Monday, November 17, 2014

Liebster Award

Thank you Bonnie from  for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  Melody Soup is a wonderful blog with so many awesome ideas! Bonnie is always posting great videos, games and more!

The Liebster Award was created to highlight blogs with growing audiences. The rules for receiving this award are:
1. In your post link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and a 'shout out'.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer. (Please just answer the 11 questions I answered below!)
3. Nominate 11 people (Blogs with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post. 
4. Let your nominees know and provide them with a link back to your post (so they can see the rules)
5. No nominating the person who nominated you, however send them a thank you :)
(6.) I have also read that in addition to answering the 11 questions, you should also write 11 random facts about yourself so I decided to that as well.
These are the questions that are set for me to answer...
1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
I started blogging in April 2012 just for fun.  I loved reading others blogs and getting new ideas so I thought I would share my own.  Every time I started slacking, a new reason would pop up to keep going like a recommendation in TMEA magazine that my friend in Texas happened to see and told me about.  I was so excited because that when I had just started blogging!

2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?

Resourceful- I love coming up with fun ideas or just sharing resources that I find Invaluable with other teachers.  I share links to free (and paid) products, reviews, ideas and more.  It is a one stop shop for great music ed resources made written by all of the wonderful music educators out there!

3. Is there something you learned late in your blogging journey you wished you knew before?

Keep many posts going at once.  Sometimes you will have an idea for 10 posts in one day and other weeks you will feel like you have nothing to share.  At least start the posts when you come up with a great idea so you can finish later and post during those busy weeks or times when you are just having writers block.

4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging?
I love being a part of Local Community Theater Groups (usually in Musicals).  I do shows all over Cincinnati and even got my fiancé to start coming to shows (and maybe help building sets).  

5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog?
Usually only 2 or 3.  I try to post at least once a week (sometimes more, and unfortunately sometimes less.)  I have started to keep a bunch of posts unedited so that on weeks I am super busy I can just finish one up and post it quickly.  This worked really well last week when I had grades due AND a Veterans Day Concert to conduct!

6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?
I love just sharing songs and games that my students have enjoyed.  It is always great to get new ideas from others and I thought I would share some of my own as well.  I also love to post about my favorite children's books to sing to my class- there are so many great ones out there!

7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
My students are definitely the inspiration for my blog.  They are so adorable and it makes me super excited when I come with an idea- or find a song/ game that they REALLY enjoy. 

8. Which post that you've written are you most proud of?
One of my favorite posts was one on games my 6th graders last year loved because they were a tough crowd! Check it out here.   All of the songs are tim-ka (dotted-eighth--sixteenth) songs but sometimes I introduce them to focus on the tone-set.

9. Is there any post you have been planning to do, but have been postponing it for a while now?

I have a post on all the "CUPS" activities I do in my class room (YES! there is more than just the version that Pitch Perfect made so popular) but I haven't had a chance to add videos of the more complicated cup games so it is just sitting there waiting patiently.  It will be posted soon. It will be posted soon. It will be posted soon.

10. What's your favorite aspect of blogging?

I love reading comments from others who have tried ideas or of course, when new ideas are shared in the comments.  The music teacher internet community is great!

11. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you be most likely to try yourself?

The Substitute Lesson Menus look awesome!  I hate making sub plans so I will definitely be using this idea when I go to the OMEA conference later this year. If you haven't seen them yet- look here for the free downloads and to hear more!
Here are my 11 random facts: 
1. I collect Nutcrackers and am always very excited to teach the Nutcracker Ballet to my students every year.
2. In fact, the theme of my wedding in December is "Nutcracker" complete with a coffee/ tea/ hot chocolate bar to take us to "The Land of Sweets". 
3. I just moved into a House this year and am loving the fact that I have a garage on this snowy November day!
4. I dislike cooking, but LOVE having a mixer to bake cookies, make waffles, etc.
5. I read Young Adult Dystopian Fiction when I just need a break.  I like that I can finish a book in a few hours- though I find myself getting slightly too frustrated when I accidentally pick a series where one of the books isn't published yet.
6. I love Ninja Turtles and my students think I am super cool when I wear my Ninja Turtle Leggings (you can get them here if you too love the Heroes in A Half-Shell).
7. I love the way winter looks but hate being cold.
8.  Gilmore Girls (and Greys Anatomy) on Netflix has definitely slowed my productivity in the past few weeks.
9.  I went to Hungary to study a few summers ago and wish I could go back!
10. I own too many shoes.
11.  It was a lot harder than I thought to think of 11 random facts. :)
Here are the Blogs I have nominated- Check them out- they are all great!
You may notice that some other music education bloggers have suggested these blogs too!  That is because they are totally awesome!  :)

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