Happy Friday! This has been a LONG week for me. It warmed up yesterday and when I turned on the AC, it didn’t work. Well, it did turn on but no cold air came out. I told the landlord so hopefully he’ll send someone to fix it. It is supposed to be hot this weekend and cold air will be greatly appreciated.
Let’s take a look at my pictures from this week.
📷 The photo of Mateo cracks me up! He is giving me an evil look. Every evening before going to bed, he meows because he wants a snack. He won’t stop until I get up. I love my little guy so much.
📷 I decided to organize my pens, pencils, highlighters, markers, etc. Wow! I didn’t realize I had so many. These are what I had in my classroom and at home. I definitely do not need more.
📷 Not exactly a photo but a meme. I think Kim had it in one of her posts. I had already saved it in my camera because I am planning to do something similar after Summer School. This Summer I plan to relax and rest.
📷 I did not want to do my run on Monday but did it anyway. My run was 4 miles with each mile faster than the previous one. I ran in the evening and was already tired. It wasn’t as fast as I would have wanted, but I did get negative splits. Made me feel good when I saw the numbers!
📷 My students are revising and editing paragraphs. Not as easy as I thought it was going to be to teach them. However, a few have surprised me and have been able to do it correctly. The challenging part now is writing it on paper. Many have not written on paper in over a year and it’s been interesting seeing their handwriting. 😬
This week’s Tuesday Topic is: Show us your organizational skills. How do you organize your running gear? You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to link up withKimandZenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
In a perfect world I would hire a company to design and set up a walk in closet for me. I live in an old apartment and, well, it won’t be ideal anyway. The owner will rehab this place once I move out.
Isn’t this gorgeous?
So that leaves me with being creative to organize not only my work stuff but also my running gear. Sadly I do not store everything in my bedroom but in various places in the apartment. My bedroom isn’t big but luckily I have a decent size closet.
➡️ My running shoes are in an armoire closet/chest drawer I inherited from my mother when she moved. It is in the back porch. I used to have 6 new pairs but now I have 2 pairs.
➡️ My favorite running shorts are the Oiselle long rogas. I have over 30 pairs. Yes, I love them. Those shorts are also there.
➡️ Sports bras and socks go in a plastic storage cart and organizer.
➡️ Pants and long sleeve tops go in the closet.
➡️ Tops go in a dresser drawer in my room.
➡️ Garmin and headphones are in a fruit stand in the kitchen. We use it to store everything else except fruit.
Each night I gather everything I need and leave it in the kitchen. My bedroom is next to it and it makes it easy to grab it all in the morning and get ready.
It may not be ideal but this system works for me. Cannot wait to organize it better once I have a house and more room!
Happy Sunday! This week was another week where the weather was up and down. Yesterday it was cloudy with some rain and I felt like something was off. This week is supposed to warm up so that is exciting!
On Monday morning I did my 200th run with Matty. I signed up for this run the week before. It was a good class but imagine my confusion when all of a sudden it was over. I stopped and checked my watch thinking “no way is it already 30 minutes”. Well, it turned out that the class was 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes.
I didn’t sleep well Monday night and woke up on Tuesday very tired. My workout was run 5 miles, 4-45 second surges with 1 minute recovery, and ending at 6 miles with a cool down. I did the workout on Wednesday since I felt much better. It was sunny and no wind…just perfect.
The rest of the week went well too. I ran 7 miles on Saturday. I took it easy and walked when I wanted to. I listened to music and thought about home life and school. Excited because I am planning to take a few days off!
This week my students took their MAP tests. I thought all school districts in IL were required to have students take the test. One of my friends works in CPS and she said the students in her school were not required. Ugh! That is very annoying and frustrating. Whomever is making these decisions doesn’t know what they’re doing. Kids do not need more tests. Anyway, my students took 2 tests in Reading and Math in both English and Spanish. Let’s just say some were very tired and had no interest in taking another test. Some students clicked on any possible answer in order to finish it. Some were on the bed taking the test (I told them to get off the bed). Some were laughing and talking and looking at something else but the screen (one student said she was talking to her brother). One student logged off before finishing the test and never came back. What an exciting week! I am supposed to do makeups and heck no, I am not doing that. 😬 I already did 4 days of testing. If the school wants these kids to make up a test then they will need to make the arrangements.
I spent a few days packing up my classroom too. I know next year I will be a Dual Language teacher which means I would be using new Reading materials. Our District will also be using a new Math curriculum. Now I wait to find out what to do with said materials. Here are some pictures from Tuesday. More things have been packed up. My goal is to be complete done packing this week.
I also finished the Selena series. I do not know how much of it is accurate but I thought it was a good story. I enjoyed learning more about her. I do wonder how her life would be like if she hadn’t died.
Linking up withKimandDeborahfor the Weekly Run Down.
I received my bike in August 2019. Yep, before the pandemic. I ordered it August 3 and received it 10 days later. I will admit that I didn’t use it as much as I wanted to. Early this year I resumed my membership after pausing it for a few months. Now I use it about 3 days a week. I am happy with that since I run everyday.
Read along to find out why I am loving it.
🚴🏻♀️ Variety of classes – The list is long with over 1,000 different classes. You can pick from 5 minute to 90 minute classes. You can also pick classes for beginners, low impact, intervals, climb, and theme. Let’s not forget the music. There is latin, pop, rock, etc. The 80s and 90s pop ride classes are lots of fun. One of my favorite classes is the 30 minute Momento Latino Ride with Robin. The playlist made me dance and sing while on the bike.
🚴🏻♀️ Fun and great instructors – There are over 20 instructors offering classes. My favorite instructor is Cody but I have ventured out and have also taken classes with Denis, Ally, Jenn, Robin, Olivia, Erik, Tunde, Alex, Leanne, Ben, Christine, Leanne, Emma, and Hannah. Cody ALWAYS makes me laugh. His classes are the perfect ones to take when I need someone to cheer me up.
🚴🏻♀️ Convenient – There is simply no excuse since I do not have to go anywhere to use it. The bike is in my living room. Sometimes I use it while watching TV.
🚴🏻♀️ Not just bike classes – With the Peloton membership there are many other classes to pick. There is strength, yoga, cardio, meditation, running, tread bootcamp, bike bootcamp, and walking. I’ve done mostly cycling and running with a few walking, strength, stretching, and meditation classes. There is seriously many classes available.
🚴🏻♀️ Affordable monthly fee – I pay $39 per month (Peloton All-Access Membership). Honestly I think it is a great deal as I mentioned that there are many different classes available. There is also a Peloton Digital Membership for $12.99 per month. With the latter a Peloton hardware is not required and you can use a computer, phone, tablet, or TV to access the classes.
Are you a Peloton user? Bike or treadmill or both?
This week’s Tuesday Topic is: What are some of your disastrous running costumes or race outfits? You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to link up withKimandZenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
I’m deviating from this week’s topic to write about a day in the life of a teacher during remote learning. I will make it as exciting as possible! 😀
As you know, school is very different right now. In the beginning of the school year I worked from home. Then in January I taught in an empty classroom. Since March I’ve had 3 kids on various days in my classroom while still teaching online to the rest. It is a BIG mess and I do not like it. I know it needs to get done so I make the best of it.
Here is a typical day for me (I chose Tuesday):
5:30-7:30 AM I get up and make coffee. Then I check my email. I also read blog posts and comments. Since it is Tuesday I make sure my post is up. Then I go out for my run. For the past couple of weeks, Tuesday has been a speed workout day and I run between 3-5 miles. Today it was 6 miles.
After my run I shower and get ready for work. I get my coffee and breakfast ready and head out the door.
7:30-8:30 AM I arrive at school between 8-8:30am. I live 6 miles from my school and there is minimal traffic in the morning which makes it for an easy commute.
During this time I eat breakfast, drink coffee, check work email, and go to the bathroom. Then at 8:30am I go downstairs to get my students. I have 2 that come in on Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 student on Thursday and Friday.
8:30-8:50 AM My students log in their computer and work on Imagine Math or Imagine Español. I finish up any last minute things that I need to do.
8:50-9:15 AM I log in and then my students log in. I take attendance. We talk about what they did the day before. We go over the number of days we’ve been in school. This is all done via Google Slides. Last week I added two slides to include the last day of school and the number of days left of school. If time permits we also do “Would You Rather”. I check if anyone else has logged in and submit my attendance. I remind them to finish their breakfast and to take a bathroom break.
9:15-12:05 PM The first subject is Reading. Currently we are reading John Chapman in Spanish. The book is originally in English but it is a difficult book for them to read and understand. Last year my coworker translated it and it is still difficult for most of them in Spanish. 🤦🏻♀️
Then we have Writing. We are working on revise and edit sentences/paragraphs. My students struggle with writing. Many do not write complete sentences. Many don’t start sentences with capital letters nor add punctuation at the end. It is very frustrating! The worst part is that they’ve been using their Chromebook for the past year and have not done any writing with pencil and paper.
Then we move on to Social Studies/Science. The last unit I taught was on “How can one people make a difference?” We talked about Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams, Luis Valdez, and Susan La Flesche Picotte. Even I learned about Susan!
The last subject I teach is Math. It is my favorite! We have an hour for it. I teach the lesson and then they work on their assignment. Last week we finished the unit on even/odd and arrays. Next week I will start the unit on fractions.
School with me ends at 12:05 pm. I tell my students to have a good lunch and afternoon and that I will see them the next day.
12:05-12:25 PM We finish up. My two students use the bathroom one last time before going home (I do too). At 12:15 we go downstairs so they can go home. I stick around for door/playground duty until 12:25 pm. Then I go inside for lunch.
12:25-1:00 PM Lunch time!
1:00-1:40 PM Meeting time with my coworkers. Each week we alternate between Reading and Math. We talk about assessments, assignments, students, etc, etc. Sometimes we just vent on all of the BS that we have to do.
1:40-3:00 PM I plan for the next day. I also review assignments. I talk to my coworkers. Sometimes I just put my head down and take a break.
After work I may stop at the store or go straight home. On a good day I am home by 3:30 pm but sometimes there is more traffic than usual and I am home at 4pm. Then I take a quick nap or rest for a bit before taking a Peloton bike class.
Afterwards I shower and eat dinner while reading blog posts. Sometimes I skip the blog posts and watch TV. That is why sometimes I am very late is reading and responding to comments. 😬 By 9pm I am tired. I give my cats a snack and go to bed.
How did I do? Is my day exciting? I realize the schedule is not ideal for students because I don’t spend enough time teaching the various subjects. There have been many complaints about it. However, I have NO complaints about it.