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Tag You Are It – Blog Meme

tag you are it
Many thanks to Nancy White for tagging me in a blog meme –what a great way to reflect as 2013 comes to a close! Nancy was tagged on Ben Wilkoff’s blog, who was inspired by Dean Shareski’s post. I decided to follow Nancy’s lead – an excellent way to connect with your PLN and encourage educators to use Twitter in their Daily Practice. I hope you’ll play along. Here’s my homework:

11 Random Facts about Me

1.  My first job after college was working for a Museum Planning & Design Company in Boston as a project assistant. I learned a lot about graphic design and visual literacy while working there.
2.  In high school, we didn’t have a gym. Our PE program was yoga. I came back to my roots 5 years ago and practice “on the mat” every day.
3.  I went to my first Grateful Dead concert when I was 18 at Englishtown NJ 1977 with LeeAnne Bentson and her brother.
4. I have been in educational technology since 1992, when I moved to Colorado first as a Media Specialist and then as Director of Technology. I am passionate about it!
5. I went backpacking by myself through Europe when I was in college.
6.  I grew up in an apartment in NYC.
7.  I am a trained facilitator in conflict resolution.
8.  I worked for an International Shipping company and learned Unix. For me, there is no MAC or PC, just digital devices.
9.  I started my education career as a volunteer for the Junior League of Connecticut. Due to the shortage of teachers, they were recruiting corporate professionals to teach classes one day per week in local Middle Schools.
10. I received an Alternate Route to Certification licensure during the same period in the 80s from the State of Connecticut and taught 8th Grade Social Studies.
11. I am currently living in Maui with my husband and his 98 year old mother. Our daughter and 3 grandchildren are less than an hour away.

11 Questions from Nancy:

1. What is your favorite technology tool for personal use?
I think the iPad has revolutionized the way we consume information. That being said, It is important to take Information Vacations on a regular basis.
2. What is your favorite technology tool for students?
The tools are changing, however I like any device that encourages students public speaking ability. It builds confidence.
3. What is your favorite book?
I think it would be the Clan of the Cave Bear series…or the Shogun series……hmmm.
4. What is the “next big thing” for education?
Professional Development for teachers that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration on a global scale.
5. Who do you most admire?
Dave Schmid, my principal and friend for many years. He is passionate about education and always reminded me that my North Star is “what is best for kids.”
6. What topic/topics are you currently researching?
Professional Development for teachers that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration on a global scale using Massive Open Online courses (MOOCs).
7. What is a favorite place you have visited?
I climbed the Pyramids at Giza and watched the sunrise. That was pretty spectacular.
8. What inspires you?
I like watching the light bulbs go off when training teachers to use educational technology. I know they will inspire their students with that same spark.
9. Who was your most memorable teacher?
Skeetor Tichnor, my yoga teacher. She has taught me the principles of Attitude, Alignment, and Action.
Were you a good student?
I was usually 3rd in class–until I got to college. I wanted to be a Math teacher, but flunked my first calculus course. I quickly decided that wasn’t the path for me.
How do you learn best?
I am a visual learner and I learn by doing.

Now It’s Your Turn: Tag –You are IT!

1. Tracee Vetting Wolf
2. Maureen Maher
3. Melissa Goodwin
4. Strawberry Olive – doesn’t have a blog.  Maybe this will encourage her..
5. Ary Aranguiz
6. Sandra Sinfeld
7. Felicia Sullivan
8. Keeley Sorokti
9. Brendan Murphy
10. Greg McVerry
11. Kevin Hodgson

11 Questions for these Bloggers

1. Where do you go when you want to think?
2. What is your comfort food?
3. What do you do when you want to relax?
4. Name one thing on your Bucket List.
5. Why is education important to you?
6. What is the Boldest Act of Defiance (BAD) you’ve ever attempted?
7. How do you problem solve?
8. What is the last thing that you made?
9. What is your favorite piece of art in your home?
10. What’s is the most creative thing you’ve ever done?
11. What would be the title of a book about you?

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: When you are tagged

Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
Share 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
List 11 bloggers.
Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you, or anyone on the above list.

Thanks to Nancy White for keeping the fire going.  Pass it on!


4 comments on “Tag You Are It – Blog Meme

  1. danceswithcloud
    December 31, 2013

    Thanks Cathleen – I enjoyed reading your blog – and I enjoyed taking a few moments to write about myself… Here are the people that I have tagged – and I hope I’ve let them all know:
    1. Eloise Sentito: http://esonlearning.wordpress.com/ @ESonlearning
    2. Andy Mitchell http://andydmmitchell.blogspot.co.uk/ @AndyDMMitchell
    3. Emily Purser http://uncontente.weebly.com/ @erpurser
    4. Willa Ryerson http://wryerson.wordpress.com/ @willaryerson
    5. Debbie Holley http://drdebbieholley.com/ @DebbieHolley1
    6. Amy Burvall http://www.amyburvall.com/ @amyburvall
    7. Rajiv Bajaj http://www.rajivbajaj.net/ @rajiv63
    8. Rick Bartlett http://drrbb2nd.blogspot.co.uk/ @rbb2nd
    9. Kelcy Allwein http://kelcym.wordpress.com/
    10. Angela Towndrow http://angelatowndrow.blogspot.co.uk/ @angelatowndrow
    11. Maddy http://mymoocadventure.wordpress.com/ @maddiekp
    Happy new year! S xx

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  3. cathleennardi
    January 1, 2014

    Thanks for taking the time to write and share, Sandra. A good tool to use for your students to encourage writing. When we know more about our PLN, it brings us closer together in cyberspace. Happy New Year!

    • Sandra Sinfield
      January 3, 2014

      Absolutely Cathleen! This is exactly the sort of activity that could set student quad-blogging off!

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