Yep, my turn. I remember getting chain letters in the mail that threatened horrors worse than death if I didn’t forward them. I chanced fate back then, I won’t do so now ;). I was nominated by Sue Dunlop, who blogs here. Thanks, Sue!
These are the rules of the Sunshine Awards:
- Acknowledge the nominating blogger. See above.
- Share 11 random facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
- List 11 bloggers.
- Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.
Eleven Random Facts about Me
- I have two great kids: Kayleigh, who is 22, and Tarrin, who is 18. They both attend McMaster University.
- Teaching is my second career. For 17 years, I worked with Young Offenders, in custody and then as a counsellor. I also worked with kids in schools via Catholic Children’s Aid Society.
- My partner, Brian, is also a teacher. We used to teach at the same school where we were teaching partners and taught right next door to each other….and it was bliss :).
- I have lived in Hamilton, Ontario my entire life. I love this city to bits.
- I’m left-handed.
- I have 4 tattoos.
- I am an outside-of-the-box thinker. Give me proof that something is awesome and I’ll give it a try. Except if it involved height or feet. See below.
- I have a severe hatred of feet that borders on fear. *shudder*
- I’m terrified of heights. On the winter break that just passed, we approached a very high bridge (that I’d gone over several times, just never drove over myself). I was driving and I panicked at the last minute, to the point of dizziness, and had to pull over. Brian drove it.
- I cannot stand inequity, whether it be in education, politics, wherever. I will always fight for what’s fair.
- I have watched the tv series Six Feet Under three times and I cry hysterically at the final 3 episodes every time.
My Answers to the 11 Questions
- How many years in education? 8 years of teaching, 2 years previous to that with CCAS helping kids in school.
- Running, biking or swimming? I used to run but knee injuries kept me from continuing, and it was something I never really enjoyed. Give me a bike in the summer and a pool in the winter and I’m golden. My truly favourite form of exercise is yoga though.
- Do you have a book recommendation for me? I’ll be honest, I’ve been reading shorter texts like online non-fiction and Rolling Stone magazine (offering best political reporting out there). Pedagogically, I would totally recommend Jane McGonigal‘s Reality is Broken.
- Messy desk or clean desk? A messy desk that wants to be clean.
- Where do you get your blog ideas? Right now, I’m solely blogging about our TLLP project here. I am finding it confining, only being able to blog about gaming/gamification, and I’m thinking of starting another so I can cover a broader range of topics.
- Favourite recipe to make for someone you love? I do not enjoy cooking at all. I do cook though, out of necessity. I would say my favourite recipe to make would be baked sole with braised veggies.
- Funniest thing a student ever said to you? I was told recently “my dad doesn’t like you very much”. I got a good chuckle out of that one!
- How can I make my blog better? I would love to hear from you more, but I know you’re busy :).
- Best place you’ve ever had a coffee? I get wired off of coffee, so I seldom drink it. I’m a tea drinker who is drawn away from Big Business, so I steer clear of franchises as much as possible. In Hamilton, my favs are Democracy, Mulberry Cafe and My Dog Joe.
- How often do you blog? Not often enough. A few times a month, but again, with a narrow focus, it’s tough to blog more, hence the desire for a second blog page.
- When was the last time you attended a performance of Handel’s Messiah? Never have.
My 11 questions:
1. What genre of music do you listen to?
2. Name one thing you do as an educator of which you’re super proud.
3. What is your favourite game to play?
4. Dogs or cats?
5. Which educator has had the biggest impact on you?
6. What are your favourite Twitter chats?
7. Are socks and sandals a thing?
8. Who is the funniest person you know?
9. Do you get more out of blogging or reading others’ blogs?
10. What is one habit you wish you could break?
11. Tablet or laptop?
My Nominations (C’mon, you know you want to!)
I know there are a lot of bloggers who have already been nominated, but here’s my list:
Brian H – Reflective Interruptions
Roland Chidiac – New Fluencies
Alice Keeler – Teacher Tech
Faith Howell – Howellywood
Jared Bennett – mrjarbenne
Michelle Cordy – Hack the Classroom
Michelle Fawcett – Ms. Fawcett’s Musings
Alfonso Gonzalez – Educator Al
Louise Robitaille – Inquiry Based
Craig Yen – Yen 4 Teaching
And, new to the bloggosphere, Dale Hill – Mr. D. Hill