Liebster Blog Award! (or All about Me)

liebster I’m very happy because the lovely Vilena at ‘Classroom in Paradise’ has nominated me for a Liebster award. Thank you very much Vilena! cipbb1Of course, the initial excitement of realizing someone had given me an award, was followed quickly by the question, ‘What is a Liebster Award?’ Basically a Liebster award is a peer nominated award given by bloggers, to their favorite up and coming blogs (which is defined as a blog with under 200 followers). The ‘Liebster’ award gets its name from the German word ‘liebster’ which means ‘dearest’.

In accepting the nomination I’m asked to answer 11 questions, post 11 random facts about myself and name 5 or more other bloggers whose work I find inspiring, interesting, and fun. As I haven’t actually got around to properly introducing myself on my blog, and this award involves me answering several questions about myself, I thought that this would be the ideal opportunity to do that!

Here are my 11 questions posted for me by my nominator (Vilena)
1) How do you spend your free time? 
My ideal way to spend free time is traveling and taking photographs. I love to travel and see different places cultures, and at the weekends nothing makes me happier than heading out exploring with my family and taking photographs.
2) How do you juggle your family life, teaching, blogging and creating lessons? Do you use a planner?
I think I haven’t yet managed to find the perfect balance, but I’m getting there. I find that late at night is often my best time for being creative. My kids quite like the idea of creating products, so sometimes family time consists of me creating a product, with both kids at a laptop creating their little ‘products’ too – it’s very sweet!
3) Do you work out?
Well…..there’s the theory and the practice. I am signed up at my local gym and I go far less than I should. I can’t wait for the summer to get back sailing and swimming – I’m more of a fair weather outdoors person.  I am walking a half marathon with some friends at the start of April, so I’m hoping that will be a motivator to at least get myself semi fit!
4) Are you scared of anything?
That someday my daughter, Little Missy, will want me to sit through a Justin Bieber concert with her
5) Describe yourself in 5 words.
Sociable (a chatterbox), creative, loyal, happy and a lifelong –learner
6) Cake or chips?
Chips! Although, if the question had been ‘Chips or chocolate’, the answer would have been different
7) What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Lego – I loved building lego towns and taking over the living room table with my creations.
8) What is your biggest achievement in life?
Two of my biggest achievements in my life are my kids…. Little Missy and Ninja Dude. In the past year one of my biggest personal achievements was learning to ice skate. I wouldn’t say I’m great by any means, but I can now get on the ice without feeling like it’s an extreme sport – which was my aim.
9) Your funniest moment in the classroom.
Gosh, where to start……I think probably one of my funniest/embarrassing moments was when I was team teaching in 3rd grade. We did a full unit on ‘Inventions’ and we had an amazing speaker come to the school who used to work for NASA. I was so in awe of him (his stories were fascinating), that I was actually struck dumb, and acted more like a star-struck teenager than a professional .One of the funniest moments with students was when I took my kindergarten class sledding – let’s just say when I headed off down the hill it wasn’t one of my more graceful moments on a sled. Luckily I had opted not to take one of the kids on the sled with me when I ended up in the giant pile of snow!
10) Your celebrity crush.
Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a. Thor). My brother was always into Superhero comics and I used to read his copies when he was finished. I always loved Thor   – and Chris Hemsworth, certainly fits the bill as a rugged Thor.
11) If you were granted 3 wishes, what would they be?
1. To visit the Galapagos Islands
2.  I have ALWAYS wanted to swim with a dolphin
3. To have live in ‘house elves’ to do the housework

Here are 11 Random Facts about me:
–          I love sailing and am a qualified day skipper
–          I enjoy diving and have dived in some beautiful places
–          I LOVE snow but I am finally fed up with snow for this winter!
–          I like to change things up regularly and am constantly changing  my work role
–          I love hands on projects and making things
–          Because I am tall people always thought I should be good at the high jump, but I was terrible!
–          I am gradually getting hooked on Pinterest!
–          I don’t think I’m old enough to have my childhood games in an ‘Old Time games’ book, but apparently I am!
–          Chocolate is my absolute indulgence
–          I usually manage to kill any house plant that I am given as a gift

Here are my nominees:
I found it hard to be sure of the exact number of followers of all of the blogs, but I’m going to go ahead and post them all here, as I have enjoyed reading their blogs.

1)      Mrs Burgen’s Sign Me Up Mrs Burgens

This blog has a great mix of classroom stories about teaching deaf and hard of hearing Kindergartners.  Mrs Burgen’s chatty style makes you feel like you really know her!

2)      High Flying in Fifth:
High Flying in fifth has some great ideas and shared a fantastic TED talk that has become my latest favorite! She also has a really touching post about why she became I teacher.

3)     Teaching Momster

MOMSTERheader_zps36408570.png~originalTeaching Momster has started posting Mentor Mondays and Math Madness Wednesdays which have great tips and ideas for teachers.

4)       C is for creative classroom

BannerfinalThe list of ‘Top Five Books That Will Have You Reaching for a Box of Tissue!’ has some really great books to choose from, and her ‘Pinterst gone wrong’ post will make you smile.

5)     Evil Math Wizard

evil math wizardI was hooked from the moment I read the name of this blog. The content doesn’t disappoint – lots of great ideas for math games and explorations in the classroom.

6)     Mrs E Teachers Math:   square logo I really enjoyed some of the posts about classroom activities and her ‘Never Give Up’ post about trying to keep up student motivation and persistence during problem solving

7)  : PerfettoWritingRoom:
Perfetto Writing Room is aimed at writers and teachers alike. This blog got me thinking about language. The guided short short writing idea was really useful and the ‘make your verbs sweat’ post was really enjoyable to read.

Here are my questions for my nominees:
Q1: What is one of the most beautiful places you have ever visited?
Q2: If you could go to three places in the world – one for a week, one for a month and one for a year – where would you go?
Q3: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Q4: If you could rewrite the ending of any movie what would it be?
Q5: When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?
Q6: What app can you not live without on your phone? Why?
Q7: What teaching supply could you not live without?
Q8: What got you into blogging?
Q9: How many years have you been teaching for?
Q10: What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Q:11: If you could change a movie ending what would it be?

I’m looking forward to reading the answers from my nominees!


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