So, I Googled Myself

I always remember teachers telling us to watch what we posted on social media or anywhere else on the internet was free game to the rest of the world. So I was interested today to see what others would see if they were to Google my name.

I was expecting to find links to my Facebook and Twitter… But I also found the links to my photography website and my Pinterest account. I even found a basketball recruit profile, that I had forgotten I had created when I was a senior.. Clearly I thought college athletics were in my future! 😛

If one were to click on the Pinterest link, there would be many photography and food related pins! My Facebook account is full of cat videos and pictures of cows, and maybe a few posts making fun of the Huskers. I’d have to say that out of my social media apps that I am most active on Facebook.. And I have to admit I am that person that sees someones posts that has no likes… And I will be the first and maybe the only person to like it.

Images that pop up are some from blogs that I have posted, one was a senior picture from a local newspaper near my high school, and some pictures that were featured in articles that I may have been mentioned in.

It was kind of cool to “stalk” myself on the internet. Just to see what I could find, to see what ever74d2b8a7fc357cf91d76d82c3e6d6a23--dont-judge-internetyone else would find.


Don’t stop believing…. In hamburger helper


You can thank me already for getting this song stuck in your head!

Do you ever have those days when you get home from work, school, or practice and feel like doing absolutely nothing? And just yawn thinking about having to cook something for supper? ME TOO!

This was me just the other day. I was super tired and had zero energy and really didn’t feel like cooking a darn thing. I always try to make something homemade and zero energy really isn’t a factor when it comes to home-making something! So hidden on the very top shelf of my pantry I have a couple of boxes of hamburger helper, beef stroganoff it was. I have become quite fond of Velveeta brand, who can resist the cheese?

Also while in the pantry I grabbed my box of Bisquik, so I could whip up some little drop biscuits. So as usual I had to jam out while cooking… My choice that night? YouTube shuffle, starting with Don’t Stop Believing… You know, don’t stop believing in your cooking ’cause sometimes I worry myself. Cheesy peas were added to our meal at last minute, once again, who can resist cheese?

As everything began to mix together, melt, bake, etc., just as I was about to set the table, another classic jam began to play… Eye of the Tiger. How ironic is that!? I can’t be the only one who jams out to that song… Am I!? It’s like running the last lap in the race, YOU CAN FINISH!!

I was going to take a picture of my plate as I normally do, but I guess it was so good Andy ate all of it! No time to take a picture, so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it. 😉

As I relate Don’t Stop Believing to the classroom, I can’t help but to think of when I student says, “I can’t do this!!” Sure you can! Don’t stop believing in yourself, success takes hard work, time, and a lot of patience. I just remind them to remain positive, if you’re a negative Nancy about your work, guess what? You’re going to get negative results!

Making dinner out of a box isn’t ideal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add your own twist and make it even better!



The PLN of a Future Early Childhood Teacher

Building connections and relationships as a student and as an educator is a major key in life. Your connections can not only help you, but your peers, students, family, and your own children. You never know when you might get yourself into a pickle and need help. PLNs provide us with resources for our classrooms and even our home life.

Creating these PLNs has been awesome for me, I enjoy reading what others may think of a situation, or how there are other ways to handle a situation. Getting another opinion never hurts anything, and some experts give the best advice as well as provide links for resources, and even other experts. PLNs can be trusted, something you can fall back on when stuck planning a lesson, or rearranging your classroom to fit your kids just right.

I am an early childhood inclusive major, so I was debating on what Twitter pages and blogs I should follow to build this network. I followed some special education Twitter pages, some for high school as well as some for early childhood. I thought that maybe following both education levels that I could use the advice and resources from both to make connections in homework cases as well as when I am in the classroom.

The one Twitter page that stuck out to me was Teach Preschool, this page is ran by Debora Stewart an educator for over 25 years. Not only is there a Twitter page, but also a blog to go with! This blog allows you to sign up for daily updates, special offers, things like that. So I of course had to type mine in! I was exploring her Twitter feed, she re-tweets so many different topics, it is just unreal! I’m so glad that I followed this page so that I too have access to those resources.

The Age of Aquarius and…. Duck Eggs?

For those of you who know the song, Age of Aquarius, you might’ve started singing the words. If you have not heard this song and would like one to be stuck in your head, here’s the link for a great song to have stuck in your head! Age of Aquarius/Let the Sun In

IMG_0490This morning, I had a breakfast guest, my little brother, and probably the biggest critic. He’s only 10, but a 10 year-old can have more opinions than a 90 year-old! So, I decided I’d maybe make him a nice breakfast and see what he had to say. This mornings menu included: a bacon or sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich on a biscuit or crescent roll. The twist? I used duck eggs! I was really hesitant at first to use the eggs, but then I got to thinking, well they are eggs, they really can’t be that different are they? Well, they aren’t, they have a slightly larger yolk than a chicken egg, but other than that there isn’t much difference. So,IMG_0489.JPG everything is cooked and ready to be served, I go to get the boys, as I walk in to the living room, I see that they’re both glued to the TV… Who knew Paw Patrol could be so amusing to a 23 year old and ten year old!?

So my brother fixes his sandwich, looks at me and goes, “Sissy this tastes great!” SUCCESS!!!! I’m doing a victory dance in my head but just give him a simple smile and a thank you.

What was I jamming to while cooking? My 60s radio station on Pandora. I am a flower child at heart. 60s music is so relaxing and “cool” for me. I’m instantly chill as soon as the music starts playing. It’s definitely one of those genres that makes you want to sway and sing.

My duck egg hesitation reminded me of something in the classroom, a lot of children are hesitant to try new things, so if we can help them to weigh the pros and cons of something, they will become more confident with their choices. They can spread that confidence with their peers and help them conquer fears as well.

Passion Based Learning


Two points really stuck out to me in the first article I read. I have listed them at the end. Why did they stick out to me? As a future teacher, it is my goal to get to know each of my students so that I can help them to become the best that they can be. It may be kind of hard to ask a preschooler what they are passionate about, but simply helping them to discover what they love will help them to develop a passion for something. As an early childhood educator, I would really like to help those children develop a personality and become their own person.

They will soon realize that they are different from one another when it comes to their likes an dislikes. Some of them may have the same interests while others may have total opposite interests. It is important to bring them together as one unit to collaborate those interests to create one large “puzzle”. This week when I was searching for an image to put with my post. I found one that looks like a cork board with passion pinned to it. I think of this as a classroom asset, as a teacher, I can take a large board and hang it up in my classroom, and allow the children to use that board to share and collaborate on ideas.

1. Find out what each child innately passionate about.

2. Be an instructor that exudes passion for topic, and infect your students with that excitement.

Working cows, Janis Joplin, and dinner with the guys.

This title is all kinds of random, I know, but once I explain it, you might get the hang of it. Last Wednesday, we preconditioned our calves, I shouldn’t say we, I was in the kitchen all morning 😛

Up early at 5 AM, the guys caught their horses and I preheated my oven. You can’t have hungry cowboys trying to work cattle! When the cows were in and sorted, I delivered my goods- cinnamon rolls and orange juice. With the quick little break, they were ready to go back to work, and I headed back to the kitchen.

As I began laying out all of my ingredients , I turned on Pandora to my favorite station; Janis Joplin Radio. As I was laying everything out, I was strategizing how long each food would take to cook and when I would need to start it. I began singing, and cooking. Cooking my life away. While I was cooking, I had no worries, I was in my happy place! But I couldn’t help but think, how could my cooking preparations be transferred to the classroom?

As a teacher, preparation is definitely a major key. Laying out all the components of a lesson plan is almost identical to laying out ingredients in the kitchen. Everything has to be laid out in order, to be placed just right.

