Dana Huff tagged me for a meme, a new concept for me. My immediate response was akin to getting a chain letter–not a good response to say the least–but, the more I explored the chain of links in the meme (from Dana to Clix to Richie to Edna) the more cool blogs and fellow teachers I discovered. I’m certain I would never have discovered Clix, Richie, and Edna had it not been for Dana tagging me.
Reaching out to a larger community, finding fellow educators, forging collaborations is what makes blogging beneficial, exhilirating, and rewarding. So, I’ve decided the meme too is beneficial and a bit fun. Here’s to reaching out, finding fellow educators, forging collaborations!
First, I am supposed to post the rules:
- The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
- Each player answers the questions about themselves.
- At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player’s blog.
- Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.
OK, so now the questions.
What were you doing ten years ago?
Having taught five years previously at a different area school, I was finishing my first year at Southside High School, a rural district in Arkansas. In those days I was teaching English 10 and Oral Communications.
What are five things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order)*
- Finish grading the timed essays my AP students wrote so that we can discuss them in class today.
- Select and copy student essays to serve as models for other students.
- Plan professional development (60 required hours in Arkansas) and turn in form for approval from my district.
- Locate sample ePortfolio rubrics to share with students as they collaborate to design a rubric for the ePortfolios they are creating.
- Sign up for my 20 minute “Spa Day” session, the session my principal is providing all the teachers! What a guy!
What are some snacks I enjoy?
- Russell Stover Sugar Free Chocolate Pecan Clusters
- Mixed Nuts (with not so many peanuts)
- Coffee (Hazelnut flavored is my favorite)
- Unsweet iced tea–Sonic Route 44 being my absolute favorite!
What would I do if I were a billionaire?
- Give the first tenth to my church.
- Create an endowment to fund mission trips at my local church.
- Create scholarship endowments.
- Perhaps, I could create an endowment to raise the Arkansas teaching salary so we could recruit and keep quality teachers (how far would a billion go?)
- Invest wisely and live off the interest
- Teach part-time AP English and teacher workshops–or maybe start my own non-profit organization that works with schools to embrace 21st century learning
- Okay–I’d blow some of it on materialistic stuff!
What are three of my bad habits?
Only three? Hmmm…
- Drinking too much coffee.
- Not getting papers graded and back to students fast enough (I do procrastinate a bit, but mostly, there seems to be too many papers and not enough hours in the day.)
- Getting bogged down by things I can’t change; I’m quite the visionary–sometimes to my own demise!
What are five places where you have lived?**
What are five jobs I have had?
- Cinemagic: The kid behind the counter checking out video rentals (they were all VHS then!)
- Linnie’s Optique: Helping people select frames for their eyeglasses, stocking shelves…whatever else she (Linnie) needed.
- English Teacher: at four different schools–all in Arkansas from grades 10-12
- Financial Advisor: During a brief period of teacher burn-out, I tried–but didn’t last long–another career.
- Educational Consultant: I’m designing and delivering educational workshops across my state.
What five or six people do I want to tag?
As Dana said, no pressure here to participate, so I hope none of these people get annoyed with me!
- Tammy Gillmore (a veteran teacher–she’s just entering the blogging world)
- Bud Hunt
- Karl Fisch
- Will Richardson