Well, my good friend and colleague Heather from http://thelandofican.blogspot.com/
nominated me for a Liebster Award! So, I’m here to explain what that means…
The Liebster Award is an award for new blogs. Liebster is a German word that means: BELOVED, CUTE, LOVELY, DEAREST, & WELCOME! (I took German in High School…it’s finally paying off a little..)
Here are the rules:
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 (Sarah)
4. Share 11 random facts about myself
5. Create 11 questions for my nominees
6. Contact my nominees and let them know that I nominated them
Here are my nominations:
I just happened to stumble upon a bunch of cool blogs recently and this is one of them. She has a great idea and freebie called “Caught Being Terrific”…something I think my class needs. With the group I have this year, it’s really easy to catch them being not-so-terrific..so I’m thinking about giving these a shot!
I first clicked on this blog because I loved the name! Sometimes, “munchkinland” just seems like a perfect name for the place we call Kindergarten. Gotta love those little munchkins! I love her name Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees. I have to remember that for the beginning of next year. It would be a great bulletin board!
Love the anchor chart ideas on her site! She’s got a ton of them. Anchor charts are definitely something I’m looking to make more of/get better at making more effective!
This blog has been an inspiration to me recently! I am participating in a Teacher Leadership Project this year through my school district which is technology based. Lately, I have been feeling like a bit of a slacker on all things related to that project. This blog has given me some of the motivation I’ve been lacking to start thinking of some new ways my students can utilize technology in the classroom.
Now to answer Heather’s questions:
1. What grade do you teach and why do you love it?
I teach Kindergarten and I love it because I get to experience the first year of school over and over again! Seeing my students become students is amazing. I love love love seeing the very beginning of a student career blossom.
2. What is your favorite book to read to your students?
I like to read It’s Mine! by Leo Lionni. I get very into the character voices in that book…and it teaches a great lesson about sharing, too!
3. Which do you love more: sticky notes, hole puncher, or dry erase markers?
Wow. This was a tough one. My first instinct was sticky notes, but then I thought about how good it feels to hole punch papers and organize them neatly in a binder. Hole puncher wins-only if it’s the 3-hole kind, though.
4. What is your drink of choice to get you through the day?
Water! Tea if I’m not feeling so well.
5. Favorite school lunch that your cafeteria serves but you might not actually eat?
The tacos always smell really good…but I think my days of chancing the cafeteria food are over.
6. How long have you been blogging?
Hmmm…only about 4 months. That actually makes me feel a lot better about this whole blogging thing.
7. What is your favorite TPT product?
Anything free that I can use right away…
8. What holiday do you look forward to most during the school year?
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. My family loves to cook together and it’s always just so fun and relaxing. When it comes to holidays to celebrate in school, I think I like Valentine’s Day…in my experience it’s a week long “celebration” (at least for the kinder kiddos) and I always feel so loved.
9. What do you do with your summers?
This past summer I organized a lot of my school stuff that I kind of just threw places last year. I golfed, swam, read books in the sun. It was wonderful! This summer I think I might have to get a job…if anyone in the NOVA area is looking for a tutor for kinder/first children, I’d be more than happy to chat!
10. Do you pick out your school outfit the night before or the day of?
I always have an idea in mind the night before, but I almost always change it in the morning.
11. What do you wish all your students would know before coming to your class?
Their alphabet letters! It would just make reading so much easier:-)
Here are my 11 random facts:
1. Some of my family members still spell my name wrong (Kristen instead of Kristin).
2. I pole vaulted in High School.
3. I just finished my first half marathon and have signed up with a team for the Ragnar Relay DC in September!
4. This is my second year teaching.
5. I love candles.
6. I enjoy cooking and baking new things.
7. I knit…very simple things.
8. My favorite color is green.
9. If I could live anywhere right now I would want to be somewhere in California…San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles.
10. My parents are both teachers.
11. I always lose chapstick before it’s all used up.
Here are my questions for my nominees:
1. How long have you been teaching?
2. What grade/grades have you taught?
3. Which grade has been your favorite and why?
4. What is your funniest memory of a student or experience with a class you’ve had?
5. If you could change something about education as it is right now, what would it be?
6. What is your favorite read-aloud book?
7. What is your favorite part of your school day and why?
8. What do you do on parent/teacher conference days between conferences?
9. When you’re not at school, where are you?
10. What is your favorite summer vacation?
11. What is your professional goal for 2014?