Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ryan Gosling thinks teachers are doing a great job...

Hey teacher friends,

Have you seen this tumblr website? A friend sent it to me tonight, and I think it's amazing. My current favorite...

...only because I hand in weekly data reflections, and so as soon as I'm done with this post, I'll be reflecting on how/if I need to reteach.

In other news, last week Tanya at Ms. Solano's Kindergarten Class tagged me! This game of tag=time for me to answer some questions!

GAME.ON. Here are the rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

12 Fun Facts About Me:
1. I just celebrated 5 years cancer-free on January 29th! Woohoo!

2. Related to #1, my hair has gotten pretty long now, and sometimes it drives me crazy, because I feel like I'm shedding everywhere! This whole having long hair thing=quite a novelty.

3. I just (as in 30 seconds ago) killed a fly on my computer--okay, not necessarily a fun fact, but I have a huge fear of bugs so this is quite impressive!

4. I have a tendency to overeat fruits and vegetables. As in, I shop at Costco and buy the giant thing of peaches...but eat them all myself. I also may or may not overeat other types of foods ;) but fruits and veggies=my weakness.

5. Related to #4, tomorrow I reembark on my P90X challenge. I started at the end of September, but then some not so great things happened (as in my mom passed away so I flew home), and I ended up eating lots of cheesecake and ice cream instead of working out... :P

6. I drive a MINI Cooper Convertible. I think it's the best thing ever, and I sometimes fear I'll keep my car beyond when I should reasonably keep it, because I love it so much. Sometimes, when I'm feeling inspired by The Italian Job, my commute to work is very short!

7. I signed off Facebook a month ago...and I have a feeling I may have missed several people getting engaged (because apparently that's what everyone I know is doing), but I don't miss it! However, I realized this week I need to email all my friends for their birthdays, otherwise I'll miss them!

8. I just purchased some awesome clip art and fonts, and I hope I can start making things for TPT soon!

9. I am an awful cook (though I'm trying), but I love baking. I like how precise and specific baking is--if I follow the recipe to a T, it works out.

10. I live in LA, and for the first time this morning I felt like I semi-fit in in my neighborhood (which is uber-hipster). I was in Trader Joe's and noticed I was one of 10 people wearing TOMS and an American Apparel hoodie. I won't be busting out the skinny jeans anytime soon, but it's about time I started to look a little more LA-ish. I'm trying to show restraint by not buying a new pair of TOMS ballet flats as much as I want them!

11. I watched 50/50 a week ago, and I have to tell you, weirdest glimpse into my life ever. Did I mention my mom had Alzheimer's? Yeah, that was a bizarre movie to watch--I highly recommend it though!! Loved it.

12. I discovered that if I go to the ampm by my house I can refill any cup of mine with diet coke for 99 cents. Yikes. Still no diet coke in my house, but I do love a good sip of fountain dc on my way to school!

Now to answer Tanya's questions...
1. Hands down, the best song ever is....?
Bah. Too tricky. In honor of my love for the Cubs, Go Cubs Go!

2. When is your birthday?
December 27, 1986!

3. What's the biggest need you have in your classroom?
Right now, we have a lot of work to do with concepts of print in some of my small groups. My students' writing and reading is being dramatically impacted by what they see when they look at words--I can't figure out what it is they see, but they are pointing to letters, "reading" left to right, just not attending to the actual words and the sounds the letters make.

4. Do you have a night out each week, or month?
I try for each week...weekends=much easier than weekdays, but weekday nights out make me so happy!

5. What do you do on your night out?
Sushi. Margaritas. Friends. :)

6. The perfect vacation would be...?
Australia. Beach. Calmness. Let's go.

7. Your favorite cartoon growing up was....?
Animalympics and The Great American Rabbit. Anyone know what I'm talking about? :)

8. Single? Married?  Kids?
Single. No babies. Not really eager to get married either. I like my life as is!

9. If you could have any super human power, what would it be?  And, why?
Disease curer--cause there are lots of diseases that we really need to cure. Ahem, Alzheimer's and cancer, I would kick your butts if I had a disease curer super human power.

10. Your favorite recipe?  {please share}
Pasta salad...not a real recipe per se...but super easy to make and super yummy: 1 box tricolor pasta+red peppers+orange peppers+cherry tomatoes+celery+(red onion if you like--I don't)+broccoli+Italian dressing. Yum.

11. Do you have restrooms and a sink in your classroom?
Nope! My classroom wasn't built as a no sink or restrooms.

12. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I don't know what is my biggest pet peeve...but a recent one: reply all emails that don't need to be replied all. I'm awful with replying to my email, and when I have emails popping up that aren't even for me, I am even worse about replying!

Here are the 12 blogs I've tagged:
(even though she just got tagged I couldn't resist--I love this blog!)

...and last but not least my questions for all of you:
1. What is your favorite TV show?
2. What is your must have food/drink to keep you going during the day?
3. Tell us your most recent student story that made you laugh out loud.
4. Favorite store...
5. Fill-in-the-blank: I can't live without _____.
6. What kind of school do you teach at? Public, charter, private, independent?
7. How many students are in your class?
8. Website you visit every day without fail.
9. One thing that's on your bucket list.
10. What's one thing you are focused on becoming better at as teacher?
11. How many teachers are at your school, and how many are male vs. female?
12. What's one thing that made you feel lucky/blessed/happy today?

Now off to bed before I fall asleep while typing!


Andi said...

You're killen me, 1986?!?! I've got 10 years on you.
I quit Facebook this past summer. I don't miss it at all! :)
I already did my Tag post but I can answer your questions now: 1) cougar town 2) diet mtn dew - I know it is SO bad! 3) So, I have a light situation in my classroom right now. 22 of my light bulbs are out. I've told the maintenance people, the office, and put in a work order and STILL no new lights. It is pretty dark in my room. On Thursday, another bulb went out. One of my behavior problems comes up to me and says, "It's okay Ms. Monroe. I'm not afraid of the dark." I had to laugh. I do have windows. 4) go-to store - Target 5) I can't live without ... my soulmate, Scott. 6) I'm a public girl and proud! 7) 18 very lively kiddos 8) Yahoo mail 9) go to Paris 10) never being complacent 11) I think we have 60 teachers - 8 male 12) my husband made me dinner even though he was going out!
I hope this isn't too long!
Have a great week,

Takara said...


Thank you so much for checking in on me. I'll be sure to start blogging again. I'm going to start with your tag FIRST!!! It will be up before the end of the week. Hopefully my professor. won't keep me in class all night and I'll be able to crank out the post tonight!

P.S. You are so AWESOME!!! I read you post and couldn't understand the complaining I've been doing recently. Thank you so much for putting my prospective back in order.

Laura said...

Just found your blog and followed! Precious! Come visit

Peace, Love, and First Grade

Alex said...

Thanks all! Andi--you're amazing for taking the time to respond to all of them so quickly!! Takara, so glad to see you're hitting up the blog scene again, and Laura I will most certainly check out your blog tonight!!