Hannah’s Friday

TGIF!!

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 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…

 

Student Teacher Day in the Life • Classroom Tour & MARCH MOTIVATION!!

TEP Blog Takeover (Week 9 Day 3)

Monday March 25, 2019

Happy Monday! Here’s a little tour of Sullivan Middle School and my classroom. ↓

How do you stay motivated while student teaching?

We are more than halfway through student teaching. Some days, it is hard to stay motivated and positive when that alarm goes off in the pitch blackness. However, I use Pinterest as a Dream Board and I check it every morning to get motivational quotes and photos. Here are some examples of what pops up on my feed:

My mom is also a 7th grade teacher and she sends me morning inspiration 🙂 It helps to have someone in your life who is doing a similar job that you are! We send each other lesson ideas/quotes all the time.

I also watch daily Lenten Reflections from Dynamic Catholic to help me find purpose in each day. The videos are sent straight to my email and they are only 3-4 minutes long. I like to listen to them on my walk home from the gym in the morning before I leave for school.

Usually, I watch the sunrise from my couch if it isn’t cloudy. Not a bad view! It makes getting up before the sunrise worth it.
Lunch time with my classroom neighbors! Mrs. Foley, Ms. K, and Ms. Trueman make my day every single day. I am so lucky I get to work with such positive, amazing humans! They have made my student teaching experience so fulfilling. I couldn’t do it without them.

In summary:

  1. Utilize Pinterest or other forms of social media to manifest your dreams and receive daily inspirational quotes.
  2. Interact with people who are going through a student teaching experience like you. Don’t be afraid to ask them for advice! Ms. K and Ms. Trueman always make me feel better when I am having a tough day.
  3. Surround yourself with people who bring you joy and make you feel better about yourself.  Lunches are my 30 minutes of the day where I can relax with fabulous coworkers who inspire me.
  4. Stay in tune with nature. Watch a sunrise or sunset to slow down and realize that the days are getting longer and better weather is coming!
  5. Watch short guided meditations or reflections on YouTube in the morning before you start your day to find purpose.

Saturday Day in the Life // Grocery Haul + Bake with me!

TEP Blog Takeover (Week 9 Day 1)

Saturday March 23, 2019

Today I got to sleep in for the first time in a while. I went to Kimball because my sister is a freshman at Holy Cross at she has guest swipes. We both got omelets! My favorite omelet has feta cheese, tomato, spinach, and onion in it. I have not been to Kimball in months so it was fun to catch up with my sister and spend the morning together.

My dad and brother were in Worcester today and surprised my sister and I with Starbucks coffee. It was so sweet of them!

Love my little sis!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To do lists are a must for a busy day.

Then, I went back to my apartment and did some laundry. I like doing my laundry on the weekends because it makes the rest of the week so much easier. My friends and I did some homework in a study room in our apartment. I was super productive and got everything but two things done on my to do list. 

 

The views from my apartment are the best.
They were so fluffy and delicious 🙂

I baked these gluten free chocolate chip muffins for a special day that I will blog about tomorrow! The secret ingredient is coconut oil instead of butter.

 

 

 

 

My friends all met up at 6:30 PM at Chipotle. I got a bowl with lettuce, brown and white rice, cheese, mild salsa, and sour cream. So yummy!

My awesome friends part 1
My awesome friends part 2
We also went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.
I got all of this stuff for $40! Talk about a bargain.

The last thing I did today was meal prep for this week. I love making my salads and washing all of my fruit ahead of time because it saves me so much time in the mornings.

Meal prepping is my favorite!

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…

 

Day In The Life: Friends, Food, Free Books • SPUD EDITION!!

TEP Blog Takeover (Week 1 Day 4)

Happy “Friday Junior!”

After a week of rainy weather, the sun finally came out!☼
After work from 8:30-12, I met up with friends for lunch. Then, I edited my resume in the library for a workshop next week.
The history department always has free books for us– I always grab ones that look interesting or I could use for my new class!
After a meeting with my professor, I ran into my friend, Tara, in Hogan. I voted for the Spring Concert 2019 genre!

SPUD TIME!!!

I am so excited to share about my SPUD (Student Programs for Urban Development) site, Ascension After School Program. The students, grades 1-6, go to Union Hill School and are so filled with life, love, and energy. This program truly gave me the confidence to change my major and affirm that I wanted to be a teacher. I have been going to this site weekly from 3-5 PM for four years now. We spend the first half of the afternoon playing with the kids in free time. Then, we work on homework together. Sister Pat, who runs the program, was actually my dad’s first grade teacher☺

After SPUD. . .

Pasta dish recipe: Broccoli, kale, olive oil, spinach, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, onion, garlic, garlic powder, dash of salt, pepper.

College Day in the Life + Apartment Tour!

TEP Blog Takeover (Week 1 Day 3)

Happy hump day! Here was today’s schedule:

9:00 AM: Pre-Practicum– Today, we learned about an active learning strategy, Four Corners. We discussed an article on the Finnish education system and compared it to ours. When I saw that my professor made my class cookies, I knew it was going to be an awesome day!

