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I have been in such a blogging slump lately.  I have many things that I'm dying to blog about, but I haven't been able to give it the time and energy it needs.  Then there are things that I'm interested in blogging, but I don't know that they will interest anyone besides me.  I decided that I don't care if anyone else is interested.  One of the reasons I started keeping a blog is so that I can look back on the things I tried in the past, and to keep a record for my own personal reflection.

This week was our first week back from spring break.  It was rough.  It all started with Sunday night.  I had a difficult time falling asleep.  Once I was asleep, I woke up at some point each hour.  I remember reading the clock at some point when it was 12-something, 1-something, 2-something, 3:40-something, and then 4:49; eleven minutes before my alarm went off.

This really set the tone for my entire week.  Of course, I had my final mini-observation on Monday.  It went very wel…
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April 7, 2017 - Monthly Post #DITL

The following post is a contribution to the Day in the Life Book Project initiated by Tina Cardone:


Today was the last school day before spring break.  Or what's left of it.  This week has been interesting at school.  We've come in to a putrid sewer smell throughout the halls, a car accident has caused our buses to be late, and after having to break up arguments between a few periods in a row, there were a couple of fights happening at once.  That was only Tuesday. 


It was a relief to finally make it to Friday.  This morning I got ready as normal, and treated myself to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast.  When I made it to work, I ate my breakfast, took care of a few errands, and graded some make-up assignments. 


Yesterday, my first period students were talking all about a new show on Netflix.  So much so that we didn't finish our work.  Today I gave these students a day to make-up missing work and do test corrections.  Students finished quickly, and we watched an episode of the …

March 7, 2017 - Monthly Post #DITL

The following post is a contribution to the Day in the Life Book Project initiated by Tina Cardone:

Today I woke up to good news.  We had a two hour delay for ice.  This week is spirit week, and as senior class advisor, I end up staying at school late every day.  Yesterday I left school after 6 pm, and came home to do more work and cook and clean, so I was very excited to get some extra sleep.

This morning, however, I just couldn't go back to sleep.  Neither could my husband.  We decided to use our extra time to watch last night's episode of Bates Motel since I can no longer stay up past 10 pm and function the next day.  The time we had to just relax and watch tv was just what I needed.

Today was "Woke Up Like This Day," which meant dressing up glamorously.  It sounds like the opposite of "woke up like this", but I don't get to make up the spirit days.  Today I dressed how I used to dress for work before I began prioritizing comfort over style.  It was …

February 7, 2017 - Monthly Post #DITL

The following post is a contribution to the Day in the Life Book Project initiated by Tina Cardone:

 Today my school closed for ice.  I woke up at 5 am and waited for the call I was expecting.  About 5 minutes later it was announced that my school was running on a 3 hour delay.  I reset my alarm for 7 am, and tried to fall back asleep.  I was able to sleep again once my cat stopped her relentless pawing at me.  She's on my schedule, and loves when I get up in the morning (and conversely hates when I don't get up). 

I awoke again at 7 am, and was able to take my time waking up.  I checked my weather app and noticed that the mixed precipitation was supposed to continue until about 11 am, which would most likely mean that my district would have to close for the day.  Sure enough, I received a call at 7:45 that school was closed for today.  I had breakfast with my husband before he had to report school since his district didn't close.

Today, I was grateful for the day off.  Th…

January 7, 2017 - Monthly Post #DITL

The following post is a contribution to the Day in the Life Book Project initiated by Tina Cardone:

Today is Saturday.  I had my alarm set for 5 am, as usual, but today when my alarm went off, I set a new one for 5:30.  I woke up feeling extra tired because I was up later last night than usual.  I laid in bed and dozed on and off until about 6 am.  My favorite thing about the weekend is being able to wake up slowly, and then lay in bed and play on my phone.

By 6:30, I remember that it's Saturday, which means that there is new content available in the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club.  I joined the club in hopes of achieving work-life balance.  Today was my first time logging in, and getting started.  I had to figure out how to get the audio file onto my phone so that I could play it in my car on the way to the gym.  By 7:30 I gave up and left for the gym.

I have about a 20 minute drive to get to the gym, so usually after my workout I run some errands in town.  Today I went to Dollar…

My New Favorite Routine

I have a habit of falling off the face of the Earth, and not blogging once the school year begins.  What better way to get back into the swing of things than with the 2017 Explore MTBoS Blogging Initiative?  This week's topic is "My Favorites".  (Is anyone else a huge Impractical Jokers fan that cannot read the words "my favorite" without hearing it in Sal's ridiculous voice?)

The thing that I am most obsessed with right now is my new routine.  I have not been able to get into a groove all year.  I was so frustrated with how my planning was working (or at times, not working) that I just had to make a long list of all of the things that I have to do weekly to prepare my lessons.  I blocked similar tasks together, and then designated days of the week to complete each task.  My goal each week is to complete the plans for the following week.

My new routine is as follows:
Sunday - write out plans, update the Google Calendar that is shared with my Geometry classe…

Geometry Teacher Timesaver

As a Geometry teacher, I find that creating worksheets, notes, tests, quizzes, etc.  is even more difficult for me than other teachers because of all of the symbols that are needed.  Anytime you need an angle symbol, degree symbol, congruent symbol, etc., it takes a few mouse clicks and oftentimes some scrolling to get the symbol added to your document.  I've found different shortcuts in past few years, but there are so many methods to remember.  Today while typing an assignment I decided to play with my favorite shortcut, and found out that it worked for more than just the shortcut I was using.

I use Microsoft Word to create my documents.  Before using any of these shortcuts, you need to change one of the default settings.  After you open a new document, go to "File" and click on "Options."

Once your options come up, click "Proofing."

When the proofing menu comes up, click on the "Auto Correct Options" button.

Under the Auto Correct menu, c…