Hannah’s Friday


These signs were all over the Science Building!

Today was such an exciting day for our 30 Sullivan girls because we took a field trip to Holy Cross for “Girls Coding Day.”  It was such a fun day for everyone-from the dancing, walking around campus, pizza lunch, and exploring coding on the computer!!

We started off the day with some brainstorming about what coding is-the Holy Cross students leading this event had the girls make step-by-step lists for everyday tasks like waking up in the morning or brushing your teeth.


Learned lots of new dance moves today

Then, the girls had to come  up with step-by-step instructions for a dance to teach the room. It was so funny when the girls read the instructions aloud because they all knew how to do the dances and were making fun of the teachers…I swear I am not that old 🙂


After being made fun of for my horrible dance moves, we went to the “math lounge” in the science building to look at the Birthday Paradox. I learned today that when you are with a group of 23 or more, there is a 50% or higher chance that two people have the same birthday. It was true today!! There were two pairs with the same birthday in our group…wild!!

August 7th and December 10th!

From here, we had about 30 minutes before lunch to explore campus. We walked around campus in small groups to check out the main attractions-Lobby shop and Bookstore. We had a pizza party for lunch!! Then, went to the computer lab to explore “Scratch,” a basic introduction to coding.

Girls can code!!

We took the bus back to Sullivan for the last period of the day, then went home for the weekend. Now, I am about to go for a short run (have to run 10 miles on Sunday…wish me luck) and then out to dinner with my friends. Happy Friday!!

Hannah’s Thursday

Happy Thursday!!

Started my day off again with a run outside this morning 🙂

Through an unfortunate series of events, my coffee spilled ALL OVER my kitchen this morning and I did not have time to fully clean it up. Sent my roommates a nice “I’m  so sorry our house smells like coffee and our kitchen floor is so sticky” text this morning 🙂

Miss Trueman and Miss K!

Day 2 of ELA MCAS today at Sullivan Middle School. I was on bathroom duty again this morning, but luckily me and Ally were paired together today.


My “go to” spot in the Workshop!
The front entrance of Nativity




After school, I had one session in the Writer’s Workshop, working on a history paper. Then, I headed up to Hogan to meet with my 20 volunteers for SPUD. My SPUD site is the Nativity School of Worcester. Every Thursday night from 5:30-6:30, I go to Nativity’s evening study to help Alvin with his homework. This week he finished all his homework, so we spent the rest of the time trying to save a rubik’s cube…we never got it.




After SPUD, I headed home for dinner and to watch “A Million Little Things” with my roommates!

Hannah’s Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!!

Food Hack-Trader Joe’s Everything Seasoning…it makes everything better!!



Started my day off today with a morning run outside. I am training for a half marathon, so running is part of my normal routine these days. I had some extra time this morning, so I actually made myself eggs for breakfast instead of my normal granola bar.

my bathroom station this morning







Today at Sullivan was the first day of ELA MCAS, so I was on bathroom duty while the students were testing. If a student wanted to go to the bathroom or get a drink during testing, their teacher would have to flag me down so I could escort the student to and from the bathroom….definitely got my steps in today!!  When there were no students using the bathroom, I worked on making a “Classroom Behavior/Participation Tracking” poster. This is a new classroom management incentive Mrs. Foley and I are going to start to use next quarter to make sure students are ending the year strong.

here is my poster

Once MCAS were over, I read aloud “Percy Jackson: Lightening Theft” to my afternoon classes. From school, I headed straight to our Seminar in Teaching class. Today’s class was focused on teacher self care.  After class, I gave a course evaluation form (CEF) to another education class and then headed to meet Kate and Kat at the pub for our weekly dinners after class.

Thanks Kate for buying us dinner with your dining dollars!!
Welcome to the Workshop!!

From dinner, I went to work at the Writer’s Workshop. I had one session and we brainstormed an outline for her paper on Dante’s Inferno. Now I am doing some work in the library with my roommates until I am ready to go watch some Netflix…my teacher self care!!


Hannah’s Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!!

My view of Holy Cross and Worcester while I run on the treadmill at Hart as the sun rises.

I am excited to be back blogging this week about my life as a student teacher at Sullivan Middle School. Sullivan starts an hour later than all of the other Worcester Public Schools, so I usually wake up around 6:15am every morning to work out before a day of teaching. Great way to start the day!


Obviously got my Starbucks coffee before I got gas!!


After I worked out, I drove home to quickly shower and eat breakfast before heading to school. Today, I needed to leave an extra 10 minutes early to get gas (and make a stop at Starbucks).


Today is Autism Awareness Day, so the Life Skills Program at Sullivan asked everyone to wear BLUE in support of Autism Awareness. I wore my HC Autism Awareness shirt (as seen in my selfie). I am a member of this club at HC and during the summer, I am a camp director for kids with Autism, so this day is extremely important to me!!

The ELA MCAS are Wednesday and Thursday this week, so today we played a MCAS Jeopardy review with my three classes. There were 6 different categories- Open Response, Reading Strategies, Poetry&Genres, Grammar&Writing, Terms to Know, and Testing Tips- with multiple questions in each category.

my jeopardy game

To keep them fully engaged, the winning team would get to pick a prize of their choice. Each team created a team name and had to complete the graphic organizer that went along with the game to not lose points. I was even asking the question on a microphone…the real deal!!

