• Don't Quit Your Day Job,  Mirandomness,  Vintage Style

    Taking Your Own Advice

    Last week, I wrote about the importance taking care of yourself. This week, I find that I need to take my own advice. A move prompted by student based intervention. I show up most days in my bright dresses and cardigans, with my vintage hair and a full face of makeup that would make my grandma proud. The last two weeks have not been kind to my aesthetic. We’ve been doing school conferences, which means later evenings than usual. The school play means Saturdays at work. Coming spring break means our kids are mentally as ready as we are for vacation. We’re all just tired; teacher tired. I did something…

  • Dig Dig for Victory,  Don't Quit Your Day Job,  Our Very Fine House

    Eureka: A Lemon Tree!

    This summer, I spent five weeks in Redlands, California for Adolescent Montessori Training. Apart from the time away from the Fella, the Menagerie, and the Modage, it was one of the more rewarding experiences of my life. I met some of the most passionate and wonderful human beings in education, learned to be a better educator, and spent time in a truly captivating location. We were surrounded by mountains, under the bluest sky, and the air always smelled of grapefruits warming in the sun. There was also a lemon orchard, that we were tasked with cleaning and pruning. It was HOT, even for someone who has lived in Texas for…

  • Don't Quit Your Day Job

    The Bitter Taste of Defeat

    This post is a bit of a departure for me. I usually write about the sunnier side of my life; what I’m doing, planting, or making. I usually don’t spend too much time talking about my day job. I think I’ve had two posts total about being a teacher, because there are enough teacher blogs in the world and that’s only one facet of my life. Today is a bit different. My partner teacher, the Fella, and I took my seventeen middle school students to the Health Museum.  It was amazing. We did experiments in the Debakey Cell Lab. My kids had an awesome experience with the people there. Everyone was welcoming and…