grad school, teaching

New School Year

Hello to the 2020-2021 school year! Life has been crazy so far, but I have successfully made it through the first 4 days with students.

Obviously, we don’t know what the future holds, and sadly in a district that is always short on subs, the likelihood of another COVID “shut down” (aka force to go all virtual) is very high.

I’ve been spending the first few days conquering technology and teaching my kids how to use Canvas. Which, I love Canvas. I use it at UVA; however, Canvas recently started allowing more Google integration. It’s way more steps to do integrate things like Google docs instead of a word doc. My district (like many) buy/lease chromebooks for the students meaning they do not even have access to word on their computers so Google is a must. Add in two of my students not have accounts because their registration had not been fully completed yet (aka put into the computer system).

I will say I am immensely proud of how sweet, kind, and forgiving my kiddos are this year. Even though they have limited social interactions and have been forced to deal with more technological issues than anyone could normally deal with, they have done it. They always make sure everyone is included and strive to make the best of every situation. We did a discussion in Canvas to learn how to do it, and they made sure everyone had a comment on their original post even though they only had to do two replies.

I have also started back at UVA, only taking 4 credits instead of 6. One of my classes is on diagnosis and remediation for Reading Intervention which is super fun and interesting. I have to do 3 practicum assignments in it though, so I’m still trying to figure that out. Luckily, there is a conversation about it on Tuesday night that I plan on attending (via Zoom) to figure out what exactly is the expectation. The other class is Dyslexia in the Classroom, which focuses on understanding more about Dyslexia and how to provide interventions. At no point is it my job to ever officially diagnosis someone with a learning disability; however, it would be my job to provide intervention for the diagnosis from a psychologist or other medical professional.

In my spare time (which granted hasn’t been much) I’ve been reading a ton and cannot wait to share the next book chat with y’all soon! Let me know what other posts or videos you want to see. I’m able to post more on Youtube right now since I have better internet.



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Graduate School at UVA

Hi y’all,

It really isn’t a secret that I’m a grad student at the University of Virginia. I made this YouTube video all about the application process to the Curry School of Education and Human Development, what classes are like, what my degree is in, etc.

Please take a quick second and hit subscribe on YouTube! It’s my goal to be doing weekly vlogs and I don’t want y’all to miss anything. My internet is not the best for uploading (like it took almost 24 hours to upload this video) but I will make it happen for y’all!

You can check out my last YouTube video here.

Thanks for watching!


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Weekly Catch Up 5.16

Hi y’all,

I was thinking of ways that I could create a series and make sure y’all got to see some everyday life. This led me to the Weekly Catch Up. It’s essentially a coffee date, but I don’t drink coffee so I wanted it to be a little more realistic to my authentic life.

love and joy

This week I created my last assignments of the 2019-2020 school year! Wooo. I’m definitely going to miss this group of kids, but I still have them next week for two more read alouds and their virtual promotion ceremony. I’ll also get to see some when do belonging pick up (hopefully in June but could be later in the summer!). I also got to chat with one of my former teachers about something for the next school year. When I was in 6th grade we did Writing Workshop and I want to implement it in my classroom next year during our Writing block. Obviously, we don’t quite know what next year will look like yet (if it will be virtual or not) but I want to be prepared no matter what it will look like. Once I get the hang of Writing Workshop, I will definitely do an update post and let y’all know how it’s going.


I filmed a video going up on Tuesday! Y’all I can’t tell you how much I dislike my internet. It took 22 hours to upload the video and it’s only 12 minutes long. I guess most YouTubers have fiber internet where it’s super fast or live in major cities where they have max speed internet. Mine is horrible though.

I wrote out some blog posts:

Mother’s Day

Blogging Accounts You Need to Have

How Influencing Needs to Change

101 in 1001 List

and I also planned my June blog posts. As of right now, all I can say is June is going to have a lot of content going live!

I also went on more walks and started the process of cleaning my room. This has been super nice!

