three favorites: august 21, 2016

August 21, 2016

Whenever we would leave a vacation or holiday, my mom would ask my family, "what were your three favorites?" I would often groan when she asked, but the question allowed me to reflect on the experiences I had, and decide what was important to me. So, every week on Sundays, I would like to start sharing my three favorites from the week. It will be a mix of favorite items and media, and I am hoping these posts will help me to cultivate gratitude for the lovely things in my life.

1. My Swedish Hasbeens Lotta platform clogs. They are comfy. They feel natural (and are). They are also on sale in a carmel color here. These give off quirky vintage vibes and they are going to be great for teaching.

2. The Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast. Oh, this is so beautiful. This podcast examines Harry Potter as if it were a religious text. It dives deeply into the humanity and meaning that can be found in Harry Potter. The quality analysis is an English teacher's dream, and the topic reflects beliefs my inner childhood fan couldn't fully put into words.

3. The New York Times Morning Briefing. Even though it will probably have me shelling out for a subscription to the New York Times, I am loving this email newsletter. It covers a variety of topics from the Olympics to politics each morning, with links to more complete articles. I am able to wake up, clear out my email inbox, and then get caught up on the news.

What were your three favorites this week?

teaching: blogs and online resources

August 20, 2016

One of my favorite things to do is look through the thoughtful work of other teachers and education professionals online. Here are some of the best resources I have found to inspire and inform my teaching.
  • Math=Love is a lovely blog written by a passionate and award winning math teacher. Her thoughts on grading and the growth of her students is so inspiring.
  • Edutopia is a great collection of a variety of articles. Especially now, they have great articles about the start of the school year.
  • Free Technology for Teachers is an amazing collection of free resources to be used for education. Really cool.
  • Guides and Workshops from America Healing on Racial Healing are strong resources for our work in racial reconciliation.
I also have written some posts that I think would be helpful, and have a Pinterest board I like to save stuff for high school English teachers in.
  • My blog posts are listed under the category "First Year Teacher Advice"
  • My teaching resources Pinterest board is full of classroom management ideas, among other thing.

reading: Girl on the Train

August 18, 2016

I know I am late to the party as far as the hype for this book goes, but this book was part of my attempt to read female authored mysteries and thrillers this summer.

The Girl on the Train features an unreliable narrator, Rachel, who is reeling from a breakup with her ex, and her life is falling apart. She is fired from her job, and still rides the train to conceal her unemployment from her roommate. Rachel's train takes her past Meagan's house, which Rachel idealizes, and Anna's house, which is the house that Rachel lived in with her ex.

This novel is a great slow thriller, with Megan going missing, and Rachel unsure of what happened the night of the disappearance. There were plenty of twists, and one right at the end. It was a fun read, and if you haven't bought into the hype, this book combines Gone Girl with the blacked out and violent vibes of the Netflix series Marcella. 'Nuff said for the mystery/thriller crowd.

traveling: Seattle Travel Tips

August 8, 2016

I am nostalgically looking through my pictures from my trip to Seattle at the beginning of this summer. I feel inspired to share some of my favorite things from my trip. Here are some tips and tricks for traveling in the Pacific Northwest.

Things that came in handy on my trip to Seattle: 
  • an Orca Card- for riding public transportation hassle free.
  • a pair of Chelsea ankle boot style rain boots- space efficient, versatile, and weatherproof.
  • a rain jacket- functions as a light layer if it doesn't rain. Don't go without one.
  • a couple pairs of tights and a mini skirt. I felt hip and less like a khaki clad tourist.

Places To Go

Places To Eat
  • Stateside - Vietnamese and French fusion. You have to get some dessert. 
  • Ma'Ono - the best fried chicken of your life, and close to Alki. 
  • Uwajimaya - amazing Japanese grocery store. Check out the sandwiches, salads, candy, and sneak a peak at the stationary.
  • Oddfellows Cafe
  • Barnacle - hip seafood aperitifs and strong cocktails served in a cozy little bar.
  • Cafe Fiorre  

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