Friendships.

I’ve been doing a lot of reflection lately.

There are people who say that the friends you make in high school will last you the rest of your life. Then there are those who have the same sentiments about college friends. Or those you make post-grad.

Who is right?

Sure there are some people I keep in touch with from high school. But there are others who just keep popping up when you don’t want them to, who keep you tied to the silliest memories and things you just want to forget.

I’ve meet so many amazing people in college. Some of my best friendships were formed here at Penn State. But with my track record, how many of these friendships are going to last once we walk across the stage in a month? All of them I hope but that is wishful thinking.

Something that’s been on my mind lately is forming a bridal party. I’ve heard so many stories of people who had a major falling out during the wedding planning process or afterwards. Who is important enough to be considered a part of this momentous day? How do you choose? Who comes first, family, high school friends, college friends? It’s crazy times and I just can’t fathom picking.

Frankly, I wish being friends was easy…and it is to some extent, but maintaining friendships is hard. It’s something I struggle with. I get caught up in my life and my world and sometimes forget about others. So to my friends, I’m sorry if I’ve been a bad one. But I appreciate each and every one of you. ❤

Do any of you struggle with this idea of friendship and how quickly they change? Comment below if you’d like to share.

Lots of love always.

-O

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Bucket List

There are so many things that I wish to do as I “grow up” and live my life. There are places I want to travel and things I want to experience. So here is my bucket list…items that are bolded I’ve already completed!

 

*Go to a Rose Bowl Game 

*Graduate College

*Gain my teaching license

*Survive my first year teaching

*Adopt a kitten

*Run a 5K

*Learn a new instrument

*Own a house

*Buy a car

*Pay off my school loans

*Get my masters

*Get my PHD

*Get married

*Buy PSU football season tickets

*Participate in an Alumni Blue Band event

*Have a baby (or 2 or 3)

*Travel to all B1G Football Stadiums (I have been to two so far!)

*Attend a Presidential Inauguration

*NYC Christmas Tree Lighting

*Attend a Broadway show

*Ride in a hot air balloon

*See a waterfall in person

*Visit Ireland

*Vist Scotland

*Visit Italy

*Visit England

*Visit Niagara Falls

*Visit Canada

*Visit New Orleans

*Caribbean Cruise

*Alaskan Cruise

*Go to all the Triple Crown Races (Kentucky Derby, Belmont, Preakness)

*Go to Disney

*Swim with Manatees

*New Year’s in Times Square

*Write a children’s book

 

Of course this list is going to change throughout the years, but I hope to keep up with it!

What’s on your Bucket List? Are there any items you think I should add to mine?

-O

 

 

 

 

All About: Science!

Happy Saturday!

Today I’m going to take a bit of time to discuss science teaching that I have been doing. I am now entering my third month of full time student teaching. I am finishing out my time in the science/math fourth grade class before transitioning back to ELA.

For our teacher prep program we are expected to create and teach a unit–no big deal right? Well most of my cohort is teaching social studies. In our placement district, social studies can only be taught at the end of the third marking period and fourth marking period, so they have a bit more time to plan and carry out their units. I however, am in the midst of finishing up my science unit! I spent a good portion of my winter break planning and prepping this unit and boy, is it a relief to be almost finished.

My unit is on weather and climate and my students are rocking this unit! I started out the unit with a pre-test to gain some baseline data about what they did or did not know about weather. I will give the same test–with a few added questions–at the end of the unit (aka THIS FIRDAY!).

Topics we have covered include:

  • What is the difference between weather and climate?
  • What do climatologists and meteorologists do?
  • Where are different storms (tornadoes, hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, and blizzards) found, what are the dangers, and how are they formed?
  • Land vs Sea Breezes
  • Fronts
  • Convection Tube Investigations
  • Water Cycle
  • Clouds
  • Hurricane Katrina

All we have left is a guest visit from a local meteorologist, our mini lesson on Hurricane Katrina, a review day, and the final assessment!

*PAUSE for a hot second*

My students were not alive for Hurricane Katrina. This is insane to me. The were all born a year later.

*UNPAUSE*

I am so impressed with my students. This unit had a great deal of group work with our investigations and my students were able to work well with their assigned science groups and with randomized groups. I think that they enjoyed some of the things we worked on, especially the punk stick inquiries where we were able to view the convection process happening, playing catch with the world to show the ratio of water to land that covers Earth, creating a weather forecast and presenting to the class, and finally making clouds out of cotton balls. When we finished our cotton ball cloud activity I had two students who normally don’t participate in class or stay engaged for even half a lesson come up to me and say thank you for planning such a fun activity. I took a look at their clouds after school, and it was some of their best work!

I really hope that when I gain a permanent teaching position I am able to teach a weather unit!

Do you have a favorite unit to teach? It doesn’t have to be science related. Comment below! Sorry this post was basically me rambling…but I hope you enjoyed!

-O

 

 

Feb Wrap Up/March 2017 TBR

Greetings! It’s the end of another month. I am regretful in saying that I did not finish all the books I set out to read this month for my #52Books2017 challenge. I do not doubt that I’ll finish this challenge as I’ll blow through books this summer, but this semester it’s slow going.

I finished one book and I’m half-way through a second, with hopes of finishing that in the early days of March.

  1. I finished Me Before You by JoJo Moyes earlier this month. I had started and restarted this book many times and finally got through it. I enjoyed it a lot. I understand what all the fuss is about. I’m not sure I’ll reread it, but I do want to see the movie now and cry my heart out. I also would like to read After You as well.
  2. I started and am exactly halfway through The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor this is a re-read for me, but I am loving it even more than the first time I read it. Since this year marks the 20th anniversary of the film coming out (and that’s my favorite movie) I decided to re-read it!

