Thursday, July 26, 2012

Traveling, Blog Tips and 3 Awards

I was traveling pretty much all day today in the state of Kansas.  My niece just graduated from college with her Elementary Education Degree and she received her first job in Lawrence, Kansas.  My mother-in-law and myself traveled for 31/2 hours to go visit her new apartment and to visit her new school and look at her classroom.  We went to lunch at a place called Jefferson's and talked mostly about school. I felt so bad for my mother-in-law because she is not a teacher but she listened to both of us go on and on and on.... and was very patient. (You know, us teachers, when we get together.) My niece is so excited and as I reflected about my attitude about teaching (even after 19 years of teaching), it is still the same.  I am just as excited about teaching as she is!  What a great feeling!!!  I LOVE MY JOB!!!!  How many people can actually say that?? When we finished visiting, we hopped back into the car and drove the 3 1/2 hours back home. Needless to say I will be sleeping in a little bit tomorrow.

Blog Tips:  Thank you so much for all the blog tips from the Newbie Linky Party at
Grade Three is the Place for Me!  I am still not finished looking through them.  There are soooo many new bloggers out there. It is going to take me a while.

I especially appreciate learning about the Word Verifier. I did not realize that mine was on. I thought that since I wasn't having to put in letters and numbers it meant my blog was fine.  Not the case!! When I went in to check it ~ the Word Verifier was set to yes/on.  I turned that baby to no/off. Please let me know if you are still having to write letters and numbers after you publish your comments. I know it drives some bloggers crazy so if you haven't checked yours, please do. Here are the easy steps:

1. Click on your dashboard.
2. Click on Settings
3. Go to Word Verifier
4. Click on off/no (Can't remember which it was)
That's it. Hopefully, I followed the directions correctly and some dear blogger will comment and let me know if it worked correctly. I would greatly appreciate it.  

Three Awards
What a nice surprise as I was reading comments left on my blog.  I had three teachers give me three awards. I felt so special. I sooooo LOVE reading peoples comments and giving comments to others. It is so nice that people take the time to read my post and leave comments. I read every single one and respond to them.  Here are the three awards that I received:

The first award is "The Versatile Award" for Angela at "Hoppin in First Grade"

I'm not sure how this works so if anyone knows any different after I post this, please let me know.  Since I already received this award, I am going to still "Thank Angela" for awarding it to me because it is still a great honor to receive one and leave a link to her blog, which I did above.  BUT I'm not going to follow the rest of the rules because I've already done that in a July post. I hope that is okay. If not, please let me know. I'm not sure about all the blogging rules yet. Thanks again Angela!!

The second and third award is a new award that I have not received yet. It comes from Tammy at The Resourceful Apple and Joella at Totally Terrific Teaching. It is the "Liebster Award".  Thank you both so much.

Here is what you need to do:
This blog awards bloggers that have under 200 followers.
1. Copy and paste this award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to their blog.
3. Reveal 5 other bloggers and let them know by commenting on their blog.
It is that easy.  I love things that are easy.

Since I have been going through the Newbie Linky Party, I have found some great blogs. Since I am a second grade teacher, I think I am going to give this award to some wonderful beginning second grade bloggers like myself. So here are the 5 that I have choosen.  Congrats!!!

I hope you all go visit these wonderful teachers and follower their blogs. They have some amazing ideas and are inspirational people.  Thanks again Tammy and Joella.

Until Next Time,
        Happy Blogging


  1. Thanks so much for this award. Great idea to give to 2nd grade blogs. It's so exciting to find so many people to follow.

  2. Thanks for following my blog, Tammy! It's always nice to hear from a fellow NYer even if you no longer live there. Best wishes with your blog!

    Primary Reading Party

  3. Thanks for following my blog! I am your newest follower.

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels

    1. Thanks Michelle. I really enjoyed visiting your site. I hope you have a great turnout for your giveaway.