Teacher Tuesday 10.30.12

Being a teacher is. . .

  • Talking in a British accent for an entire period just to take your students off guard
  • Occasionally spending your own money on your students–whether it be for candy or agendas so they can stay organized
  • Taking a break to teach and play fun, silly games like Mafia
  • Giving the kids who make your blood boil the same smile you give the ones who earn it
  • Participating in more school spirit activities than your students do–because it matters
  • Intentionally volunteering to make a fool of myself for the sake of fundraisers and laughs
  • Learning from your mistakes, especially the ones made in front of the class, and always remaining humble

I’m not the star teacher I hope to be some day and I do not claim to know much, but this is what I know so far. No matter how hard this experience has been, I know that I’m doing what I need to be doing right now.

And yes, this did just happen on Friday:

So I want to know: What is teaching for you? Link up below!

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Black, White, and Emerald

Today’s outfit is a great way to start Halloween week. Something about putting black, white, and emerald together seems Halloweeny to me. Anyway, much of this outfit was out of pure laziness, but it ended up being a pain anyway because my skirt kept bunching up because of my leggings. Oh well!

Blouse: Old Navy
Skirt: Old Navy
Leggings: NY & Co.
Boots: J.C. Penney

So I have NO idea what to be for Halloween. I’m debating on whether I should even dress up for school or not (I don’t have any other Halloween plans so that would be it), but I’m torn because I still need to be professional. I’ve thought about going as Trelawney again from A Night at Hogwarts because I think the kids would enjoy making fun of me all day, but I’ve now worn that outfit twice! I do not want to go out and have to buy anything if I can help it. Does anyone have any ideas? Help!

Raspberry Mocha

I don’t even like coffee or fancy hot beverages, but “Raspberry Mocha” was the first phrase that came to mind when I wore this outfit!

Blouse: Banana Republic (Goodwill)
Cardigan: Banana Republic (Goodwill)
Skirt: T.J. Maxx
Tights: T.J. Maxx
Boots: Style & Co. (Macy’s)

Last weekend, I got a new pair of brown boots with heels that I adore! This is the first outfit I wore them with and I really liked it. Except, have you ever had an outfit that just doesn’t photograph well and then it makes you question if you didn’t actually look the way you thought you did? That’s what happened with me and this tulip skirt. In the mirror, I thought it looked cute, but I’m not so sure in these photos.

Anyway, I am thinking my fall “uniform” with consist of a lot of tights and boots combos. By documenting my outfits more frequently, I’m learning which pieces I want to add to my wish list for Christmas. Currently, I am on the lookout for a quality white button-down top, different colored cardigans, patterned scarves, a black pencil skirt, and other patterned skirts that can go well with or without tights. I am hoping that I can find a lot of these things on Black Friday, which is less than a month away already!

I hope everyone had a good week. Mine was pretty crazy and I am swamped with grading, but my mom is in town and I am loving it!

What are YOU enjoying this fall?

Cooking-Themed Farewell Gift

At school, I’m involved in our Secret Sister group where the women faculty exchange names and surprise their “sister” with small gifts each week to make them smile or to encourage them. At the end of each session, we reveal ourselves with a larger present. I was blessed to have my lovely co-worker Lydia, who I surprised with fun stationary, mugs with tea and hot chocolate, her favorite Real Simple magazine, and some fun post-it’s and notepads. Unfortunately, Lydia was only with us for a short time as a long-term substitute. Last Thursday was her last day so I had to reveal myself. Knowing that Lydia enjoys cooking with her husband, I decided to put together a cooking-themed gift for her.

First, I wanted to incorporate something personalized and thoughtful so I decided to sew her an apron. Knowing that she enjoys shabby chic/country decor, I chose a pretty pink floral fabric and went to town, using the Simplicity pattern #2319. I hadn’t used a pattern since 6th grade, so it was somewhat of a challenge, but I really enjoyed making something special for her.

I also included some really fun cupcake wrappers that I found at JoAnn Fabrics and some colorful sprinkles. Finally, I compiled a number of my favorite recipes into a mini-cookbook for her.

She was really surprised and happy with her gift. I hope she finds it both practical and fun!

What small gifts do you like to put together for friends? How do you like to personalize your presents?