I also started the alumnae association for my sorority in my area. I’m so excited and I was elected as the President! I know it will be a lot of work, but this is something I’m so passionate about because sisterhood is not four years, but for life!

What have y’all be up to? Let’s chat!



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lifestyle, teaching

The New Normal

Hi y’all,

The Coronavirus has made the state of Virginia cancel in-person schooling for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

I never got to say goodbye to my kiddos in person, but we are continuing with e-learning. Obviously, this is very different than a normal day for my students and me.

For the past two weeks, we have not been asked to give any mandatory work. Last week, I started doing Zoom meetings with my students to do read aloud. We’re doing them twice a week for about 30-40 minutes. I read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and then we chat. We talk about everything from the book to what is going on in their lives. If they need anything, how to find books, etc.

This week, we have a “review week” where all the materials we give are review for strands we have already taught.

The New Normal

This is my daily schedule right now:

anywhere between 7ish and  8ish-wake up, get breakfast, get somewhat ready

8:00ish- start checking emails, Seesaw messages, etc. I also gave my families a Google Voice number they can call or text me on, so I check that as well. Prepare what I need to for the day.

9:00 (on Tuesday/Thursday)- Zoom meeting with my kiddos.

10:00ish-look over strands still to be taught (these are Writing and Social Studies as we’ve finished the Reading strands). Find different ways to teach these strands.

11:00ish-check email/Seesaw again. Start finding activities for strands.

12:00ish-lunch and break

1:00ish-3:00-check emails, plan, call families, continue finding activities.

3:00-clean up for the day.


4:00-8:00- read and do work for my grad classes, eat dinner, relax.

I’m trying to find activities my kids can do independently that do not require them to login at a certain time. The Zoom meetings are completely optional.

Does my day look like this all the time? Absolutely not. It is also a work in progress. As an elementary school teacher, I never foresaw myself having to e-teach. I’m very fortunate that most of my students can work independently. I’m also glad that I set up my classroom that way I did. My students actually work independently for 30 minutes of our Reading class each day. Does this mean they will handle virtual learning better? Absolutely not. It means that they have some preparation and know my expectations for the work. We also have 15 minutes (but not always) of whole group, and 15 minutes for small groups. I have been teaching Writing and Social Studies as whole group. Next year, we already know our schedule will change a little bit, as we will have dedicated writing time, and that is one of the things I am working really hard on right now. I want to have my Writing units as planned as I can before June when our school year is over. I’ll keep you updated on that one though. I’m also keeping my schedule flexible. I’m definitely keeping my “school hours” between 8 and 3, just like a normal day with students; however, what actually gets done in this timeframe changes daily.

Now that so many people are working virtually, what is your schedule like?



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A Day in the Life: Teacher Edition

Hi y’all,

Today I’m going to share all about a normal day in my life.

Today’s post is going up a little bit later than normal. My first day back teaching was today, and the prep for it was basically nonexistent, so I’m a little behind.

Anyway my normal teaching day looks like this:

5:30 A.M. Alarm goes off.

5:45 A.M. Alexa goes off. This is when I actually get up.

5:45-6 A.M. I wash my face and eat breakfast.

6-6:20 A.M. Get dressed, do my minimal makeup (literally foundation and mascara), make sure my bag is ready, start my car.

6:20-6:40 A.M. Drive to my friend’s house to meet for carpool.

6:45-7:10 A.M. Drive to school. *If I drive straight to school it takes about 45 minutes.

7:10-8:00 A.M. Prep for the day. Turn on my TV, set up Chromebook and Morning Message. Make sure copies are made and ready.

8:00-3:15 Teaching

3:15ish-4:20 Drive home

When I get home, I do some sort of workout and or finish work for the day! Today, I had to grade some Spelling Inventories (for all you teachers, it’s the Ganske/DSA). I also finished their Learning Menu/Choice Board for the week.

Around 5:30-6 is dinner.

If I haven’t worked out, I do that after dinner, and then I take a shower and head to bed. I watch Hulu for a while and fall asleep. I often fall asleep while watching t.v.

What’s a normal day for you like?


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