Friday, 13 September 2013

Budding Blog Link Up

Hi there friends! Today I am linking up with I Heart Recess for her Budding Blog linky party. This is a linky party for baby blogs such as mine that still have less than 200 followers.

The idea is to answer some questions about my blogging and teaching in order to give a 'preview' of my blog to other readers out there.

1. Why did you start blogging?
I have been a blog 'stalker' for the past six months (since my buddy Lisa B showed me the light while I was her student teacher). During the summer Lisa shared that she had begun her blog, Grade 4 Buzz. I was intrigued, but was unsure that I had any useful information to share on a blog myself. I finally got the courage to take the plunge myself and start blogging about my experiences as both a new teacher and a 'foreign' teacher. Hopefully, I am providing useful information for those teachers just starting out, as well as gaining a wealth of information from the blogs that I now follow.

2. What is your favourite subject to teach and why?
I have to say that this one is a toss up between social studies and literacy, which I think is okay because they can be combined quite a bit. I love how interested and excited students get over social studies, it is a great subject to incorporate hands on examples into (for example, last year in my grade 4 placement class I implemented a ' black death simulation' activity that the kids loved. There is so much you can do with literacy and social studies (which is probably why my supply teaching bag is full of literacy activities, but not much else...)

3. Describe your teaching style.
I'm not sure I've fully developed a 'teaching style' yet, I would say that it's still in development. I try to keep my cool in the classroom (what's that saying about the duck looking calm on the surface but kicking its legs like mad under the water?), and really understand what is causing certain behaviours. I enjoy having fun with my class and creating interactive lessons, but this only works when you have a class dynamic that allows for it. As a supply teacher (starting in a few days), my biggest hope is to be able to hang onto the control of the classroom and be respected (wish me luck!).

4. Give three interesting facts about you.
     1. I love to paint my nails. In fact I was famous for it in my last placement. (Painting my nails is actually on my agenda for today!)
    2. I have a big of a shoe shopping problem.... I actually brought 11 pairs of shoes with me to England.
    3. I really enjoy cooking. I've been told that I have a knack for throwing the right combinations of foods and spices together.

5. Do you have a TPT store?
I don't currently have a TPT store, it's in the works I just haven't found the time yet (plus I'm not all that confident in my creations). Hopefully within the next year I will have something up.

This blog post was quite text heavy, let's lighten things up with a few pictures. These are ones that I forgot to add to my Norwich post.

Norwich Market

Trying out the latest hair style at the Norwich Castle Museum

Taking a chariot ride at Norwich Castle Museum

I hope you are all having a lovely week, it's Friday!! If you like what you've seen here, please follow me on Bloglovin'. I can't wait to meet some new bloggers!

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  1. Hi Melissa! I enjoyed reading your post. I've met Lisa B through blogging - she's a sweetheart! Best wishes in your first year of teaching!
    Crafting Connections

  2. I found your blog through the linky and so happy I did. I am your newest follower. I can't wait to read about your adventures in teaching. I would love for you to stop by my blog if you get a chance. I can't wait to read more post. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Melissa, your products would definitely be desired by others! You have lots to offer all teachers! Open a store :)
    Grade 4 Buzz

  4. We have a friend in common! I wish you the very best and have fun!

  5. I "know" Lisa, too! :) I love your blog layout, so cute! The only thing I know about Canada is Degrassi...a guilty pleasure as a 23 year old... it was MY SHOW in middle school and high school!

    The Journey of a Beginning Teacher

  6. Love your blog! I'm your newest follower!

    My Crazy Life

  7. Just found your blog through the Buddy Blog linky. I'm your newest follower. I love to paint my nails, too! Although my right had never looks as good as my left. Hehe. I wish you the best on getting your TpT store going. It's so much fun! Make sure to check out my blog if you get a chance. I'm doing a giveaway this week!

    Melissa Cloud
    A Teaspoon of Teaching

    1. Thanks Melissa! Did you know that you can make the name of your blog a hyperlink so that when you click it it will go straight to your blog? The code is really simple:
      < a href =" your blog URL "> Your Blog Title < /a >
      Just take out the spaces.