Substitute Teaching as an “SJ” (AKA “Guardian”)

 

 

Do you enjoy personality type stuff? Is it as fascinating to you as it is to me? I find it endlessly interesting to see how our different traits and qualities impact how we interact with the world…

 

I am a substitute teacher. Now, that’s the kind of job where some [...]

Bittersweet

 

 

“23 days until summer!!!”

 

The sign is bright and bold and impossible to miss at the front of the bus. I watch the driver carefully wipe off the three and change it to a two with a vivid orange dry erase marker.

 

22 days.

 

That’s what stands between us and [...]

If the dress fits…

 

 

“Mike’s end-of-the-year work party is coming up, so I ordered a bunch of dresses from Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom’s, figuring I’d just have them delivered and return what I didn’t like. I think I got like a dozen of them. Mike may have raised a brow at the $2,500 charge (giggle), but [...]

Little Things Making a Big Difference

 

 

I’m having a fantastic day.

 

I really am! And this is in spite of the fact that today marks the end of Spring Break. And I had to get out the door at the crack of dawn* to drive A. to Advanced Orchestra. And I hardly got any sleep last night thanks [...]

For the Smell of It

 

 

So far, I’ve written a little about what got me interested in essential oils and also what mistakes I’ve made along the way. I apologize upfront for this series being so very spread out, but it truly is intentional– I don’t want to bore or overwhelm you, for one thing. For another, this [...]

Irish by Marriage

 

 

I’m German.

 

And Norwegian.

 

A bit of Czechoslovakian thrown in there, too.

 

 

 

I am not Irish.

 

Despite my fair skin.

 

Despite my green-blue eyes.

 

Despite my never-ending supply of green in my wardrobe.

 

But, hey!

 

I’m Irish by marriage!

 

So bring [...]

I love them, too.

 

 

I had the opportunity to sub for a first grade class for five days in a row so their teacher could go spend some time with her father whose health was failing.

 

I had a chance to read one-on-one with each and every one of them multiple times. I taught about measurement [...]

Beyond Pinterest-Perfect

 

 

Technically, I walked into the first grade classroom to provide reading and writing support for two specific students. Knowing that it was the day of all the Valentine’s Day parties, however, I didn’t really expect to be doing a lot of academic work. I was correct.

 

The room was FULL of extra [...]

Quirky Clothing Issues

 

 

I’m sitting here, snuggled under a zebra-striped furry fleecy blanket, riding out yet another snowstorm. We’ve only been to school one Monday since the New Year, I think… and that day was an accelerated early dismissal day! (<– Translation: we got out at noon.) Next Monday is President’s Day so, even if we [...]

Junk- and Clutter-Free Journal Favor

 

 

Got a party in your plans? Don’t give up on favors just because they’re traditionally pricey, junky, or cluttery. This fun, useful favor comes together with a small pricetag and won’t drive the parents of the party-goers nuts. Winning!

 

 

 

I’m aware that some people have strong feelings about party favors.

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