A huge thank you goes out to Brandi at "A Peach for the Teach" for nominating me for a Liebster Award. "Liebster" is German for "dearest," and this award is a way to recognize newer blogs who are building a following. You can check out Brandi's blog by clicking below. You'll find lots of useful information on her blog. Brandi specializes in blogging about positive behavior supports, behavior management, emotional support, EBD, and the multi-age elementary classroom.
These are the rules I've been given by Brandi.
Link back to the blog that nominated me.
Nominate 5 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
Answer the questions posted for me by my nominator.
Share 11 random facts about myself.
Create 11 questions for my nominees.
Contact my nominees and let them know that I nominated them.
11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
1. I am addicted to chocolate covered pomegranates from Brookside Chocolates.
2. I hate the feeling of chalk on construction paper, dried tempra paint on newsprint, and other chalky stuff. It makes my blood run cold.
3. Military family reunion videos make me cry like a baby.
4. Jerry Spinelli is my favorite author for young adult literature.
5. I live in Philadelphia, PA and my oldest daughter chose to attend college 1,000 miles away at the University of Alabama. I miss her.
6. I have identical twin daughters who I used to dress alike until they were five. Now the girls are fourteen and to accentuate their individuality one dyed her hair platinum blonde and the other one has dark brown hair with a purplish-pink ombre.
7. I exercise at least an hour a day in the summer, but I turn into a hibernating slug during the winter months.
8. Since this snowy, cold winter started, I am having a hard time wearing anything on my feet but UGG boots. They are like warm fuzzy slippers on steroids and my feet love them.
9. I have a son who is going to be 21 in June, but I still think I am in my twenties myself when I am not looking in the mirror.
10. It's a good thing my husband is an excellent cook, because the kitchen is my least favorite room in the house.
11. Ellen Degeneres is my idol.
QUESTIONS FROM MY NOMINATOR
1. What's your educational background and experience?
I have a BA from LaSalle University where I graduated with a dual major in elementary/special education. My master's degree in reading is from Cabrini College. I started teaching in 1989 in a self-contained class for neurologically impaired students in Washington Township, New Jersey. I worked in that program for four years followed by one year as a resource room teacher in the same school before taking a 10 year leave of absence to raise my own children. I went back to work in 2003 as a seventh and eighth grade math and science teacher in the Philadelphia parochial school my four children attended. I was there for five years until I took a position with the Philadelphia Public School System. I have been teaching in a fifth grade inclusion class at a wonderful public school in Northeast Philadelphia ever since.
2. What led you to start teaching and blogging?
I was drawn to teaching from the time I was a little girl. I always knew it was what I wanted "to be when I grew up". My love of writing and a desire to supplement my teaching salary with earnings from the internet is what drew me to blogging.
3. Do you have a TpT store, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.? I do have a small TpT store (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Stacy-Schwab) that I am determined to expand. I also have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whats-New-in-Room-202/283518148417990) and a Pinterest board (http://www.pinterest.com/schweggs/what-s-new-in-room-202/).
4. What are some of your favorite teaching blogs, groups, etc.? I am very excited to be a part of a new group on Facebook called PA Bloggers. I follow many great blogs, but a few of my very favorite ones are Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason, All Things Upper Elementary, and Fourth Grade Studio: Learning, Thinking, Creating.
5. What is your funniest teaching story? I got hired for my most recent teaching assignment while I was still teaching at another school. A day after I accepted the position, my new principal needed me to sign some last minute paperwork, so we arranged for her to bring the papers to me at the school where I was still teaching on her way to drop them off at our central office. She came by on Field Day. I spent the day outside competing against my eighth grade boys in jump rope races and hula hoop contests. When the new principal found me in the yard, I was a somewhat sweaty, barefoot mess. She looked at me and said, "I knew you were a keeper," before handing the papers to me to sign. I still chuckle when I think about it.
6. What has been your greatest teaching challenge?
Meeting the diverse needs of all the learners in an inclusion class is an on-going struggle for me. I want to make sure the included students with IEP's are able to access the regular curriculum while still providing enrichment opportunities for the most advanced students in my class. I don't have to tell anyone who teaches, this is no small task.
7. What has been your best teaching moment? I have a drawer full of letters and thank you cards from students and parents that I love to read over at random times. There is no one moment that stands out as the "best" in my teaching career, but reading those letters and cards and reminding myself that I have had a positive impact on the lives of the students I teach is what sustains me.
8. What are some of your hobbies or talents?
I ran a children's portrait photography business during my ten year leave of absence from teaching and can still take a pretty good candid portrait when I try. I love to scrapbook the photos I take of my family. I also like to look around at yard sales for fun finds for my home and my classroom.
9. What has been the best workshop you've attended, speaker you've heard, etc.? There is no one presentation that stands out in my mind, but I do love meaningful PD. I always try to bring back one concrete strategy that I can implement immediately from any trainings I attend.
10. What is your favorite teaching resource?
Right now Scholastic News magazine is a go-to resource in the classroom. I love that it is aligned to the CCSS and provides relevant non-fiction text for my fifth grade reading instruction.
11. What are your long-term goals?
I have aspirations to write a children's book, teach education courses at the college level, and own a house at the Jersey shore. It doesn't have to happen in that order, but I'd love to accomplish those goals.
AND MY NOMINEES ARE...
QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES
1. Who is your fashion inspiration?
2. Reality TV or sitcoms?
3. Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school?
4. Flip-flops or boots?
5. What is your favorite subject to teach?
6. Chips or cookies?
7. What do you admire most in a school administrator?
8. High-rise or farm house?
9. What is your favorite grade/subject to teach?
10. Puppies or kittens?
11. If you weren't a teacher, what career would you pursue?