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Making up for lost dreams…

If I can sleep like this the rest of the summer, I should be half-way caught up by August. 

#1 reason to love Summer Vacation!! 

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Sometimes

Sometimes life outside the classroom gets in the way of life in the real world. 

Sometimes life in the real world gets in the way of life inside the classroom. 

Sometimes you need a break from both, and sometimes you need to repriortize. 

Funny how my last post was all about prioritizing. 

Maybe I should practice what I teach. 

Happy Belated Blogoversary!

I can’t believe I missed it!!!

All Access Pass’s one year anniversary was April 28th when I posted my very first blog post.

I’ve seen bloggers celebrate this milestone anniversary for over a year and I missed  mine!! So, I will celebrate today!

When I started this blog, I really didn’t know what to expect or how I would develop it. It was a challenge, or maybe even a dare, from a friend and I decided to take her up on it.

Blogging became a huge part of the summer of 2012.  I loved writing, reading, gathering resources, and organizing for the 2012-13 school year. I loved sharing my ideas. I loved having a voice and being accountable.

I documented some wonderful memories with my family.

I preserved some of my favorite photos with the Weekly Photo Challenge.

I also realized I had to ability to share my blog with hundreds of teachers on Edmodo which contributed to thousands of views by educators around the world.

Blogging about a job or a hobby requires you to know what you are talking about.  So researching has also become a hobby of mine.  The knowledge I have gained from that research and from other bloggers (in all fields – not just education) is amazing.

I think of reading blogs as a type of multi-tasking reading. In a half an hour, I can read a dozen posts or more on just as many topics.

While the stats are a little off due to the lateness of this post, here are the stats for my first year+ as a blogger:

Total number of posts: 166

Total number of followers: 214

Total number of views: 31,992

Viewers from 130 different countries

Top Post: Tricks to Teaching Character Types (2544 views)

Most Commented Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

Best Day for Views: 1,295 (Tuesday, Dec. 4th I posted Christmas Countdown!!)

Most comments (and “Facebook official” friendships): Olivia from oliviaobryon.com  and Mrs. AuburnChick from  auburnchick.wordpress.com (Thank you girls!!)

To my students (who have no idea this blog exists, but who provide me with endless topics to write about), to my children (who always ask, “Are you gonna put that on your blog?), to my family and friends (who faithfully read but aren’t involved in education) and to fellow teachers (who “get” what this blog is all about.)…Thank you for helping me make it happen! Thank you for following my blog, for commenting, and for sticking with me the last year.

So, going back to my very first post….Am I glad I took the risk? Was it worth it?  Absolutely!

As I’ve decided to commit to this blog again, I feel that same excitement I felt a year ago and  to me, that says a lot.  This is what I was meant to do.

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First, I’d Like to Thank….

A few weeks ago I received a WordPress notification of a comment from a new blogging friend, Olivia. There’s no easy way to say this without sounding like I am bragging, so I’ll just put it out there. She nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Being just a newbie in this blogging world, I feel honored and excited that someone who’s been blogging for so long thought of me when she had to list 15 blogs she enjoys!  Thanks so much for the nomination, Olivia!

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After a brief stint as a paid blogger for the state teacher’s association (with almost no feedback), this cyber award is worth so much more to me than a stipend. Isn’t that what everyone wants? A little recognition? A little affirmation?Absolutely!

Here are the rules:

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So here are 15 blogs that I nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award. I feel a little humbled to be awarding awards to people with so much more experience but each of these blogs has inspired me in some way over the past two months. I already feel connected to each of these bloggers. Each one of these people reminds me of a small part of myself.

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My nominees are:

1. From the Desk of Mr. Foteah (http://photomatt7.wordpress.com/) An elementary special educator who obviously loves his kids.

2. Looking for the Sweet Spot (http://lookingforthesweetspot.com/) A 40-something mom of 2 with a great sense of humor.

3. Teach for the Win (http://teachforthewin.wordpress.com/) A new teacher who believes all children can learn.

4. Jean Day Friday (http://jeandayfriday.wordpress.com/) A very witty teacher with 2 kids and husband who is also a teacher.

5. Differentiation Daily (http://differentiationdaily.com/) This blog is on “Summer Vacation” but it is full of great resources for differentiated instruction.

6. Old Teacher New Tech (http://oldteachernewtech.com/) A veteran teacher with a 2012 attitude towards technology.

7. AuburnChick’s Adventures (http://auburnchick.wordpress.com/) Attitude and inspiration! What more can I say?

8. Watch Erin Teach (http://watcherinteach.wordpress.com/) An honest, thoughtful, and thought-provoking teacher.

9. This, That and the Other Thang (http://thisthatandtheotherthang.wordpress.com/) So so so funny. This blog always puts a smile on my face!

10. Lessons from 40 Something (http://40somethinglessons.wordpress.com/) I am closer to 40 than 30. Yikes! There is something “relate-able” here.

11. jeremyhyler40 (http://jeremyhyler40.wordpress.com/) A middle school language arts teacher with great ideas for teaching writing.

12. Lowcountry Chalkboard (http://southcarolinasmiths.wordpress.com/)A special educator with great ideas for organization and classroom management.

13. Diary of “and frankly…” (http://alycianeighbours.com/) Love the concept behind her blog. Read “My Story – Deciding to Dance”…..Worth. Every. Minute.

14. 365 Life Lessons (http://365lifelessons.org/) Photography and quotes from real people. Two of my favorite things!

15. Cheryl Huffer (http://cherylhuffer.com/) A dedicated blogger (mother, teacher, and wife) who plans on posting every single day of 2012 (366 days since it’s leap year!)

To follow the rules, here are 7 random things about me:

1. A simple thing I’ve always wanted to be able to do: dance. I don’t mean like professionally. I mean like for fun: at weddings, at proms, at bars. I am absolutely jealous of people who have the bravery, the carefree attitude, and the “I don’t care how stupid I look” mentality.

2. A thing I will do only in the presence of a few people: sing. I have a horrible voice but that doesn’t stop me from singing in the car, with the kids, and occasionally, in the presence of Admiral Bodee.

3. Consequently, I love the Wii game, Just Dance 3. I can dance and sing as loud and as crazy as I want in the privacy of my living room. I am terrible at it, but I still have fun.

4. We did not own a video game system until Christmas Day 2011. I have always been anti-video games with the exception of the Nintendo DS which was pretty much a car ride only activity. I broke down this Christmas and bought a used Wii on eBay and am happy with the amount my kids do not play it. Two days ago we turned it on for the first time since May 28th because it was just too stinking hot to play outside. Everything in moderation.

5. I desu ot eb yrev tneulf ni gnitirw, gnidaer, dna gniklat sdrawkcab. (Translation: I used to be very fluent in writing, reading, and talking backwards.) My best friend, Ycats, and I used to write notes to each other in high school backwards and in cursive no less!!

6. At one time in my life I was allergic to milk, beef, wheat, vanilla, and green peas. My diet consisted of fruits, vegetables, and chicken. At that point I learned to try a lot of new foods and flavors. I can now eat all of those foods in moderation.

7. My high school burned down – thanks to an arsonist – when I was in 10th grade. It’s something you always “wish” would happen, until it does. I talk about the fire every single time we have a fire drill at school. The kids roll their eyes every single time.

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