Winning teams: M&K, Foley’s Favorites, and Cookie Choir

Chosen Prize: Flaming Hot Cheetos

(yes, all three teams chose Flaming Hot Cheetos as their prize…these are the middle school craze these days)

Normally after school on Tuesdays I lifeguard at the Hart pool, but today I got coverage for my shift because I had a phone interview with a school for next year (fingers crossed)!! After my interview, I worked on my “dilemma” paper for our Seminar class tomorrow, made some dinner, and prepared for the most exciting part of my day…This is Us season finale!!

my roommates Sinead and Monica!

My roommates and I are so excited for this episode we made an event of it…whole cheese and cracker tray. Not sure I’m emotionally ready for this finale…


Hannah’s Friday!!

Happy Friday everyone!!

On Friday mornings, I work as a consultant in the Writer’s Workshop from 11:00-1:00pm. I love working in the Workshop!! I started my sophomore year after taking Professor Kristina Reardon’s course ENGL 387: Composition Theory and Pedagogy. By taking this class, we become trained to help all students at any stage in the writing process. Our goal in the Writer’s Workshop is to help students become confident writers rather than quickly edit paper for grammar. I also work on Sundays from 4:00-7:00pm.

Inside the Writer’s Workshop

After the Workshop, I had “Asian American Literature” from 2:00-3:15pm-my only class on Fridays!! Then, I went on a run and my friends and I made some cookies.

Tomorrow I am heading to Holy Cross’ Joyce Contemplative Retreat Center for a weekend retreat with my Haiti Immersion group. I will be going to Haiti in January with a group of 12 Holy Cross students. We will be staying at the “Be like Brit” orphanage there to spent time with the kids and build a house during the day. I am super excited!!

Here is a quick video of what I will be doing there!!

Thanks for reading my post this week!! Can’t wait to blog again next semester 🙂



Hannah’s Wednesday and Thursday!!

Hello again!!

My Wednesday morning started bright and early at 6:00am to make it to November Project by 6:20am. November Project is a free fitness movement that started in Boston and is now all over the country. Every Wednesday at 5:30am or 6:20am, locals from Worcester “run” the stairs in the Holy Cross football stadium. It always starts my day off great, so I try to go as often as possible.

Taken from the last section of the stadium when I finished!!
A nice action shot the leader of NP took of me

I had “Pre-Practicum” from 9:00-10:00am and then “Asian American Literature” from 2:00-3:15pm. In between my classes, I worked on my homework in the Music Library. After class, I went home to quickly change and head up to the Hart pool to lifeguard from 4:00-6:30pm. Then, I went home to make dinner and do some homework before I went to see “The Hate U Give.”

I went with some fellow TEPers (Kat, Kate and Suzanne as seen in the picture below)!! We all read the book in Professor Fisher’s “Multicultural Education” class last semester. We all LOVED the book, so we were a little disappointed in the movie because they changed it from the book. It was a good movie, so you should definitely go see it, but it’s not the same as the book.

Only ones in the theater!!

This morning (Thursday), I had  “New Testament”  from 9:30-10:45am and “Renaissance Marvels and Monsters” from 11:00-12:15pm. After class, I went up to the Hart Pool from 1:00-3:00pm for my last lifeguarding shift of the week. Then, my roommate and I went on a walk because it was such a nice day out today!!

I normally tutor at The Nativity School of Worcester through SPUD, but we didn’t have it today so I had a free afternoon. So, I went for a run, made some dinner and I’m working on some homework in my kitchen now.

Hannah’s Tuesday!!

Hey everyone!!

Tuesdays are long days for me because I have class for the majority of the day. First, in the morning, I have “The New Testament” from 9:30-10:45 am and then I have “Renaissance Marvels and Monsters” from  11:00-12:15 pm. My group and I gave our presentation on The Masque of Blackness during class today and I think it went really well!! After these two classes, I went for a quick run outside because it started to rain A LOT. Then, I did some homework in my house before my “Methods in Teaching” class from 3:30-6:00pm.  After that class, I came home to make some dinner and work on the rest of my homework due tomorrow.

Here are pictures of my off campus house (where I spent most of my day today to avoid the rain when I wasn’t in class).  I live on Boyden Street (the street parallel to College Street), so it is super close to campus. I can walk to anywhere on campus in under ten minutes. I love living off campus!! I live with two of my friends and our house was just renovated so it is super nice.

Now I need to finish my homework, so I can be ready to live stream “This is Us” with my roommates…my favorite part of Tuesday 🙂



Hannah’s Monday!!

Hi everyone, my name is Hannah Trueman and I am taking over the blog this week!! I am a senior English major in the Teacher Education Program.

Every Monday, Maureen, Ally and I observe at Sullivan Middle School, where we will be student teaching next semester. I have been observing Mrs. Foley’s 7th grade ELA classes, which I will be taking over next semester.  Today, I observed a seminar class, an ELA class, and we ended up leaving a little earlier today because all of our teachers had  prep periods at the end of the day.

Mrs. Foley’s Classroom

After I got back from Sullivan, I went for a run around the neighborhoods off campus.  This is always one of my favorite parts of my day!! I try to run off campus as much as I can, especially before it gets too cold and the ground is covered in snow…which will be very soon.

My run down Hampton Street

After my run, I had a quick turn around time to get up to the Hart pool where I am a lifeguard. I lifeguard at the pool three times a week for two hours at a time.

Swim team practice

After my shift, I went home to make myself a quick dinner before I had to meet with a group for our presentation tomorrow. We met in Hogan at Cool Beans to make our Powerpoint on The Masque of Blackness for our Renaissance Marvels and Monsters course. Now, I am sitting in Dinand working on finishing all my homework for my three classes tomorrow…