Friday, July 16, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Margo at The Fourth Musketeer for nominating my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.  WOW! 

Here's how this award works:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

Here are 7 things about me...whether they are interesting or not will be up to you I guess!

1.  I knew I was going to be a teacher on my very first day of nursery school...and I NEVER changed my mind! 

2.  My teaching methods were cutting edge...even at the ripe young age of 7.  I would lock my brothers in my classroom...I mean bedroom...and teach them 'sight' words in Frog and Toad by telling them the word and having them repeat it several times with me.  I would then 'erase' the word (until there was a hole in the page) and ask "Now, what was that word?"...using the 'cloze' method before I knew it was the 'cloze' method!  

3.  My teaching roots run deep!  My grandmother taught in a little one room school house in the mountains of West Virginia.  I actually have the hand bell she used to call the children in from recess and her textbooks (with her hand written notes) from Normal School.

4.  I can sing...on my sleep!  Oh, by the way...I can sing on key when I am awake too! ;-)

5.  I have no need for a TomTom or Garmin.  I have an internal GPS thanks my mom who taught us all how to use maps, road signs, and landmarks, instilling a GREAT sense of direction! Thanks Mom!

6.  I went to grade school with Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Lou Retton.

7.  In my next career I want to be a school librarian because my favorite part of 'teaching' literacy is connecting kids, teachers, and parents with books!

15 Blogs that I enjoy visiting:

Happy Reading!


  1. Congrats! That is just awesome! I love Margo's site so much. And I love how connected you are with what you do for a living. You can really tell you love what you do.

  2. Susan,

    Congratulations to you on this award and thank you so much for passing it along to me! I read your comment on my blog just before I went to sleep last night and I definitely had sweet dreams. :)

    I just checked out all the blogs you listed that I am not currently following and subscribed to all the literacy related ones via GoogleReader. I can see why you enjoy visiting them--they look great!

    I really enjoyed learning more about you and will write up my post for this award soon.

    Thanks again, Susan!

    Julie (aka TWRCtank)

  3. Love the blog! I am currently reading Anita Silvey's "Everything I Needed to Learn I Learned from a Children's Book". Fabulous! I am so psyched to read the books mentioned by the different folks she interviewed.

  4. Julie you are welcome! I so enjoy your really expands my thinking!

    Sue~Thanks! I like Anita Silvey's is so interesting to read the authors' thoughts on children's book they enjoyed and were empacting. Last year I shared some of the essays with my students...great way to help them get to know authors better. Thanks for stopping by...come back often!

  5. Enjoyed your post. How fun that you have the bell from your grandmother's teaching days in a one room school house! I was also pleased to hear you were experimenting with literacy teaching methods even back in the day. I'm sure your brothers are wiser for it!

    Thank you for mentioning my blog. I feel like I'm still trying to find my voice in the blog-o-sphere. It means so much to hear someone has stopped by! ;o) We started our blogs at nearly the same time. I always look forward to finding your updates in my reader! You have so much to share!

    Crossing my fingers for you in September!

  6. Congratulations on winning this award!!!

  7. I'm sorry to be so late in responding, but I finally have posted this on my blog ( Thanks so much for nominating me. I appreciate it and am enjoying reading your blog. Happy reading!