Hump Day

Woohoo its Wednesday!! Officially through the hump of the week. Today was a good day. It started off early at 5:55. This morning I decided to switch up my typical soothing John Mayer sound track to a more exciting pop station to really get me ready to start my day off with a bang. This morning I forgot to grab a Lara bar as I ran out the door which proved to be an obstacle as my stomach growled all morning while I taught my classes. Would not recommend!!

I gave period one their first reading quiz on “Of Mice and Men.” Most of them did pretty well! Since most of them are pretty quiet tomorrow I am going to do a human scavenger hunt activity with them to get them up and moving and talking to each other. Stay tuned to find out how it goes.

Period three finished up discussion about the burqa ban- most of them were very strongly opinionated that the government has no right to tell us what we can and cannot wear. Its great to see them thinking so critically and forming strong opinions!

Today after school I rushed back to Holy Cross to meet with one of my favorite English professors, Professor Reardon. Professor Reardon thoughtfully reached out to me to check in about how my student teaching experience is going so far. It was so great to chat with someone who wanted to hear all about this crazy, new, and exciting time in my life! She also gave me a few really good book suggestions to help me come up with activities for my english. Here is a picture of one of the books I can’t wait to read.

After my meeting with Professor Reardon, I headed to pre-practicum. Today was a big day for me because it was my turn for Mursion, an interactive simulation for different teaching scenarios. Kat and I were tasked with having a parent teacher conference with the parent of a third grader named Lily Walker. We had to report some of Lily’s test scores and how she was doing socially to her mother. It was less nerve wracking than I thought and overall a very cool experience! So cool what technology can do!

After pre-prac I headed to Chipotle with my friends. I forgot to take a picture but my burrito was nothing to write home about. In fact, I was fairly disappointed with the overall experience. I usually go for a bowl, but on a whim, I went for the regular burrito. BIG MISTAKE. Immediate regret. I asked for a littttle bit of sour cream and BAM the woman put on an entire ladle full. Same for the guac. There was no going back after that. Even though my burrito itself wasn’t that great, it was so nice to go out with my friends. It’s easy to feel out of the loop being busy all day, so it’s very important to me that I make time at night to check in with my friends. Since I forgot to take a picture of my burrito, this cup will have to do! I had two refills of diet coke 🙂

Once back in Dinand, I worked on making an A Thousand Splendid Suns version of Taboo for my seniors to play tomorrow. They are big on Taboo so I am hoping that the game is a hit. Some of the cards are harder than others, we’ll see how they do. 

Here are my friends Hannah and Kate in Dinand working hard.

At home, I’m going to unwind with some Netflix before bed. I have decided that it’s important to get my mind off of the subject matter before sleeping to decompress before the next day, so I always make sure to watch a quick episode of A Million Little Things, my new favorite show.

P.S I am very sorry that these pictures are so large, I cant figure out how to change the size and not make them super blurry! Need a technology tutor if anyone is interested!!

See you back here tomorrow!!

Totally Awesome Tuesday

This post is coming a little late this Tuesday evening as I clock in at 11:59!! How will I ever wake up tomorrow morning for school?? These days the mornings are a bit darker since the clocks changed for spring forward. Personally I am all for it because it is so worth it to have an extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon! Hopefully it starts to warm up now too and it will officially be spring!

Today has been a long one,  and I will take you through it start to finish. It all began at 5:50 this morning when the 4th of my alarms went off. I set a few alarms to trick myself into thinking I can sleep in after each one. The first isat 5:00, then 5:15, then 5:30, and the last is 5:50. By that time I cant wait to get out of bed because I’m just so sick of my alarm going off, so it works out nicely 🙂 Here is a picture of Kate and I as we pulled into the Doherty student parking lot. If you look closely you can see the sun rising in the background

I teach my first period class of freshmen at 7:20. We are reading “Of Mice and Men,” and just finished chapter 3. Curley just tried to pick a fight with Lennie and Lennie accidentally broke every bone in Curley’s hand. The students got a kick out of it. Tomorrow we will be taking a quiz on chapter 3, I’m not sure how it’s going to go but thumbs up for good luck to the freshmen (and me).

