Monday, March 12, 2012

The Wall, a Giveaway AND an Award All in One Day

Those of you who perform any sort of exercise and physical activity or those of you who teach children or those of you who are parents or those of you who have any long  term goal at all are going to be able to relate to this post.

I have hit "the wall".  I hit it a few weeks ago in regards to my blog.  I always try to come up with a post that is current and relevant to my life as a teacher, mother and "runner" and when I sat down to write a post a month ago I could not think of anything!  You would think with a student teacher in my classroom I would have plenty of time to write, but no.  Not only did I not have enough time, I could not think of ANYTHING interesting to write.  I thought, "This is it!  My short-lived life as a blogger is over."  I have hit THE WALL!

I have hit the proverbial wall many times in running and still do from time to time, but I thought it would be easy to sustain a blog.  I was wrong.  I wanted to write posts that were inspiring and honest and helpful and I ran out if ideas.  So I got a little grumpy and simply gave up.  I always smile when I read a blog where a blogger has started out, "So sorry I have not blogged in a few days . .  ."  For me it's like, Sorry I have not blogged in a few months ~ my life is boring!

So I had to step back and think about why I started this blog.  What was my reason behind sitting down and sharing my life with the world?  I wanted to document my teaching career as I ventured into kindergarten, I wanted to share stories and let others know that they are not alone in this endeavour of teaching/parenting/life and I wanted to share my ideas with others since I have spent so many years stealing other's ideas.

Then over the weekend we had some friends over for dinner.  Our girls were all playing together and dressing up in a princess costume with a crap ton of glitter on it.  By the time the evening was over our house was covered in gold glitter.  Then we started talking about the amount of glitter on the floor and my friend suggested I write about the "joys" of raising 2 girls for my Tuesday Top Ten.  I realized that it didn't matter if my blog posts appealed to the masses, what mattered was that they appealed to me! I wanted to have something I was proud of. So thank you friend for renewing my enthusiasm for my blog and for helping me see that this venture is a fun one. 

I also want to thank the followers who take time out of your busy lives to comment/e-mail/give me awards.  You also help me see that this work that I do is important and I appreciate you.

So, did you make it through the beginning of my post?  I didn't put you to sleep yet?  Good because you are in for a treat.  In 10 days, on March 22nd I will celebrate my 1 year anniversary of being The Accidental Teacher!  To celebrate I want to give back to my friends that have given so much to me.  This giveaway will be easy.  All you need to do is:

1. Be a follower ~ let me know through a comment on this page
2. Suggest an idea for a top ten.
That's it - so easy!  Please leave your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you!

For your efforts I will reward you with a few goodies.  One lucky winner will receive a copy of No More I'm Done by Jennifer Jacobsen.  You know how much I love her! One lucky winner will get a $10 gift card to (another obsession of mine, books!) and one lucky winner will get a $10 i-Tunes gift card. 

I will choose the winners on March 22nd!

Thanks so much to Michele over at New Adventures in First Grade for awarding me the One Lovely Blog Award.
I'm terrible at following directions so I apologize in advance. Here are a few of my favorite blogs that have inspired me over the past year. If you are not already following them, I highly recommend it!

Runninghood ~ Amanda is a runner, mother and very inspiring and honest on her blog.  She is also local (to me that is)

Joyful Learning in KC ~ Some of my best ideas have come from Melissa's blog.  Currently I'm using her Very Hungry Caterpillar math book.  Thanks Melissa!

Restart, Rinse, Repeat ~ This is a shameless plug for my husband's blog. 2 years ago he quit his job and decided to go back to school and get his master's in teaching.  Oh yeah and he went back to running, barefoot AND decided to blog about it.  His insights are funny and honest and make me feel better. 

The Elementary Art Room ~ some of my best art project ideas have come from this fantastic blog.  She posts ideas by grade level and artist.

Chickadee Jubilee ~ Laurie is so great at updating her blog with pictures and descriptions of what is happening in her classroom.  I would love to be a student in her room!


Alicia M said...

I'll make a suggestion. . . Top Ten ways to get Kindergartners interested in Writing. I feel like I have learned so much from you. Your writing info has been invaluable to me. I am strong in reading, math, themes, fun...writing has been where I have needed the most help. Thank you and congrats on your 1 year anniversary!

For a more fun Top ten teaching moments - serious and/or fun. I'll have to think about that one for myself. I am starting to get the giggles just thinking about it!

Alicia M said...

Sorry to post again, but I am a follower!

Laura Starnes said...

I follow your blog!

Kinder Kraziness

Laura Starnes said...

I've hit a wall trying to think about something for your Top Ten. How about your Top Ten favorite childrens classics.

Kinder Kraziness

Delighted said...

I follow your blog.

How about: The top ten reasons you love teaching kindergarten?

First Grade Delight

Amy @ Juice Boxes + Crayolas said...

Great giveaway! I'm a follower of course, and would love to win!! How about Top 10 Ways to Procrastinate Lesson Planning??? That's the post I should be writing... ;)

<3 Amy

Mrs. M said...

I just found your blog and I LOVE IT! I'm now a new follower! I viewed some older posts and could totally relate to your daughter eating a "chocolate" sandwich in front of the t.v. I'm not totally familiar with your top ten, but how about one of tips for juggling kindergarten kids and your own kids?


Rachel said...

I am a new follower! My suggestion for a top ten would be Top Ten favorite books for the holiday or season coming up:)

Buggy In Kindergarten said...

I follow your blog and love reading what you have to write.

Buggy In Kindergarten said...

As far as Tuesday Top 10, what about your Top 10 Tips for New Runners.

AubreyLaine said...

I am a follower. Thanks for the chance.
Top 10 ways to get kids excited about reading!
family74014 at gmail dot com

Living a Wonderful Life said...

I am of course a follower of your blog :)

Living A Wonderful Life

Living a Wonderful Life said...

Top Ten....hmmm. How about the Top Ten ways you know you're a teacher. You could make it into a linky party for others to join :)

Living A Wonderful Life

Ashley said...

Next year I will be switching from teaching first and second grade to teaching prekindergarten and kindergarten. My suggestion would be the top 10 things you enjoy teaching or recommend I should do during my school year. We have curriculum books for reading, math and religion but nothing else.

Another idea is the top 10 things to do during Kindergarten round up. Since I already teach at the school I will be doing our round up this May.

Elisabeth said...

I follow your blog! Since you do so much with writing (which I love- definitely my weakness!) I'd love to see a top 10 of writing projects that your students have been most successful with. Also- yay for 1 year! :)

Tales of An Elementary Teacher

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