Sunday, 5 January 2014

Tag ... pass it on

A great way to start the New Year - connecting with peers, reflecting on ourselves and planning for the year head. Happy 2014!!

I got "tagged" (nominated) by  - check out his awesome blog here

The blogging task includes:

  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  • List 11 bloggers.
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

11 Random Facts about me!!

  1. If I didn't become a teacher I would have studied to become a carpenter
  2. I'm quite good at line dancing
  3. When I was in university I facilitated a programme where each Sunday morning we closed the swimming pool to men so Muslim women could come and swim - I've never met a group of women so strong or fun!
  4. I'm an introvert. I enjoy my own company and need alone time to recharge. 
  5. I came to New Zealand for only one year  - 10 years ago ...
  6. Watching Shortland Street is my guilty pleasure. 
  7. My best travel experience is when I hired a man named Hien to drive me on the back on his motorbike through the highlands of Vietnam. 
  8. I love grocery shopping!
  9. Last year I won my first indoor bowls club title. 
  10. I love the satisfaction I get from crossing things off a to-do list. 
  11. I really miss Canadian winters!

Answers to @mattnicoll's Questions 

  1. What inspired you to become a teacher? I guess the fact that I really like learning. I actually started university studying business but quickly decided that it wasn't for me so I started looking at what else I might do and realised that all my part-time jobs - swim instructor, babysitter, day-camp programmer all involved kids and teaching and that's what I really loved!
  2. What is/are the biggest change/s you made to your teaching in 2013? Personalising learning for each student. 
  3. What is the best thing about being a teacher? When students get excited about learning something new or feel confident and rewarded with their learning achievements. 
  4. Which country do you most want to visit/revisit next? Spain 
  5. What does Christmas mean to you? Christmas means family ... and pavlova with strawberries!
  6. What are your favourite films? Hmmm, many to choose from but since its just been Christmas I'm going to say Elf - I watch it every year at this time. 
  7. What type of music do you listen to? Country music ... I love Canadian country music radio.
  8. Film or theatre? Why? Theatre - each performance has something new to offer and there is engagement between a cast and the audience. 
  9. What pet/s do you have? None, but I have some plants I'm pretty partial to. 
  10. What are you looking forward to most in 2014? Watching my new baby grow
  11. If you had a million dollars but had to give it all away, what would you do with the money? I would give it to micro-finance companies. I like the idea of empowering communities of people to help themselves and build businesses based on an individuals own skills and ideas. 

My 11 Questions:

  1. What is one of your goals for 2014?
  2. What is your favourite place in New Zealand?
  3. How do you recharge after a long day?
  4. What advice would you give to a beginning teacher?
  5. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
  6. Who is the most influential person in your life?
  7. What is your mantra?
  8. What inspires you?
  9. Sweet or savoury?
  10. What was your best moment of 2013?
  11. What is your favourite app?


  • @sterling_amanda
  • @sukhpabial
  • @JamiePowerNZ
  • @EmmaWinder25
  • @MsBeenz
  • @carltonwinter
  • @arrow12345
  • @emmerw
  • @paulinehendog

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