Reflective Teaching Challenge Day Twenty-One: My Hobbies

DAY TWENTY ONE

Do you have other hobbies/interests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain.

1.  Running

I started running when I was engaged and planning to drop a few pounds before my wedding in 2009.  I didn’t think it would be anything that would last longer than June 2010.  What I realized was that I had found an activity that both modified my body, but cleansed my mind, gave me a goal to work towards, and gave me a greater sense of pride in myself than anything had up until that point.  I began to read and study the art of running.   I signed up for races, developed my own personal training program, and bought into the hype.  Before I knew it, I had started running half marathons and enjoyed it!  I was a runner.

Running Goddess

 

I used all these things today on my long run; that's water, not Vodka

I used all these things today on my long run

Medal and Bib Love my Medal

I bring my love and history of running into the classroom to help demonstrate to my students that benefits of working through the difficulties towards a greater goal.  I share with them that there were many times, more times than not, I wanted to give up.  I wanted to stop right in the middle of a run, the middle of a race to walk back to my car and go home.  I knew the joy and pride I would have if I kept going, and knew the list of reasons why I had started with that first step, and kept going.  I also share with them the cathartic aspect of working through a difficult task.  Most of the time when I share this with students, it’s in relation to the usual school-related topics:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Homework
  • Studying
  • Coming to school on a regular basis

Ultimately, this connection works.  I hang up my race medals in my classroom as an allegory to those sentiments: Work Hard, Achieve Greatness; Learn Who You Are Through Your Struggles

2.  Reading

You cannot be a teacher and not have students assume that you’re a book nerd.  I grasp this assumption by the coffee cup handles and drink it all in.  Naturally, I share my love of reading with my students.  Not only do I let them know that I am a reader, I bring the hobby to school with me in all it’s glory and blemishes.  I let my students know that I have not read as much as I would like to; I”m not as well-read as I should be.  By letting them know that I am not perfect, that I struggle to maintain focus and interest in books as well as they do, they know that their experiences are normal.  Additionally, it shows them that I am interested in what they are.  It’s become well known around my school that I am huge John Green fan.  I show his vlogs, loan out my copies of his novels, and have even created an after-school event to watch “The Fault in Our Stars” on its premiere night.  Do I hyperbolize my fangirl status with John Green?  A bit; that’s not to say that my admiration is any less.  I do this because I want my students to know that I am undeniably enraptured with my love of reading and experiencing.

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Books Collage

 

Matched/Crossed and The Hunger Games trilogy

Matched/Crossed and The Hunger Games trilogy

Read Books Collage

Book Collage

100 Book List One

Book 2

3.  Blogging

A few students know that I write my own blog.  Most of them know that I write, both creatively and for my own cathartic needs.  Similar to my love of running and reader, when I talk to my students about my own writing, I share with them both my triumphs, but my struggles as well.

Run a Sick Ass Blog

Daily Blog Schedule

Original blogging-topic schedule

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Two of my original headers for Fancy Oatmeal

Additionally, I use my own blogging experience to support my requirement for them to maintain their own blogs.  I run down the reasons for why students should write, always looking for new scientific and emotional reasons to further support my statements.  Here is an example:

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Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write by Rachel Grate

St. Augustine Half Marathon: Round Two

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I made a huge decision this morning – sleep deprivation is a real you-know-what.  When I first began this blog in Alaska, I devoted the majority of its content to running, trying to remain as healthy as possible, and documenting my life on the island.  Since moving to Florida, I have twisted the focus to highlight my teaching experiences and reading habits.  Today, before the sun has shown its glorious face, I have made the decision to sign up for my 4th half marathon, the second time around for the St. Augustine Half Marathon.

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As I mentioned, this is not the first time that I have participated in this particular half marathon, and I enjoyed it so much, I decided that it would be the ideal race to get me back into long-distance running.  It’s also the perfect time of the year in Florida to begin outdoor training.  The mornings are less humid and swampy.

The last time that I ran the St. Augustine Half, I came in just over the 2:00 mark.  I’m hoping to emulate that.  I’m not going to try and set a PR because it’s been such a long time since I have run in these conditions.  Here is a wrap up of my first St. Augustine Half.

So, does this mean that my Fancy Oatmeal blog is returning?  Partially.  I’m not going to lose the focus of my teaching/reading blog, but I am going to incorporate my training plan, update you on how hateful Future Me is going to be towards Today Me for signing us up, but I promise that I am not doing a transformation.

With all of this being said, I’m off to put on my running shoes!