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Liebster Award

Thanks so much to Stephanie from "A Touch of Class" for the Liebster Award nomination!  This award nomination is for blogs with less than 200 followers and I certainly fit that bill, but am working hard to network with all the amazing teachers out there who love being teachers and are working hard at it just like me!
1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
I started this blog a little over a year ago, but just started writing in earnest last month.  I began with the intent of promoting my products on TPT, but have quickly found that writing is therapeutic and reflective for me.  It's a way to release all those lofty teaching aspirations I have and share what's working in my classroom while learning SO much from others who are doing the same.
2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why? 
Progressive!  In the 12 years since I started teaching education has changed so much!  I pride myself on working to incorporate the best ideas from "old school" Kindergarten with new standards and a new generation of students.
 3. Is there something you learned late in your blog journey you wished you knew before?
 I wish I knew more about networking.  I know that sharing with others is the key to gaining the most from keeping a blog.  Not only can I benefit financially by sharing products, but (even more so) I can benefit from all the wonderful ideas from other teachers!
4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging?
 I really and truly love creating new teaching materials!  Each week I think of what I can create to better implement Common Core standards and meet the needs of my 21st Century students.  Then I work to reflect and refine my ideas to create products to share or sell.
5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog? 
In general I spend about two to three hours per week on my blog... after the kids are in bed!
6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?
I love sharing about my class and my students!  I also love  doing Linkies!
7. Where does your blog inspiration come from? 
My inspiration comes from my classroom, professional development trainings, and new products!
8. Of which post that you have written are you most proud?
Posts about our class project.  I have loved sharing about how I'm trying to implement some inquiry-based learning and "play" time into our school day.
Check out my favorite post here!
9.Is there any post you have been planning to do, but have been postponing it for a while now?
I keep a list of ideas!  I have so many things to share, but am trying to pace myself!
10. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
I love that it is like keeping a teaching journal... why didn't I start doing this sooner?!?
11. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you be most likely to try yourself?  
I like Stephanie's "Substitute Teacher Form!"  It's a great way to give subs the opportunity to be honest about student behavior without feeling like they are tattling.
My Nominees:
To those who have been nominated, here are the "official" rules for accepting:
1. In your post, link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and "shout out." (Follow their blog if you haven't already!)  
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you (the ones I answered above).
3. Nominate 11 blogs of your choice that each have less than 200 followers. Provide them with 11 questions to answer or have them answer the questions above.
4. Let your nominees know that they've been nominated and provide them with a link to your post so that they can accept.
5. Send your nominator a link to your post so that s/he can learn more about you as well! (You can just put your post link in the comments below!)


  1. I noticed your web address says KY.. Are you from Kentucky?? I grew up in KY, that is why I am curious!! :)

  2. Yes! I moved from Northern Kentucky to the western part of the state to attend college at Murray State University. My husband was born and raised here so we are firmly planted in Kentucky soil. :)

  3. I grew up in Eastern Kentucky :) Graduated from Pikeville College (Now University of Pikeville).. Nice to know a fellow Kentuckian!! =)

  4. Thank you so much for nominating me!! I feel so special :D :D I'm off to follow your blog and other social networks.
    Brooke from Countless Smart Cookies
    Countless Smart Cookies

  5. Thanks so much for nominating me! I am so new at this and it feels nice getting some love!
    My Life At The Pencil Sharpener

  6. Thank you so much for your nomination!! It really means a lot to me. Here is my post in response: