Friday, July 12, 2013

You like me, you really like me!

The liebster award came knocking on my blog door 3 times this week and this is how it made me feel.
A huge thank you to the following bloggers for nominating me! 
  1. Mrs. Whitehead from Thoughts from Third Grade
  2. Nick from Sweet Rhyme & Pure Reason
  3. Ms. Choi from Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn in Third Grade
This award is fun way to check out and meet new bloggers. In return I have also nominated 3 blogs for the Liebster Award. And the nominees are...
  1. Kelli Love from LoveN3rdGrade
  2. Katie O from Kdot's Learning Spot
  3. Emily and Kerry from Third and Goal
I also created a Liebster Award badge, please feel free to use it if you'd like. (located at the top of this post)

In order to accept the nomination, I must: 
  1. Link back the blogs that nominated me
  2. Nominate 3-5 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
  3. Answer the questions posted by the nominators
  4. Share 11 random facts about myself 
  5. Create 11 questions for my nominees
  6. Contact my nominees and let them know I have nominated them
My 11 Questions and Answers
1. Why do you blog?
I blog because it connects me to other educators outside of my regular teaching bubble. 

2. How many schools have you taught at?
Only one school! This year is going to be my third year in the classroom!

3. What's your favorite grade to teach?
I've taught 1st grade and 3rd grade. 3rd grade has won my heart. 

4. What piece of advice do you give out the most?
I still have a lot to learn but there is one piece of wisdom I share and it's "go read some blogs!" Haha
Nothing inspires and motivates me more than simply reading what other educators are doing in their classroom.

5. If you could have 1 super power, what would it be?
I would want the ability to clone myself. Then the clones could handle all the mundane tasks of life and the real me can enjoy the good stuff! 

6. What are your reading this summer? 
Teach Like a Pirate, Daily 5, CAFE, and The One and Only Ivan

7. What's going through your mind on your very first morning as a teacher with a class full of kids?
A lot of pep talks with myself and "woo-hoos" of excitement. 
8. Where would you go on your dream vacation?
Outer Space, wouldn't that be sweet?!

9. How do you unwind after school?
I sit around with other teachers in a classroom, talk about our day, give advice, and laugh

10. What's your favorite teachery school supply to buy every year?
post-its and teacher planner

11. What is the funniest thing you've caught a student saying?
During my time in 1st grade one of my students innocently came up to me and said "Mr. G, what does (it rhymes with skit) mean?" and stared at me waiting for an answer. I contained my laughter and explained to the student that "it" was a boring word that she should never use. That's the best I could come up with!  I just wanted the entire situation and word to go away! I had a good laugh with the student's parent that afternoon. Oh first grade, what a year that was. 

My 11 Random Facts
  1. As a child I would drink pickle juice from the jar
  2. I'm super optimistic 
  3. I am a proud cancer survivor (had non-hodgkin's lymphoma when I was 18. Went into remission when I was 21)
  4. I am the oldest of 3 brothers
  5. I sometimes wish Santa Claus was real
  6. I love horror movies but hate going into haunted houses during halloween
  7. Ice cream is my kryptonite
  8. The first CD I ever purchased was in 4th grade and it was the Dangerous Minds soundtrack. Little Mr. G thought the Coolio song was awesome.  
  9. I own a personal laminator (friends tease me about this one but we all know they're jealous)
  10. I was nominated Texas Education Intern of the Year during my last year in college and missed the deadline for the application because I was wrapped up in completing my portfolio. This make me laugh and slightly sad. haha
  11. I've never broken a bone (fingers crossed)
11 questions for the nominees
  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What is your favorite book for a read aloud?
  3. Are you a good dancer?
  4. Do you have a favorite teacher/education website?
  5. What are you most excited about for the new school year?
  6. What subject do you love to teach the most?
  7. How do you handle a tough day on the education field?
  8. Which holiday break is your favorite?
  9. Which is better... pens or pencils?
  10. Favorite type of music?
  11. Favorite piece of advice to share with educators? 
Hope you all enjoyed getting to read a little bit about me. Be sure to check out the other blogs mentioned in this post and read their answers and random facts! Until next time...


  1. Thank you so much! You made our day!!!


    1. You're welcome. Can't wait to read your Q&A!

  2. I've never broken a bone either! And I STILL drink pickle juice from the jar. And there's no shame in having a personal laminator. I've got one and it rocks!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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  3. Thank you so much Mr. G! You're awesome! I love the Anchor Man gif! "Milk was a bad choice" hahah I love that movie!

    Kdot’s Learning Spot

    1. Haha! I could quote Anchor Man all day!

      You're very welcome. Looking forward to reading your Q&A's!

  4. I love it that you have a personal laminator!! I have been thinking about getting one myself. I know my husband is going to think I am nuts but who cares. Any recommendations??

    The Phonics Phenomenon

    1. Haha! Hi Kristy!
      I have the Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System that I purchased from Amazon. It's a great price and it works like a charm. I have been with it for 2 year and never had an issue. It also has great reviews on Amazon.
      Also, I buy my laminating sheets on Amazon because is very inexpensive compared to buying the Scotch brand in stores. So be sure to check those out if you decide to shop for a machine there.
      I hope this helped and thanks for stopping by!

  5. I love your blog and I'm your latest follower :)
    Grade 4 Buzz

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you! Going to go check out your blog now!

  6. Thanks!! That is what I was looking at but wasn't sure if it was good. I appreciate the response. I see a laminator in my future. I look forward to following your blog. P.S. I love the mustache favicon!

    The Phonics Phenomenon

    1. So glad I could help Kristy! I think you'll be happy when you decide to get yourself one!
      Thank for the compliments! I look forward to following you too!

  7. Love pickle juice! :) I enjoyed reading your random facts and congrats on being a survivor! :)