Thursday, September 26, 2013

Week 5 - Short

This was a short week.
And by that, I do not mean that we were lucky to have a four-day school week.
Nope.  Instead, I started off the week by wearing a short dress.  Too short now that I look at it:
Rock and Republic for Kohls pumps

On Tuesday, I was short of shoe options.  I have a lot of shoes, yet I felt like I could not find the right pair to go with this outfit comprised of a pretty blue blouse that I recently scored for four bucks at Kohls and these floral Moschino pants I bought on clearance earlier this summer from TJ Maxx (yes, you read that correctly).  Anyway, seeing them in pictures confirms that these shoes and this outfit weren't a great mix, but, alas, you live and you learn said the teacher...

Vince Camuto open-toe booties

And so, by Wednesday, I went with a "short" heel...aka flats:

Steve Madden Luxe cheetah print flats (with slight wedge)

And short ones again on Thursday:

Talbots cap-toe flats

Students question me all the time on how tall I really am, but the funny thing was that while standing next to one of them on Wednesday, I looked up at him and, in all genuineness, said, "Gosh, you've gotten taller!" 
He looked down at my feet and replied, "No, I didn't, Mrs. C.  You're just not wearing heels today." 

Yep.  Definitely a short week.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Week 4 - Signs

Three signs that seventh graders really aren't hormonal aliens in human disguise:

1.  They can speak!

After having a one-way conversation outside of the classroom about wanting him to be successful, the one student who has not said a word to me in three weeks, finally asked me for help to set up his notebook!  He spoke in a whisper, but heck!  He spoke!
Guess nude pumps

2.  They can read!
It amazes me how many kids don't like to read.  However, I was successful in getting one "anti-reader" to read a novel.  Well, he only read the first chapter, but he read....and he liked it!

Ralph Lauren gold sandals
3. They can think!
Finally, I have a third student who, in the sixth grade, was notorious for doing little to no work.  And in the first three weeks of seventh grade, it seemed as though that wasn't going to change.  I'm not the type of teacher to allow my students to "sit and get", but with him, it has been a challenge.  Well, I'm happy to say that this past week, he finally put pen to paper and did some work!  And the best part was when he raised his hand to ask some questions about the work that he was doing!

Report bird printed wedges

If you are not an educator or have little to no understanding of what life is like in the classroom, then you may not understand just how monumental these three instances are, as they are indicators that progress is being made.  I may be taking some "high-heeled baby steps" with some of my kids, but they are steps nonetheless!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Week 3 - Just Two

Two outfits.  
And a few words, as I can't seem to find many.

Vince Camuto pumps
I think I've used up all my words for this week in constantly (and I do mean constantly) trying to motivate a hundred and something seventh graders to start thinking maturely while also "mommying" them to stop acting immaturely. 
(I can sense you gently shaking your head out of empathy.  Thank you.)

Elle (from Kohl's) T-Strap heels

But, anyway, I will end with these last words: 
This dress.  LOVE it.  Feels good. Fits perfectly. And cost me less than ten bucks from Forever 21!! 

Are you speechless, now?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Week 2 - Surprise and Stupor

It's always a welcomed surprise when you accidentally place two items of clothing next to each other and then realize that you just put together a new outfit!  Bright orange and hot pink?  I'll take it.  And my "everyday shoes" help to neutralize all of the brightness that I had going on.
Guess pumps

Day seven of the school year, and I was already waking up in a stupor.  On such days, it's helpful to have a simple (read: no need to iron) dress that I can toss on.  Plus, the busy pattern of this particular dress helped to distract from my bags (and I don't mean my purses) and puffy bouffant. 

Elle wedges (from Kohl's)
Best lesson for the week:  When in doubt, buy the shoes. 
I was lucky to find this last pair in my size (and on clearance) after passing them up at least three times.  I didn't want to bite the bullet before because I wasn't sure that I really needed these shoes.  But then I came to my senses and realized that buying a cute pair of shoes at a great price has very little to do with need.
Tommy Hilfiger sandals

Until next week!