Now for the March TBR:

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I’ve decided to read four books this month instead of three. Maybe this will be a more manageable goal.

  1. The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor–my transition novel.
  2. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult–my favorite author’s newest book. It came out in the fall and my mom bought it for her book club’s read that month. Thank you for letting me borrow it!
  3. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick–this as been on my to read list since Christmas. Maybe I’ll finally be ready to read it this month!

What’s on your “To Read” list this month?

Happy Reading!

-O

Conversation St(hearts)ers

Happy Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day or Single Awareness Day whichever you are celebrating this year! Today while scrolling through Facebook I saw a blog post written by my friend Kelly (check out her blog here). Kelly came up with a list of 14 questions and she and her husband, Nathan, each answered them about each other. I asked her if it would be okay if I took her idea and used it on my blog with J…so here goes!!

What is the first memory you have of me, or anything to do with us

O-I remember meeting you at district band. I was nervous…but I think that was mainly because I was at district band and one of the youngest from Township that year. 

J-Meeting you at district band and thinking you were a nerd. 

What is your favorite physical attribute of mine?

O-Your hair…except not when it’s short lol. Your eyes…when you smile. 

J-Your eyes–because they’re pretty.
Is there any area in which you wish you could be more like me?

O-You are so much more musical than I am and you seem fearless sometimes and I wish I could be like that.

J-Your organizational skills are better than mine, but nothing else because you’re weird.
What is the funniest memory you have about me/us?

O-Oh gosh…there are a bunch. You trying to teach me to parallel park–that was a laugh. Forgetting the “pretzel” and that joke definitely lives on!

J-When you tried to spell Flyers with a ph and were confused why it didn’t match with the spelling of Philadelphia. 
What is your favorite thing to do with me?

O-Getting food (WEGMANS) and watch movies or TV. I like being able to do nothing but still have it be fun and a great time.

J-Cuddles and getting food and eating–it’s a hobby.
Do you have a favorite date that we’ve gone on?

O-Taylor Swift concert hands down, but recently, seeing Home Alone at the Kimmel Center 

J-Going to Philadelphia for the Flyers game. 
What three adjectives best describe me?

O-Kind, Nurturing, Dedicated/Stubborn  

J-Kind, Honest, Loving
What is the best way to cheer me up?

O-Giving you a food you like and doing or saying something stupid. 

J-By making a cute joke. 
Where would you most like to go/be with me?

O-Disney is on that list for sure, but Europe. I want you to show me your favorite places.

J-Austria 
What is my love language?

O-Physical Touch for sure but I think Quality Time is probably a close second. 

J-Quality Time 
What is your favorite quirk/annoying thing about me?

O-Your snoring…even though I complain about it sometimes lol

J-Your worrying 
What aspect of our relationship are you most proud of?

O-We’ve almost made it through the distance and I’m proud of us for being there for each other,  making this work, and sticking through it all. 

J-Our understanding of each other. 
Where do you see us 10 Valentine’s Days from now?

O-Reluctently celebrating it like we do now…maybe as a family? 

J-Having a family date. 
What celebrity would they want to spend Valentine’s Day with?

O-Taylor Swift, Mila Kunis, Anna Kendrick

J-Taylor Swift 

Thanks, Kelly for this awesome idea and letting me use it as well. I hope every one has a happy day regardless of how you’re celebrating! Let me know down below what your favorite tradition is or if you and you significant other participated in this as well!

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We’re both dorks, but I love you J. Thanks for being my Valentine always.

❤ -O

“No Candy” Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is approaching this week! On Tuesday boys and girls everywhere will be handing out cards and sweets treats to their classmates. Couples everywhere will be celebrating their love.

This year at my student teaching placement, we are passing out Valentines on Tuesday on the “real” day, but having our Valentine’s Day party on the 16th as this is the last day before our long President’s Day weekend.

I spent part of last weekend and this weekend making Valentines for my students. I have 42 students, so this can be time consuming. This year I decided that there is enough candy being passed around, so I wanted to give my students a candy-less treat.

On Pinterest, I found a wonderful idea! See image below:

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I found packs of 16 bubble tubes with little hearts on the top at Target. They are the Spritz party brand. I then printed the tags, wrote my name, and used ribbon to tie the tag to the bubbles. I bought an extra pouch of the bubbles as well to add to my prize box!

I can’t wait to see my students’ reaction to their treats. What is a Valentine’s Day tradition you have or what is your favorite Valentine you’ve ever received–comment down below.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

-O

 

January Wrap Up/February 2017 TBR

February is upon us, which means it is time for my first monthly To Be Read (TBR) post!
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Last month I was very ambitious and made my TBR 6 books. Well…I only finished 3 of them in the month of January. So this month I’m planning on reading 4 books.

  1. fullsizerender Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- This is my transition book. I started it on January 29th and will continue reading it and finish in February. I’ve started this book about three times before but kept putting it down-this time I’ll finish it!
  2. fullsizerender-1The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor-This book is a reread, but I enjoyed it so much the first time around. Since this year is the 20th Anniversary of the Titanic movie I figured I’d reread this book.
  3. fullsizerender-2Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick-This is one of the books I got for Christmas! I am surprised I held off so long to read it, but since it’s my birthday month, I figure I might as well read bout one my my favorite people!
  4. fullsizerender-3The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer-My other Christmas book! Amy Schumer cracks me up! I know she’s not for everybody but I’m really excited to see what kind of gems pop up in this book. Hopefully I’ll end the month laughing.

That’s it for this month. Is there a book on this list you’d like a review of? Comment down below!

-O