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  • Captured Fireflies
    Books,  Life

    Book Review: Captured Fireflies

    Most of you already know that I’m a teacher, but for any new readers here – I’m a high school English teacher. New to my blog or not, you may also know that I love to read (when I’m not exhausted from work) and so a nice perk of blogging has been the opportunity to have books sent to me for review. The latest book I’ve had the chance to read is Captured Fireflies by Meredith Newlin – also an English teacher! I was actually specifically sent this book because I’m a teacher. Talk about worlds colliding! In Captured Fireflies, Meredith talks about her teaching career thus far. As a teacher for the…

  • Life

    What’s Inside My Tote Bag

    It’s pretty common for bloggers and YouTubers to share what’s currently inside their bags/purses, but I never have anything interesting inside mine! It’s always the regular things like phone, wallet, and then just random bits and bobs. I recently got a new tote bag for work so I thought at least that would be somewhat more interesting. My work tote bags last me roughly 1.5 years. I’m always carrying it around school all day and lugging things ranging from student work that I need to grade to my laptop so after a while the straps usually start to fray. There’s always a lot of wear and tear and whatnot. So I…

  • Life

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all my fellow teachers out there! I know I’m a little late seeing as it’s almost the end of the week (yay!) but I’m just now getting the time to write this post. If you didn’t already know, I guess it’s pretty obvious now that my day job is teaching. I don’t talk too much about it on here, but seeing as it’s what I spend my days doing I figured I should post something for this appreciation week. While I love all my students and enjoy teaching, it is not uncommon for me to feel like I want to pull my hair out or bang my…

  • Fashion,  Life,  Looks

    A Day at Princeton

    A few days ago I went with my 9th graders to visit Princeton University. For any of you who aren’t from the states, Princeton is one of our Ivy League universities and is located right here in New Jersey. We sat through an info session about academics, student life, admissions, financial aid etc. Then, we toured the campus and finally, ate lunch in one of the dining halls which was probably the students’ favorite part of the field trip. It seems no matter where you go on a field trip, the students’ favorite part is when they get to eat. You can go to an amusement park and the highlight…

  • Fashion,  Looks

    Chevron Print Dress

    This past Friday evening, I went to/chaperoned an event at school. It was an awards show hosted by the senior class as a fundraiser for them. There were a few different reasons I went. 1) I go to many school events to support co-workers/friends and the kids 2) I’m the 9th grade advisor and we were selling little candy goodie bags to raise money for the 9th grade class 3) I was nominated for 2 awards by the students. So I went home after work, relaxed for a bit, got changed and made my way back to work. The event was “Dress to Impress”. I decided to wear a dress,…

  • Fashion,  Life,  Looks

    How to Survive a Field Trip

    Field trips for teachers are tiring. While it’s a day that I don’t have to be in the classroom worrying about completing lessons and doing other work, it is a day full of keeping track of students, crossing your fingers they are on their best behavior, loud talking screams on the bus, etc. Last week, I got roped into being one of the chaperones for a trip with my seniors to the National College Fair. I documented almost all of the parts of my day on the trip so this post will serve as a combination “guide” to surviving a field trip and a virtual way for you all to…

  • Life

    Surviving the End of the School Year

    When I was younger and still in school I remember feeling so busy with school work, clubs, extracurricular activities. Then, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel – all I had to do was get through finals and I would be home free. Studying for exams while trying to do all these other things seemed like so much work. Let me tell you, as a teacher, it is even harder! True, I don’t have to take the exams, but I do have to create them and I do have to grade them. I have to do this all while still getting all my other work done,…