Friday, July 19, 2013

sweet award

Thank you so much to Becky at Musings from the Foreign Teacher, and Michelle at Big Time Literacy, for nominating me for the Liebster award!! I am so happy to be recognized (especially since I feel like I've been away from blogging forever!)

To accept the nomination I must:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated me.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for me by my nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about myself.
5. Create 11 questions for my nominees.
6. Contact my nominees and let them know I nominated them.

OK, I will probably just pick a few questions from each person so it's not too many for you to read. 

Becky's Questions:
1. Why did you get into teaching? I got into teaching because a) I had an awesome time in school myself. Loved the structure, loved the specials, loved the social time. Love. b) I'd rather hang out with kids than adults. I am quite a big kid myself.
fond memories of listening to the librarian
2. What is your favourite age to teach? Why? Oohh. Tough question. I've spent a lot of time in kindergarten and first grade, but in the last couple years I've stretched myself with fourth and fifth grade. I'm pretty smitten with uppergrade now. But I still love K-2 as well.
3. What was your favourite subject in school? Spelling! Man I could spell! Science was my worst.
4. What type of music do you like? Lots! Temper Trap, Gotye, Rhianna, Coldplay, Regina Spektor. All over the place.

5. What is your most annoying habit? I put things off. Then I feel like everything comes at once. But really I should prioritize better.
6. What is your favourite word? Right now it's Muggins. This comes from a (not-so-nice) British word 'mug' as in stupid or gulliable (example: 'Don't be such a mug!' Or,' You're muggin' me off in front of my mates!'). Anyway, my husband and I think it's funny and we say Muggins as a nicer way of using it in public and we work it into any sentence. Silly. (have you heard this word Becky?)

Michelle's Questions:
1. When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? Probably in high school when I worked in a daycare. It felt very natural.
2. How long have you been teaching? I've lost count with all my moving around. 11 years I think. Can't believe it!
3. What subjects/grades have you taught? What is your current position? I've taught (through a variety of full year contracts or maternity covers), K-6, 3-5 gifted, Reading Specialist (Literacy Lab) and a New Arrivals Programme (English and Math to refugees and immigrants to Australia). The last was my absolute favorite.
English Language School in Australia
4. What is your biggest accomplishment as a teacher? Creating a safe, fun, positive atmosphere in the classroom (I try anyway!)
5. Any special summer break plans? Make the most of London! Museums, parks, beach. And rest.
Natural History Museum in London
6. What is your secret super power? I have endless enthusiasm/energy when I teach lessons, regardless of how tired I am. 
Random Facts (I'll keep it short as I feel I've made this really long):
*I have to work SUPER hard at all things technological. It is all very foreign to me.
*I don't like scary movies. At all.
*My husband and I got married in a hotel in Wimbledon.
*I don't watch sports (except the Olympics) which is surprising as I grew up playing sports! I don't mind rugby though.
*I love hot chai tea lattes. Yum. 
 Blogs I nominate and love:
Off to bed!!
Kelli xx 


Tammy said...

Not sure many people would say that their favorite subject in school was spelling. Pretty cool. :)
❀ Tammy
Forever in First

Musings from the Foreign Teacher said...

Hi Kelli-
Thanks for the shout out!
Loved your Liebster answers.
I have heard the word 'mug' but not used too often by my 'crowd'. I do have a very nasty habit of saying bugger though, didn't realise it was a bad word, or what it meant and I freely said it for my first year of teaching. Oops.
Love your kids school uniforms. You must work at a psh school :)
Also enjoyed reading about your end-of-year wrap up. I'm teaching PE for the first time next year and am really dreading the gymnastic (i'm about as flexible as a wooden board)
defo will be heading to London I'm sure. If you and the hubs ever fancy an escape to the countryside, Norfolk is only a train journey away.

Kelli said...

Great to hear from you Tammy. Hope your summer's been nice and relaxing.

Let me know when you're in London. Definitely need to meet up for a coffee!!