Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I Think You Know - Julia Nunes cover

I didn't have the best day really, so I decided to play this song that I really like to sing loudly in my car when I have a bad day, and record it. It's super low quality and I'm sitting on my floor with shower hair wearing leggings and my voice cracks a bunch but I thought I'd share it anyways, in case anyone else has had a bad day and this somehow makes them feel better.

The original

What do you do when you've had a bad day?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fashion Inspiration - Amy Adams in The Muppets

I saw the new Muppet movie last night and I really liked it. It was cute, funny, and very Muppetational. 
One thing I really liked (as dumb as this sounds) was Amy Adams' character's wardrobe. She played an elementary school teacher and kind of a goody-two-shoes, but all her outfits were really cute retro-inspired-looking dresses and skirts and blouses with belts. I scrounged the internet for some photos to post, because I seriously need to make my work wardrobe more like this. 

Everything she wore was floral or patterned and brightly coloured.

love the bright skirt!

I really like this dress and bag combo.

Really cute! I would definitely recommend the movie. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What I Love About My "Job" (and why I want it to be my actual job)

Lots of teachers give advice to student-teachers, along the lines of: keep stuff you get from students, cards, etc, and look at it when you are having a bad day.
My mom, also, is always telling me "write that down! You want to remember that stuff!" and I usually don't write it down, but now, almost 12 weeks into my internship, with only 5 weeks left, I decided to make a list of stuff that has happened that I want to remember/that I can look at when I need to.

In no particular order, here are some awesome things I love about being an English teacher:

- to wrap up a unit on "Joy and Happiness," I asked the students to write me a paragraph telling me which of the things we studied (out of poems, short stories, songs, videos, and essays) most fit in with their personal philosophy of happiness.
a particularly thoughtful and eloquent grade 12 student wrote, " In my opinion, I think that my philosophy of happiness is a combination of all the literatures that we used throughout the unit. Every single piece of them reflects a definite part of how I define happiness. In fact, these literatures help me to pick a specific position for happiness and enhance how I define it."
Wow! She wasn't sucking up, either, because I told the students that they could talk about how none of the things we studied fit with their philosophy. What I love about her response is that it is basically the purpose of studying literature - finding meaning in it and using it to understand the world and your life.

- in the library one day, when students were picking new novels for silent reading, a student asked me if I had read The Hunger Games. I said yes, and that I really enjoyed it. He replied, "Aw man, I can't wait to read it." and then told me that he had requested it at the school library but his name was far down on the list and he had been wanted to read it since the beginning of the school year. I told him, "I have the series! I'll lend it to you!" and his face just lit up. I brought him the first book the next day and he read it in 2 days. He's now on the second book, and my biggest challenge is convincing him to stop silent reading after the allotted 10 minutes are over and to get to work on whatever we are doing that day.

- last night was the opening night of the school musical, which I've been helping out with. I'm working backstage, and I'm in charge of props and set changes and things. I've been going to rehearsals since they started just to see how it all works, since I might be interested in directing some day. I've loved the entire experience because it's been fun, I've learned a lot, and it's given me a chance to develop relationships with students I don't teach, but what I want to put on this list is the moment before the students went on stage when a few of them came and hugged me and said "Thanks for everything!"

- just the general experience of having a mentor tell you your lesson is awesome, or a really cool idea, and asking if they can use it/have a copy of it/asking you to try it in one of their classes. That's pretty cool.

- playing devils' advocate and seeing the students really respond. For example, today I tried to convince my grade 12 class that eating babies isn't really that bad of an idea, and that it really would help more people than it would hurt. (If you don't know what I'm talking about this, read this.) I like when students get mad.

Ok, well that's really just stuff from today/this week. I might do another one of these closer to the end if I want.
I'm also gonna leave this here for my future self looking back on this list, needing some inspiration.

Friday, November 11, 2011


I haven't updated this blog since Halloween. Sorry about that. I thought No-Life November was just a thing that happened in university but apparently it happens all the time. I've been failing on my book challenge (I sadly haven't been reading at all besides stuff I'm teaching, but no novels so I'm not counting any of it.) and just at having a life in general. I was happy to have a day off today to just sleep in, catch up on TV shows I've gotten behind on, and chill out. Stephen and I went for a walk this morning and I took some photos. It's winter here now. It snowed last weekend and everyone was made except me, as always happens on the first snow of the year. 

cute new mitts!

we think prairie chicken tracks?

This week is the musical and I am also going to start teaching full-time, for about a month. Then I will drop one class at a time, finishing right before Christmas! I can't believe it's almost done. I'm hoping to get a lot of work done today and tomorrow so that after this week, when the musical is over, things will die down and I won't have to work so much outside of school. We'll see how that pans out for me.

Have a nice long weekend! I will try to update at least once next week but no promises. 

P.S. At 11:11, 11/11/11 this morning I made a super-mega wish because it was such a special time. I hope you all did the same, and if not, you get another chance tonight! Hurray!