Day 25: September 19, 2016
I woke up this morning ready to tackle another five day week. It is the beginning of the second half of the grading period. It’s time to strap on the teacher hat for real as my students approach their first tests and projects. The newness is beginning to wear off and many students are already showing signs of apathy. My goal is to put the quits on those bad habits from the start. I brought the energy and excitement to the classroom this Monday served with a side of lectures about staying on top of course work.
Day 26: September 20, 2016
I’m excited to begin teaching a new novel. For the first time ever I will be teaching a unit on Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. In class today I set up the context of the setting with a brief American History lesson. The students engaged with ideas about the Dust Bowl, The Great Depression, and the migration to California in pursuit of the American Dream. Each student had a chance to describe their American dream and we discussed the dream that George and Lennie will be pursuing as we read Of Mice and Men. I used an interactive lesson to help students engage with the historical context of the novel.
In history we reviewed ideas about England and traced the monarchy from Queen Elizabeth I until the Glorious Revolution.
It was a fun day full of energy and positivity. I need more days like this throughout the year!
I was wearing my brand new Ilaria Crochet Trim Tunic by Alice Blue from Stitch Fix and leggings from Lula Roe with Sperry shoes. I loved this outfit today!
Day 27: September 21, 2016
I’ve made it through another Hump Day!
I don’t have much to complain about today. The weather is beautiful. My students have been engaged in the classroom. And my year is still off to a great start.
We cracked open Of Mice and Men today for the first time and already the mice are flying and my students are excited to keep reading. We examined primary sources about the Protestant Reformation, Thirty Years War, and the War of Austrian Succession today in honors history. It was fascinating to observe some of the discussions about religion and theology that took place in my class as a result of these documents. Overall, I had an enjoyable day!
I was dressed up in one of my first Stitch Fix scores from fix #2. This top is a Queensland Dolman Jersey Top by 41 Hawthorne. I paired this with khaki pants and my black, lace overlay Toms.
Day 28: September 22, 2016
It was a large coffee kind of morning. I woke up stiff and sore from a workout and tired as my body is combating the symptoms of allergies. So far I’ve been able to fend off an allergy flare up, but the true test lies ahead with dropping temperatures.
Luckily, I’ve been blessed with a great crop of students this year. They make rolling out of bed with aching joints and throbbing headaches worth all of the hassle. I look forward to my conversations with them about curriculum and their interests outside of the four walls of my classroom.
In English we learned a little bit about George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men. In history we compared and contrasted leaders from Austria and Prussia in the 1700s.
It was a great Thursday!
Day 29: September 23, 2016
It was a great end to a great week today. Each of my classes took a review and each class earned participation points due to scores on the reviews. I was very proud of the progress that my classes have been making and I’m continuing to be pleased with their efforts and participation.
This Friday I was dressed from head to toe in Stitch Fix gear.
My red Toms were from my fifth fix.
Here’s a recap of my style this week. Which look is your favorite?
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