I am so honored to be nominated for The Liebster Award by Jayme at Teach Talk Inspire. I love her and all her creativity, so I am truly touched she thought of me! Teachers are such creative people with big hearts. The classroom is a place where I put my passion into action, but blogging is where I connect with others with a similar passion. Together, we grow and improve for our students and the profession! I am so grateful to be a part of the teacher blogging community.
The Liebster Award is given to beginning bloggers to help acknowledge up and coming blogs. Upon receiving the nomination, the blogger answers 11 questions to help their followers get to know them better. Then, I will have a chance to nominate 11 other bloggers!
1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
I am in my fourth year of teaching and felt like I gained so many insights and ideas from year one by reading blogs and implementing some of these great ideas and strategies into my classroom. My friend and I decided to enter the blogging world together but decided our individual blogs would fit us better. It makes it easier to connect with others and share about our individual qualities that contribute to our teaching lives. So, I started my blog, Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher’s Tales in February 2015 (3 months ago). I pour my heart and soul into my students and my classroom, so I wanted to start blogging to connect with other teachers near and far and collaborate in our mighty mission together!
2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
Learning! I get so excited about my students’ learning and my own learning. One thing I love about our profession is that we all share our best ideas to impact students beyond our classrooms. Likewise, I have learned so much from other bloggers that I have connected with through linky parties, bloggy book studies, and supporting each other. I try to make sure that in almost every post, readers will leave my blog with a new idea, tip, or resource they could bring to their teaching!
3. Is there something you learned late in your blogging journey you wished you knew before?
I used to be hesitant to post about ideas that I thought might be too small of an idea or something others might not have a need for. However, I have found that sometimes the smallest ideas can make a big influence on a lesson or classroom environment. I feel much more comfortable sharing all different types of ideas and tips that have influenced my teaching and my students.
4. What is your favorite pastime other than blogging?
I love spending time with my husband – We enjoy serving together at church, making a fire outside, going for walks and bike rides, and exploring new places. I am blessed to live near my family and spend time with them. I also love listening to country music and decorating!
5. How many hours a week do you dedicate to your blog/TPT?
To be very honest, I spent a ton of time on my students and my classroom, so this is a balancing act that has taken me some time to figure out. It has helped me to have a schedule and stick to it as best I can. I spent a lot time blogging on Monday nights, Thursday nights, and one day over the weekend. The other nights I spend either reading, researching, creating, and sharing on social media. My goal is to be able to find more of schedule for creating because I would like to create more to share with others and use with my students going forward.
6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy most?
I really believe that a classroom teacher is a master of many trades! We teach many different subjects, develop character and community, use a wide-range of instructional strategies to maximize learning, and so much more! Therefore, I feel enriched by so many different types of posts… It is hard to narrow it down to one category… Some of my top favorites are classroom community, classroom management, technology, and tips/resources for challenging skills for students in reading/math.
7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from my students and happenings in my classroom. I enjoy sharing what has inspired learning in my students and been impactful in their second grade experience. I also share about what I have learned from other teachers and bloggers.
8. Which post that you’ve written are you most proud of?
I would say my first Tech Tuesday post! I started my first linky party 2.5 months ago, and it has been such fun! I have been able to get to know bloggers that have linked up each week more closely. Other bloggers have linked up once or twice, and it led me to their blogs. Additionally, I have learned about so many more tech resources to integrate into the classroom. I have also learned how to use technology differently when it comes to blogging and creating. I am so excited to continue to connect with other bloggers in this way whether it be technology or another topic.
9. Is there a post you have been planning to do but have been postponing it for a while now?
I have been hoping to post about classroom community and classroom management. Developing a strong relationships and community is what I believe truly helps my students love to be at school. I think I will do more posts about this topic at the beginning of the school year rather than the end of the school year. It is something I build on all year long in my classroom.
10. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
My favorite aspect about blogging is connecting with other teachers. I am so excited to meet so many of the bloggers that inspire me at the TPT Conference this summer. I learn so much from these wonderful teachers and feel like blogging only increases my passion for teaching.
11. Which idea from a blog would you like to try yourself?
A month ago, Diana at mydayink posted about an app Chatterpix. We haven’t be able to get this app on our iPads yet, but I think it could be a quick/easy app to use for students to bring their projects to life and share what they know. I would love to offer it as a project choice for our inquiry projects, especially when students share about animals or leading people (George Washington), etc. It would take them less time than making a whole movie but get the information across in an engaging way! To learn about Chatterpix from Diana, click on her blog name above!
Now I nominate these wonderful teacher bloggers:
10. Mrs.3rd Grade
The Rules to Receiving this Award are:
-Link back to the blog that nominated you
-Answer the 11 questions posted by the nominator
-Nominate 5-11 people (blogs with followers less than 200 followers) and link to them in your post
-Contact the nominees and let them know they have been nominated
Thanks for reading!