My third period class of senior students is just wrapping up Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” This will be the first book I will have ever taught from start to finish so I think it will hold a special place in my heart.

Today during class we ended up on the subject of prom in the context of the different expectations for men and women in terms of beauty standards. Safe to say the kids are excited! They were shocked and appalled when I asked if they had a Facebook group where the girls post their dresses to claim them and make sure no one copies them as they did in my high school. They seem to have a better grip on reality than we did waaaay back then (a few years ago).

After school I went to the library and met up with some of my friends. It was great to see them and be able to do some of my lesson planning at the same time. It was also free popcorn Tuesday an in Hogan so I got some popcorn for  

After the library I headed home for a quick dinner of a peanut butter english muffin. I was supposed to give up bread for lent but I have not been sticking to it so if anyone has any good suggestions let a girl know!!

After my nutritious dinner I headed over to Nativity where I tutor my favorite 6th grader, Travis.

I then headed back to the library to finish up an ELL essay and prep for my Mursion experience during Pre-prac tomorrow. I am having a parent teacher-conference with an Avatar, nervous! Stay tuned for more tomorrow!

Suzanne’s Sunday :)

Hello and welcome to my first blog post!!

After a long week of being the only students on campus, the weekend came at the perfect time. This weekend was perfect for catching up on some much needed sleep. I spent most of it watching the new show on ABC “A Million Little Things.” If you are looking for a new highly emotional tv show to watch, I would recommend!!

This morning before heading to Dinand, Kate and I decided to make a trip to a local donut shop called Rocco’s. This is not an ordinary donut shop and requires a pretty serious commitment to donuts.

The flavors we decided on were nutella, fruity pebbles, and a cinnamon roll.  Personally, my favorite was the cinnamon roll only because the nutella was a bit much. Pro-tip: bringing donuts to Dinand has a 100% chance of improving your library experience!!

We spent the majority of the day lesson planning, and ran into fellow TEPers Hannah and Kat at the printers. I successfully lesson planned for the upcoming week. Currently, I am teaching Of Mice and Men to my period one freshmen class, and A Thousand Splendid Suns to my senior class. I had a good time finding some fun resources to use throughout the week!

At about 5:00 Kate and I made a trip to Whole Foods to stock up on groceries for the week. We then proceeded to run into at least 10 people that we know, from Doherty, Nativity, home, and Holy Cross 🙂

When I got home the first of my roommates was finally back from Spring Break, so I spent some time catching up with Emily who just got back from a week in Punta Cana. Now it is officially time for bed before an early wake-up tomorrow.

p.s not ready for the spring ahead morning darkness at 6 am!!


My final day of blogging! Today was another day filled with activities-the weekend is so close yet so far (ha). I began today by picking up Bioribel from her dorm and heading to Burncoat together.

Giving Bioribel the BMS tour

It was fun to have some company this morning to wake me up!

After the school day, I headed to the gym for a quick run on the treadmill.

Workout time

The gym at Holy Cross is temporarily at the Hart Center, and the views while running are awesome.

quick Dinand selfie

Before the rest of my afternoon, I headed to Dinand (where I saw Suzanne) to copy, scan, and print some work for the next few days.

One important part of student teaching is creating realtionships with students. The Sullivan girls (Hannah, Ally, and Maureen) and I decided to go to the boys and girls basketball games this afternoon.


Burncoat won both games (but I am not going to brag too much). It was great to see our students in another setting other than the classroom.

To celebrate the (almost) weekend, a few of us went out for some pizza to just relax and chat about the weeks we had. It was fun to be able to share experiences with each other over a nice slice of pizza!

Good food and great friends!

Thank you for reading about my week, I hope you had almost as good of a time reading about it as I had living it (LOL).

A Wild Wednesday

Another busy day in the books! Today I had another early start, but it has been easier to wake up since daylight savings is coming up and the mornings are much lighter.

what a beautiful morning!

After student teaching was finished for the day, I quickly bounced to the Hart Center at Holy Cross to set up for the basketball game later in the evening. Usually, I arrive early to the game to set up the gym, but today I have class from 3:30-6 so I have to schedule my time wisely.

