Tomorrow is a big day for my class. Tomorrow is the 5th grade state writing test. It is a big deal, because where I work it is still promotional. Not all counties require them to pass, but my county does. We feel the pressure and take it seriously.
My performance as a teacher is judged according to how the students do. Part of our school evaluation is based on how they perform. High stakes doesn't even seem strong enough a term.
While I have been working hard to prepare my kiddos for the writing test, I have not been writing beyond my classroom. Instead I was preparing for our last hurrah writing celebration and swimming through the sea of other activities the school year and life have thrown my way!
No, I haven't been eating bon-bons with my feet perched upon an ottoman.Instead I have been....
- Completing winter parent teacher conferences.
- Helping devise a plan for the extra 30 minutes a day that were tacked on to our schedules in order to make up the snow days. 7 snow days is a lot to make up!
- Surviving parent conference week with my 3 boys while my hubby was on the other side of the country for a work conference.
- Prepping for Saturday school to prepare for the week long state test that are 6 weeks away.
- Helping out teammates who are dealing with family crises.
- Guiding my struggling student teacher through the realities of education.
- Starting a new sport season with my boys (flag football for the oldest and youngest).
- Trying to finish up a few products for my TpT store.
- Attempting to remain sane during this crazy time of year.
I am linking up today with Holly for Tried It Tuesday. I have peeked at a few posts, and they are fantastic! I highly recommend that you check them out.
My son happened to be in her class and he told me how great the sharpener works. I decided it was time to act. Unfortunately snow and ice thwarted the delivery, and I did not get it as fast as I wanted.
When it arrived, my husband decided to check it out and see why I was so excited. He liked it. The boys all played with it before I got a chance to really test it out.
My youngest son loves it so much that he questioned why I took it to school. Yes, it is easy enough for a 4 year old!
In my classroom I keep the sharpener up, I do not want it to be broken. I will happily sharpen for the kids when they need it. I often sharpen a stash and swap out their dull ones.
It works so well on their pencils. Produces sharp points and does not eat up their pencils like my electric sharpener.
I mentioned the writing test, well guess what? I really am ready. Look what I did tonight...
I tried it. I like it. I approve it! If you are skeptical like me, you might wonder if it is really worth it. It is!
I also have been reading about Stitch Fix. I decided to give that a try too. I received my first fix today and I am glad I tried it out.
I really liked the styles of clothing they sent me. Many things I might not stop and try if I went shopping on my own, but all things I really liked.
I am not super fashionable, but I like nice looking things. I tend to go for cheaper things, and with limited "me" time shopping is low on my list of things that I get to do.
Here are some pictures of things they sent me...
|Skinny jeans, White sweater, Striped top, Blue blazer, and chevron infinity scarf.|
|Love the dots on this. Too bad my muscular arms did not squeeze in easily! This was the only item that did not fit.|
|Chevron infinity scarf. I liked it a lot, but chose ti send it back. It was bulky on my neck thus not super flattering. Since I did not love the way it fit, I could not justify the price.|
I would never try on or buy skinny jeans. I am not a skinny girl and tend to hide my muscular thighs. But man, they were so comfortable and they made me feel good. So I splurged and am keeping the jeans. It is jeans week so I am going to proudly wear them on Thursday. I need to push myself out of my comfort zone and be comfortable with my body.
I love the striped top. I am going to wear that tomorrow with some slacks. We cannot wear jeans on testing days, but I cannot wait until Thursday to wear my other "fix."
Here is a bad selfie in the striped top...
Think I might need to get a cute red beaded necklace to accessorize this top. until then, I think my turquoise necklace will do.
If you are looking for something to do for yourself or want to try out something, I recommend trying it, click here. I used a referral code by another buyer and they got a $25 credit toward their next fix. Since I bought some of the items in my shipment, the $20 styling fee was applied to my cost, worth it for a little personal shopping. The other great part is the other items get shipped back at no additional cost to me.
I am hoping that after tomorrow I will feel a little less crazy, and be able to keep up with blogging a little more regularly. Stay well and keep smiling as you make your way through the hectic testing season!