7a.  What is your favourite blog to read? George Couros has a nice blog (http://georgecouros.ca/blog/).

7b.What advice would you give to someone interviewing for a job? Be yourself. You’ll end up where you are meant to be. Stay positive and it is okay not to have all the “right” answers.

8a.  Share something funny. When I was six or seven, I was pushed into the water on a ride at a theme park.  People panicked and brought me to the “behind the scenes” area of  the park to dry my clothes.  They gave me scratchy white towels while my clothes dried and allowed me to meet Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Taz (the Tasmanian devil). The towels were really big and while my aunt was holding me, I ended up slipping out of the towels and  flashing all the characters and workers who came to see me.

8b. What will classrooms look like in 20 years? I would really like to see students learning in classrooms that are designated by interest and skill level instead of grade level.  All students would have access to explore and direct their own learning. We’re making progress, but not there yet.

9a.  Would you ever wear orange pants? Yes, but I don’t think I’d look as good in them as Dean (@shareski). Pants are also overrated.

9b.Most significant historical event/sporting moment you’ve seen “live” in person? In January 2001, I went to Washington, DC and watched George W. Bush sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States.

10a.  What is one thing you hope to do in the future? Climb to the top of Machu Picchu.

10b. What is your greatest professional accomplishment? Anytime I get to witness a student accomplish something they didn’t believe was possible.

11a.  Favourite thing to do on a Friday night? Sleep.  (I feel really old…tried to go to a concert on a Friday night a few weeks and had to leave early because I was tired).

11b. Best concert you have ever been to? Ryan Adams at the Vic. Great acoustic guitar and piano concert. He spent a good portion of the time talking to the audience between playing.

11 Bloggers Nominated…

Okay, I am going to cheat. Most bloggers I read have already completed this challenge or been challenged by others so I’m leaving it up to you (literally):

  1. You
  2. You
  3. You
  4. And You
  5. You
  6. You Too
  7. You
  8. You (Don’t be shy)
  9. You
  10. And You
  11. Last, but not least, You!

If you are still here, go ahead and answer my 11 questions.

  1. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  3. What’s one book you are dying to read (any topic or genre)?
  4. If you had the chance to find out when (exact time and date) you would die, would you want to know?
  5. Snowboarding, skiing, or sledding?
  6. Who is your champion?
  7. If you were to compete in the Olympics, which event would you be most likely to win a gold medal ? (Feel free to create a new event/sport).
  8. Life is like a box of chocolates. Which chocolate best describes you?
  9. What is one thing you want to accomplish professionally?
  10. How many languages do you know? Are you fluent (listen, speak, read, and  write)?
  11. If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?

Whew. I did it. My first blog post of my  “new” blog.  I have no idea when or what I will blog next, but this was definitely a fun way to get to know so many people  in my PLN.   Big thank you to Diana and Andrew for including me and waiting patiently for me to hit “publish.”

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