Friday, 23 November 2012

The Liebster Award

UPDATE: Looks like I have been nominated again!! Thanks to Officially a First Grader! See second answer to questions below.
So I was looking through my blog comments this morning, and realized that I have been nominated for a Liebster award from Jayme over at Trendy in Third!! This award is given to up and coming bloggers with 200 or less followers.  Thanks Jayme, how sweet are you. Be sure to check out her blog.

Here are the rules:
1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers to nominate and link them in your post.
5. You cannot “tag back” the other blog, but leave a comment on this post with the URL of your Liebster post so I can learn more about you & see who you nominate.

11 Things about me
  1. I do AMAZING impressions of my students. Seriously. I can sound just like them. 
  2. I love to dance. I dance around the house, I dance in my car, I dance in my classroom, I have even danced down grocery store aisles. When no one is looking of course.
  3. I have the best hubby. That’s all there really is to say about that
  4. I love spending time with friends and family, they are so special and important to me.
  5. I went to Iceland and I think it was one of the coolest (figuratively and literally) places I’ve been.
  6. I love Italian food. Lasagna, pasta, really of any kind, and I’m in.
  7. I love my job. A lot. Well, most of the time anyways ;)
  8. In secret I wish I was a ballerina
  9. I play djembe (african) drum, although not very well, just for fun
  10. I have a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and he is the most amazing snuggly dog ever.
  11. I invent words. Frequently. I think I may even have made a dictionary once that had all the words I’ve made up. Strangely, it seems to be missing...

1. What grade do you currently teach? Have you taught any other grades? I teach grade one. I have also taught a 2/1 and Kindergarten.

2. What is your favorite thing about teaching? Least favorite?
My favourite thing about teaching is the sweet little faces who seem to look at you with adoration no matter what you do and those wow they actually learned something moments. Least favourite is report cards and assessment and paperwork, mountains of paperwork.

3. If your school was donated $25,000, what would you want your principal to purchase?
A projector that attached to my SMARTboard, a HUGE carpet that would actually fit all those squirmy little bodies, and some storage space for the classroom. Principal, are you reading this ;)

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Hmmmm, I like Being Erica, How I Met Your Mother and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. (of course)

5. If you could go back in time, what era would you choose to visit?
1950s, hellooooo flapper costumes.

6. What is your school mascot?

7. How many kids are in your class?
23 beautiful little people, although that changes on a week by week basis.

8. What is your current obsession? 
It seems like blogging and creating things for TPT is what I do in my spare time. Oh and pinteresting. A lot.  

9. What is your idea of relaxing after a crazy day of teaching?
Having a bath, reading a book, blogging, cooking dinner with the hubby.

10. Do you have a favorite holiday treat or drink?
Well, I really like eggnog, and hot apple cider, and basically anything baking that my mom makes. Yum!

11. Heels or flats?
Flats for school, heels for fun times!!


1.  What do you think your main strength is as a teacher?
I am really energetic and innovative, I love to learn new things about how to do my job better
2.  What do you think your weakness is as a teacher?
Communication and dealing with parents.
3.  How do you balance work and family?
Always find time to go out on a date, do something fun with family. Trying to prioritize and not do everything.
4.  If you could have any talent (that you don't have), what would it be?
Singing, I wish I could sing really well
5.  How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since July 2012
6.  What made you decide to start blogging?
All of the other amazing blogs and being able to share with a wider community.
7.  How many hours, on average, do you spend each day devoted to your job?
Oh boy, that's tricky, depends on the time of year of course. Report card time way more. I put in a regular 9 hour day at school, and then often come home and work on something for at least an hour or two. Not always though.
8.  Do you have a hobby or what do you do to relax?
Dancing, reading a book, cooking
9.  What is your favorite word work activity?
Cookie sheet magnets
10.How do you use technology in the classroom?
I have a SMART board that I use everyday, all day. I also have a microphone and FM system that I use to talk during instruction time.
11.How often do you cook during the week?
My hubby and I cook together, and we usually make something different every second night, and then have the leftovers.

Questions for blogs I nominated from First Grade fun with Mrs. Dunn
  1. What is your favourite grade to teach and why?
  2. Are you a “wait in line for 6 hours for 50% off” or “pay full price and get in and out” kind of person?
  3. What is your favourite book to read?
  4. What is your favourite Holiday and what do you like most about it?
  5. What is your favourite meal? 
  6. What genre of TV or movie do you like the most?
  7. If you could be an animal, what would it be and why?
  8. What is your favourite subject to teach?
  9. Who is your role model?
  10. If you could have a superpower what would it be?
  11. What is the best date you have ever been on?
Blogs I nominated!
The Whole Wheat Class

Please check out these blogs, they are awesome! And thanks again to Jayme for nominating me!
Mrs. Dunn


  1. I enjoyed reading your post. I can't believe you've been to Iceland! How cool!!! :)

    I love dancing too! My students and I dance on a daily basis.

    Trendy in Third

  2. Oops! I have nominated you too for a Leibster award! It is an award to attract more followers to your blog. Read all about it on my blog Congratulations on your previous nomination!

  3. I enjoyed learning more about you. I'm jealous that you have a smart board in your classroom. There isn't a smart board in our building and I work in a modestly affluent area.

    1. Yah, the smart board is amazing! Thanks again for the nomination!

  4. so glad I found you Mrs. Dunn! Your blog looks like so much fun!!

  5. Thank you for nominating me! Sorry it took me so long to get back...I've been so busy with out of town guests. Here is the link to my post:

    Owl Inspire You