You guessed it! I got a bloggy makeover!!!
The amazingly talented and creative Megan (from A Bird in the Hand Blog Designs and I Teach. What's Your Super Power?) gave my blog a much needed facelift. And I must say, I am completely IN LOVE! Aren't you??? Yes, yes you are! :) I am sitting here, grinning from ear to ear because it makes me so happy! I love everything, but I think my most favorite part is the post divider at the end of each post... with the little hippo peeking over the top! ADORBS!!
- I'm LOVING all her other blog designs I've been seeing!
- I used her tutorials on her teaching blog to help me get my blog started. So I knew she knows her stuff!
- She's reasonably priced.
- She's a teacher. I love supporting fellow teachers!
If you need/want a little makeover of your own, I HIGHLY recommend Megan! She offers a variety of options. She's easy to work with. She is timely. She was in regular communication with me. But most importantly, she put up with me and my crazy indecisiveness! Ha ha!
I'm also linking up with Latoya tonight at Flying Into First Grade for her Let's Get Acquainted linky:
Three questions this week:
1. What made you decide to be a teacher?
I was not the girl who dreamed of being a teacher since Kindergarten, although I do have memories of playing "school" with my stuffed animals when I was younger. When I went off to college I was a business major because that's what you're supposed to do. I soon realized that sitting behind a desk for the next 40+ years was not going to work. I was greatly influenced by my high school marketing teacher, and thought, I want do that! I soon became a business/marketing education major. In order to get into the School of Ed, you had to have 350 hours in a school/educational setting. And since I was late to the party, I had no hours. I was a sophomore, and I wasn't planning on being in college until I was 30. My mom's friend was an elementary school principal, so I contacted her and asked if I could volunteer at her school during my winter break. I went every day from 8:30-3:30 for three weeks. I worked in a 3rd grade room in the morning, did 2 hours of lunchroom and recess duty (groan... good thing I didn't know any better LOL!), and worked in an at-risk reading classroom in the afternoon. I LOVED it! When I came back for the spring semester, I switched my major again to Elementary/Middle Education and never looked back! I continued to work at the school on Fridays and the end of May/beginning of June to get the rest of my hours and was admitted to the School of Ed in the fall... right on schedule!
2. What has been your most rewarding experience as a teacher?
I would say that working with low students/gray-area students is probably the most rewarding for me. Working with these kids is truly a labor of love. It can be frustrating when you teach and reteach and reteach again (and again and again and again!), but when it all finally clicks... YESSSS!!! Especially as a primary teacher, it is so rewarding to help build that educational foundation. And when I see them in 4th, 5th, 6th grade, and I hear from their teachers that they're doing well... it makes me smile from the inside out :)
3. If you were not a teacher, what would you be?
My principal asked me in my evaluation last year if I had ever considered being a Curriculum Director. I was completely taken aback when she said that! It never crossed my mind, but the more I thought about it, the more I think I would really enjoy something like that! Except I already have my Master's Degree, and I'm not really interested at this point in my life in going back to get another one (I'd have to get a degree in Admin to do a job like this). If I wasn't in education at all, I think I'd like to do something with babies, like be an ultrasound tech, L&D nurse, lactation consultant... I had so many issues nursing both of my children, and I couldn't have done it without the amazing support from my LC. I only lasted 3 months with my son (due to bad advice from the first LC that was helping me), but I successfully nursed my daughter exclusively for 46 weeks (10.5 months), and then once a day until she was a year old. If you'd like to hear more of my story, just say the word. Even though it was a very difficult experience for me, I love talking about it, and I wouldn't change it... well maybe I'd change the part about getting bad advice in the beginning :)