Monday, December 10, 2012

12 in 12 Linky

I'm linking up with Miss Kindergarten and A Teeny Tiny Teacher for the 12 in '12 linky party!

I am not as interesting or entertaining as these two ladies, but I thought it would be fun to join! 

12. Favorite movie you watched: 
 The Hunger Games.  Hands down.  End of story.

11. Favorite TV series: 
The New Girl….who's that girl?  It's Jess.  
This is actually my only TV show.  I love the fact that she is a teacher who I can totally relate to.  I wear glasses, a cardigan and sing songs to myself ALL DAY Long!  Instead of viewing myself as a nerd, I'd like to think I'm as cute and funny as Zoe Deschanel.

10. Favorite restaurant: 
I don't have a favorite restaurant at the moment, but authentic Mexican food is climbing the ladder. (Shhhhh. Don't tell Mr. Husband.  He thinks I can't stand it.) 

9. Favorite new thing you tried: 
Conscious Discipline.
It has saved my teaching career and sanity!  Everyday is a better day because of it.  I am constantly being a "Star" in the classroom. (Smile. Take a deep breath. And Relax)

Check it out here and here

8. Favorite gift you got: I would love to say my new-to-me car…however it was less of a gift and more of a lot of money paid by yours truly.
I guess my backup answer would be:
2 IPod Touches from donors  Post a project.  You will be surprised at how easy it can be!

7. Favorite thing you pinned: Finding Rachel F's teaching website and Whole Brain Videos.  What an amazing teacher! 

 Check her out here.

6. Favorite blog post: 
Definitely this one.  It captures the essence of my passion for teaching.  I am terrified of making mistakes, yet so excited when things get started.  I absolutely LOVE Writer's Workshop and this post tells why.  
"It is better to have tried and failed, than to not have tried at all." 

5. Best accomplishment: 
I would have to say taking on this school year as a whole.  If you would have told me a year ago all the things that would have happened over these past 4 months, I would have said 
1. You are crazy. 
2. You can't be serious. 
3. What are you smoking?
4. Is this April Fool's Day?

Starting at a BRAND NEW school with 12 students and ending this semester with 22 is a big change that I was not expecting. 

4. Favorite picture: 

This girl is my inspiration for all things teaching and blogging.  I don't know what I would have done without her these past 2 years as a teacher. This picture was taken at Barnes and Nobles where we spend the afternoon at a Writer's Workshop Institute looking through Children's Literature.  It was also her last day at our Region Service Center.
 She has challenged my thinking as a teacher of writing and as a writer myself.  Because of Leach Teach I am beyond excited to be a teacher!

3. Favorite memory: 
My favorite memory would probably be going to London.  Not school related at all but I think it deserves a shout out.  I went with my oldest sister and we surprisingly made it back alive.  We both are a bit directionally challenged.  Who's ideas was it again to go to Paris on a whim where they speak French WITHOUT our smart phones?  That day ended with us trying to ride the Metro, getting lost underground, and taking photos of the names of our subway route in order to find our way back.  Oh, and almost getting robbed.  CrAzY!
But London was, to say the least, lovely.
My 1st time out of the country and my 2nd time flying by myself.  So.Much.Fun.

2. Goal for 2013: Become more efficient as a teacher.  A mentor teacher and friend who used to be across the hall from me last year is the most efficient teacher I know.  I want to become more like her so that I can spend time with my family-outside of the classroom-doing the things that make me a more interesting teacher.

1. One Little Word: relax.  
My personality is Type A, up-tight, panties-in-a-wod.  I am learning how to relax and take things one step at a time.  Turning off my brain after school is a necessity for next year.

Don't forget to link up and read all of the other blogs!  

Happy Blogging! 


  1. Thanks for linking up!
    I'm totally in agreement with you about The Hunger Games.
    You have convinced me to watch The New Girl. I had no clue she was a teacher. :)
    LOVE that picture!

    1. Hubba....WHA?

      THE Kristin from Teeny Tiny Teacher commented on my blog. Somebody pick me up from the living room floor. I've just fainted.

      Let me know when you're hooked on the New Girl.

  2. I just found you through the linky party. OH MY WORD, I love the name of your blog, how cute is that!!!
    And we have pinned the SAME thing. I absolutely adore Rachel, goodness I wish I could meet her in person.

    First Grade Fun with Mrs. Dunn

    1. Thanks for the comment! So glad to find a fellow whole brain teacher! I'm your newest follower!

  3. AWWW shoot! You are so sweet! I too love that picture. You are PROOF that my work with teachers matters- at least to ONE! I love the learner that you are and all the ideas I have passed your way that you have snatched up. Thanks for the email today - that topic has been on my list for a blog post. I also love that teacher! I have used her math video in some of my trainings for SDE. Active engagement! Went to a Whole Brain teaching seminar back in 2009. They need to get HER to teach them! Merry Christmas friend!

    1. Oh wow! I would love to go to a WBT training. A teacher can only watch so many youtube videos. Although, if I could choose I would definately have lunch with Rachel Freundlich over a seminar any day.

      Merry Christmas to you too!