Saturday, December 27, 2014

Liebster Award!


I am happy to share that I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Shelley of Pitch Publications and Melissa of Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room! Thank you so much, ladies! 


The Liebster Award was created to highlight blogs with growing audiences. 

The rules for receiving this award are:

  1. In your post link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and a 'shout out'.
  2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer. (The questions I have answered please)
  3. Nominate 11 people (Blogs with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post. 
  4. Let your nominees know and provide them with a link back to your post (so they can see the rules)
  5. No nominating the person who nominated you, however send them a thank you :)
1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
When I was in high school, I toyed around with web design and had a personal blog that I built all on my own with nothing but HTML and CSS. Then... I went to college and moved on with my life! Haha! In October, I decided to get back into the blogging scene as a form of professional development for my teaching career. This time around, I'm letting Blogger do most of the work.

2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
Reflection. Ever since I started this blog, I've found that my outlook towards my job has improved a lot! Even if I've had a long, exhausting day pushing my cart around, blogging helps me to think back on what worked and what I can do to improve. This is why I started my Three Stars and a Wish linky party: to reflect on my teaching.

3. Is there something you learned late in your blogging journey you wished you knew before?
I'm only a few months into this teaching blog, so I'm learning new things every day! The most important lesson I would have to say right now is connect! Communicate with other bloggers and learn from what others have done before you. No need to reinvent the wheel!

4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging?
I tend to rotate through hobbies every few months. Running has been one of my favorites for the past few years. I'm also really into scrapbooking... as much as I love graphic design, there is something so satisfying about creating art with your hands.

5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog/TpT?
Probably about 5 or 6 hours. I don't blog every day, but most weekends I will sit down for several hours for a little marathon of blogging/lesson planning/TPT product designing.

6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?
Linky parties, definitely. I like having the structure of answering questions or responding to prompts. I also enjoy reading other peoples' responses.

7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?

Usually, it's from my own teaching! I like to share the songs, activities, and manipulatives that worked well throughout the week. I figure after a few years I will have built up a great collective of tried-and-true lessons, complete with my anecdotes of what worked, and what I plan to improve for the next time around.

8. Which post that you've written are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my post about my Stretchy Band! This was a new addition to my teaching this year, and after trying it out with several different grade levels, I posted about some of the ways we used it to respond to music. This lesson was featured in November as part of The Music Teacher Showcase by The Yellow Brick Road. 
9. Is there any post you have been planning to do, but have been postponing it for a while now?
Actually, no. I try very hard to stay on top of my blog posts; if there's something on my mind, I start the post as soon as possible. I am working on getting into the practice of back logging my posts and scheduling them in advance, as well.

10. What's your favorite aspect of blogging?
Getting to look back on what is going on in my classes and connect with other teacher bloggers. No one is an island here!
11. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you be most likely to try yourself?
Drum Circle! I've always found the concept of doing a drum circle intriguing, but intimidating. I recently found a bunch of excellent drum circle videos that make the concept seem more accessible. I just need to make sure I have enough unpitched percussion on my cart for every student to have something in his or her hands.

Here are my nominees!
(I don't think I'm going to be able to come up with 11 people who have not been nominated already. If you've already been selected, please think of this as a nice compliment!)

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