The cookies were SOO good.

10:00 AM: 20th Century America– We submitted hard copies of our 5-7 page papers on the Redemption era and continued our discussion on the Gilded Age.

11:00-1:30: Black Biographies Seminar– In class, we learned about Marcus Garvey’s life. Then, we made Jamaican patties for lunch! My professor always makes us food because our class is during lunch time– it’s the best.

Here are the Jamaican patties cooking during class!

2:00-3:15: Urban Education– We learned about what solidarity means.

After classes, I met my younger sister, Catherine, at the gym to go for a run. Then, I did homework at Starbucks with a friend.

Apartment Tour!

I also wanted to show you my room and what my apartment looks like! Here are some pictures.

Here is what our living room looks like. We are ready for fall!
This is what my side of the bedroom looks like!
Here’s the view overlooking the city from my bedroom window. It’s so beautiful!

In addition to my bedroom and our living room/dining area, my three roommates and I also have a full kitchen (with a dishwasher, fridge, and sink), a bathroom, and a shower.

Pro-Tip: You can tell how long it is going to take you to get to school when you live on city-side of the building. This video shows how you can see the traffic on the major highway, Interstate 290, that takes you across Worcester. It’s great!

What I Eat in a Day | Easy and Healthy Ideas!

TEP Blog Takeover (Week 1 Day 2)

Breakfast:

For breakfast, I made oatmeal using gluten-free oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, strawberries, blueberries, black raspberries, dark chocolate sunbutter, and a little granola on top. So delicious!! I only drink decaf coffee (with a little coconut milk) but I love to start my day with something warm to drink.

I eat this vegan, soy free, gluten free, nut free chocolate oatmeal recipe basically every morning.

Lunch:

For lunch, I packed a salad with spinach/kale blend lettuce, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, and some pumpkin and sunflower seeds on top.

Here’s what my crazy countertop looks like when packing my lunch.

Dinner:

I ate dinner in my apartment with my two roommates, Lexi and Sarah. This was a true “comfort food” dinner. I have to admit, the soup wasn’t homemade– I used a tomato soup from Panera in the Holy Cross Lobby Shop 🙂 But it sure did the trick!

There’s nothing like a little grilled cheese and tomato soup to end a chilly fall day.

Besides Food. . .

My work view! Dinand Library is absolutely beautiful.

Today I worked in Dinand again from 8:30 AM-12 PM (here’s my view– can you tell I LOVE my job?!) and then I had a Personal Research Session with a research librarian for a paper at 12 PM. Then, I met up with friends in Lower Kimball for lunch. After lunch, I registered for a parking pass decal for my car from Public Safety.

This is what our parking passes look like!

For the afternoon, I did some homework and worked out. My day ended with a super interesting seminar, Student Mental Health, which goes from 6-8:30 PM! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I share an apartment tour.

Day in the Life // “Almost” Student Teacher

TEP Blog Takeover (Week 1 Day 1)

I’m so excited I get the opportunity to start the College of the Holy Cross Teacher Education Program (TEP) blog takeover series for the week. Today, I spent three hours at  Sullivan Middle School in Worcester where I work with 7th grade history students.  I am only spending three hours a week this semester there, but in the Spring I will be there full-time. For today’s post, I really wanted to focus on giving a little tour of what Sullivan Middle is like— hopefully the pictures below bring it to life!

Break down of today:

Here’s a little run down of how my schedule went today:

8 AM: Wake up, shower, breakfast, pack lunch, some homework

10 AM: Class (20th Century America I)– We learned about the Gilded Age and what makes a corporation unique.

11 AM-2 PM: Sullivan Middle School– I observed and assisted with small tasks and one-on-one help in class. I get to carpool and spend lunch with my two friends Ally (Math) and Hannah (English), who are also in the TEP.  We are all part of the 7th grade team.

2 PM: Office hours– Went over a few questions for a history paper due Wednesday with my professor.

3 PM: SGA Meeting– Since I am Treasurer of the senior class, I met with the class president, Brandon, and our advisor, Simone, to plan more Senior Ball details.

4 PM:  Writer’s Workshop Appointment— I met with a trained student worker to make some edits for my paper (the same one I went to office hours for earlier!).

5 PM: Gym and dinner– Even a short run on the treadmill helps 🙂

6-9:30 PM: Work– I work 10 hours a week in Dinand Library as a Student Reference Assistant.

10 PM: Manic Monday– My roommate, Lexi, is an amazing singer and my friends and I always go to cheer her on at the Monday night Delilah’s performances in Hogan Campus Center.

Overall thoughts on the day:

Today was a great day! It was super busy and scheduled down to the minute but I really enjoyed spending most of it with my students at Sullivan Middle. I’m still getting to know their names and personalities, but I’m getting better each week. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I talk about what I eat in a day as an “almost” student teacher!