Friday, July 20, 2012

Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop

I ran across this Blog Hop while looking at Blogger Brigid's "Must Have Picture Books" list. Brigid's Daily Lesson Log has some sweet little ideas on it. Stop by and say "Hi!"

I am joining a "Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop." Janis from Grade Three Is the Place For Me started this linky party this past Wednesday. I think this is a great idea for all of us "newbies" to connect! We will all be able share ideas and give suggestions! Link up if you can...SUPPORT each other!

Sooo what are you waiting for....LINK UP!

This is what you need to do:

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

Here's my information:

1. I live and teach in Wisconsin.

2. I have been teaching 4th grade for the last five years. This has always been my "dream position!"

3. I just finished my 20th year of teaching. I've taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, a multi-age 5th/6th grade PLUS 7th-9th grade technology.

4. I started putting together my blog in March, but I didn't "put it out there" until June.

5. Give yourself plenty of time to figure out how blogging is going to fit into your busy life! Before jumping into big endeavors, figure out timing by actually trying. An example is the "Monday Made Its" at 4th Grade Frolics. I'm trying this during the summer and am finding out that this is a pretty time intensive, it's addictive! Also, make friends with the "Schedule" feature in your blog! This allows you to "post date" your blog entries at busy times!


  1. I'm a newbie here too, so I'll be heading over to link up!
    Great tip about taking the time to fit things in as this blogging world can be addicting and steals time from you easily.

  2. I'm your newest follower. Hope you can stop by my blog for a visit.

  3. I am a 4th grade teacher too! I am excited to share ideas with you. I love how blogs connect us all. It is great to meet you! I am your newest follower! I am a new blogger too and found you on the newbie blog hop. I love connecting with other teachers and getting new ideas!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

    1. The owl theme is just sweet as can be! I look forward to seeing what you have in store!

  4. Your blog name made me giggle...and I giggled more when I read you are a superintendent's wife! I'm glad you joined the Newbie blog hop! I read your list of must reads and I had never read books 3-6 on your list. I will definitely have to check out that one from Cynthia Rylant! I love her! And I agree with you....Patricia Polacco is truly a masterful children's author!!

    Grade Three is the Place for Me

    1. Your response made me smile. Yep...the conversation's interesting at my house...but I can honestly say that my husband is a pretty open minded guy and I have more respect for what he does than I ever did before...

      Love your blog! Tons of great ideas!

  5. A happy hello to blogging. I teach 3rd grade. Pop on by.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

    1. Love your blog...the Swatters are a hoot! I hope I win one!

  6. I just found you at the Newbie Blog hop and I'm a new follower! I agree it can be stressful blogging and that is not what I wanted when I started so the schedule your blog post is a great idea!

    I'd love for you to buzz by sometime=)
    The Busy Busy Hive

  7. Yes, I think when school starts back the "schedule" feature may be my new best friend! Just found you through the blog hop (which I'm going to have to link up with now since I just started blogging in June) and am your newest follower!

    Teaching Maddeness
    Come join my 500 Follower Giveaway that ends tomorrow!

    1. Love your blog...the Smarty Pants idea was way over the top! Love it! Also loved your buntings and all the great ideas! I'm say you've been blogging since June, and you have close to 600'd you do it?

  8. Welcome to blogging, I'm your newest follower.


    Reading with Mrs. D

  9. Hi Nikki,
    Thanks for following me. I am now your newest follower. It is great to find other fourth grade teachers.

    Happy Blogging,

  10. Ah, I'm so glad you linked up! I discovered Shelfari because of you and I couldn't remember who it was! It looks like you read some great novels appropriate for students. I need some suggestions - could you help me out, please?

    Your newest follower,

    Teach With All the Colors of the Wind

    1. I'm so glad to have been able to connect with you! Your blog is wonderful!

  11. Hi Nikki,
    I’m your newest follower! I am also a Newbie Blogger, so I appreciate all of the sharing of advice and ideas.
    I also have taught for 20 years--1st, 2nd, and 1st/2nd blends. Even though 4th grade seems out of my comfort zone, I still think I get good ideas from "upper grade" bloggers. I really like your idea about the schedule feature on Blogger. I'll have to look into that. Stop by for a visit sometime! :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  12. I just found your blog through the newbie blog hop and I am your newest follower!! It is so cute!! I would love for you to visit when you have a chance.

    Mrs. Wood's Class

  13. Hi Jess!

    Glad you are here and look forward to putting more great stuff out there!

    I stopped by your blog and love your energy and enthusiasm! The "Pennellwood" in your classroom is way cool! (Sorry if I misspelled that!)

    I'm your newest follower! Keep the good ideas coming!


  14. Just stumbled across your blog on the Newbie Blog Hop. Excited to find new teacher blogs to get ideas from! If you have time, I'd love it if you could stop by and check out my blog!

    Teaching In A Nutshell

  15. Hi! Found you through the newbie blog hop! Love your blog design!
    I hope you can check out and follow my blog soon! :)

    Mrs. Hodge and Her Kindergarten Kids