Blogging Pet Peeves

Today I sat through one of the WORST trainings ever.  I was excited about it going in, and it helped that we got paid and free lunch.  I also enjoy seeing my friends.  It was a Debbie Diller training on guided reading, which I thought would be helpful and a good refresher with some new ideas.  Our trainer did not tell us much about guided reading, but I heard a lot of great stories about the kid she tutors and other students.  Plus, she was really bad about contradicting herself.  I would have gotten so much more by reading the book and doing a book study.  So, anyway, since I had a pet peevy sort of day, I am linking up with Jessica Stanford at Mrs. Stanford's Class.

Jessica is so much fun!  She says she is a comment-a-holic, but I  LOVE it!  I love when people comment because then I know that they are reading my blog.  It also gives me feedback and ideas, so comment on!

So, to the Pet Peeves.  I am linking up with Jessica Stanford for my list.


1.  Word Verification!  I hate it on anything because, well, to be honest, why do they have to make it so hard?  If I am leaving a comment as long as I do sometimes, I am not a robot.  And even if I were, wouldn't it be fun to read?  When I realized that mine had it on, I definitely took it off.  If you want to get it off of yours, check out Learning is Something to Treasure for a quick tutorial. 

Now, I may offend some of you with the next two, and I am sorry in advance.  But, I am just telling my pet peeves, and I may be guilty of some myself. 

2.  Kiddos ~ This drives me crazy!  Maybe it is because I am so old, in my 30's, and I was always taught to call my students "students".  Now this fits some personalities, and others it does not.  For example, in my training today, the presenter who was somewhat formal kept using "kiddos".  It did not fit her personality at all!  It also reminds me of a fake Oreo cookie I have seen.  I think I saw it when I worked at Winn Dixie many years ago.

3.  All posts linky's or giveaways.  Yes, we want to be "found", and we want to win by blogging about someone's giveaway, but all posts should not be about those.  I want to see what others are doing in the classroom and get ideas and give feedback.  I am guilty of doing this sometimes, but I try to limit myself to doing this once or twice a week.  And yes, in this slow time, it is easy to fall into this trap. 

So, all things said, I love reading blogs!  I love commenting!  And I am sorry if I offended anyone!  I think we all get caught up in the excitement of things sometimes. 

So, with that being said, I have linked up (pet peeve 3) and am promoting my giveaway (pet peeve 3).  I am close to 50 followers, and I am planning a giveaway!  I have been working with some fellow bloggers on having some items to give away.  So, check it out in the next few days!

Until next time!


  1. LOL - I say "kiddos" all the time! ;) Do you still like me!?!?!?!?!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. Of course I do! It is just one of those "things" that bother me. It probably fits your personality, so it is all good!


  3. I will try not to write "kiddos" in any of my future posts. :o) I don't think that I do as a general rule anyway, so I might already be safe on that account. LOL

    The Paper Maid

  4. I occasionally say "kiddos," but I know I always call my students "my kids." My whole school does it. In fact, at the beginning of the year (last year) my principal was very firm on the fact the students who attend OUR school are all of OUR KIDS and that a child does not just belong to one teacher, but to all the teachers. We have a big family like atmospher :)

    [I definitely agree about that word verification thing tough - drives me nuts]

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  5. EEEEEEEEEEEEEK I think I may be a kiddo-a-holic and giveaway/linky-a-holic, are you sure you still want to follow me?? hehe Thanks for linking up!!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class

    1. Jessica, you are hilarious!!! But I am completely the same!!!

      Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

  6. I couldn't agree more with you about #1! I hate that!
    :) Dana
    Stop by & visit me @ Fun in 1st Grade

  7. Hi Andrea! I found you through the link up! I'm afraid I use 'kiddos' a lot too. I need different ways of saying 'kids'!!! I do agree about peeve #3 though. I love learning from everyone and seeing what others are doing in their classrooms, especially because I'm from Australia. I love seeing what other classrooms around the world look the same time though I do love a good linky and giveaway :)

    Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

  8. I am not a fan of the word verification either. I do have to apologize if I've used kiddos before too lol. I know I have on some blogs, but don't remember if I used it on yours! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  9. Found you through the linky :) Good points! I have a newbie blog too... stop by if you have a chance :)
    Tori's Teacher Tips

  10. Kiddos is one of my pet peeves, too. I love this post and can relate.

  11. Oh, so sorry...but I am definitely guilty of calling my kids at home and school kiddos! Its just a fun term and I like it. Students is what they are, but it sounds so formal! Hehehee! Sorry!

    I banished the Robo-Verifier this morning to a Blogland far, far away!

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  12. Thanks again for donating to my 100 follower giveaway. It is now up and running at Fun in 1st Grade!
    :) Dana

  13. I use the word munchkins. I may have used kiddos once or twice. I maybe guilty of number 3 as well as I seem to be about book studies or giveaways at the moment but I try to relate all of those to my classroom. Does that make it better?

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  14. Oops! I always call my students "kiddos" in my blog! I see it as a term of endearment. It's so funny the things we do all the time and never think about how it may bother other people.


  15. Hello! I just found your blog through this link up. I am new to blogging and so I'm sure I'll be making MANY mistakes. I am not offended by anything you said. I have also come to realize that everyone is understanding of us newbies! It's also nice to have a what not to do list! Thank you for your thoughts. Sorry you didn't have a better training.

  16. For some reason, I never SAY the word kiddos, but I write the word kiddos - that's weird, right? Just found your blog through the linky party and am your newest follower!

    P.S. I would love you to join my new linky party about music in the classroom.
    Turn the Music Up Linky Party at Teaching Maddeness


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