Monday, September 23, 2013

Classroom Q&A...With Meg from Fourth Grade Studio!

 Meg Anderson is an education blogger and 4th grade teacher who currently lives in Wisconsin with her family. You can find lots of practical teaching strategies and creative project ideas on her blog Fourth Grade Studio. Meg met up with me a few weeks ago to answer some questions for the Classroom Q&A Interview Series.

Q: I just LOVE your creative “to-do” lists! Which type seems to work best for you?

A: Well, that's the thing.  NOTHING works well all the time so I am constantly shaking things up.  I am easily bored!

Q:  You've mentioned on your blog that you went to college to become an architect. What drew you into teaching? 

A: Well, in high school I loved design so I packed my bags and headed for architecture school. Soon into the program I realized it wasn't for me...but it took some real soul searching to discover that my heart was in teaching.  I had coached for years, loved working with kids but everyone told me I was "too smart" to be a teacher.  Unfortunately, it took me a while to figure out how damaging that attitude was--and still is.

Q: You’ve “confessed” that you eat pizza nearly every day.  :-)  What kind of pizza is your favorite?

A: Tricky question.  I'm definitely a pepperoni fan.  I love me a crispy thin crust!

Q: Do you prefer getting your pizza from a particular place?

A: No...I am perfectly willing to shop around! Little dives tend to have the best pizza as opposed to big chains.

Q: So what was the last book you read?

A: Big girl book--"Snow Child"...kid book "The Fourth Stall".

Q: What new skill related to blogging or creating products would you like to learn?

A: much to learn!  I started to teach myself Photoshop this summer and found that really frustrating.  I am working really hard to learn all the features of Powerpoint so I can make my products easy to read and useful.  As for blogging, I just keep learning more every day--from learning a little html, to finding apps to put words on my photos, and so on! I am pondering celebrating my 1 year blog anniversary with a blog makeover!

Q: What is your most popular product on TpT?

A:  Well, my Hands on Fraction Unit has sold the most--people really followed my journey with that last year and it continues to be one of my top sellers.  People also seem to really like my Open Ended Math Challenges and my word problem sets.  I have several new products that came out this summer that teachers are finding helpful as well as they organize instruction for the year.

Q: Your close-up photographs of flowers and animals are amazing. What camera do you use?

A: I use Canon cameras...I have two different ones--a Powershot SX20 IS point and shoot and just got a Canon Rebel that I am learning to use.

Q: Any photography tips you’d like to pass along to novices like me? 

A: Take TONS....delete the bad ones. Try different angles and different light and have fun...some of my best photos have happened by accident! I love getting low to the ground and seeing things from that angle.

Q: What are some of your favorite fonts right now?

A: Oh...I am a KG font girl!  I have her full license.  I am currently into Lego House bold, Janda Closer to Free, Beyond These Hazel Eyes for products.  For personal use I love Like a Skyscraper and Payphone!

Q: So...If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A: I think I would be a nomad so I could sample all sorts of different places!  Nothing too hot...too cold...too rainy...too many bugs...

Q: What are you looking forward to doing differently this upcoming school year?
A: First of all, I got a grant for 6 ipads, so I am anxious to begin finding meaningful ways to work them into my instruction.  I want my students to begin blogging, but my grant was to use the ipads to help the students keep electronic math portfolios where they document their learning. We also have a new math series and I plan on really digging into to a more guided math/math workshop approach.  I have dabbled in it but I plan to really work on different ways to organize instruction--I plan on blogging about that a lot this year! First year implementing Words Their language arts curriculum...coteaching with a special ed teacher! Too much!

Want to know more? 
Check out Meg's blog...
The Teacher Wife

...or follow her on Facebook, Instagram or TpT.

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