Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blog challenge

Thanks to Matt Degner (@mwdegner) who challenged me to do this blog post.  As I sit here, on the second snow day of the year, trying to stay warm and avoiding the dishes, laundry and shoveling that await.  What a perfect time to churn out a blog post!

Here are the Rules: 
1. Acknowledge the nomination blogger. 
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
4.  List 11 bloggers.  They should be bloggers you believe deserve a little recognition.
5.  Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate and let all the bloggers know they been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

11 Random Facts about Me (Wow--11, really?)

1.  I've run 7 half-marathons (Vegas twice, Ocala FL, St. Louis, Madison, Pensacola FL, Cedar Falls, IA) and have done 3 sprint triathlons.  My best friend is an avid marathoner and triathlete and is a very good influence on me in trying to be healthy.  

2.  I grew up on a farm approximately 13 miles from the Minnesota border in Osage, Iowa--We farmed until I was in the 6th grade when we moved to "town".  I am a farm girl at heart!  What does that mean? I'm not sure but I truly believe that my upbringing sculpted me into the person I am today.
3.  I am the youngest of 5, 1 brother and 3 sisters.  I have 9 Nieces and 2 Nephews.  I have 5 Great Nieces and 7 Great Nephews and still counting....
4.  I was a four sport athlete in high school and went on to be a 4-year letter winner at Wartburg College playing volleyball.
5.  I have 2 Masters degrees.  The first one, from the University of Northern Iowa in Physical Education, Teaching and Coaching), the second, from DeVry University in Educational Technology.
6.  I am a football nut!  Although I am a Viking fan living in the middle of Bears territory--I proudly display the purple and gold in my office.
7.  I've coached just about everything.  Coaching paid the bills while I was in grad school. At one time in 1990--I was the Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Union, of LaPorte City while also Head Coach of an 8th grade basketball team at Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls.  Early morning practices, class, after school practices.....I learned so much, but I don't miss that schedule. I coached softball in my hometown after graduating from Wartburg, coached track and volleyball at Homes Junior High and also was a volleyball camp counselor at UNI for a number of summers.  Those experiences were priceless as I went on to be the Assistant Varsity/Head Sophomore Volleyball coach at Bettendorf for 15 years until I retired from coaching in 2005.  
8.  I absolutely love animals.  I currently have a furry baby--Rory, a mini Australian Shepherd.  I am sure that I will never spend any time without a pet in my household.  
9. I never considered doing anything but teaching.  I loved school, loved learning and couldn't imagine my life doing anything else.  
10.  I love to read-- you may think--of course, she's a Librarian.  The Teacher Librarian position came to me much later and I never really thought of myself as a Librarian.  I've always loved to lose myself in a good book and have quite a collection of hard cover books.  Ironically, since taking my newest position, I haven't devoted much time to reading but I am hoping to change that this year.
11.  I love to binge-watch!! Can't help myself.  My apple tv and a subscription to Netflix.  To me--it is almost like you get to watch mini-movies as you work through 8 seasons of Dexter or 4 seasons of The Walking Dead.  Admitting the problem is the first step..... right?

My answers to Matt Degner's questions
1. What is your stress reliever?
I'd like to say exercise--and it definitely does relieve stress.  But for me, a lot of times, I need to laugh.  Watch a funny movie, read a funny book, check my twitter feed.  Mostly, I look for something to make me smile.

2. What Twitter chats do you participate in? Why?
I participate in #Iaedchat and #1to1techat on a fairly regular basis.  I believe that there is always something you can learn from others.  

3. What was the best conference you ever attended?
I was lucky enough (thanks Jimmy Casas) to attend ISTE last year and it was phenomenal.  So many opportunities and so many people--learning 24/7.

4. What is your best educational experience?
Too many to count.  I loved school and learning so most of my days were positive and I have very good memories of my education.  

5. What is your worst educational experience?
This is a tough one.  I don't remember a lot of bad experiences.  I guess one would be--being embarrassed as a teen for good grades.  Some of my friends who struggled to get good grades would make comments about me being smart or good at school.  It used to bother me and then it didn't.... couldn't do anything about it and so I embraced it.

6. What are your favorite athletic teams?
Minnesota Vikings--favorite by far. Iowa Hawkeyes football fan as well. If I watch baseball, I watch the Minnesota Twins.  I don't like NBA basketball at all but watched the Bulls in their hay day.  Not a hockey fan, but I will cheer for the Blackhawks. College basketball--I do watch some but it is usually the Hawkeyes.

7. If you were not in education what would you do for a career?
Probably something in the tech field.  

8. What is your most noteworthy accomplishment as an educator?
I had an article published this past year in ISTE's Leading and Learning with Technology.  Not sure that it is the most noteworthy but I'm proud of it.

9. What is one book you would recommend to others? What are you reading right now? 
As noted earlier, I haven't read any books lately.  But some of my favorite authors are David Baldacci, Jeffrey Archer and Michael Connelly.  

10. What would you tell someone that hasn’t bought into social media as an educator? 
Start small, lurk first, participate later.  You really are cheating yourself and your professional development.  It doesn't take any more time to check your twitter feed then it does to wait in line for your Starbucks.  What you learn from twitter doesn't cost you as much and will be with you a lot longer.

11. What year will the Cubs win the World Series? 
The Cubs will win the World Series in the same year as the Vikings win the Super Bowl!!!


1.  You are on an island and can have one book?  Which one would you bring and why?
2.  What do you think will be the biggest innovation in education in the next 10 years?
3.  If you weren't in education, what occupation would you have pursued?
4.  What hobbies do you have, outside of reading?
5.  Which teacher (s) had the biggest impact on you and why?
6.  What conference/workshop would you consider most valuable?
7.  Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are some items you are willing to share?
8.  You can eat a meal without having to worry about any negative effects (weight, cholesterol, etc) what would be included?
9.  Where is one location that you would like to visit and why?
10.  What is your favorite inspirational quote?
11.  What is your most cherished memory of your childhold?

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