Sunday, July 22, 2012

Newbie Blog Hop!

I came across a fun little blog hop over at Grade Three is the Place for Me!

Thanks so much for hosting; what a great idea to "meet" other new bloggers!

Here's what we are supposed to share for this party:

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

So here we go:

1.  I'm in North Texas

2.  I will be teaching 2nd grade this year

3.  I taught 3rd grade for 3 years, and this will be my 3rd year in 2nd.  LOVE IT.

4.  I started blogging personally back when I moved to NYC to finish college in 2002.  Yes.  I've been blogging for a VERY long time, and in that time I've had probably about 5 different personal blogs (due to privacy and other issues).  I've had a classroom blog as a means of parent-teacher-student communication for about 3 years now.  To visit that blog and see some of what goes on in my classroom, check it out at: Mrs. Cockrell's Class.

5.  I think it's really important to have an uncluttered blog where it's easy to find the following things:
--how to follow you/become a member
--past posts/archive
When I'm trying to decide if I want to follow a blog, I always look at lots of their past posts and even at the titles of old posts to see if it's things that I might find helpful/interesting.  If you don't have your archive on your sidebar and easy to find, then I have to scroll down and click "older posts" every. single. time.  Which is time consuming and unhelpful.  At which point, let's face it, I'm just gonna click on over to the next blog, because there are SO many blogs out there, you have to pick and choose.  Just my personal opinion.  :)

Thanks again to Grade Three is the Place for Me for hosting; love this idea!  Be sure to click the icon at the top to visit the Blog Hop and meet other newbie bloggers!

-Mrs. C.


  1. A shout out to another Texas blog. I'm actually in southern Texas. I'm your newest follower. Love your adorable blog :)
    Totally Terrific in Texas

  2. Thanks for some blogging tips, as I am a new blogger. I love the idea of a blog for communication between parents/ students/ and teachers - however my school district has very strict rules on it. I am your newest follower and I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please stop by my blog to pick it up.

  3. The newbie blog hop is turning into a movement.I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance visit my blog "Calling Plays in 2nd Grade".


  4. Thanks for the tips about the sidebar and archives. It's handy to see how other people think - must check that I have my archives on display!!! Off to have a peek around your blog first...

    ✿ Judy
    teaching with J

  5. I found you on the hop and looking forward to following your adventures!
    Owl Things First

  6. Hi there! I found you on the newbie blog hop! I am now your newest follower!

    I also think that a blog shouldn't be too cluttered so that certain things can be easily found...just like in my classroom!! :)

  7. I found your blog on the hop! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower and am looking forward to reading more.
    Happy Teaching,
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  8. Did you recently change the borders on your blog? I love the apples and buttons!
    First Grade Found Me

    1. Thanks, Chrissy! I think it's been awhile since I changed it, but it's funny b/c I just decided to use the same colors in my classroom this year. Clearly I am drawn to black, teal, and lime green! :) I never know what anyone's blog looks like b/c I usually read them in Google Reader. Not nearly as cute, but much faster!

  9. Older blog posts on a sidebar is a my opinion. Good tip!

    Glad we could connect.
    One Class, One Sound

    1. Yes!! I hate it when I can't find them! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Just found your blog. I live in Ohio and just left El Paso Texas from moving our son for his first job. Loved the area~

  11. I just hopped on over to check your blog out! I am a Newbie from South Jersey. I have been teaching Special Education for 30 years. I look forward to reading your posts during the course of the school year.
    My blog is Teise's Tidbits. Hope you stop on by.


  12. Hi there! I'm stopping by to let you know that I nominated you for an award! You can swing by my blog to pick it up!

    Teaching Snip-Its


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