7 things you might not know about me

Dec 29

Angela, Barbara tagged me and I’ll oblige.  I thought I had already done one of these but I guess it’s slightly different.

With the amount of sharing I do, I’m not sure if there are 7 things people don’t know about me, but knowing I’ve likely broke the TMI rule several times, here goes:

1. I never planned to go into education. I began my
undergraduate studies intending to go into journalism.  During my first
2 years, I spent time helping in a church pre-school program (I have no
idea how that happened). Several people recognized my love of kids and
suddenly I did too. Having a blog has rekindled my love of writing.

2. I took my daughter with me to University. I was married at age 20. We had our first child 2 years later while we both attended University. My daughter was born 3AM on a Saturday and I wrote a final exam at 9AM that day. The following year was my last year of school and when the babysitter bailed, I’d cart her to class with me. I don’t recommend it but it worked for us.

3. I taught grade 1 for 6 years. I love little kids. My wife says I relate to them very well. 

4. I cook. I never learned how to cook till I was married
and as two young people trying to figure out our roles, she picked
cleaning and I picked cooking. I’m not that awesome but in general, I’m
in charge of meals.

5. I have an outstanding memory of the trivial. I’ve pretty much memorized every Seinfeld episode, can recall yardages of golf courses I’ve played 10 years ago, and know that the winners of every major golf championship winner for the past 40 years. I’m not sure of all my kid’s birthdays.

6. My faith is of paramount importance to me. While I don’t think this is the space to share it, my faith is really the basis of who I am.

7. I’ve fallen out of love with hockey. For someone who grew up playing the game and even getting as far as tryouts with Major Junior hockey, I rarely watch and never play. I stopped playing about 4 years ago after 35 straight years and haven’t watched more than about 5 games in the past 10 years. I really can’t explain it.

I now tag,

Amy Bowllan

Clay Burell

Darren Draper

Lee Kolbert

Jeff Utecht

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  • http://blog.cathyjonelson.com Cathy Nelson

    You cook? #4 sounds just like my house! You see, I grew up in a big family so my cooking skills were limited to large amounts. My husband on the other hand was an only child and totally understood cooking for small groups. It was a task I was more than happy to let him commandeer. So now, 23 years later, the TV (which I also gave up a long time ago) is on ESPN, any channel that has a ballgame of some variety, or the Food Network. Meals are always fun at my house.

    Cathy Nelsons last blog post..Seven Things You Don’t Need to Know about Me – A Meme

  • http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/bowllan Amy Bowllan

    Here are my responses.
    http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/620000062/post/1650038565.html
    Thanks for the tag, Dean!

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  • http://www.ld-technokids.com gail desautels

    What a great idea for a post!!! And by posting it, you have made me reflect a little too… My daughter, now an adult got to help me when I was a graduate student and played nicely with specially perpared brown paper bags of goodies that I prepared while I coached students and gave the odd language lesson!!! She also took part in intensive German and Wittgenstein courses, some while still “unborn”. Hmm is that why she speaks 6 languages and likes philosophy? My other son doesn’t bicycle yet, but I bicycled with him in my belly right until he was born – they wouldn’t let me take a bicycle into the birthing room however. It is amazing sometimes to reflect and think back and try to see what influences us. I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and also bumped into you at the K12 Online Conference, from which I am still recovering. Thank you so much for sharing, and for “leading” the way – Happy New Year Dean!!!

    gail desautelss last blog post..Another sign of our times … and something to play with over the holidays

  • http://www.amerrit.wordpress.com Amber Merritt

    Hey Dean,
    Just a thought, something like this would have been a great way to get to know my classmates at the beginning of the semester. As I read it just popped into my head that it would have been as good as the google docs. (maybe a mixture of both would have been cool) Let’s it go a bit deeper into who you are than in my first year with a major in math.

  • http://macmomma.blogspot.com Lee Kolbert

    Hi Dean,
    Thank you for tagging me. I will definitely be responding as soon as I can think of 7 things I haven’t already revealed in my “oh-so-open-book” online life. :)

    Lee Kolberts last blog post..Top 10 Sites/Apps For After The EggNog is Gone

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