Friday, March 3, 2017

Nice to Meet You! {SOL 3.03.17}

The SOLSC is an opportunity to meet so many new friends. I'd thought I'd take a moment and introduce myself and share a few things about me. Since there are 29 days left to this challenge, I will share 29 things. (Thank you to Lisa Keeler for the post idea!)
  1. I am currently a 5th grade teacher, although that will change next year as I begin a new adventure that I will write more about on Saturday. 
  2. I am a Teacher Consultant with the UW-Milwaukee Writing Project. I love to help other teachers teach writing.
  3. I am also currently a student working on the Writing for Children program with the Institute of Children's Literature. It is my dream to publish a book some day.
  4. I have two kids -- a college freshman and high school senior.  They are my proudest accomplishment.
  5. I have been married to my husband for 22 years. We met while working a summer job together at Six Flags.
  6. I have two dogs -- an old Springer Spaniel named Toby and a younger Puggle named Rosie.
  7. I am always reading too many books at once. I try to finish one before beginning another, but can't stop myself.
  8. I am addicted to buying washi tape.
  9. My bullet journal is my lifesaver! (It also is a place to display my many washi tapes.)
  10.  I am a positive thinker and love to share inspirational quotes on Thursdays with #positivethinkingthursday.
  11. I am an adjunct professor and teach classroom management to new teachers.
  12. I love to garden and last year grew so many cantaloupes I harvested 16 in one day alone!
  13. I nap every day.
  14. I wake up at 4:30 every morning. (Hence, #13 above.)
  15. My favorite pens are Papermate Ink Joy Gel 0.7. I can thank my friend Michelle Haseltine for bringing these wonderful writing tools into my life. 
  16. My favorite snack is almonds.
  17. I love the color turquoise.
  18. I am speaking at three conferences this summer about our schoolwide writing project called The Cartonera Project. I hope to expand this project into other schools around the country.
  19. I collect notebooks for journaling, but probably have more than I will ever use.
  20. The All-Write Conference in Indiana is by far my most favorite conference to attend. The speakers there are great and it's where I meet up with many of my blogging friends in real life. 
  21. I live in Wisconsin.
  22. This is my 4th year participating in the Slice of Life March Challenge.
  23. My favorite place to write is on my front porch.
  24. I love to bird watch. I was so excited when I spied the first robins and red-winged blackbirds of the spring earlier this week!
  25. Breakfast is my favorite meal.
  26. My favorite read aloud novel is Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. 
  27. Jeff Goins is my favorite professional writing blogger.
  28. My first blog was called Mrs. Laffin's Laughings.
  29. I have taught for 9 years at the same school.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you this month too! 


  1. YAY!!!! I may steal this post idea too. I love that I knew so much of these, but I learned more. You are wonderful!!!!

  2. Seeing what people choose to write about themselves is always interesting to read. Thank you.

  3. I love getting to know you better! So many wonderful attributes to share! My favorite: #13. :) Thank you for the positive vibes and inspiration that you continually send.

  4. Love this -- learned so much about you and wrote some things down to learn more about. I will be at All Write this year -- will you? I would love to connect more in person with you. You always push my thinking as an educator and parent. Thank you!

  5. I love this format! I may steal it for my own post this month!

  6. Can't wait until Saturday to learn of your teaching role next year. I love random facts to store away about people. Sadly, I won't be at All Write this year, I will be in CA babysitting my granddaughter and savoring every moment with her while mourning that I am not with you and the tribe of writers.

  7. Great list! We have so many commonalities, it's fun to think about (WI, 9 years of teaching, just bought my first washi tape ... ). I may have to borrow your borrowed list idea! Interested to hear what you new next step will be!

  8. It is always great to learn about the people who make up this great writing community. Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself.

  9. I may not be back to All Write, but I savor the memories there with everyone. Love hearing all about you, Jennifer, though I think I know most of them. I love seeing where you live, envy the beautiful space you have.

  10. This is a great slice idea! And I even learned a few things. I am sad to hear Elsie and Linda won't be at All Write! :(

  11. Love list writing, especially as a way to get to know someone better. I believe your dream of publishing a book will come true someday.


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