Thursday, June 19, 2014

I'm Right Where I'm Supposed to Be

I'm a pretty firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I believe the people that come in and out of our lives and the things we experience, good or bad, all have a meaning. It's easy to get caught up in looking at peoples facebook posts, instagrams, and blog posts and thinking how great their lives must be.  It's also easy to start telling yourself that your life isn't as fun or exciting or meaningful because you are not doing what everyone else is doing.

I've gone through phases where I've compared my life, my friends, and my experiences with others and it'd definitely brought me down at times.  I've had days, weeks, and even months when I've gotten down on myself because I wasn't in the popular crowd, didn't have a boyfriend when everyone else did, or didn't go out to concerts, parties, etc. like others were doing every weekend.  Don't get me wrong, I had boyfriends, friends, and I did go out but it just seemed that everyone else had more glamorous and fun lives than mine was. 

Being 22 now, I definitely feel I have gotten over a lot of these insecurities.  I know that everything in my life is here for a reason and everything I don't have at the moment has a reason as well.  I'm so proud of myself for graduating college, with honors I might add, and finding a full time teaching job in a high school that I cannot wait to start working at! I have super supportive parents, and a sister and cousins who I am extremely close with.  I may not have a man at the moment, but I've been lucky enough to surround myself with amazing friends who I know will always be there to support me.

Over the last couple of years, I've definitely learned that even though I may look back and wish I had done things differently, wished for different outcomes, or saw myself doing different things... I know I'm right where I'm supposed to be. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Subbing vs. Teaching

So now that I have student taught for an entire semester, (check out my first day post here)I wanted to write this post about the differences between being an actual teacher and being a substitute teacher.  For those of you who want to become teacher, I would suggest you start subbing in a school district near you during college.  Besides getting paid,  It gets you inside of a school managing a class full of students which is certainly good practice however, by no means is substitute teaching even remotely similar to being an actual teacher... especially not a pinterest perfect teacher.

First, when you are a teacher you form relationships with your students.  You get to know them, their interests, their strengths and weaknesses, etc. and they get to know you as well.  This relationship is built on mutual respect.  As a teacher, you respect your students and in return students respect their teacher (most of the time)

When you are a substitute teacher, you walk into a strange classroom full of faces you've never seen before.  They students have no relationship with you, you are an outsider and therefore they have little respect for you.  Often times students will act out when there is a substitute because they believe you cannot discipline them. I'm always a little bit amused at some of the bad behaviors I see from students when I'm subbing.  However, once I tell them that I am also a teacher and have student taught in their school or district before their bad behaviors diminish

When you are a teacher you set up a classroom routines and expectations that students know and are expected to follow.

When you are a substitute, students brains turn to mush and forget that procedures and rules exist.  That means  students have their phones out and are snapchatting, tweeting, and texting simultaneously.  Students also forget that they are inside of a school and begin talking as loudly as possible, presumably to talk over all the other students who are also talking incredibly loud.

When you are a teacher, you actually teach lessons, plan activities, interact with students, etc.

When you are a substitute your lucky if the teacher leaves a worksheet for the students to do.  Most of the time these worksheets or assignments are busy work that is boring and tedious.  No wonder students don't bother doing it! which brings me to my next point...

When you are a teacher students actually do their work in your classroom.. some days more willingly than others.

When you are a substitute there is absolutely no work getting done by any student in that class.  If you're lucky you'll have maybe one or two students diligently getting their work done but everyone else will be talking and doing their best to ignore you. In the off chance you get a class of students who does their work, more than likely the assignment will only take about half of the class period to complete.  I usually start off class explaining what the teachers expectations are and sometimes I'll even make it fun by racing students to finish the assignment.  This helps keep students on task.  I'll also add an incentive, if everyone finishes their work, the last 5 minutes or so of class you can move desks, talk to your friends, etc. Usually students will cooperate if they know they can go sit by their friend towards the end of class.   

When you are a teacher your day is usually somewhat exciting (or at least not boring).  You are constantly interacting with students and faculty, and you have plenty of work to keep you busy for days, and there is always something new going on!

When you are a substitute your day is very boring! .... Unless you're like me and decide to talk to all of the students whether they want to talk to you or not.  Also, if I'm really lucky and sub for a math teacher I always make it a point to show off my math expertise by helping students, answering questions, and asking students a few questions of my own just to make sure they know what they're doing.  It really throws them off when I do that :) 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Favorite Things

Today I'm linking up with Beauty and the Greek and Life As I Know It to bring you my favorite things.  With summer finally here, this post is going to be some of my favorite summertime things!

Between my sister and I we have all three palettes and I love them all.  The shades are neutral so they are great for a more casual, natural look but you can also use these palettes to get the perfect look for going out at night as well. 

TWO  Large & Colorful Totes
For me, nothing says summer like packing a large tote with a beach towel, sunscreen, and bathing suit and heading to the beach all day!  I love the beach and luckily I only live about 30 minutes from it.  Large totes are perfect for the summertime when your spending all day outside.  They can easily fit a towel, sunscreen, and all your other summertime essentials.  The bright color, pattern, and tassel make this one a favorite of mine.

Any sunglasses for that matter! Protecting your eyes from the sun is so important.  Sunglasses that are both practical and cute is just a bonus!

FOUR  Peonies
I love when all the flowers start blooming in the summertime! It makes everything seem so much brighter and happier.  This summer peonies seem to be a big hit among bloggers and I have to say... i don't hate it.  These flowers are so colorful, they could certainly brighten up any room.

Nautical themed everything... from clothes to purses, pillows to jewelry, and everything in between.   

SIX  Wedges
Wedges are so versatile.  They can easily be worn with a casual outfit during the day or dressed up and worn out at night.  I also think they're a bit more comfortable than other heels.

What are some of your favorite summertime things?  Feel free to link-up your post too!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Big Move

The lease for my house up at school ended on May 30th.  I'd been living in the house along with 3 of my friends for the past two years.  I'm absolutely amazed at the amount of crap that we accumulated in that house over the past two years! As I was cleaning out my small room I couldn't believe all the stuff I had fit into every inch of that place.  I was a little impressed with how clean I kept it with all that stuff in there (I'm not saying it was spotless all the time but it was decent).  

Before I started packing up I had to purge. Everything I didn't want to bring home with me was thrown out. I went through all of my school books, binders, etc. and threw out what I no longer needed.  Then I went to my drawers which were overflowing with clothes and I got rid of a ton.  Even after going through everything and throwing out what I could I still had a lot of stuff. 

I mean seriously... all that crap.. And that's only one of about 4 piles I brought home from my college house.

My dilemma now is that I'm moving back into my parents house (I know it's not ideal but hey I'll be saving a ton of money) and my room at home still has a lot of stuff in it.  Now I'm faced with trying to fit two rooms worth of stuff into one.  Help!!!  In the mean time I'm also thinking I need to re-do my room.  It definitely needs to be updated now that I'm out of college.

It's still a work in progress.

I'm definitely planning on getting a new comforter, probably some new furniture, and definitely a fresh coat of paint on the walls.  This is going to be my summer project.  I'll keep you updated.

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