Thursday, July 26, 2012

Trying this whole linky thing...

I'm linking up (or trying to at least) with Janis Leach from Grade Three is the Place for Me for the Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop! This is my first linky so don't make fun of me if I don't do it right! :) Plus, don't we tell our students that mistakes are powerful tools for learning? ;) 

Here are the Questions:

 1.  what state you are in
    2.  your current teaching position
    3.  your teaching experience
    4.  when you started blogging
    5.  share a blogging tip / blogging resource

And now I'll dish! 

1. I'm in Indianapolis, IN. and I have been my whole life.  I don't have any intentions of leaving, either. Indy.. you're stuck with me! 
2. Second Grade at a public International Studies Magnet.
3. NONE! :) This will be my first year teaching! EEEEK! I graduated from IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis this May.  I student taught for a semester in 4th grade and a semester in Kindergarten.  While I genuinely LOVED both experiences, the little ones stole my heart!! 
4. I LITERALLY started blogging YESTERDAY! It has already been an adventure.  I'm hoping I'll eventually get the hang of it.. there are many, many things to learn! 
5. Well since I'm new, I can only share what I know as a viewer of roughly a million blogs -- give or take a few.  I think it's important to balance what you're blogging about. If you have a TPT store, don't ONLY use your blog to advertise your priced items! I want to read about your ideas, your exciting times in the classroom, and the exciting times in your life! 

And now I have a question! When you're offering freebies on your blog... do you typically link it to your TPT freebies or do you do a google doc?  I have no idea how to handle google docs but if that's the way to go, then I will learn! :) Thanks!


  1. Hi! Welcome to the bloggy world! Congratulations on your first year of teaching, I think that you will love it! I'm your newest follower, stop by sometime:
    As for freebies, I tend to use my TpT account, for the same reason, haven't looked into google docs, so if you do figure it out, share with us! =)

  2. Welcome to blogging! I am a new blogger as well, but not new to teaching. :) I haven't put any freebies on my site yet so it will be interesting to see what others post that they like to do!
    I am your newest follower. Please follow my blog as well Visit P.J. Jots!

  3. Welcome to blogging Sam! I hope you love it as much as I do.

    That is so exciting that you are about to start your first year. I would love to help if you ever need anything. =)

    I post *freebies* on my blog and TpT store. I can try and help you if you want to try Google Docs.

    I tried to follow you but for some reason my picture isn't showing up in your follow box. I'll try again soon. If you get the chance, I would love for you to hop over and visit me. =)

    Heather's Heart

    1. You are so sweet!!!! I'm sure I'll be needing lots of help this year and I'm so glad I can come to you!

      I'm not sure what's going on with the follower part... the last three people who have tried to follow have just shown up as gray heads with no names! hmm! I'm now following you adorable blog! :)

  4. Congratulations on your new blog! I like your template.
    I am by no means a blogging expert, so take my advice with a grain of salt, as they say. What I try to do with my freebies is to post some on TPT and others only on the blog with GoogleDocs. I think (hope!) that encourages people to visit and maybe follow both places.

    It's so exciting to be starting your first teaching job, Sam! Good luck to you!

    Primary Inspiration

    1. Thank you for the advice and the sweet words! I'm off to your blog to check it out :)

  5. Welcome to teaching and blogging! The great thing about entering teaching now (instead of years ago, in the pre-internet days when I started:) is that not only do you have all the teachers in your building to learn from, now you have all your blogging buddy teachers to go to for just about anything you need!
    Stop by anytime!

    Teaching in Progress

    1. Isn't it fabulous?! The support among teachers in the internet world is amazing!!!!

  6. Hi Sam! I just started blogging a couple of days ago too. It's eye opening, isn't it? Anyways, I'm your newest follower and I've awarded your blog an award. Come and check out my blog to receive it! By the way, great blog!

  7. Hey, Sam! Great blog design. I'm excited to be your newest follower. I've only been blogging since the spring so I'm relatively new as well. To answer your question, I usually just link back to my TPT store and that's how *most* of the freebies I run across do it as well, but I have seen some Google docs used. Really, I think it's whatever's easiest for you. The idea behind linking to TPT is that hopefully people will start browsing and then might also purchase something from your store as an added bonus! To keep you motivated to blog, I'm awarding you with the 'One Lovely Blog' award. Stop by my blog tomorrow to pick it up and pass it on! :)

    Classroom Compulsion

    1. Thanks for the advice! I think, for me.. it will be easier to send them to my store! We shall see! :)

  8. I am excited to find another newbie blogger on the blog hop! Congratulations on your wedding and your job! Happy to be your newest follower!
    Learning 4 Keeps

  9. Hey Sam! I joined the linky and nominated you for an award. Head over to my blog to pick it up!

  10. I'm a new follower through the blog hop. Hop on over to my blog and enter my giveaway which starts tomorrow!


  11. I am your newest follower

    I love the Toms

    I am now following you but I don't know what happened to my picture it is a litle gray box

    Pocket Full of Kinders

    Shuna P

  12. Hi Sam! Well if I'd stopped by your blog before emailing you, I'd know where in Indiana you live! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower!
    Primary Pizzazz

  13. Hi, I am one of your newest followers and I have nominated you for an award. You can check it out at Fun and Learning in First.

  14. Cute blog! Congratulations on your first year of teaching! I just started blogging on Saturday! It's overwhelming and addicting right??!! However, this is not my first year teaching-you are impressive! Good luck this year-but I don't think you'll need it!

    1. You are so sweet. I am going to go check out your new blog. This is crazy addicting.... Like we needed anything else to obsess over right?