Budding Blog

Jess, over at I {heart} Recess is hosing a linky party for bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, so I’m linking up to answer a few questions about myself.

I {Heart} Recess

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I had heard a lot about blogs and how helpful they can be to teachers searching for new, creative ways to teach kids.  With encouragement from the most amazing technology teacher on any campus (Kelly Bost), I set up my new blog back in April of this year.  I wasn’t very consistent with posting, and started out posting mostly about school happenings.  Over the summer, I found a new addiction: blog stalking!  The more I read, the more I knew I had to be a part of this awesome online teaching community! I really started upping my game and taking this whole blogging thing seriously in July. Since then, I have reached a little over 100 followers! Thanks guys!!

2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?

I LOVE teaching Writing to my fourth graders!  When I first started teaching this grade, I was terrified of teaching writing.  I’ve always been a good writer, but I just didn’t know how to teach writing.  I’ve attended numerous workshops and countless trainings to get to where I am today.  And I found my new love for writing resources–Gretchen Bernabei.  She makes writing make sense to kids, and in turn, they are much more successful writers than they (or I) ever thought they would be!  (If you haven’t heard of her, you HAVE to check out her writing resources.  You won’t be disappointed!!  I have lots of them linked to my Writer’s Workshop page.)

3. Describe your teaching style.

Being a tactile and visual learner myself, I tend to lean on these methods to do most of my teaching.  I like to give my students the opportunity to recall the information presented in as many ways as possible, so I incorporate music, movement, and visuals with almost everything.  We use manipulatives, technology, and try to have fun every day!

4. Give 3 interesting facts about you.

1. I have a supportive husband who stays home with our 2 year old son.  Although times get tough (money-wise), it’s worth every penny of it.  Our son has a unique opportunity to stay home with someone who loves and cares for him dearly.  He wouldn’t know the things he knows (ALL of his ABC’s, sounds, and numbers to 20) if we had to send him off somewhere else every day.

2. I was able to do my student teaching in 2 different grades: 2nd grade and pre-k.  Yep, those little snotty-nosed kids stole my heart, regardless of their limited life experiences.  Even though I now really enjoy my 4th graders, I loved the lower grades.

3. When I was younger, I used to go tubing in the ditches after a big rain.  My friend and I would ride the currents of the rainwater washing down to the bay.  We had great times living out in the country during the times when we weren’t scared of strangers picking us up or causing trouble.  Those were the days…

5. Do you have a TpT store?

Yes, I just recently opened my TpT store.  All of the items I have posted are free, so be sure to check it out and follow if you like what you see.  I have other projects in the works, so be sure to check back for updates.  You can visit my TpT store by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Be sure to head over to I {heart} Recess for more budding blogs.



  1. Gretchen is the bomb! I love her stuff!

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