Skip to main content

More Homework Meme (AKA Sunshine Awards)

Thanks to Bill Ferriter, who tagged 10 bloggers and then opened this up to any of his readers who were interested, I decided to take the challenge and participate in this blogging challenge.

Here are the rules:

  • acknowledge the nominating blogger (Bill Ferriter)
  • share 11 random facts about yourself
  • answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has for you
  • list 11 bloggers to nominate
  • post 11 questions for the bloggers and let them know they have been nominated
  • don't nominate the blogger that nominated you
  • post back to the nominating blogger with a link.
So, here it goes.

11 random facts about me:

  1. I worked for three months with ACORN (Association of Communities Organised for Reform Now) right after graduating from college in 1981. I was based in Durham, N.C.
  2. I was born in Cuba and am fully bilingual.
  3. I have lived on two continents, three different countries, and 10 different cities during my lifetime.
  4. I have two daughters and one son aged 26, 22 and 9, respectively - all from the same father.
  5. It is true that I was the one that asked my husband to dance when we first met at La Peña in Berkeley in 1985.
  6. I spent my first New Year's Eve in San Francisco blowing up helium balloons for downtown parties.
  7. I like reading romance novels every once in a while.
  8. The only book I've read twice is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, first in English and then in Spanish.
  9. I am afraid of heights. 'Nuff said.
  10. My first cell phone was a 1996 clunker that my husband bought for me so we could communicate while he was interviewing for a job in Ecuador and I was in New Orleans.
  11. I survived the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco; an incredible dust storm between Los Angeles and Bakersfield in 1991; Hurricane Andrew in New Orleans in 1992; two volcano eruptions in Quito, Ecuador in 2001 and 2001; and six harsh winters in Calgary from 2006 - 2012.

Answers to Bill Ferriter's questions:
  • Grande Soy Green Tea Frappuccino with Extra Whip or House Blend Black?
    • I prefer House Blend Black. Just getting my head around what all is in the Grande Soy Green Tea Frappuccino with Extra Whip makes my head spin. I wonder what that says about me?
  • If you were going to write a book, what would its title be?
    • All of the Things I Leaned About Working in a School that No One Dares to Talk About or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of School Administrators. Can you tell I'm going through a low period right now?
  • Rate graphic novels on a scale of 1-10, with 1 representing "useless" and 10 representing "simply amazing."
    • I don't generally read graphic novels but many of my students do and love them. So, just based on that I would give them a 10. Graphic novels have turned around many reluctant readers I've taught.
  • What member of your digital network has had the greatest impact on your professional growth?
    • This is a hard question to respond to because I can't name just one so I will pass. Coward? Yeah, I know.
  • How do you feel about the holidays?
    • I am conflicted when it comes to the Christmas and New Year's holidays. In some ways, this is my favourite time of the year because all five of us are together. On the other hand, it is a stressful time for me both in and out of school. I am glad when they're over and we have January to recuperate but then I miss my daughters when they leave.
  • Rate the following movies in order from best to worst:  Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version).
    • Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • What is the best gift that you've ever gotten?
    • The best gift that I've every gotten was when my husband surprised me and flew my daughters from the US to Calgary for my birthday. 
  • If you had an extra $100 to give away to charity, who would you give it to?
    • I would give it to Doctors Without Borders. They are my heroes.
  • What are you the proudest of?
    • I am proudest of my children. They are amazing human beings with big hearts and a clear sense of what's right and wrong.
  • What was the worst trouble that you ever got into as a child?
    • I generally didn't get into trouble as a child. I was definitely a goody-two-shoes. It wasn't until I got to college that I started rebelling.
  • What was the last blog entry that you left a comment on?  What motivated you to leave a comment on that entry?
    • I think the last blog entry I left a comment on was in the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life. One of my goals is to start blogging on a schedule (not there yet) and this is one place I go to every week for that.
11 bloggers to invite:
  1. Two Writing Teachers
  2. Raki's Rad Resources
  3. Margotmania
  4. Peg with Pen
  5. Tech Transformation 
  6. Zenhabits
  7. Marcie Flinchum Atkins
  8. Ali Edwards
  9. Kevin's Meandering Mind
  10. Mile High Reading
  11. YOU (following Bill Ferriter's suggestion since that's how I got to write this post)
My 11 questions for bloggers:
  1. Who is your favourite author and why?
  2. What is something you've done that you're not so proud of?
  3. If you could change something about your current situation, what would you change and why?
  4. What advice would you give a young teacher coming into our profession?
  5. What is your one guilty pleasure?
  6. What is the best gift you've ever given and why?
  7. If you could thank a teacher, whom would you thank and what would you say?
  8. What book are you currently reading for pleasure? Professional read?
  9. What professional book has had the most influence on your teaching practice? Why?
  10. What would be the perfect vacation? Why?
  11. How has your spirituality or religion influenced who you are as a teacher? If you don't consider yourself as a spiritual or religious person, then what out of school influence has had an impact on who you are as a teacher?
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Mini Lessons

Sometimes, I plan too many teaching points for one lesson. For example, instead of focusing on one strategy that students need in order to become more proficient readers and writers, I try to teach several strategies at the same time. 

Sometimes, I stretch out a teaching point beyond the 10- or 12-minute time limit I've given myself because I worry that my mini lesson wasn't enough or my students won't have understood what I intended to teach. So, sometimes, I beat the lesson to a pulp one too many times, or forget to have the kids practice the lesson before they go off to read or write. (Asking students to practice a lesson after you teach it, with you right there to observe and help guide students through the process, is very effective. Try not to skip this step!)  

Here's an example of a mini lesson that lasted less than 10 minutes and resulted in better learning.

My students are in the second round of historical fiction book clubs. In a couple of weeks, we will start …

A Confession

I have a confession to make.

I want to write a book. 
A professional book. 
I think I have a lot to say. 
I think others could benefit from my experience.
After all, I have been an educator for over 30 years.

But, what could I possibly say that hasn't been said before?
What new knowledge could I add to the table?
Who would even bother to read what I have to say?

These are questions borne of fear.
Fear of not being good enough.
Fear of not being able to complete such a daunting project. 
(At least, that's what it feels like to me right now.)
Fear that I won't make time.
Fear that I'll run out of time.

But, over the last couple of days, I've gotten some encouraging words of support from the Innovative Teaching Academy - 
#ITA17 Facebook group. 

You can do it!Write for yourself.
But the message that is propelling me forward is this one: 
It doesn't matter how many times something has been said...each time someone else says it, new people hear it...and that's where you make the d…


Today's post is short and sweet because I just got back from a night of playing Bunko with friends. 

I share some questions I'm grappling with in my classroom. 

No answers. 

Just questions.

(1) What purpose do math stations serve in my classroom?

(2) How can I continue to engage writers without overwhelming them or me?

(3) How can I determine if my tangled readers are learning to be better readers from the books they choose to read?

(4) How can I strike a balance between student choice and making sure my students learn what they need to learn at any given time?

(5) Am I demanding too much from my students?

As I find responses and solutions to these issues, I will post some ideas on my blog.

Any thoughts are more than welcomed!