I was also thinking about music in the classroom? I think that music is an open door to creativity. When I’m dancing around in the kitchen when I cook, my creative juices begin flowing and motivation is at it’s highest. Children listening to music can be inspired to create, play, and even learn. There is nothing greater than seeing children dancing and singing in the classroom with huge smiles on their faces.

Jumping back into cooking, I occasionally glance out the window to check the progress of the cattle work, a check point to make sure I get lunch done on time. The first bunch is done, and I almost have everything ready to go into the roaster and crockpots. The dinner I have decided to serve is cavatini, green beans, salad, and for desert pound cake with peaches and cream. (Recipes attached!)

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Bunch number two is done and I have a group of hungry guys ready to chow down! As they wash their hands, they laugh and tell a few stories, but once they enter the kitchen, its chow time. One by one they load their plates and sit at the table. They’re still chatting away between bites, stories from the morning as well as stories from days past.

This reminded me of something else, children gathering around the table sharing memories. A lot of times, the only time children have “family” dinner time is at school with their friends. To me this is so important to ensure that the children have a time to sit down and share with their friends.

Desert was served and the stories slowly dissolved into good-byes. Horses were loaded and our help was headed home to their ranch duties.  The cattle were worked, the men were fed, and I cleaned up the kitchen  with Janis Joplin.


Sometimes when I am doing homework, I turn on Ted Talks on YouTube, and just let them play on “shuffle.” I have listened to several that I really enjoy but I always forget to write them down. I took the suggestion listed in this week’s assignments, I just typed in education Ted Talks.

I was honestly looking f

or something short, as I have an easier time analyzing it without overthinking it. The video I selected was about confidence.  The headliner confidence struck out to me, as I think it is something that so many young adults lack in today’s world. I get the opportunity to help coach junior high and high school girls. One thing that I’ve noticed is so common between the two is confidence. Sure, they make look like they are full of confidence and have no worries whatsoever. But when you sit down one-on-one with them, you see a whole new side to them. One you didn’t realize existed.


The speaker in the Ted Talk was a freshman in high school when she gave her presentation; she had just come out of junior high and was noticing many of the same things that I have with young women and men. The one point she made in her short 6 minute video was positivity. There are so many ways that we can incorporate positivity into our lives. Creating a positive environment in the classroom is something that will definitely help immensely in creating that state of mind for young adults.

I then began to think about how I would incorporate positive attitude into an early childhood classroom. Encouraging words at a young age can do so much. A simple smile and acknowledgement to a youngn’ who has painted a rainbow, or one who is struggling to write their name just right. A “you can do it!” when they’re learning to ride the bike without the training wheels. Positive posters on the walls and in the halls, notes home to start using more positivity, and having staff with positive attitudes can really help those children.

When I worked in the head start, and there was a child who maybe was a little hesitant to try something new, I always tried to encourage them to try it. My famous saying is, “You won’t know if you don’t like it until you try it!” I got quite a few looks that were both good and bad. It’s a lot harder than you think to talk a four-year-old into doing something.


ILP-Brainstorming ALL Week

I’ve been thinking all week about ideas for my ILP topic. I don’t want to be boring, but not totally wild and crazy with my idea.

Things that are important to me are my friends and family, ranching, photography, coaching, and my faith. As a college student I always try to give my 100% best and remain as positive as I can, always seeing the bright side of things. Things I really enjoy are photography, horses, cows, cats (I’m a crazy cat lady!!), music, and sports. Thinking this week I was really wanting to learn more about my favorite things.

I decided to do a little googling just to see if there was something else out there that I might be interested in. Below I have listed a few of those topics.

  • Inspirational quotes
  • bible verses, the bible in general
  • perspective-photography
  • create new lists every week (each list being a different topic)
  • how-tos
  • bacon
  • recipes

I loved all of these ideas, and from my favorites and the list, I really liked music and recipes. So for my ILP I have decided to combine cooking and music. I plan to share recipes for small and large crowds, and music, when/what it is appropriate for, as well as incorporating those into the classroom.

