This week I started the 21 Day Fix from Beachbody. While I already eat clean and watch how much I consume, I really liked the idea of the color coded portion cups ( I love color coding! lol). It has really taken the guesswork out of “dieting”. I will admit that I was a bit worried when I first saw the size of the cups, but as I started using them I was pleasantly surprised. As long as I follow the timeline and don’t skip a meal or snack I am not ending up hungry or cranky. I didn’t snap many pics of it this week, so above is a picture of one of my suppers that I sent to my brother. He had just been looking at it online and was curious how much food you were actually allowed. The amounts are based on your starting weight and your goal calorie range, so I am allowed the fewest amounts. There are also 30 minute workout dvd’s that come with the program which definitely work you out! I’m not gonna lie, I skipped a few of them this past week due to kid meltdowns combined with grad homework but since this coming week the hubs is off I plan to rock it! I am on day 7 today and down about 4 pounds 🙂
Well, I am definitely ready for the weekend. Going to start the 21 Day Fix this weekend to try and jumpstart my lackluster approach to fitness (it is not usually so lax, but since grad school started I just haven’t been able to commit). My goal is to put forth a really good effort this summer and get out of the rut I have been in all year. I hope you all enjoy the week ahead!
Welcome to the April You Oughta Know blog hop!
You Oughta Know is a monthly blog hop where teacher bloggers share their tips, advice, websites, ideas, apps or whatever else they think would be helpful in your classroom. I was honored to be contacted the other day and asked to participate! I then spent the next several days thinking about what I was going to blog about. I decided that you oughta know about…
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Basically, the concept behind CRT is creating an environment that validates students’ home cultures and how they may differ from the “school culture”. You then teach them how to effectively code switch to the norms of the “school culture”. If you have had experience with Responsive Classroom practices, then CRT will make a lot of sense. The two are very similar, but CRT adds in the cultural element. I have had a lot of success the last two years in my classroom by incorporating the Culturally Responsive Teaching mindset. My students are more engaged and willing to take the risks that I ask of them, and they are more respectful towards each other.
When using the term “culture” we are not referring to ethnicity. It is the cultural norms that one subscribes to and is independent of race (think rapper Eminem). Cultural norms can be influenced by race, age, socioeconomic status, location, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
- You need to know who you are
- What is your cultural identity?
- What biases to do hold?
- Check your filter- where do you get your information about other cultures?
- You need to know who your students (and families) are
- What cultures do they subscribe to?
- What are some characteristic behaviors of cultures that may be represented in your classroom?
- Is it wrong or just culturally inappropriate?***
- You need to know what and how you are teaching
- Be mindful of your curriculum. Can the students see themselves reflected within it?
- An open mind and willingness to change
- The belief that ALL students can learn
In one of my workshops Dr. Hollie used this example: “A Southern Baptist is visiting in a Roman Catholic church. He is moved during the worship and shouts out “AMEN!” Heads turn and disapproving glances are shot his way. The question is, was this individuals behavior actually wrong?” The answer is no. It was just inappropriate for the cultural setting he was in. How many times does this happen in our classrooms? Think of the student that has trouble excitedly blurting out answers, and how many times they’ve been reprimanded for it… were they actually doing something wrong? I have found this to be the biggest mind shift change, and the one that causes the most resistance and struggle with my colleagues.
I plan to go more in depth over the course of the next year on this blog so stay tuned! In the meantime, if you want to learn more please check out the website for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning or any of these books:
I hope that you all are able to enjoy your weekend, whether you are celebrating Easter or not. I don’t know about you, but for me when we go back on Monday starts the long, vacationless stretch before the end of the school year! If you’re like me, you’ve already started mentally planning for your room next year haha. Enjoy your week!
How many of you dread having to take a sick day? I think for most teachers it is one of the most avoided tasks under the sun. The majority of educators that I know (myself included!) will suffer through just about anything because going to work is easier than planning for a sub. Every time I try to explain this logic to my husband or another non teacher I just get confused looks. Thats because our logic doesn’t make sense! Most other jobs, you call in sick and go back to bed (or whatever)… but not teachers. When you finally make the call there is usually at least an hours worth of work to be done in attempts to prevent complete and total chaos in your absence. Such was my week last week.
While attempting to write up my 5 for Friday post two weeks ago I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I decided to put it off for the next morning. Well, Saturday morning came, and I was sick. The kind of sick where your kids and husband actually feel bad for you and cut you some slack. I ended up with a fever of 102 and all the extras for 4 days. Despite my best efforts to get up and head in to work, the fever beat me and I spent several hours in the wee morning typing up sub plans. I thought I was good enough to head in on Wednesday morning (since my fever was gone), but boy was I wrong. After sleeping for almost 4 days straight all the colors, sounds and movement of my 1st grade classroom just about put me over the edge. Somehow I managed to make it through the day, though I don’t actually have any recollection of it! It proved to be a bit too much too soon and I ended up pretty sick that night. Thankfully I was able to copy off a bunch of
busy work extremely engaging and meaningful worksheets because Thursday morning I was back to typing sub plans!
I finally headed into the Dr. and it ended up that I had a pretty nasty case of Bronchitis. Let me just say- I am not a fan of Prednisone. While it helped me breathe and made me feel better, that stuff is no joke! So Friday was another day out of the classroom.
Finally, after a restful weekend, I was able to return to work this week. My classroom was still in one piece, as well as all my students. They were VERY happy to see me 🙂 I don’t think that I’ve taken a sick day (or at least more than one in a row) in almost 5 years, and I certainly don’t plan to take any more in the near future. I am thankful for my excellent teaching partner who knows where I keep things/ what I do in my room- she was able to make a lot of copies and improvise when needed. I also have a “sub tub” (I believe I got the idea from Pinterest) filled with survival info and filler activities for unplanned absences. What are your best sick day strategies?