Liebster Award

Holy Smokes!  I've been nominated for the Liebster Award! Three Times!   Thanks to Kindergarten Faith, A Basket Full of Apples, and Mrs. Payton! In German, Liebster means dearest and this award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and to help spread the word about their new blogs.

The Rules:
-You must post 11 random things about yourself.
-Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
-Create 11 questions for the people you nominate
-Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post.
-No tag back (but please leave a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you!)

Random Facts
  1. This is my 8th year in Education!  I have been at three different schools in four different positions.
  2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE doing Professional Development!  My goal is to one day provide professional development full time.  
  3. I have two amazing children!  The are even more ornery than their father!
  4. St. Patrick's Day is my favorite holiday
  5. When I read a novel, the world stops- laundry piles up, dishes don't get done, and I don't even check my e-mail.
  6. I am a huge Apple nerd.  I would be lost without my MacBook.  :-)
  7. I am a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer, and a SMART Exemplary Educator.  
  8. I love web site development.  There is nothing quite like it- I love the ability that I can create something that anyone worldwide can visit at any time and get a glimpse into my world.
  9. I would like to become a Master Teacher one day.  Has anyone done this?
  10. Up until this award, I thought I was the only one visiting my blog.  :-)  

11  Questions from Kindergarten Faith

1. When did you start blogging?
October of this year.  I have a goal of 50 posts by Christmas... I'm almost there!

2. Why did you start blogging?
I find amazing things online and wanted a place to share my ramblings about what I find.  I keep track of all of my favorite websites and activities on  and wanted somewhere to talk about what I have found.

3. If there was one thing that you could share with new teachers what would it be?  
Do not spend your life savings on materials for your classroom that first year.  I inherited a ton of amazing material from retiring teachers, garage sales, and from my own children.  I cringe when I think about how much I spent that first year.

4. What is your favorite thing to do?
Learn.  Dorky as it sounds, I love learning something new tech wise everyday.

5. What is your favorite kind of ice-cream?
Ummm... I guess vanilla.  

6. Would you rather snow ski or swim in the ocean?
Swim in the Ocean. Hands down.

7. What is your favorite book?
Can I give a top ten list?  Recent favorite- 13 Reasons Why

8. What is the craziest thing a student has ever told you?
Great question and I have no idea.  I'll come back to that... hmmm.....

9. What is something you have learned from your students?
It's the little stuff that matters the most.  Say thank you.  Listen to their story.  Care

10. What do you look forward to the most about blogging?
Hopefully meeting new people and having a record of all of the new discoveries.  :-D

A Basket Full of Apples

1. What is your favorite place to travel to?
Boston!  I love that place!

2. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at school?
Play with my two sweet babies!

3. What is your favorite blog to follow?
Free Tech For Teachers

4. What is your favorite thing to do with your class?
Dr. Jean's cheers

5. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer

6. What is your advice for a new teacher?
Do not spend your life savings on materials for your classroom that first year.  I inherited a ton of amazing material from retiring teachers, garage sales, and from my own children.  I cringe when I think about how much I spent that first year.

7. What is your favorite site to get cute clipart?
Maree Truelove off of Etsy

8. What is your favorite children's book?
Pete the Cat or the Hunger Games

9. What is your favorite grown up book?
The Help

10. What is your favorite food treat?
Resee's Pumpkins at Halloween

11. What is your best accomplishment?
Becoming a Google Certified Trainer!  Wahoo!

Mrs. Payton Precious Kindergarteners

1. Why did you start blogging?
To keep a record of my learning and teaching throughout the year.

2. If you didn't teach the grade you taught, what grade would you teach?

3. What's your favorite thing about teaching?
The kids!

4. Favorite place to shop?
Target!!!!  The best place ever!

5. Favorite drink?
Dr. Pepper

6. Favorite sweet food?

7. Favorite place to vacation?
Punta Cana for our honeymoon was AMAZING!

8. How long have you been teaching?
This is my 8th year.  I honestly cannot believe it has been that long!

9. What job would you have if you weren't a teacher?
A computer programmer!

10. What is your least favorite thing about teaching?
The never ending piles of paperwork.  :0

11. What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?
My two sweet little kids!

My Liebster Award Nominations!

Using My Teacher's Voice
HI Tech Coach
I Dream of First Grade
Motivating Middle School Students
Mindful Rambles
Multiage Days
The Juggling Teacher
Learning Required

My Eleven Questions

1. Favorite Source for Clipart
2. Favorite Web 2.0 Tool
3. Do you have children?
4. Tell something about your most memorable student
5. What position would you like to retire in?
6. What state/country are you in?
7. What technology do you have in your classroom?
8. What piece of technology would you like to have?
9. Do you have a classroom theme?
10. What is your number one selling item on Teachers Pay Teachers if you sell?
11. What is your favorite freebie you have found on TpT?


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