July 18, 2013
by laura coughlin
A great big thanks to Erin (at Miss Lifesaver) for nominating me for a Liebster. My nomination was the first I’d seen of this award, but I think it is very sweet and a wonderful way to discover new blogs!
Liebster Nomination Rules
1. Link back to the blog that nominated you.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with less than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for you by the nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about you.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
6. Contact your nominees to inform them of their nomination.
1. Bernice at Books in the Middle
2. Denise at Dare to Care
3. Barbara at Day’s Class Notes
4. Jessica at From the Middle, Back to the Beginning
5. Joy at My Own Genius Hour
6. Krissy at Venspired
7. Sheri at What Else
My Answers for the questions Erin posed:
1. How do you seat students in your classroom?
I have 12 rectangular tables that sit 2 students each. I move them A LOT. Sometimes they are in rows (like when we all needs to see the screen); sometimes they are in 4-person pods (like when we talk in small groups); sometimes they are in a U (like when we have a whole-group discussion).
2. How do you solve the dreaded “I can’t find my pencil” issue?
I just give them pencils… a ton of pencils. I hate to lose precious learning time worrying about pencils. In the past I have duct taped silk flowers to my loaner pencils, and that does keep them in the room longer. I also saw some pencils on Pinterest that say “I LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER” that seemed like a genius deterrent for not bringing one’s own pencil!!
3. What’s a typical lunch for you at school?
I eat school lunch about 50% of the time, often with a few students or coworkers (or both). 25% of the time I work through lunch, and the rest of the time I actually remember to bring my own.
4. What one technology do you want most for your classroom?
My school is 1-1 with iPads, so I just need to figure out how to utilize them better (this is year 2 of the iPads).
5. What hours do you typically work in your building?
I try to get to school by 7am (school starts at 7:45am). I try to be gone by 4pm (school gets out at 2:50pm). I have 2 young children and I try to do any other school-related work after their bedtime so I can spend my evenings with them and my husband.
6. Do you see yourself teaching the same subject/grade in 5 years?
I plan to stay in middles school. This year will be my first teaching 7th grade (from 8th).
7. If you weren’t teaching, what would you do?
I came to teaching later in life, so I HAVE done other things (I worked at a non-proffit training organization and was an editor at a medical journal) and teaching is the best. It’s what I’m meant to do.
8. What is the best TPT resource you’ve ever purchased?
I’ve only used free things :-O I’ve gotten some great team-building stuff.
9. Whose blog are you always excited to read and why?
Denise Krebs and Joy Kirr and write wonderful blogs I try to always read. Every post is positive, enriching, and student-centered. I love these ladies!
10. How much do you collaborate with colleagues?
Every. Single. Day.
11. What is one thing you hope to improve on as a teacher this year?
Patience, with everyone. Patience with my students when they are just being kids. Patience for my colleagues when they are doing the best they can. Patience for my family when I get home from a long day at school.
11 random facts about me:
1. Last year my husband was hired as principal of the high school I graduated from 14 years ago.
2. My Bachelor’s Degree isn’t in teaching, it’s in Literature.
3. I have 3 blogs. This one, a classroom blog, and a food blog.
4. I love to take pictures.
5. I love inspiring quotes.
6. This is the first summer in a long time I have successfully grown a garden.
7. I’m an only child.
8. I’m going to spend the rest of today making new curtains for my sister in law.
9. My school has no air conditioning, but this year I’m in a new classroom with ceiling fans!
10. I’ve only taught at 1 school (that I love)!
11. I could sit on the couch and watch movies all day.
Questions for the bloggers I nominated:
1. Why do you blog?
2. What’s the most important thing a teacher can do for his or her students?
3. What’s the most important thing a teacher can do for his or her colleagues?
4. If you could change one physical thing about your classroom, what would it be?
5. Describe one of your most memorable classroom experiences.
6. Does your classroom have a “color scheme”? If yes, what is it?
7. How many students/teachers do you have at your school?
8. What is your favorite classroom use of technology?
9. Who/what is your teaching inspiration?
10. What is 1 teaching goal you have for this school year?
11. What is the biggest teaching mistake you ever made?