About Kirsten Wilson

Mother of 2 children. Wife of 19 years to Eric. Educator for 14 years. Experience is both in administration and in the classroom. Recently moved from a 3rd grade classroom teacher to an Instructional Technology Specialist for the best district in the world. Passionate about life and facilitating a love for learning with passion, verve and excellence. Committed to helping teachers, administrators and parents be facilitators of a safe place for kids to utilize technology to learn, grow and take risks. My desire is to use this forum to share ideas (most are not my original idea and I try every effort to give credit to the originator) with fellow colleagues, parents (their partnership is essential to the success of student learning), students both present, future and past, and anyone else who can benefit from my posts. I treasure the blessing of community both in person and virtual. I am amazed at how our world becomes smaller and smaller as we become more global through the amazing technological mediums such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest that bring us closer. Collaboration, sharing and transparency is essential as the world’s vast amount of knowledge grows each nano-second. To stay current and forward thinking, we must stay CONNECTED. Follow me on Twitter @teachkiwi.

You can also learn more about me by visiting my ePortfolio.

#blogamonth Challenge 2014 

(please note I have “borrowed” some of the writing for this from the nominator: Drew Frank (@ugafrank)

I am amazed to have enough recognition with my blog to be invited to participate in the PLN blogging challenge.  This challenge came at a time when I was wandering a bit and needed a direction for 2014.  I just began to be “Connected” in January of 2013 with Twitter, Pinterest, ScoopIt, Google+ and I cannot wait to see how my learning and impact on others will grow with these and the new connections in 2014. I was nominated for the PLN challenge by Drew Frank (@ugafrank) who, like most of my PLN, I have never met in person.  Drew and I have admired each others Tweets and Blog posts for some time and seem to find ways to push one another, encourage one another and ultimately collaborate to help other teachers and students.

The PLN blogging Challenge:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers. They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

11 Random Facts about me…

1. I am a die hard Razorback. (University of Arkansas)

2. I am the oldest of 4 kids and there is 11 years between me and my youngest sibling.

3.  My nephews and nieces call me Aunt Kiki.

4.  I put myself through college; both Bachelor’s and Master’s.

5.  One of the jobs that helped me pay for said college was working on a poultry research farm.

6.  I am an unofficial wine sommelier.

7.  I collect antique hymnals.

8.  I hope to get my Doctorate someday.

9. Tiramasu is my favorite all time dessert.

10.  I started running at age 40 and do it because I can, not because of the high… never experienced it.

11.  I believe coffee should have its own food group.

Questions from Drew

  1. What is your favorite movie of all time?

I love the trip through history with “Forest Gump”and the timeless lessons throughout.

  1. If you could go to have attended any concert anytime in history, what would it have been?

I have a tie… and this just shows how crazy my taste is… I would want to see Patsy Cline and the Beatles.

  1. What do you do for fun?  Hobby?

I run… not sure this is for fun, but it has taken the place of many other hobbies.  I do it because I can, it humbles me and I find it is a metaphor for so many things that I can pull from as a coach.  I also like to paint, craft and scrapbook.

  1. What two guests would make the best comedic pair as co-hosts for the Oscars?

Will Farrell and Steve Carell

  1. Cat, Dog or Goldfish? Why…

I am not a pet person by nature, but my family are animal people.  I select Dog as it is loyal to a fault and snuggles at your request.

  1. How do you caffeinate?

Most days it is coffee by the 16oz tumbler (2-3 fills).  In a jam I like a Monster Rehab tea/lemonade flavor.

  1. Favorite twitter chat?

This is hard.  There are so many.  First is my district  chat #nisdnov8 every Tuesday night at 8:30pm.  It is led by guest teacher moderators and discusses good instruction with effective technology integration.  I have been facilitating this chat since September and see this chat growing and bringing more teachers to Twitter.  The Second is the first nationwide chat I became a part of #satchatwc it was a life-changing experience for me and consider many of my followers from that chat part of my #twitterfamilytree. Finally, I have recently found myself challenged and reflective about my practice in new ways because of #txeduchat that is still early in its launch comparatively.  However, it is become a staple in my #chatstonotmiss.

  1. Best place you ever vacationed?

I am not much of a world traveler but in 2004 my husband and I went on a 7 day cruise of the Western Caribbean.  To unplug, see such beauty, explore and have all your needs cared for was unprecedented.

  1. Best book you’ve read in 2013?

“Teach Like a Pirate” by Dave Burgess changed my life as an educator. It challenged me to continue to connect on Twitter, be more dynamic in my instruction, launch #geniushour in my classroom, blog, curate content and share, share, share.

  1. Favorite television shows?

I love “Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Chicago Fire,” “Parenthood,” “Glee,” “Nashville,” “Modern Family,” “Gold Rush,” “Duck Dynasty,” and “Bar Rescue.”

  1. What is one thing you never/rarely share that you are exceptionally proud of?

I was on track to be assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction when I became pregnant with my first child.  My husband and I were blessed with the opportunity for me to choose to stay home (not what I had planned to do career wise before I had my first child).  I returned to education 5 years later and chose to return to the classroom instead of re-entering as an administrator as I had left.  It was the best decision I made for my family and it has been the best for me as an educator because it has sharpened and refined me in a way I don’t think continuing to stay in the field would have.  I was a good educator before, but now I am a passionate, reflective and effective educator who impacts teachers and students in ways I didn’t even see as possible before.  Not to mention I have two incredible kids who constantly amaze me on how they already are better people than I am at 41 years old.

My turn to nominate…

Now it’s time for me to nominate 11 bloggers who deserve the recognition.  I read and appreciate so many great bloggers, but I am going to bend the rules on this a little.  I have been joined by a host of great bloggers who are committing to the #blogamonth challenge where we commit to blogging and commenting at least once a month.  It has been dubbed by one of the participants as “some quality edu-couragement to blog.” Here are there names of the current participants, and we would love for you to look and join our learning community here http://blogamonth.weebly.com/


Twitter Handle


Scott Jones



Lisa Pagano



Matt Wachel



Barry Saude



Joe Devine



Doug Leisenring



Jason Reinecke



Lisa Kincer



Kathy Alexander



Scott Jones



Sue Fitzgerald



Finally, according to the rules, it’s my turn to ask 11 questions of my nominees:

  1. What is your favorite actor of all time?
  2. If you could go to have attended any famous speech anytime in history, what would it have been?
  3. What do you do to relax?  De-stress?
  4. If you could invite anyone to dinner who would you invite and why?
  5. Would you prefer to visit a Zoo or Aquarium and why?
  6. Do you sing along to the radio, if yes, what is your preferred music genre?  If not, do you make fun of people who do?
  7. Favorite twitter chat?
  8. Best place to be quiet and reflect?
  9. Favorite book of your life?
  10. Do you prefer salty or sweet? What is your favorite salty or sweet and why??
  11. What is one thing you never/rarely share that you are exceptionally proud of?

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