“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
-- Ignacio Estrada

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My blog won an award!! Well, sorta...

WOW! I received quite an exciting "tweet" the other day!

Deanne Shoyer
You've won a versatile blogger award :)

I have to say, my initial reaction that that it was 'spam'. (Sorry, Deanne, I think that is the second time I mistook you for spam! *hugs*) As I read further, I realized it was kind of a bloggy 'chair' letter. Now, I am not a fan of chain letters or recipe swaps or email forwards. I rarely, if ever, do them. But this was something different. I felt this was a great opportunity to introduce my readers to the blogs I enjoy reading!

There are a few rules:
  1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post. 
Thank you Deanne for letting me into your blogger circle! When I started this blog, it initially was going to be a way to communicate dates and theme activities to parents. It kind of took on a mind of it's own. For that I am very thankful because I have 'met' some great people around the world, like Deanne, a Mum from Canada. Please check Deanne's blog Small But Kinda Mighty where she talks about Autism, being a mum, iPads, and some things in between! My hope for this blog is for it to be a well-rounded resource for the parent's of my students as well as parents and educators from all over.
  • Share 7 things about yourself. OK, try not to fall asleep.
    • I am a mom, or mum (hehe) of 2 wonderful children and a wife to an amazing husband.
    • I have always wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I would play "school" with anyone or thing that would let me. My stuffed animals and Cabbage Patch dolls were pretty smart, you know!
    • My favorite vacation so far in my life was going to Colorado for a friend's wedding and traveling around Denver and Colorado Springs with the wedding party and families.
    • I'm really not that old, but I totally remember the cassette tape Texas Instrument computer thingy that hooked up the TV so that I could play a game...now my 6 y/o DD uses terms like "Mom, are you going to blog today?" or "Maybe she will post pictures on Facebook." WOW, times have changed.
    • I love to spend time outside. I LOVE to swim IN A POOL. I can get my feet into a lake or ocean, but the feeling of the lake/ocean floor creeps me out. And the thought of fish swimming past my legs...auugghh, I can't even type anymore!
    • I have become a big University of Cincinnati football fan. We have season tickets.
    • I will be starting classes for my Master's degree in Educational Technology this fall, so please bear with me as my posts maybe few and far between! (I am SO excited!)
  • Pass this award on to 15 other blogs
My first worry was that I didn't even know of 15 other blogs! I recently started using google reader so I don't always know how many I follow. Well, to my surprise, there were several, actually well over the 15. So now the difficult task was to choose. It was hard to decided, but I think I picked the 15 that I look forward to having the post show up in my google reader! I've added a brief description of the blog as well (info is either from the blog author or my impression, or a combination of both!). I tried to choose a variety of blog topics from special education to technology to just education, in general. I hope you take a look and enjoy the posts as much as I do!

Exceptional Abilitiles The blog was started to help educate parents, teachers, and the community about the amazing abilities our exceptional children have. The posting are about technology, advocacy, life skills, curriculum, and other educational topics.
Love That Max is "A Blog About Kids With Special Needs That Kick Butt".

Noah's Dad is a video and picture blog telling (and showing) about their son with Down Syndrome. The blog includes a daily one minute video of Noah detailing his growth. One look into Noah's eyes, you'll keep going back!

CGregoryRun is a blog about "finding the funny in daily life". The posts are honest and always make me smile (usually laugh out loud) because no matter where you live, who you are, we all have our "issues".

Healthy, Unweathly, and Becoming Wise is a blog created with the "intention to give you a light-hearted (sometimes inevitably heavy-hearted) insight into the life of a college student who has a little bit of an extra challenge".

Tools of the Trade  offers an ongoing discussion about assistive technology, recent posts include information on Big Keys Keyboard, Cyberbullying, and app information

Teaching All Students was started by a special education teacher. He recently teamed up with another special ed teacher to make the great website even better. They are a wealth of resources relating to iDevices and special education.

Teaching Learners with Multiple Needs provides a great resource for teachers, actually anyone, working with students with multiple challenges. Posts include information on AAC, back to school tips, iDevice information, and a section with info for paraprofessionals.

The Innovative Educator provides a fresh look at education by promoting 21st century learning...use of mobile technology and social networking as a way to connect with students.

The Nerdy Teacher provides insight into education today. I find his posts inspiring and encouraging...making me take a look at myself as an educator and ask what can I do better!

leardership247 a team blog about school leadership written by administrators, teachers, parents, etc. representing leadership all day, everyday.

Eat. Pray. Teach  a great teacher blog by an intervention specialist who shares my passions for teaching and technology.

 The Pursuit of Technology Intergration Happiness  blog is a great resource about the web 2.0 resources and how to make them part of the school environment.

Your Therapy Source  is an amazing resource for fine motor activities that are developmentally and ability appropriate. I love the way the suggestions require items that I already have either at home or in my school storage.

The Life of Dad blog is a humorous, truthful account of being a dad...and a dad to 3 girls at that. Weekly posts make me go from laughing to crying in one post.

*** Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers I follow. Your posts have helped me group as an educator this summer and I look forward to much more. ***

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