Sunday, March 16, 2014

Organization



Hi everyone I hope you're having a great weekend! This weekend I've been busy finishing up assignments as well as organizing myself for my upcoming advanced practicum block THAT IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY! WAHOOO!!

I've decided to upload a new 'Week At A Glance' template to my Teacher Pay Teacher store here. I plan on using this in my practicum to briefly plan out my week along with which outcomes and/or lessons I plan on completing for each class.


Below is also a glance at a template that I've tweaked/customized for my own daily use. The university gives all pre-service teachers a similar looking template at the beginning of our practicum.


My lesson plan template contains:

-Top coloured bar- used to colour coordinate lessons to the subject.
                               - keep track of which unit
                               - keep track of which lesson in the unit it is (ex. lesson #1 of Geometry unit)

-Left column:

                              -Time of class (in top left hand margin)
                              -Materials (left hand margin)
                              -Reflection (left hand margin) used to jot down notes about how well/how poorly a lesson went and provide suggestions for next time

-Middle column:

                              -Outcomes (underneath is room for general curriculum outcomes as well as specific curriculum outcomes)

Right hand column:

                             -Introduction/hook
                             -Main Lesson
                             -Closure
                             -Back up plan (in case technology fails or something else isn't going as planned)
                             -Differentiation
                             -Assessment





Let me know if you have any question or need help customizing/creating a template of your own! I would love to help you out!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Beauty Inspiration

Happy Valentine's Day! Here are a few favourite beauty items that I'll be incorporating into my look this evening! Enjoy!



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2. Stila 'Custom Color Blush' in Pink (this blush changes according to your skin's pH level for your perfect shade! So neat!)
4. Stila 'After Glow Lip Color' in Electric Pink


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Tree Art


I'm officially through my first semester of my three part Education degree. I have learned so much more than I ever thought I would and have memories that will last a lifetime. I hope the next two semesters are JUST as fantastic! 

Here's a Christmas art project that our class did yesterday. It was inspired from a picture on Pinterest (sorry the link didn't work so I can't share it with you all)

Here is what we did: 

1: We invited two students at a time to come to our work table during Daily 5, to quickly paint two sheets of white paper. One sheet was painted blue and one sheet was painted green, with water-colour paint. 

2: During writing, once the two sheets of paper had dried, the students were invited in two's back to the work table to paint snow/snowflakes on the blue sheet of paper. The sheets were then put on the drying rack until our scheduled art time. 

3: During art class we asked students to tear the green paper into strips. A demonstration was given so that they wouldn't tear the paper into tiny bits of paper. 

4: They then were to place the widest strip of green at the bottom of the page and the smallest piece at top, leaving room for a star on top and a trunk at the bottom. Once, they did this we gave them the go ahead to begin glueing. 

5: We then passed around dixie cups with 'ornament' in them. These ornaments were from old wrapping paper we had lying around that were whole punched into circles. The students then could decorate their trees however they wanted.

6: They were then allowed to cut out brown construction paper for their tree trunk and squares (out of the left over wrapping paper) for presents under the tree.

7: The last touch was the star at the top. This was done by drawing a star with liquid glue and then dumping sparkles on top (done by the adults so the custodian didn't hate us at the end of the day ;P)







Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pure Happiness! We're Engaged!

I seriously can not believe that it's November! The past few months have FLOWN by and a lot has happened since I've posted last.

WE GOT ENGAGED!








Here are some of our engagement photos!





Needless to say, it has been a very busy and happy place here lately!



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ricki's Haul

I recently stopped by Ricki's after I realized that I didn't have much selection for professional attire. I'm so glad I did! My wallet on the other hand is still crying a little. 

From the start, I was greeted by a very friendly sales lady. From the moment I walked in the door to the time I actually made my purchases a few days later she provided me with exceptional service. She even went as far as writing me a list of all of the items I had tried on, with the size and prize so that I could go home and think about the investment I was about to make. I told her that I would be back that Friday to buy the items I was sure I wanted. Sure enough, when I arrived Friday morning she had all of the items, in the correct sizes and colours all waiting there for me ready to go. She was a super star and I was very happy to let her receive commission off of my purchases. 

Here are the pieces I decided on:


This lace peplum tank is SOOO comfortable! It feels like a normal tank but with the lace to dress things up a bit.



These jeggings are also so very comfortable (there's a pattern here. I was definitely going for style with comfort!) They're very versatile and can be worn in a professional setting or out on a friday night. 

Love the polka dots on this blouse! Although it's advertised as being worn one way, the sales lady told me that other customers were finding they liked to wear it backwards as well. So I gave it a try (see below) and loved it! It's also a very versatile piece that can be worn with a higher neckline in the classroom or a lower neckline for nights out on the town. 


Do I even need to say it anymore? This blazer is SOO comfortable. It moves WITH your body so when I raise my arms there isn't much stiffness. This is great for the classroom so that when I go to write on chart paper or on the board I won't feel constricted.

Can't say too much about these pants yet. I've only tried them on in the store. However, I made sure that they went along with the comfort theme that I had going on. 

Okay, yes. So maybe I loved this blazer so much that I had to buy it in two different colours. Don't judge me!


I can't say much about these dress pant either because I haven't worn them outside of the fitting room. The sales lady told me that they have waist tabs inside so I can loosen or tighten them depending on how they're fitting on a particular day. I don't know if I'll get any use out of that feature but we'll see!

I'd really like to go back for this shirt:

I really loved this shirt but unfortunately I had a budget in mind and had to leave it out for now. I'll be back for it though!

What has been your favorite purchase for work? 






Tomorrow's The Big Day!

Tomorrow I officially begin my journey to becoming a teacher! I'm so excited to start! It's a foreign feeling that I haven't felt for years. I dreaded going back to university every summer. Besides a few courses, I hated doing my BA. It felt like such a waste of time. Now I feel like I'm actually doing something that interests me.

My first orientation day is tomorrow at 9 am. There are a few introductory sessions, a 'breakout session' where we get to meet everyone in our cohorts along with a presentation from the teacher federation. To finish the afternoon off there will be sessions on the use of social media by teachers,  how to make the most of the internship, as well as, how to pursue jobs at home and abroad. I'm really hoping that these sessions are useful and engaging (I'm sure they will be! That's why they have them after all!)

I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow! Be watching for a post on my most recent haul from Ricki's too!

Friday, August 2, 2013

My Country Side

Do you know how excited I've been for this weekend? So excited that this post has been waiting in my drafts since Monday night!

Yes, this weekend is most likely going to be my favorite for this summer because of these five reasons:   (Warning: you're about to see some serious country roots coming out in this post!)

One:

I'm going to see Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley in concert with a few of the besties! I've loved their music for years now!



This is a picture from last summer with a few friends and family before we headed off to see Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean. If your a country music fan and haven't seen them in concert yet I HIGHLY recommend it! They were amazing!


Two: 

Before we head to the concert we're stopping at the mall (which is bigger, and has more variety than the one in my current city) to go shopping. Need I say more? 


Three: 

Yes, the annual demolition derby is on Saturday! People from all over the county come to see who's car will make it to the end. It's a great time to meet up with people you haven't seen in a while. Once the derby is over we'll probably go on a few carnival rides and finish the night off with the annual fireworks. 




Four:

I'm very excited to be out of the city for the weekend and staying at home, in the country. This picture is from one of our four-wheeling adventures out back in the woods. Such a peaceful spot!



Five:

Lastly, through all of this excitement I'll be sporting my new favorite ESSIE nail polish called "Bachelorette"


What are your plans for the weekend? 

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