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Friday, October 28, 2011

#Rockstar Meme Blog Award

Wow!  Can you believe it?  Me? A #Rockstar? Well, at least my friends, Denise Krebs, blog author of Dare to Care and Sheri Edwards, blog author of What Else? - 1DR think so, as they have both awarded me with this #Rockstar Meme started by Miguel Guhlin.

When one is awarded the meme, according to the originator Guhlin, they are supposed to Write a Post about how Blogging has Rocked your World then:
  1. respond to the meme and link back to this blog entry
  2. leave a comment on this blog entry and then ask 5 more people to participate
  3. Notify those 5 people by sending them a quick note (a tweet prob would work).
So here goes....

  • I wouldn't have met so many wonderful individuals from around the globe.  I have met (virtually, through their blogs of course) people from all across the United States, Norway, Sweden, Argentina, Australia and more! They have opened my eyes to worlds, cultures and ideas that I may never have had the chance to experience.
  •  I wouldn't have been as reflective in my teaching practice.  As a teacher we are always reflecting. But writing it down makes one even more accountable for their actions. I'll often reflect upon a lesson that was taught in class and write a blog discussing ways I could add/change resources or techniques that will make me a more effective teacher. 
  •  I wouldn't have explored resources and researched content with such ferocity.  Writing posts sends me on quests to find information, sift through what is helpful and fresh, and keeps me current with my teaching practices.  Always looking for new tools to share with my students and colleagues. Always looking to learn something new!
Presenting Global Learners Blog @ MassCUE11
  • I wouldn't have dared to present at a conference or workshop out of my district! Just recently I created a presentation that will hopefully get people interested in Blogging and was allowed to present at the Massachusetts Computer Using Educator's Conference 2011! I feel so strongly that everyone has something to share & wanted people to realize that everyone can BLOG! 
BLOGGING ALLOWS ME TO BE CREATIVE AND HAVE A VOICE! I love adding my photographs and touching them up with different programs.  I love trying to make my writing interesting to engage my readers.  I love thinking up ways to arrange my posts in ways to add to the content.  I love being able to share and hopefully make a difference!

Blogging Has ROCKED my World!   Thank you Denise & Sheri for awarding me this Meme to once again take the time to reflect! (I should be adding you too, but then the meme would be a cirlce, right! You both have given me so much!)

I am passing this #Rockstar Meme onto the following people:

  • Carol Ann Palmieri - My sister who has inspired me in so many ways with her wonderful talents - blogging among them: MA Homes Real Talk!
  • Laura Komos - A teacher who uses and shares ideas about the Daily5 & CAFE (which is a way to structure & teach reading) - Delightful Daily 5 Cafe
  • Laura Devlin - a fourth grade teacher who I met through Twitter & whose blog is just full of thought-provoking ideas and a passion for teaching: Teach Children Well 
  • Erica Shepherd - A fourth grade teacher with fabulous ideas and resources: Shepherd's Shining Stars
  • Heather Mathews - a teacher fairly new to blogging who reflects upon her teaching and is not afraid of change: Hot Pants Education
 Thanks to all those bloggers I follow in my Google Reader!  You have opened up a whole new world to me! BLOG ON!



  1. Hooray for Nancy! I love this, and you have given me five new blogs to check out. Thanks for participating in this meme.

    I can relate to your "without blogging" items, especially the first two--I've met so many wonderful people and have definitely become more reflective in my teaching. (My blogs are an essential source in my online professional portfolio.)

    I've said it before, but I am so proud of you for your presentation at MassCUE11. You have inspired me to consider presenting at our state reading conference in April--something technology-related, I am sure.

    Thanks, Nancy!

  2. Thanks so much for passing on this award to me. I am so excited to post about it.

  3. My favorite part is that you LOVE to blog, that you "always looking to learn something new." "write a blog discussing ways I could add/change resources or techniques that will make me a more effective teacher," and "able to share and hopefully make a difference!" You've really explained what a 21st Century teacher looks like, which you are! And now I have more people to learn from in the people you have added to the meme. Thanks, Nancy!

  4. @Denise: I feel we have started this journey together as we met through the Edublogs (and Sheri too!!). It is amazing to see how far we have come. I love that you have started so many wonderful projects (Friday Photos & Children's Literature Blog)! It shows your passion and dedication!

    @Erica - Can't wait to read your post. I so enjoy your blog & since you are an elementary teacher you are near and dear to my heart!

    @Sheri - I am so happy you decided to take the Edublog Challenge too as that is where we met too! I think you were one of the first people to comment on one of my posts (which made me realize the importance of leaving comments!!). I so enjoy learning from you! Thank you for being an integral part of my PLN!

  5. Wow, what an honor! I love your blog and reading about your thoughtful and innovative teaching. Thanks for the props! (now I have to figure out what to do....)

  6. Hi Nancy,

    Great points about how blogging has rocked your world. I love that you recently presented at a conference out of your district! I too have presented out of district several times this past year, and I didn't even think about what gave me some confidence in my own voice. Blogging most definitely has helped me realize that I do have something valuable to share with others. Thanks for helping me think about that.

    Doesn't presenting require a different amount of intense energy than being in the classroom? Do you think it's because you have those relationships built with your class over time, and when you present in front of adults, it might be your one and only time to connect with them?

    Congrats on presenting & for being a #Rockstar! Awesome!

    Kind regards,

  7. Tracy,
    Thanks for reading the Meme post. Blogging has become such a part my life. When I was younger I used to keep a diary, write stories and poetry. Somewhere along the line I stopped doing those things on a regular basis. When I started blogging, it all came back - the feelings of enjoyment, reflection, creativity! It really has rocked my world!
    Presenting....gosh, I was such a nervous wreck. Put me in front of an audience of children and I'm fine...put me in front of adults and I am feel very intimidated. Until I get going & get caught up in my own enthusiasm. Hopefully, my passion shines through. I think you bring up a very valid point about creating the bonds with our students vs. the one time connection with our audience. I hadn't really thought of it like that. I am hoping to revise my presentation and create others and see if I can do it again.

    Thanks again for stopping by and taking an interest! I appreciate it and look forward to connecting more often!


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