Ready for a slice-of-life post?
- we’re neck-deep in packing lists for the five-day outdoor education trip my girls are going on at the end of April, along with all the other 6th graders at my school; one list for what we already have (sweatshirts, yoga pants), one for what we will try to borrow (an outdoor sleeping bag, flashlights), one for what we will probably have to buy (rainboots that fit), etc etc
- I made some predictions about how I’d like to be spending my summer, so here’s my progress: I’ve had several phone interviews with the Center for Talented Youth summer programs and am very hopeful that a job in their program will pan out, and I’ve officially been accepted to the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute! I can’t even express how much I am looking forward to immersing myself in the Library’s resources this July.
- one of my daughters is playing lacrosse for the first time, and I’m so proud of her for jumping in and persevering; in Baltimore, many kids are handling lacrosse sticks as soon they can walk, so I was a little concerned that she would feel “behind,” especially since she’s only playing a team sport because I said she had to pick one! Luckily, our middle school athletics program is really encouraging of students who want to try a new sport, and she is gaining confidence and skills with each practice. My other daughter is gearing up for her ballet recital in June, and I’m happy to see them both building healthy habits that will serve them well in the future.
- I feel comfortable declaring that the choices my colleague and I made this year about what to teach and why have really paid off; both Beowulf and Persepolis were new texts for us this year, and they’ve both been valuable additions to our curriculum. I also made some switches in my senior elective on Latin American literature, and those changes have worked out well too (though I’m still figuring out their final project). Like most English teachers, I put significant thought into deciding what books I want to teach in my classes, and it’s very rewarding when those choices turn out to be successful.
- My sister and I are still training to run the Warrior Dash, which is only about a month away now, and we’ve both hit our fundraising goals as warriors for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (though I’d certainly accept more donations!). I feel more physically fit than I have in years, and in a burst of confidence, I also signed up for a 5K at my school, which is only about ten days away. Once I’ve got a few more 5Ks under my belt, I’d like to try a 10 K race next year. In addition to having a workout partner, setting goals has been a big part of actually being able to maintain an exercise habit for me.
- current musical obsession: St. Vincent, both her newest self-titled album and her previous album, Strange Mercy