Every semester starts out the same. I am filled with many hopes and desires and feeling optimistic about the challenges that lie ahead. But, somewhere in the middle, both the students and I start to wear thin. Once we get to the end, we are just ready for it all to be over. But, I have to start thinking about the next semester before the one that I am in is even over! That is both good and bad. Sometimes it can be all to easy to just give up on the current semester and turn your attention and focus towards starting anew with the next semester. But, pulling it together and pushing through those roadblocks shows determination and perseverance.
I think that for Fall semester I am going to have to be more proactive and schedule a massage, or three, during those middle of the semester weeks that are particularly challenging. I experienced the same thing with the Fall ’11 and Spring ’12 semesters.
Since Monday was the second to last day with my students I wanted to wear something that was a little more professional and classic. And what better than a crisp white button-up shirt and khaki skirt? The inspiration for this outfit comes from dual sources: Pinterest and my BF. When I asked him what I should wear on Monday he said, “a pencil skirt and button up shirt.” Which, is pretty much his standard answer. (But that’s o.k., because it is one of my favorite outfit formula’s, too!)
I could have embellished with different jewelry, but since I’ve gotten this J.Crew knock-off bubble necklace I have only worn it once. I wanted to wear it with contrasting colors of coral and salmon, but that didn’t pan out a few weeks back. Although my outfit is very similar to the inspiration photo, it isn’t quite the same. I chose to go with gold hoop earrings and my gold watch, while the inspiration photo pulls in more pops of turquoise with the bracelet and clutch.
On Monday, I finished discussing Chapter 14: argumentation. We discussed fallacies in reasoning and talked about how and why the textbook makes a distinction between persuasion and argumentation. Then, I gave them a clean copy of a student’s outline and asked them to go through it and grade it using the same grading sheet that I use. This is the activity that I tried a few week back that failed, miserably.
This time, it worked a little better. Sadly, they finished the first one quickly, so I thought that they would have time to do a second one, but they were just able to finish it. This way, each student received two peer-review sheets for their outlines and my preliminary grade sheet. I should have left more time for discussion about the grading, but I think that it was still helpful–both for the students to practice giving and receiving feedback. And, it was a dramatic improvement upon last time, so I am going to place it in the W-in category.
Wednesday will be my last day with these students. Although I am glad that it will be over– it was a tough semester, it’s always a bittersweet ending! They are required to dress professionally for their final speech, and I will be taking it easy in student wear–re: jeans and a t-shirt. It’s a bit of fun little role reversal.
What do you think? Do you like my interpretation of the inspiration photo? Do you try to re-create outfits that you see on Pinterest, in magazines, or on other people? Where do you draw inspiration from?
- First Day Summer 2012 (teachinstyle.wordpress.com)
- All About the Bling! (teachinstyle.wordpress.com)
- OverJoyed! (teachinstyle.wordpress.com)
- Don’t Be Afraid of the Big, Bad Professor (uloop.com)