Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sunshine and Liebster Award! Oh My!

Do remember the line in Kevin Henkes's Chrysanthemum, "she blushed, she beamed, she bloomed"? That's how I felt when both Ashley from The Sassy School Teacher  and Jamie from Teaching Tidbits and More both notified me that they had nominated little old me for the Liebster Award and the Sunshine Blogger Award! How sweet are they!?!? To be honest, if Kevin Henkes's was writing about me the line probably would've been, "she giggled, she screeched, she squealed"!!!


The rules for both of these awards are the same, please forgive me for double dipping on my post, but I'm not sure I could come up with 22 interesting facts about myself!

1. Post 11 random facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions written by the person who nominated you
3. Nominate 11 bloggers you think bring sunshine to the world
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer

11 Questions from Ashley: 
1. What was your first job before teaching? 
At age 14 I was hired as a Jr. Day Camp Counselor at my town.  I spent the day scrubbing glue off of tables and organizing the craft closet!

2. What was your most embarrassing teaching moment? 
Hmm...not sure if this is embarrassing or just a silly moment, BUT earlier this year my students were working hard solving math problems on their dry-erase boards.  It was one of those rare moments with my class where everything is absolutely quiet.  Well, I heard a 'choo' sound and said, "Bless You".  The entire class erupted in laughter, apparently the air freshener had made a little 'choo' sound when it puffed out it's spray. Oops!

3. If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing? 
I'd LOVE to be an organizer or decorator...or a party planner! 

4. What motivates you? 
Seeing a little bit of progress made, really motivates me. It tells me I'm moving in the right direction!

5. What makes you unmotivated you? 
Real Housewives marathons on Bravo...it's pretty much guaranteed that I won't be accomplishing anything on a day I catch that! 

6. Think of a time you were brought to tears ...in a good way!
My Tier 3 student took his time on his Revolutionary War test a month ago (and got a perfect score) and wrote a page and half on his extended response! I e-mailed his mother the great news and we both admitted to crying tears of joy! I was so proud of him!

7. I CAN'T live without...my phone. It's sick and sad, but true!

8. But I CAN live without....Standardized Testing

9. Do you have a favorite space in your classroom? 
Yes, I love my teacher/small group table! 

10. The best dessert...is vanilla ice-cream with cinnamon sprinkled on top! Love it! 

11. Who do you most admire? 
All of the amazing, independent, and sassy women in my family!

11 Questions from Jamie

1. What is your favorite subject to teach?
Reading! I love get lost in a book with my students.

2. What is your favorite thing to wear to work? 
I love to wear my jeggings and black flats...so comfy!

3. Who is your favorite children's author?
Roald Dahl...no, Doreen Cronin...no, Jan Brett....no, J.K. Rowling...no, Kevin Henkes...no, Eric Care...come on, Jamie, are you really going to make me choose???

4. What do you like to do in your free time? 
Read, bake, blog, blog stalk, and craft!

5. Do you prefer movies or books? 
Books! I love 'em!

6. What is your perfect date night? 
Cuddling and being cozy on the couch with one another.

7. How do you bring sunshine to someone else? 
Smiling! Smiling is my favorite! (Read that in your best Buddy the Elf voice) 

8. How did you know that teaching was for you? 
I'm a third generation teacher! My mom and grandma both taught and I've always known it's what I was meant to do!

9. What is your favorite just for fun activity you do at school? 
Just for fun?? Do we have time for that anymore? 
I love to squeeze in novel and author studies in with my class for fun! 

10. What is your favorite food? 
Popcorn! I could eat it for every meal! 

11. Would you rather have a lazy quiet day at home or hang out with family and friends? 
I love to hang out with friends and family in a relaxing setting! So, a little bit of both! 

I nominate: 

My 11 Questions:

1. What is your favorite subject to teach?
2. What is a piece of advice you'd like to give to new teachers?
3. What's one of your guilty pleasures? 
4. How would you describe your classroom using three words? 
5. When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
6. How do you try and spread your sunshine to others?
7. What's your song anthem?
8. Name your teaching necessity.
9. What's your favorite snack food?
10. Who is your favorite children's author?
11. Why did you decide to start blogging?

I can't wait to read any responses! Thanks again to Ashley and Jamie for nominating me!


  1. Loved reading your random facts and questions. I LOVE popcorn as well and I can definitely do without standardized testing. I wish I was a party planner on the side. How fun would that be?

  2. I love YOU. I love popcorn. I love Real Housewives. I love vanila ice cream. I love books. I love reading books. I love my phone. I love organizing. I love the couch. I do NOT love standardized testing. I used to be a camp counselor and a director of a middle school camp! XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I'm with you on the standardized testing and especially the Housewives marathons.:) My husband can't stand when I watch that show! Haters are gonna hate.. Thanks so much for nominating me, girl!

  4. You are not alone! I thought I could part with my phone while camping out in the middle of nowhere...after day two I was having withdrawals! It is crazy to think that back in the day our phones were attached to a cord in the wall. :)
    Fifth Grade Wit and

  5. Thank you for the award Erin! You are so sweet to think of me! And ummm vanilla ice cream with cinnamon sprinkled on top - yes please! :)

  6. AMEN on being able to live without standardized testing. I am so glad we finished ours up yesterday! I wanted to cry today because of those math extended response. I just keep reminding myself that this year was the last for the ISAT so hopefully there won't be too much weight put on the scores!

    Jen @ Cupcakes & Curriculum

  7. You are so sweet!!! I will have to post answers this week!! I'm so far behind! Thank you so much for thinking of us!!!!
    Collaboration Cuties

  8. Thanks so much for nominating us for the Sunshine Award- you are so sweet! Hope your week is off to a great start!
    Learning to the Core

  9. Love finding new third grade blogs! I've been in 3rd for three years! =)

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith