Monday, August 20, 2012

New Year Resolutions

 Every year on New Year's Eve people make resolutions, but really any teacher knows the REAL new year begins on the first day of school. Everything is new and fresh and bright. You have new, high in the sky, expectations for yourself and your students. Here are mine:




I resolve to work out at least three days a week, just not today because I will have to go to my house to change clothes, and then once I get there I will want to grab a drink and relax for a little bit, and then it will be dinner time, and soon it will be bedtime. Tomorrow.

I resolve to pick my son up from daycare and prepare a real, home-cooked meal three nights a week. This has been largely neglected for the past few years because I was super busy with getting a masters degree and other distractions, but now that my teaching certificate is firmly in hand and that terrible graduate school is a thing of the past,I feel the guilt to absolve some parental and kitchen neglect. In my lazy butt defense, the daycare IS on Curtis's way to and from work and ten miles out of my way, and teaching is exhausting and so is cooking, but eating at home will save money and be healthier. The main reason I don't cook more is by the time I have transformed something from raw and ingredients into something edible, it loses its appeal. The magic is gone and I don't want to eat it. Does this happen to anyone else? OK, daycare and dinner TWO days a week.

I resolve to continue to be the coolest ass teacher ever. Yes, I am pretty much a big deal.  My principal LOVES my room. No, seriously loves it. This makes me super proud, because 1. positive recognition is rare and so wanted and 2. we worked a LONG time on the room. I meet my students today and I am so excited for the school year. I wanted to blog or keep a diary my first year, but I was so overwhelmed with a new baby, a new house, a new job, and going back to school full-time that I time for little but grading, creating work, and sleeping. This year is different. This is "supposed" to be the year a teacher hits her stride, so I am excited. The kids seem great and that's always a relief. One girl said to me today, "My brother said you were a horrible teacher." To which I retorted, "Well, your brother sucked, so is he really the best judge of character?" Technically that's what I said in my head before I jumped across the table and ripped her throat out all "Mean Girls-style"( I was going to say all "Alley McBeal-style" but I didn't want to show my age....

Top- Forever 21 Skirt-Kiyonna
Shoes- (Similar) Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses- Urban Outfitters



I leave you with a quote that continues to resonate with me about the importance of teaching:

I am a teacher! What I do and say are being absorbed by young minds who will echo these images across the ages. My lessons will be immortal, affecting people yet unborn, people I will never see or know. The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad. The pliable minds of tomorrow's leaders will be molded either artistically or grotesquely by what I do.

Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy. I must never forget these same young people could be the thieves or murderers of the future.

Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must be vigilant every day lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow.

Ivan Welton Fitzwater


65 comments:

sarahrr123 said...

As a mom of three high schoolers this year (watch out, Pine Ridge High!) I want to thank you for your dedication to our children. I wish you were one of my kiddos teachers! Oh, and as far as cooking healthy at night...try to google Rachael Ray's 5 days of cooking in one week. (I can't remember the name of the show.) It's geared towards busy people like us. You do all your cooking on one day of the week and it should last you five days. Very interesting concept.
Sarah R at fillupyourmug.blogspot.com

Heather said...

Those sunnies are too cute - Urban Outfitters had so many adorable frames... I am terrible at resolutions - I think they were gone by March :(


XO
www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

Heather said...

Oh and I gave teachers a "God Bless You" in my post today... you are an angel :)

XO
www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

Jill said...

Great resolutions! I start teaching tomorrow, but not full time, however I'm right there with you!








peace&love, Jill
Favor the Brave

Feathers & Freckles said...

That apple top is too cute, Katie! Great resolutions and I hope you're able to easily stick with them. Have fun meeting all your new students, and I would love to see pics of your room :)

Meghan said...

You are not alone; the cooking-and-then-losing-appetite thing also happens to me on occasion. Have you thought about making one of the big meals on the weekend so you only have to reheat it/assemble it when you get home?

Stephanie Frost Roberts said...

What a perfect first day of school outfit! You look precious! And I only can hope that my children will have a dedicated a passionate teacher like you one day. And no, they will NOT go to PCHS :)

Always Maylee said...

What a perfect teacher outfit. Seriously, I love this outfit. The 2nd to last picture of you, is just adorable. Love it. Good luck meeting your students today. I love your resolutions and I am confident you will do just fine with them!


p.s. Love the Mean Girls reference, haha. :)


xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Christy said...

Good luck today!!! This will be my 11th year of teaching and I still get butterflies and teacher dreams in the days leading up to school (teacher nightmares are something special....heh). You look great!

Sarah said...

The key to making dinner at home is menu planning. We have 3 kids, 2 full-time jobs, etc., but knowing what we will be eating for the week has been immensely helpful. Slow cookers and easily prepared foods are key. One caveat is that cooking at home shouldn't include prepackaged, boxed foods. Making your own mac & cheese may take a little longer, but can be incredible reheated in a skillet-the cheese gets crusty! You also can play with flavors when you make your own food. Farmer's markets are also great ways to get your kid to eat fresh, local, seasonal produce. Strawberries picked the same day and still warm from the sun are almost life altering. You will never want out-of-season berries again.


smittenkitchen and skinnytaste have great options. Pinterest's food & drink board also have great ideas.

Catie said...

Yay, I'm happy to see you wore the cute apple top for the first day! I absolutely love what you said to that girl when she told you what her brother had said! With wit like that your students will love you for sure. =) Good luck with your resolutions! I need to workout too. I have the illusions of being fit, but I would definitely die if I had to run for my life. I should join you in your workout resolution, keep us both accountable. What do you think?

Hope your first day was great!! Can't wait to hear all about it. =)

~ Catie

Tashia G. said...

Your paragraph about the gym sounds like me every day. I am always making excuses. Here's hoping you actually make it 3 days a week instead of the average one day a week I make it. Happy New (School) Year!

CurrentlyCoveting said...

Would you believe me if I told you I picked up those same sunnies at Urban!? I think they are so cute. I hope you have a wonderful first day! Cheers to a new school year :)


xx,
Erin

Sharon S said...

How cute are you in the apple top and sunnies?! I cook dinner 5 nights a week but that's only because I'm home from work by 3:30. I can't imagine working full time and then cooking dinner every night, so don't beat yourself up about it!

-Sharon
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D'Rae said...

You look so adorable! I have to say it again that I love that top!

Selah said...

Today is our first day of school too. So far, so good. My 2nd grader did American history, spelling, life science, and geography without a hitch. Next up, literature (Wishbone Classics version of Don Quixote) and math (this is the one I dread). My almost 4 year old got antsy while I was reading history but she did an excellent job on her colors worksheet. She even traced the words RED and BLUE perfectly! They also helped me clean the bathrooms (Home Ec?).

This outfit is adorable, especially the necklace! Where did you get it?

I agree with others about menu planning and cooking ahead / reheating. Also, remember, homemade can be simple. Buy fresh pasta (Buitoni is great) which cooks in 2 minutes, whip up a homemade Alfredo sauce (so easy - butter, cream, Parmesan cheese, pepper), add garlic bread and salad, and DONE. Homemade, quick, delicious.

Alice said...

You look lovely, those sunglasses are so fun! I can't believe a kid said that though, way to make a bad first impression kid! xo

Sarah With A Bow said...

I love your new (school) year resolutions. I have confidence that you can pull it all off AND continue to look totally stylish. (:

REBECCA said...

You're looking to be the most adorable teacher I've ever seen Katie....& those resolutions are truly cool!!


Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

Carrie said...

Great resolutions! Good luck on the working out, cooking, and continuing to be a stellar teacher. :) Having a string of sibling/related students can either be wonderful or terrible, and I've experienced both.

davidpreece456 said...

ooh i have missed your blog! teaching is so important, and words carry so much weight, good luck with your resolutions - it is so hard managing a full time job/ family and commitments, you still need to give yourself credit for what you have achieved! i am starting yoga/excercising again tomorrow hurrah! you look as pretty as ever x sandra

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Good luck with restarting your work out routine. It's tough to get back into a good habit, and so easy to fall back into an old habit. You are right though, I should take pride in what I can and do accomplish.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Those kids definitely have preconceived notions about you. Even when they aren't related kids talk about teachers. I tell them if you heard something good it's true; if you heard something bad that person was a liar! It's tough because they should be blank slates and they aren't.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks Rebecca! I try to be cute and charming the first day at least! :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I need it after today!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Right? Come on, it's the first day. At least pretend to be good!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I got the necklace at Maurice's. I forgot to get a good close-up. It's super cute. I do love those pastas- thanks for the reminder!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you so much. I thought it was pretty appropriate for the first day :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Ugh, it's so tedious. I am just lazy, not a big fan of cooking in general. I will never be disciplined enough to do it five nights a week!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Well, you have exquisite tastes. They are really cute and the kids loved them :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I actually did go today. I didn't want to, but I stopped whining and did it. Of course, I wanted to go home, crawl under the covers, and sleep forever, but I didn't. Let's see how long this lasts.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I worked out today! Even though I was exhausted and the day wasn't super great, I still did it. I am pretty proud.


I think I've got a tough audience this year, especially with the girls. They didn't seem impressed with me at all :/

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I will definitely check out those websites. I do love my crock-pot. I make a mean roast!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Ugh! I was hoping I would "grow out" of that! Dang it. Good luck to you!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you so much! I thought it was pretty cute too :) We are such nerds!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you! I don't think it impressed my students. They were tough! Thanks for the compliment. I was feeling pretty down after today ended :/

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I definitely want to try something like that!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Consider it done! I did work out today, but I didn't cook, so I guess I just broke even.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Good Luck!!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Not an angel all of the time! I am still young enough to get an attitude with them ;) I read your blog and loved it! You are a good person!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Whew! Three high schoolers? Lordy! Awww, and thank you so much. That is such a compliment. I noticed I have a bunch of "important" people's kids- teachers, principals, judges, etc., so that made me feel like I must be doing something right because they get to hand pick their teachers!


I definitely want to look into doing all of my prep on Sunday. I know there are several places I can look for things like that. It would certainly be wonderfully helpful!

tori said...

I am obsessing over your apple print blouse and apple sunglasses! So cute and perfect for a fashion forward teacher :)

http://www.mythriftychic.com/

Marissa said...

BLIEND!! You look amazing and like you're ready to kick the school years @$$!! Clearly that girls brother has horrid taste! I know you are an awesome teacher and you've got some great goals, if I cook 1 night a week I consider it a good week. Which by the way I made dinner tonight!! :-)

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

A girl walked up to you and said that?! That is CRAZY. Who says that?!?

brynnash said...

Once again, I just have to tell you how much I adore you, your blog, your style, everything. I imagine you are an inspirational teacher to all your students - they are lucky to have a confident woman in their lives!

grownandcurvywoman said...

LOL...I remember Ally McBeal! LOL
Love your resolutions & I hope you achieve all of them. Love this blouse on you because I think it's like you, fun and bright!

Jenny Lauren said...

Wow, what a super perfect outfit for the first day of school! You look so chic, yet totally fun! Great resolutions, and I have no doubt that you will accomplish them!


xo Jennywww.crazystylelove.com

Colleen P. said...

Oh I get SO tired of the daily grind of cooking! WHY do they want to eat dinner EVERY. SINGLE. DAY?!?! A menu plan really does help though (when I remember to do one), and doing as much prep as possible on the weekend-also, the 3 days a week idea is great because if you prep much more ahead than that your ingredients aren't going to be as appetizing. Gather together the vegetables/salads and get them cut and in containers, prepare your marinades for meats if you're going to use one, start thawing the big pieces or bone in pieces early. A whole chicken can take four or more days to thaw from solidly frozen, but you can make a lot of meals from it-chicken fried rice, chicken pot pie, chicken pasta bake, big veggie salad with chicken chunks, and of course roast chicken the first day. But doing the prep beforehand, and using a menu plan, takes away a lot of the mental grumbling of "I am so tired of looking at and messing with this food!" Believe me, I totally get how you feel-once you've shopped for it, put it in the car, driven home, carried it into the house, put it away, gotten it back out, chopped it up and cooked it, and we haven't even gotten to cleanup and leftovers yet!-Well after all that, you're just dead tired of dealing with it. When you do most of it in steps beforehand, assembly line style, you've generally forgotten the pain of it by the time you eat!

Crystal said...

Love resolutions that are just not during New Year's! And your first day of school outfit is perfect. Love the apples! You look beautiful!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I'm glad you put into words exactly why I feel that way. You were dead-on! Thanks for all the suggestions. I am definitely going to do some prep work this weekend!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Awww, thank you so much. That means a lot. Sadly lots of kids have few people worth looking up to, so I try to be a positive and profession example!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I am much more likely to keep school year resolutions! Thank you so much- I thought the apples were super cute for a teacher

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Yes! That's exactly what I was going for! I loved the tiny apple print- it was a little surprise if you got close to me!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Glad someone does :) Awww, thanks for saying that about my blouse and me !

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Someone whose brother totally failed because he slept through every single class ;)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I am trying to kick butt- I'm putting in a lot of effort.


Hey, if you cooked last night you are done for the week! Good for you! :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Tori! That's what I thought too :)

Kim said...

Good luck with the new school year! I admire the heck out of teachers because of how much patience they have to have to do what they do. I'm forever thankful for all the amazing teachers I had growing up and I still remember some of them very fondly. They're what I like to call the game-changers, the brave souls that helped me carve out a life by opening my little mind to the world and broadening my horizons. :)

- Kim

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I had some amazing teachers too. Definitely one of the main reasons I wanted to teach!

jugglingchic said...

I love this top!!!! It is so appropriate for the start of the school year! I hope you have a wonderful year!

sarahfina said...

i totally have that shirt.....

grownandcurvywoman said...

LOL...I remember Ally McBeal! LOL
Love your resolutions & I hope you achieve all of them. Love this blouse on you because I think it's like you, fun and bright!

Crystal said...

Love resolutions that are just not during New Year's! And your first day of school outfit is perfect. Love the apples! You look beautiful!
www.talesfromthefatside.org

Colleen P. said...

Oh I get SO tired of the daily grind of cooking! WHY do they want to eat dinner EVERY. SINGLE. DAY?!?! A menu plan really does help though (when I remember to do one), and doing as much prep as possible on the weekend-also, the 3 days a week idea is great because if you prep much more ahead than that your ingredients aren't going to be as appetizing. Gather together the vegetables/salads and get them cut and in containers, prepare your marinades for meats if you're going to use one, start thawing the big pieces or bone in pieces early. A whole chicken can take four or more days to thaw from solidly frozen, but you can make a lot of meals from it-chicken fried rice, chicken pot pie, chicken pasta bake, big veggie salad with chicken chunks, and of course roast chicken the first day. But doing the prep beforehand, and using a menu plan, takes away a lot of the mental grumbling of "I am so tired of looking at and messing with this food!" Believe me, I totally get how you feel-once you've shopped for it, put it in the car, driven home, carried it into the house, put it away, gotten it back out, chopped it up and cooked it, and we haven't even gotten to cleanup and leftovers yet!-Well after all that, you're just dead tired of dealing with it. When you do most of it in steps beforehand, assembly line style, you've generally forgotten the pain of it by the time you eat!

Jenny Lauren said...

Wow, what a super perfect outfit for the first day of school! You look so chic, yet totally fun! Great resolutions, and I have no doubt that you will accomplish them!


xo Jennywww.crazystylelove.com

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