Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky: All About Ms. Bell

Hello, friends & followers!  I stumbled upon an awesome "Meet the Teacher" linky, and I've finally found the time to jot a few thoughts down.  I've been so busy in the back-to-school swing that it seems like a long time since I've blogged.  I thought this was a great way to get to know some new friends with common interests.  


My name is Erika, and I am proud to be from Sweet Home Alabama.  (Roll Tide Roll!)  My undergraduate degree was in business, but then I realized my true purpose the semester before graduation.  That's when I went back to pursue teaching.  I earned my Masters degree in English as a Second Language.  I absolutely love my job and everything about education.  (In fact, sometimes I wonder what I was thinking when I detoured from that path in my undergrad years.  But I still learned important things along the way, so it was a great opportunity to build knowledge and experience.)


So the directions for the linky were to introduce yourself and then answer the following questions...here it goes!

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

Audiobooks.  Divergent.  Vampire Diaries.  Maroon 5.  Dr. Pepper Freezes (especially when they're just $1 right after school).  Post-It Notes.  Flip Flops or Sandals.  Amazon.com.  iTunes.  Watermelon.  Owls & Birds.  Pinterest.  Purple!  Polka Dots & Chevrons.  Chocolate-Covered Almonds, but only Dark Chocolate.

IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?

This was a hard question.  I suppose I would still be in marketing or management.  But that seems so "not me" now that it's hard to envision myself not teaching.

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU. 

Passionate.  Loyal.  Genuine.

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"I can't wait to pack up everything so we can wax the floor!"  (Just kidding...it always looks great when it's done, but I always seem to get it just how I like it, and it's time to do it all over again. LOL!)

IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING? 

My mom.  She is my favorite.  She is my best friend.  I love you, Mom! 


Here we are after my graduation in 2011.

And here's a montage of some of my favorites of us together.

IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?  

I thought about this a while.  I think this question's answer changes as you go through different journeys in your life.  I think right now mine would be called Back to Me.  Or maybe something simpler like Overcome.

YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT? 

This is interesting because "superheroes" is our theme at my school this year.  I suppose the most practical thing I could choose would be super speed or the ability to go without sleep.  I think I could be more productive with either of those. 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

Proverbs 3:5-6

IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

I've always done a great rendition of I Will Survive, but lately I've been jamming out to All About That Bass.  And, quite frankly, Moves Like Jagger always gets me out of my seat!


ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Night Owl.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

My favorite one to teach (though I'm still building my resources) is the Celebrations and Traditions Around the World Unit Bundle.   I designed this unit for a co-teaching lesson plan that I did with two second grade teachers last year.  Our students loved it, and it was their first taste of research!   It's actually my best seller.  Here's a peek inside!



The lesson starts with a class discussion and burrito booklet activity about celebrations, traditions, and culture.

Then students complete graphic organizers in their collaborative groups.  They research the holiday their group has been assigned and fill out the coordinating graphic organizer. 

Finally, students use the graphic organizers to help us build and analyze our writing.  The finished product is a mini research report on a holiday from another country!

SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!     

When I was a student in elementary school, I had my card pulled for talking in class and passing notes.  I just had so much to say, even from an early age!  


Well, I've enjoyed sharing a little about myself with you.  I hope you'll visit soon because I have a ton of new ideas for this school year!  I can't wait to share them with you.  

Check out the rest of the linky party here: 


 

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