Every night while doing homework, I’m usually cooking supper and listening to music. Tonight, I was grilling chicken and potatoes, listening to some great country music, and somewhat trying to come up with a blog topic. When I’m in the kitchen cooking or baking, it gets my mind off of everything else, and is so relaxing. And 95% of the time when I’m in the kitchen, I have some form of music playing. I usually end up dancing around singing, flinging food, just having fun.

Now when I’m asked what kind of music I enjoy, I can’t say that I have just one favorite kind of music. If you were to log in on my Pandora, you’d see anything from classic country, to piano music, to Volbeat, and back to 50s and 60s malt shop music. I love music and without it, I wouldn’t be me! Another time I really enjoy listening to music is when I’m in the tractor. Most of the time, I drive a swather that has an excellent radio that picks up local FM stations and even some AM stations. I’ve been caught several times jamming out while mowing, getting a head shake and a laugh from my co-worker Jon. There was even one day in the pickup, I was singing along to a song, and the next and a little bit of another one, he looks at me and goes, “Is there any song you don’t know?” I just giggled and replied, “Nope!”

As the semester goes on, I can’t wait to share recipes and my love for music with ya’ll!


Watching Logan LaPlante’s video was an eyeopener to me, there are so many times, that we as adults don’t think a thing of it that we are boring children with our repetitive and redundant questions. Logan mentioned that kids get tired of hearing the same old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I can guarantee you that I was one of those kids that every time someone asked me that I had a new, off the wall answer. I know for a fact I’ve asked 90% of the young children I have worked with what they wanted to be when they grew up, now I feel bad because they too were thinking, ugh here’s another adult asking that same old question!

As educators, we can open those doors of opportunity for children to look into the world of career possibilities. We can show them the positive side of learning, not just brainwashing them into thinking that they HAVE to go to college and they HAVE to be successful. By the time they get older, late high school and into college, they’re so concerned with getting good grades and achieving high marks, that they often forget about learning, and absorbing information.

But the best part about Logan’s talk was his point, “I just want to be happy when I grow up” There is so much violence and hate in this world that most of the young children and young adults don’t know what true happiness is.

Moving on to Bud’s blog, the very first paragraph was my favorite, mainly because of his references to lenses and photography. Each lens provides you with a new view, because it is all about perspective. I couldn’t agree more with his statement regarding having several lenses in your bag, without the numerous lenses to catch every single view.

When I hear the word hack, it automatically has a negative connotation, both Bud and Logan make great examples of it. Hacking can help us to better understand something and to make improvements. Using hacking in a positive manner can help simplify things and in classrooms make subjects and topics easier for students and children to comprehend and apply.

Play has many dimensions, each to the appropriate age level. For young children, play helps them to explore their world, to develop social and problem solving skills. As they get older students learn to play around with new ideas, accepting them and creating their own ways to comprehend and learn.


photo creds: Dr. Tania

Dig Lit– What is it?

The Definition of Digital Literacy

When I was in elementary school, getting to use technology in the classroom was really rare. But I did go to a small country school so that might have had something to do with it. As I got into junior high, we had a class hour for typing and keyboarding and one for computer programs. I honestly never used technology for research until I was a freshman.

I think that using technology in the classroom is an outstanding idea, as long as there is some kind of limit to the use. I plan on working with Pre-K and Kindergarten students, now in my opinion, there should be a small tiny amount of technology used. Sure they need to get used to it, but most of those kids probably spend 85% of their time at home playing on some sort of tech device.

Digital literacy provides the educational world with ways to connect to the oustide world with resources, educational games, new reading material, and even pictures to help teachers and caregivers explain things to children and students. Digital literacy even provides the opportunity for educators to connect with other educators to share ideas and collaborate on projects.

I can’t wait for the day when I am a teacher and I get to show students that there is more to technology than just games and social media.