Four Fun Facts Blogging Survey

Happy Monday!

It’s a two-day work week and I am loving it!!!

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To kick things off, I’m going to respond to the challenge set by Monica at Run,Eat,Repeat.

4 fun facts:

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  • Rosie
  • Ferranda
  • Ms. Ferr-Ferr
  • Amanda Rose

Four jobs I’ve had:

  • English teacher
  • Weight Loss Consultant @ Jenny Craig
  • Sylvan tutor
  • Bagger at a grocery store

Four movies you’ve watched more than once:

  • The Princess Bride
  • Love, Actually
  • Hope Floats
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

Four books I’d recommend:

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  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • 1984
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Eleanor & Park

Four places I’ve lived:

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grand Ledge, MI
  • St. Paul Island, AK
  • Jacksonville, FL

Four Places you have visited:

  • Germany
  • Turkey
  • Alaska
  • Western Caribbean

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • In Michigan with my family
  • A bookstore and/or library
  • A big cozy bed with a DVR full of Real Housewives of ______ episodes
  • My crafting room – I’ve got projects to work on!!

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Raw onions
  • Mayonaise
  • Oysters
  • Fried foods

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Sushi
  • Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad from Panera Bread (If they have baguettes, not dinner rolls)
  • Mochi frozen yogurt
  • fruit salad that someone else cut up – it just tastes better when someone else does it =)

Four TV shows I watch:

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  • The Bravo Network – a guilty pleasure for sure!
  • Survivor
  • Christly Knows Best
  • The Walking Dead

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Working away on my MA in English
  • Celebrating our 5th year of marriage in June
  • The Diva’s Half Marathon – December 7th
  • Enjoying the reprioritized life that I’m creating with my friends and family (starting now!!)

Four things I can’t live without:

  • My husband, family, puppy Sophie
  • My bullet journal – it keeps me organized and on track
  • The Kindle app – books! books! books!
  • Coffeeeee!

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Reflective Teaching Challenge Day Twenty Seven: R & R

DAY TWENTY SEVEN

What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching?tumblr_mu5r7ueRiS1siok5uo1_r1_500

There’s no denying that teachers are in love with their free time.  Free time is an unfair term to use because what I meant is time where we are not teaching or at work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s off duty.  We are constantly taking work home for grading, planning for the upcoming days or weeks, or researching to ensure that we are as prepared as possible.  This does not even address the emotional aspect of our job.  It’s very easy to say that you leave your personal life at the door as well as your work life, but if we are being honest, that’s not always the case.  I can recall coming home almost every day of my first year of teaching either crying or yelling in frustration.  It wasn’t until much later that i was able to begin to sort out what was worth hanging onto and what wasn’t.  So when I say that teachers love their free time, we appreciate the time away from the classroom to decompress.

The way that I utilize my weekends and holidays has transitioned throughout my career.  During the first four or five years, I soaked up every non-teaching moment to created, edit, revise, and research my lessons.  I have been able to slow down and find a happy balance between school and personal life more recently.  Holiday breaks were usually spent visiting family back in Michigan because we lived so far away, and now that my husband and I have relocated to a location that’s easier for friends and family to visit, we have been able to play host.

Specific to how all of this impacts my teaching, it means that the “down time” has allowed for me to come back to school with a level-head and enthusiasm on Mondays.  The truth is that I really like to spend my weekends being very low key, doing reading for my leisure and working on art projects.  Of course I do get caught up on my television watching, and with football season in full swing, my husband and I have been enjoying watching our favorite teams.  Overall, I like calm weekends and I’m at a stage in my life and career where I don’t feel the need to apologize for that.

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