Thursday, May 16, 2013

things that make me happy

1. Getting photos and little videos of my new nephew. He's pretty much the cutest baby in the world.

2. Only 2 more weeks of school left. This year was really hard and amazing all at the same time. I feel accomplished.

3. My husband is finally done with the soccer season, which means he's home in the evenings and is back to cooking. He's a good cook.

4. Today was the Senior Exit Assembly. The tradition is for all of the teachers to create a gauntlet to welcome in the freshmen at the beginning of the year and to send off the seniors at the end.  During the gauntlet, one of the seniors from my group in Writing Intervention gave me a big hug and said, "Thank you for everything you did for us this year." I didn't expect it. It made me happy.

5. Yoga at school. Our wellness program is offering yoga a couple of days after school for teachers. Our instructor is awesome. I feel so much better (physically and mentally) after each class. There is also something kind of nice about doing yoga with your colleagues.

6. Reading my students' blog posts. My English 9 kids are reading Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. We've been discussing memoir, and I'm having them do a ton of personal writing to gear up for their final assessment, which is a short personal narrative. Blogging has been a great tool to have them write a lot, to edit their writing, to read their classmates' writing, and to provide quick and accessible feedback. I love reading about their lives, getting to know them through their writing, laughing at their silly stories, and sometimes crying when learning about their struggles. They are such amazing young people, and I'm really proud of how much they've grown as writers and as human beings.


  1. I'm so happy you are finishing your first year of teaching soon. You survived! (And were awesome.) It seems like you and mom are both amazing teachers, in similar ways.

    I'm glad you have such a beautiful nephew (well, two of them, but only one who is a baby).

  2. #4 is a wonderful testament to you! :)


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