Tech Lab Blog Challenge

This is a “reposting” from a blog challenge I participated in last year; now we have a new class of Tech Lab bloggers and a new challenge!

This challenge was originally lifted from a blog post by Matt Degner called “Be Great and Get Better!” Mr. Degner is the Principal of South East Junior High in Iowa City.

This week, I’m asking my EDU219 Tech Lab students to step up to this blog challenge. Lots of PLNs (Professional Learning Networks) take part in meme-based blog challenges. These offer a writing prompt and push us to follow/comment on each other’s blogs.

Here are our (amended) rules:

  • Acknowledge the nomination blogger (that would be me!)
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions your nomination blogger has created for you
  • List 11 bloggers (OK..for our purposes, since we’re new at this you can skip this part)
  • Optional: if the original challenge, each person finds 11 MORE bloggers to “nominate” to the challenge (and comes up with their own set of 11 questions). If you’d like to jump in and try this – AWESOME! No worries if you’re not there, yet. Or, if you’d just like to come up with your own set of 11 questions you’d ask others, go for it.

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I’m originally from South Dakota, but have lived over half my life in other places. I’ve met more than a few people (even in the Midwest) that think there is one large area called “the Dakotas”
  2. I know the words to a lot of songs. I like to sing them out loud. I do not have a good singing voice. I have an iPad app called Yokee. It’s a love/hate relationship.
  3. The first time I was in an airplane was to shoot video of The Golden Knights Parachuting Team (Army). It was a big cargo plane, and I was strapped in next to the large (open) door, laying on the floor with my head and camera hanging outside.
  4. I love to ride my bicycle.
  5. I like to cook and bake with my kids, but I dislike cleaning up afterwards.
  6. I’d like to become a better photographer (and I’d like to win the lottery so I can buy better lenses for my camera).
  7. There were 18 people (including me) in my HS graduating class.
  8. My dad was the principal of my high school.
  9. I feel aimless or lost if I do not have a book to read (electronic or solid surface does not matter)
  10. After my daughter started competing on a swim team, and I sat through the first meet (2-3 minutes of exciting racing followed by an hour of waiting for the next event, times 4-5 hours total) I called my parents and thanked them for sitting through all of my junior high, high school and college track meets. For 8 years I competed in the FIRST and LAST event of every meet.
  11. My parents grew up on farms roughly 3 miles apart, but didn’t know each other until they got to High School.

Since I didn’t actually get nominated, I’ll answer the same 11 questions (as I interpret them based on answers) that Mr. Degner answered posed by @aaron_becker32:

  1. My favorite book to read as a kid was the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Barrows, read the entire series out loud after lunch every day, and I read them all myself at least 3-4 times, too.
  2. My two favorite athletes: Billy Mills and Wilma Rudolph (but I’m also a fan of several retired quarterbacks who seemed to have retired with class…).
  3. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Barrows, my 4th grade teacher. The lasting lesson I have from her is how important it is to recognize and acknowledge good things in each other. Close second: Mrs. Van Balen; HS English/Lit.
  4. The best party food I make: can’t narrow it down, but we have a big back yard and occasionally have bonfires. I love to experiment making gourmet s’mores.
  5. Favorite location: anywhere on my bike OR a beach.
  6. One place I’d like to visit: southern Spain.
  7. Historical figure I’d like to meet: Susan B Anthony or Amelia Earheart.
  8. If I had 4 extra hours in every day: I’d hang out with my family and read more.
  9. Favorite Quote: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  10. Something in our field that I’m interested in learning: I want to explore and learn more about game-based learning theories.
  11. How would I change education/educational model? I’d quit thinking of students as the sum of their years. Why do we put all of the 9 year olds in a room together and assume this is the best way to group them in a learning environment?

Bloggers:  (I’m nominating EVERYONE in the class!)

My 11 Questions (so in addition to the 11 things about yourself, you’ll also answer these 11 questions)

  1. What’s one book you’ve read that you think everyone should read? (it can be for any age level or from any time in your life)
  2. What has been your best educational experience?
  3. What was your worst educational experience?
  4. If you were not pursuing a degree in education, what career field would you be heading toward?
  5. What is your favorite thing to do with a free hour? (assuming you had no homework or pending projects)
  6. Who was your favorite teacher?
  7. What’s your favorite quote?
  8. What’s something you’ve heard about (or read about) that you’d like to know more about?
  9. What’s one thing you’d like to change about our current educational system(s)?
  10. What is your stress reliever?
  11. If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere in the world, leaving next week, where would you go?

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