Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunshine Award

This week, I was nominated for a Sunshine Award/PLN Blogging Challenge by TWO people. One with whom I have the pleasure of working everyday, Jacki Prati. They other is an awesome educator in my Twitter PLN, Drew Frank.

What is a sunshine award?  Here is a description for the Sunshine Award shared by Matt Renwick:
The Sunshine award gives others an opportunity to learn more about me as a blogger and then, in turn, I will send sunshine the way of 11 other amazing bloggers for you to get to know!

And now...the rules:
  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  • List 11 bloggers. They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers 
  • know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

So, here are 11 random facts about me:

1. I have been to 12 foreign countries: France, The Netherlands, England, Ireland, Sweden, Guatemala, Mexico, Italy, Norway, Germany, Canada and Spain.

2. I was in show choir in high school.  But, we didn't enter competitions.  Instead we did a 2 hour show every March called "An Evening With The Ambassadors."  It's embarrassing to admit, but I can sing all the parts of "One Day More" from Les Miserables.  

3. I went skydiving when I was 22.  I was a senior in college.  I'm glad I did it, but I have no desire to ever do it again.

4. My dream is to publish a book.  Not sure if I will write a YA novel, or a professional book.

5. I have been waterskiing since I was about 5 years old.  I grew up going to a lake house every summer near Traverse City, Michigan.  Waterskiing was a party of my daily life for about 25 years.

6. I have been a member of CISV for the past nine years. For the past 8 summers, I have been a leader at summer camps for 11 year olds from all over the world.  I take 2 boys and 2 girls from the Columbus area to a 4 week summer camp.  Visit the Columbus chapter of CISV's website here.  

7. I was a film major as an undergraduate at Denison University.  I wanted to be a film director.  There's still hope!

8. I was a model in a brochure for Crayola.  My father worked was a marketing executive for Crayola, and they needed a kid to model some of the new products.

9. I was voted best dancer of my senior class in high school.

10.  I was a gymnast for 7 years.  I competed in the two AAU national meets in gymnastics before I quit when I was 14 because I wanted more of a social life.  Practice 16 hours a week was a bit much!

11. I've shaken hands with Russell Crowe and Bono, at separate times. I met Russell Crowe when I was in the VIP section at the Indianapolis 500.  I touched Bono when I was at a U2 concert in 2005.  He entered the stage and walked right past me.  For some reason, I had this urge to reach out and touch him.  He looked at me and shook my hand.

I will answer both Jacki and Drew's questions below.

Here are my answers to Jacki's 11 questions:

1. Why did you become a teacher?

I seriously became a teacher because I seemed to always feel comfortable around kids. Whether I was babysitting as a teenager, teaching gym classes at The Little Gym, or tutoring kindergarten kids as a college student, I seemed to always understand how to work with them.  Oh, yeah, and to help students become active learners in the 21st century and all that stuff...

2. If you couldn’t have a job in education, what job would you choose?

Honestly, I don't know.  I would work in the media communications field.  Video editing probably.

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?

It's a tie.  Pulp Fiction because it blew my mind as a high school senior.  It's the reason I wanted to be a film student.  I think it was a game changer in American cinema.  Also, Stand By Me, which is surprisingly based on a Stephen King short story.  This movie seems to truly grasp what it's like to grow up as a boy.  I love the book/movie explores the relationship of 4 boys growing up.

4. What is something that you want to do but you’ve never had the time, money, or chance to do it?

Backpack across Europe or South America.  When I win the lottery, I plan to travel as much as possible.  I love learning about new cultures and seeing the world.

5. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or not living, who would it be? Why?

Paul McCartney - Come on, man, the guy was a Beatle.


Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert - Those three make me laugh so much.  I'd probably have milk shooting out my nose from laughing so much.

6. What is your earliest memory?

Sitting on the floor in my house with my stuffed animal dog named Morgan.  I called him "Mow-way" because I couldn't pronounce Morgan.  (This was last week).

7. What is one piece of advice that you would give to a new teacher?

Classroom management and building community should be the primary focus for your first year.

8. Who has been the most influential person in your life?

There is not one single person.  I believe that we are made up of bit & pieces of everyone we've ever met.  Good or bad, I've learned something from everyone I've ever met.

9. What book are you currently reading?

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu, Reading In The Wild by Donalyn Miller

10. What book are you planning to read next?

Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner

11. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Cookie Dough

Here are my answers to Drew's questions:
  1. What is your favorite movie of all time?  Pulp Fiction & Stand By Me.  (See above)
  2. If you could go to have attended any concert anytime in history, what would it have been? I would have attended a U2 concert during the 91-92 Zoo TV tour.  I've seen video and it looked incredible!
  3. What do you do for fun? Hobby? I travel, play golf and read.
  4. What two guests would make the best comedic pair as co-hosts for the Oscars? Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert
  5. Cat, Dog or Goldfish? Why… Goldfish.  Not as much work as dog, and I'm allergic to cats.
  6. How do you caffeinate? Coke
  7. Favorite twitter chat? #tlap or #5thchat
  8. Best place you ever vacationed? Guatemala or Spain
  9. Best book you’ve read in 2013? Reading In The Wild by Donalyn Miller
  10. Favorite television shows? LOST or Breaking Bad
  11. What is one thing you never/rarely share that you are exceptionally proud of? Honestly, I'm proud of what I do everyday at school.  But, I'm really proud of leading fundraising efforts at a former school for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The kid who we were sponsoring was at the actual event and it was very emotional to give him one of those large checks saying his wish was granted to go to Disney World.

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1 comment:

  1. Scott,
    Your post made me smile! Thanks for sharing this fun info! And, what would it take to get you to demonstrate some of your gymnastics moves at school?