Saturday, May 18, 2013

Budding Blog

I'm linking up with I {heart} Recess for the Budding Blog linky. Head over & check out the new blogs on the block.

1. Why did you start blogging?
I've been inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there & the great sense of community here. I wanted to share my journey and be inspired by others.

2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
I love to teach math. As a kid I was h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e at math, but back then it was this is how you do it, now sit at your desk & solve these 50 problems, then do 50 more for homework. By the time I got home I couldn't remember how to do the problems. Even though my math (K-2) is not complicated, I love finding/coming up with ways for my littles to practice their facts or work with time and money in a fun and engaging way.

3. Describe your teaching style.
I am very much a small group, centers-based teacher, if that makes sense. I do very little whole group, except for mini-lessons & share time. Other than that my students are rotating through centers and a small group with me. I love that I can give a more individualized education to my students when they see me in small group & are reinforcing learned concepts at the different centers they visit.

4. Give three interesting facts about you.

  • I love zombies. (That's actually more of a dirty little secret that only my family knows) I love zombie movies & shows. Yes, I do watch AMC's "The Walking Dead." 
  • I work with my former, 4th grade teacher, who was my favorite teacher in school & use to live on my street.
  • My favorite genre of music on Pandora is 90's R&B

5. Do you have a TpT store?
Yes I do. Polka-Dot-Palace It's still very small, but I have a long list of things waiting to be created & am in the works of creating a place value activity to post next week. ;)


  1. Hi Stephanie!
    Your blog is super cute! I love your word detectives activity. What a great way to make speling words fun. I may need to add that in next year! I'm your newest follower!
    A Burst of First

    1. Thank you Deirdre. My littles love doing that activity. They don't even seem to mind writing sentences afterwards and usually come up with some very creative ones at that.

  2. Thanks for linking up! Your blog is adorable! I too love Zombies, I just don't let my hubby know I enjoy the show just as much as he does :)


  3. My favorite subject to teach is math too (but I have always loved math!). I love your owl and polka dots:) Welcome to the blogging world! This community IS amazing and you will love it!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. I love teaching math too. I adore your blog and am now following you.
    Paula’s Place and coming soon iSURF Maths

  5. My teaching style is exactly like yours. I much rather be working with small groups than in a whole group, and I firmly believe centers are the way to go! Which, shockingly, is not typical where I work so I had a lot of explaining to do to parents and administrators. :-P

    Here's the Hoot

  6. Marissa,
    I'm your newest follower. Congrats on getting your blog up & running too. I look forward to hearing about your journey. I can't imagine what it's like to teach abroad. Good for you for sticking to your teaching beliefs & bringing a new style of teaching to your school


  7. I love The Walking Dead too, I blame my husband for getting me hooked on Zombies. I'm a new follower.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  8. Thanks Bethany. My immediate family & now blog land are the only ones that know about my love of Zombies. If the comics weren't so expensive I would probably read The Walking Dead comics so I could know what happens. I'm a new follower of yours & can't wait to see what else you post.


  9. Your blog is adorable! I just discovered it through the Budding Blog Linky. Glad to be your newest follower!


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