I am sooo excited to share that Lopez Land Learners was nominated for a Liebster blog award by Amanda over at Third Grade Fabulous. I was stunned when I first read the message in my email's inbox, but then when I saw it on the Big Blog Screen I squealed. Now if you know me, you would know there was no way I would squeal, but somehow I fooled us all because I definitely lout a squeal of glee!!!
Liebster award is an internet based award that is given to bloggers by
bloggers!! I like that!! In a sense, it is like a chain letter because
once you are nominated, you need to pass on the blog award to other
bloggers that are noteworthy! If you would like to nominate amazing
bloggers, this website has great information and clear rules to help you in the process.
Thank you again Amanda! I am so honored and absolutely thrilled!! Without further ado...
1) What is your favorite subject to teach and why? Language
Arts! I love being able to introduce my students to amazing places
through reading. I feel chills when I see students who would never pick
up A Series of Unfortunate Events or Brian Jacques book in August
practically melt when they can't put them down in February. The
personal connections they make with stories and authors leads to not
only wonderful reading experiences, but makes our writing process so
much more meaningful because they own their writing! Bringing a love of
literature to my students is what I truly cherish.
2) If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? Greece.
My maternal great-grandfather immigrated here at the turn of the
century in a time when the oldest brother in the family inherited
everything when the father passed. Being one of the younger brothers,
he had to spend the rest of his life working for that older sibling.
His sense of adventure and willingness to create his own path in life
led him to New York City and ultimately to Tennessee. I can't imagine
moving to a new country without speaking any of the language. A dream
of mine is to visit his native town in Greece and get a real sense of my
3) What is your all time favorite book? I love
books!! Kids books, adult books, cookbooks, history books, you name it.
This is tough to nail down just one, but I would have to say the book
that has stuck with me through the years is The Little Prince. I found it magical and heard it speaking to me. I read it again and again when I hear the words calling my name.
4) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A
teacher, then a detective like Starsky and Hutch, then a sports writer,
and then a teacher again!! I used to play school every day! My mom had
old textbooks from when she was younger and I spent many an evening and
day writing the answers to all of those history questions in my own
notebook. I would spend hours totally engrossed in learning!
5) How long have you been blogging? 9 months! I
created the blog right before school was out last summer and have
increased my contributions little by little. I spent hours reading
everyone else's and oohing and ahhing and making connections to ideas
and activities that I could put to use in my own classroom. My daughter
saw me reading one night and told me I should create one of those and
contribute my ideas, too. I listened and here we are!
6) What is the school supply you can't do without? Hmm,
colored markers! I love creating colorful anchor and GLAD charts for my
students to use to easily categorize information. I love thin ones and
thick ones and oh yes, smelly ones!! I have loved scented markers since
high school!! The more the merrier!
7) How many students are in your class? 30!
Our class size for 4-5 is 30 students. They are amazing and keep me
energized. I can't imagine my life without any of them! One moved early
in the year and then came 2 new ones to fill our hearts.
8) What would you be doing if you were not a teacher? I would be a full time author instead of part time one that I am now with the full time desire and ideas.
9) What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at school?
Travel up and down the coast of California hunting for sea glass with
my husband, enjoying my three 20 + aged children while they are still
home with us and relaxing with my pets. You will often see me reading
either a book or my iPad Kindle or iBook app... or playing my numerous
games that makes my family shake their heads.
10) What is your classroom theme? Monkeys! I have
called my students Changos, Spanish for monkeys, since my first year of
teaching! The first time that long ago group would raise their hand and
start "Ohh" "Ohhhh" while begging me to call on them for the answer, I
thought of them as monkeys making their beloved sound. The name has
caught on and everyone knows that Lopez Land is full of hard working
changos. Younger siblings often stop me in the hallway just to verify
that I really do call my students changos, always with the promise that
they will be one someday, too!!
11) What is your go to school snack or drink? Something
sweet!! I was born and raised on sweet tea so that has to be in the top
5! I love chocolate... brownies, cookies, candy, ice cream. I used to
say Dr. Pepper, but I haven't had one in almost a year!! So fruit, nuts
and water for me most days!!
11 Random Things about ME:
1. I am a southerner at heart. Born and raised in Tennessee!!
2. I have a home that is connected to Elvis Presley.
3. I have never gone on a cruise.
4. I hope to someday be a published author.
5. I love dolphins!
6. Southern cuisine is my favorite, yes I know most of it is bad for you, but biscuits and gravy, sweet potato casserole and banana pudding hit the spot!!
7. I love driving across the United States to visit my family in Tennessee.
8. I have visited 24 states and 3 foreign countries. I have lived in 4 states.
9. I love teal and lime green.
10. I used to be obsessed with kokopellis!
11. New Mexico is a state I could live in! It is amazingly unique and so beautiful.
In my search of who to pass this amazingly fun and collaborative award on to, I met some great new bloggers! I can't wait to introduce them to you all!!
Questions I would love to know from my new blogger friends:
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What made you decide to start a teaching blog?
3. If you could teach any subject all day long, what would it be?
4. What is the one country you would like to visit?
5. What is your favorite children's literature book to read aloud?
6. What is the one habit you have that drives you crazy at times?
7. How long have you been teaching? Do you imagine retiring as a teacher?
8. What do you think of the Common Core State Standards?
9. What is one supply in your class you just can't get enough of?
10. If you could write a children's book, what would it be about?
11. What is your favorite store or website to shop for school related items?