During Practicum today, we had a presenter on Special Education, and two of my classmates particpated in our Mursion projects. They did a great job!

another day of class



HC has both beautiful sunrises and sunsets!

I had to leave class a few minutes early to arrive to the game on time. Today, the team played against Lehigh University in our final regular season game. Unfortunately, we lost in overtime. However, our first playoff game is on Monday against BU so it is time to lock in to work for the PLC!

game time!


After the game, a few of us ordered some wings and relaxed–it is crazy to to think there are no more home games.

excited to eat some wings

After a busy day, I headed home to get ready for Thursday’s classes. Who knows what it will bring!


Happy Tuesday! Today was a busy day for sure. First I began by waking up at the usual 5:45 am since I have to be at Burncoat Middle School by 7 am. In the beginning of the semester waking up early was tough, but it is definitely getting easier. First period of the day Tracy, my Supervising Practioner, and I have prep time. It is nice to be able to spend some time each morning reviewing what we would like the classes to look like.

prep time in the library at Burncoat

I am currently teaching two 8th grade PreAlgebra classes, and will eventually also take over the 7th grade PreAlgebra. After a few hours of teaching, Tracy and I get to each lunch around 12 and then finish the day with department meetings.

Today I also stayed after school to work with students who needed to retake quizzes or needed help finishing the homework for the night.

time to do some work!
my classroom!

I then headed to starbucks for a few hours to finish up some work for my Practicum class tomorrow.

After doing work, I headed home to workout and watch the Bachelor (my guilty pleasure). To finish up my Tuesday, I headed to Cold Stone and treated myself to some ice cream. Can’t wait for another busy day tomorrow!

sometimes you gotta treat yo self

Happy Snow Day Monday!

Hello Everyone! Its me Kat taking over the blog this week. We are all currently in week 7 of student teaching and it has been a great experience so far. This week at Holy Cross, the majority of students are on spring break…BUT we are not so although campus is empty, there is still plenty to do!

about half a foot of snow!

A nice surprise to start the week off was that today we had a snowday!


Basketball season is still going on, and the last regular season game is on Wednesday. Although I did not have to go to school today, I still had a few hours of practice.

Another day in the gym!

It is crazy to think that I am almost done with my last season and playoffs are just around the corner!


After practice, a few of my fellow TEPers and I decided to treat ourselves to some froyo before our week in the classroom begins.

Kate, Suzanne, and Hannah all finished with their well deserved ice cream.

After ice cream, I packed my lunch and finished up editing my lesson plans for the week. I usually go to bed pretty early so I am well rested for school, so time for bed!

tomorrows lunch!

Sunday! Teacher Style

Teachers don’t lie….Sundays definitely are for prep and lesson planning;)

I started out my morning going on a nice long, relaxing run at the gym!

Then I went out to brunch to eat and get some lesson planning done of course!

Hannah, Kate and I all had productive mornings filled with coffee and lesson planning!

Afterwards I went shopping at target and could not resist all the sales on classroom supplies! Everything was color coded:)

For the most part I just worked on my plans and activities for this upcoming week and finalized the students’ exam on two-step equations for Monday (they are going to be thrilled!).

The best part of the day was a snow day being announced early for Monday!  So now a three day weekend which called for a movie night with my roommate Maya!

Legally Blonde of course!

Signing off of the blog this week, it was great catching up with you guys!  Until next time:)

Friday- Student Teaching!

Hi all! Sorry, very busy week:(

On Friday I started my day off at the gym before school!

School was great!  We just reviewed for the students’ test on equations on Monday by playing Kahoot!  Kahoot is a platform where teachers can make up questions and the students can answer them on their own computers in teams and compete against each other to get the right answer and the most points.  Great activity to get the kids engaged with a little friendly competition.

Here I am eating lunch with some of the other student teachers (Hannah and Maureen) Hannah teaches English and Maureen teaches History. We all share the same students which is so fun:)


After school I had to rest for a few hours after a long week:)  All of the Holy Cross Students (except for us teachers) were packing up and leaving as it was the start of their spring break….so lonely:(

Kate ( a math student teacher at the high school) and I had a fun yet EARLY night out. My eyes are closed in this because I was falling asleep…..;)

I’ll check in later!!