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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tag! You're It!

I got tagged from my Alabama friend Jada at Daisy Days for Learning
Here are the rules: 
*Post these rules 
*Answer the ten questions the tagger posted for you
*Create ten questions of your own to ask the people you are about to tag
*Tag ten people and link them with your post (and let them know they've been tagged!)

Here are Jada's questions:
1.  What is your proudest teacher moment and why?
My proudest moment was during my first year teaching.  I had a little boy that had a speech problem, and he would not talk to me or the other students.  I noticed early on that he enjoyed art, and I would try to get him to tell me about his drawings and sketches.  The other students encouraged him too.  By the end of September he was talking to me and making friends, but was still shy to answer questions in my class.  My students had an animal research paper, and part of their grade was to present the project to the class.  I pulled that student aside and asked him "Do you want to tell everyone about your project or just tell me about it?"  I was surprised when he told me he wanted to present the project to the class!  I had to keep from crying when he stood up and started reading his paper!  All of the students were so supportive of him, and I made sure he knew how proud I was of him!  All of his past teachers kept telling me how they could tell I had gotten through to him--he never would talk to any of them!  I'll always remember that little boy!

2.  What is a moment you are not so proud of and why?
We all have moments we aren't proud of, but I can't really think of anything off the top of my head!

3.  How did you know teaching was "it" for you?
My mom is a teacher, and she kept telling me that I would be a good teacher.  However, I was determined not to be a teacher like her!  I went into communications--I wanted to be an investigative journalist like Lisa Ling!  HA!  I didn't like any of my communication classes, and I thought about how when I babysat I always had a "theme" for the day.  I changed my major to elementary education and told my best friend Sarah (who was also in communications).  I thought she was going to be so mad at me because we had decided we would take all of our classes together!  She had changed her major to elementary education too at the same time and was afraid to tell me!  HA!!!  So we ended up still taking all of our classes together, and we knew that teaching was for us because we loved our teaching courses!

4.  How do you find time to work on "teacher/blogging" without taking time away from your family?
I'm not married...no kids...One day though...hopefully!  ;)

5.  What do people say is your greatest strength as a teacher?
Everyone thinks I'm so patient with my students. 

6.  What do you think is your greatest strength?
I'm very creative and organized.  I always notice every little thing!  I always surprised my students when I would ask them if they had gotten a haircut or new tennis shoes!  I'm just observant I guess!

7.  What do you think is your biggest weakness as a teacher?
My weakness is that I want my students to have good grades, so I grade homework or classwork...which ends up with me having more papers to grade!  I always do because I struggled in math when I was in school.  I kid you not when I tell you I had to take pre-cal 3 times in college!  Totally brought my GPA down!  The third time I took it my teacher counted homework and classwork for a grade...which is how I ended up finally passing with a C!  So I know how those struggling students feel, and that is why I'm constantly grading papers!

8.  What is the highest degree you have earned, and do you plan on trying for something higher?
I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  I am studying for the MAT test now, and I think I want to get my Masters in counseling.

9.  What grade do you teach, and how long have you been in that position?
I didn't get a teaching job this school year.  I taught third and fourth grade for one year,  Then I taught first grade for one year.

10.  Do you have a teacher tip for us?
My tip would be to ask a fellow teacher on your team to sit in on your conferences.  They can help you with your conference and put their input in.  That helps you and the parent!

Here are my questions:
1.  What is your favorite teacher moment and why?

2.  What is your favorite food?

3.  What is the highest degree you hold, and do you plan on going further with your education?

4.  What is your favorite blog?

5.  What is your favorite subject or theme to teach?

6.  What advice would you give to a new teacher?

7.  What is your favorite television show?

8.  How many years have you been teaching?

9.  Where is your favorite place to vacation?

10.  How many places have you traveled to?

Tag!  You're It!

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