Sunshine Blog Meme Homework #openspokes

georgesantayanaspotsGetting Back

Jeremy’s right: sometimes we need to kickstart our blogging. And what better way to do that than to nudge your friends too. Thanks to Jeremy and Susan, I’ll stop watching mysteries on iTunes and NetFlix and get back into blogging. I’ll respond to both tags [from Jeremy and Susan] in this post.

I hope, if you’re tagged, that you’ll enjoy the nudge as much as I do.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. 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.

11 Random Facts About Myself

  1. Mysteries. I like to puzzle them out and guess the whodunit. I like to imagine the process of writing the mysteries.
  2. Trekkie: Star Trek is always a good choice for relaxing — series or movie. Live long and prosper!
  3. Music: Rock n Roll — My favorite song is In My Life [John Lennon / Beatles ]
  4. Drums: Yes, I was a percussionist. The beat is the heart of the music.
  5. Books: Things to use — bend the pages, tear out a chapter and take it with you, scribble in the margins — love them  in hand or digital.
  6. Places: Home. This hobbit’s favorite place is home, except for the occasional adventure.
  7. People: Scott. 10 grandkids — awesome, every one.
  8. Hidden: I’m extremely shy, except about education.
  9. Hobbies: Grandkids, Mysteries, Reading, Writing, Photography, Poetry, Geeking-Out, and Making [stamping cards]
  10. Hack: Find a way to make it work; life isn’t easy — make it happen.
  11. Adventures: I’ve interviewed Red Skelton and met Michael Jordan; During a trip to Washington, DC, I entered the National Gallery of Art and immediately told my husband, “This is where I’ll be — cancel the tours.” And I’d do it again.

QUESTIONS FOR ME from Jeremy:

 

What was your favourite class in university?

My favorite classes were language arts courses taught by Dr. Francis Kazemek, who taught through seminar and self-directed projects that met the goals of the course. I completed so much more in each class than if we had assigned work; each class resulted in projects and experiences I draw upon today.

 

If you could only read one blogger next year, who would it be?

Today, it would be David Truss at pairadimesI learn so much about inquiry and collaboration that directly affects student learning.

 

If you could have your choice of career changes tomorrow, what would you choose? 

teacher

 

What is your favourite way to relax?

Star Trek or Mysteries

 

How do you burn off energy when needed?

Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk with the dog.

 

Who is your favourite author and book/series?

Go and Come Back by Joan Abelove

Dune Series by Frank Herbert

Julian May’s Science Fantasy Series

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy [all five] by Douglas Adams

Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert

 

Mac, PC, or other?

Mac, there is no other.

 

Which is your favourite social media?

Twitter and Google Plus

 

Who is the most influential member of your PLN?

Jackie Gerstein Twitter / Blog

Always read Jackie’s tweets and blog for positive and energizing educational strategies and ideas.

Do you have any quirky habits?

I’m very focused; I will forget to eat.

 

Here are my Questions for you… from Susan

When did you know what you wanted to do for a Career? How did you discover that?

When I was in fifth grade (1960), as a girl, I had three choices: nurse, secretary, teacher. There was no way I was going to type all day and make other people coffee, so secretary was out. Then the experiment broke as we were leaving class; a piece of glass sliced the artery on my achilles tendon. Someone said, “You’re bleeding, Sheri.” I looked back and pulled my sock down — the blood spurted out. I immediately thought, “I am not going to be a nurse.”

So, from that day, I observed and learned and knew that when I grew up, I would be a teacher. My dad brought home old school desks from his school — the kind that held two or three desks together and the seats folded up. I received a blackboard for Christmas. So in the basement, at any time of year, I’d be the teacher to the neighbor kids and my little brother, who would not behave.

What are your top three favourite books of all time?

Go and Come Back by Joan Abelove

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy [all five] by Douglas Adams

Teacher and Child by Hiam Ginott

 

What advice do you have on love?

Give love, always.

