.: Meet Aaron from the blog, Coffee for the Brain :.
1. How long have you been blogging? What was the reason you began blogging?
a. I began blogging full time at the beginning of the school year, last year. I tested things out 2 years ago when I taught social studies and we were blogging back and forth with a school in Australia. I then took on a new job as a talented and gifted teacher and used the blog to stay in contact with the students in my building. I used to do book talks for sixth grade all the time and the blog has been my way to continue to review books for kids when I don’t have time in my schedule to book talk.
2. What do enjoy most about blogging? Least?
a. I love having an outlet to express my nerdiness. I have let my guard down and have made a fool of myself in several of my videos that I make for the students. Many teachers use my videos as an activity during homeroom. I present challenges and different opportunities for people to try out. I have formed some good relationships with some fellow bloggers as well as students in my building that I would never have a chance to meet without the blog.
b. My least favorite thing is keeping up on the blog. I try to post every day and there are times when that is next to impossible or there just is not anything worthy to post. I also hate it when I think I have some brilliant idea and it flat lines on the blog and nothing comes out it.
3. Your blog title, "Coffee for the Brain," is so cool! How did you come up with it?
a. Well, to be honest I don’t remember. I am known as Coffeechug at school. I was given that name back when I taught sixth grade by some students. I used that as my Roman Emperor name for a simulation and it has stuck and spread throughout my building. I drink coffee all day and am known for my massive thermos of Starbucks coffee. I tried to come up with a clever name implementing coffee and somehow, someway the title came to me. I wish I had a cool story to share, but I don’t.
4. What is your favorite book? How did this become your favorite book?
a. Of all time I would have to say, “Catcher in the Rye”. That is one of the few books that I have read multiple times. I don’t usually read books more than once as I feel there is so much great literature out there that I don’t have to time to read books again. However, I usually read this one every year. I think this book is my favorite because I remember buying it at a bookstore in high school during one of those pivotal adolescent moments we all go through. I was really trying to find myself as is Caulden in the novel. I was able to relate to him on so many levels back then. I don’t find it as engaging of a read anymore as I don’t connect quite the same way, but the nostalgia of the book for me always brings me back to reading it every fall. Some of my most recent favorite reads have to be Countdown by Deborah Wiles, Compound by S.A. Bodeen, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, and anything by John Green and Kurt Vonnegut. These books have yet to leave my top reading lists of all time no matter how many books I read each year.
5. Tell us a bit about your "offline" self - something we might not know just from your blog. (This can be a hobby, something about family life, etc...)
a. Great question! I should have used this myself. I played college basketball where I met my wife and how I ended up living in Iowa. I am from Indiana so I love Notre Dame football and Indiana basketball. I am training for several races to run this fall. I help run a Lego Robotics team that hopefully will make it to state this year. I have two children, 5 year old boy and 3 year old girl so being a parent of a kindergartner I have realizing is a lot of work. I am never satisfied with my current self so I am always setting new goals and challenges to tackle (competitive nature owns me!). I cannot read books that are creased or torn. When I buy a book it has to be in perfect shape. If a page gets crinkled I am not able to read it anymore. I am also a huge Dave Matthews Band fan. I have seen them in concert over 14 times and own literally thousands of bootleg concerts and own every single album released by them. I attend music concerts like no other usually getting in around 12 shows or more every year.
6. Describe yourself using seven adjectives or less!
a. Nerdy, tech-savvy, laid back, determined, caffeinated, zany.
Thanks, Aaron! Don't forget to visit his blog - it's full of all kinds of fun ... and caffeine for your brain, of course!