Kindness is a form of love.

What is on your bucket list?

Visit Independence Hall

Visit the Giant Sequois

What is the best advice you can give to your children?

Follow your dreams, and make them happen, knowing that, sometimes, our dreams change.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Visit Independence Hall

Visit the Giant Sequois

What are 3 things that matter to you?

Scott. Family. The Dog.

If you could sit with any 5 people dead or alive around your dinner table who would you choose and why?

Scott: sensible, outgoing, knowledgeable, curious, humorous, plays guitar and sings

Greg: my son, he’ll giggle and add interesting solutions and stories

Jake: my son, he’ll pierce the conversation with either humor or truths

Leo Buscaglia: because love is the answer

Thomas Jefferson: because he was so curious and filled his home with books, and he said: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” and  ”I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

or

John Lennon: because love is the answer, and you know that, for sure [no matter the difficulties and our mistakes]; peace

 

What is your favorite quote?

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”  ~ George Eliot
How do you want to be remembered?

I have been blessed with that answer already from my granddaughter: “You two have been inspiration and amazing role models for me and all the cousins.” Scott and I have done what we could, and we continue to do so in our work and for our families: live and love and make life less difficult for each other…

 

Now it’s your Turn:

Brendan Murphy

Tracy Watanabe

JoAnn Jacobs

Theresa Allen

 Jackie Gerstein

Laura Gilchrist

Paula Neidlinger

Scott Hazeu

Bart Miller

 Susan Angel

Tara Smith

Questions for you:

  1. When did you know what you wanted to do for a career? How did you discover that?
  2. What are your top three favorite books of all time?
  3. If you could only read one blogger next year, who would it be?
  4. What advice do you have for educators today?
  5. What is on your bucket list?
  6. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
  7. What is your favorite quote?
  8. What song lyrics move you?
  9. If you could sit with any 5 people dead or alive around your dinner table who would you choose and why?
  10. What are your five favorite verbs?
  11. What six words sum up your philosophy [of life or of education]?

Thanks for joining the Meme Homework and whatever you can do — I’ll be delighted to learn from you!

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS AGAIN:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. 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.

Post back here with a link after you write whichever responses you can at this busy time.  Thank you!

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12 thoughts on “Sunshine Blog Meme Homework #openspokes

    • Scott, Thanks so much for the time you took to reflect on the questions I asked. Who knew we had a movie star in our PLN? I love your verbs and CS Lewis quote — laughter is so important to well-being and relationships. Your students are fortunate to have you for a teacher, and what a great story for them to hear how you chose the career. Imagine — teachers are human beings! Thank you!

      • Oh Sheri, thank you so much–so kind. I’m blessed by the thought and energy you put into your learning and teaching. Here’s to more learning and laughing across our PLN in 2014!

  1. Hi Sheri,

    I usually don’t partake in these because I almost never have time, … but, I’m on vacation so why not! Here’s my post.

    Kind regards,
    Tracy

    • Tracy, I almost didn’t tag you because the blog of yours I follow is solely for your school, but I did want to hear your answers! I am so glad you chose to participate; thank you! Now I know you have a fantastic personal reflective blog as well, and that we both enjoy art and art history! I so enjoyed clicking the links about how you started. I identify with the “pile of papers;” it was also the first to go for me, and I did a similar activity by drawing stars on the work that was correct by my little first grade students. I also set up stations — no busy work — all interesting practice and creative activities that engaged the students. What the two of us learned very quickly was that teaching is an on-the-spot, always moving, and challenging process. And we adapted quickly to meet our goal, our “ministry” as you call it: teach kids so they learn through engagement. Thanks again, Tracy! I hope you get to visit Japan soon!

    • Theresa, I always love your work, and am amazed at how you can just dive in and get it done! So glad you are getting your Masters Degree in IT — although I know you could teach the courses! Thanks again for continuing the meme, and let’s get our group into a hangout again! Sheri

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