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Higher Level

Last Thursday was the end of s stressful week for me.  I mentioned in several posts from last week that my students were not where I expect them to be for how far into the class that we are.  I had to give each of my 3 sections a stern talking to in regards to applying the knowledge that they have been given in the first half of the semester to the tasks that they are asked to complete in the second half of the semester.

This is a difficult task for them.  If I asked them to memorize pages of vocabulary words they can do it no problem, but when I ask them to engage in higher level thinking/learning we have a bit of an issue.  Needless to say, there are some growing pains going on right now.

As for my outfit, it sprang from wanting to celebrate Spring and a pin on pinterest.  Also, it is the debut of one of the skirts that I sewed last year as part of my New Year’s Resolutions.  I cinched in the waist and pinned it with a safety-pin, but other than that it worked great in this outfit.

In the inspiration photo she is wearing an open-back purple long-sleeved top, a full floral midi skirt, and strappy silver shoes.  I re-created this look and made it classroom appropriate by pairing a thin purple v-neck sweater with my self-made floral skirt and nude pumps.  I also added a turquoise colored necklace to tie together the two pieces.  I loved this look!  I felt so ladylike and Spring-y.  I just wanted to twirl in my skirt all day.

March 26, 2015 Tr (m)

Our Easter plans are more on the casual side, but this outfit is a strong contender!  I think if I wore it with flats it could be weather and occasion appropriate.  We shall see. . .

Do you like this look as much as I do?

-Carla

Week 11

For some reason, this week has been one tough cookie!  Across all 3 sections of my class, Effective Speaking, my students are really having trouble.  I don’t know what it is about the past few weeks but they are not putting forth the same amount of effort as they were previously.

I’m not sure if its something in the air or what, but I wish I knew so that I could fix it!  I thought that after Spring break my students would come back feeling refreshed, renewed, and recharged.  But, it has been quite the opposite.  Instead they are whining about how difficult the class has gotten and about the quick turn around expected from them in regards to assignments and speeches.  I have done everything that I can think of to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead, but they are not doing their part.

I have spent plenty of time soul-searching and have determined that my expectations are not absurd.  We are almost 75% through our time together and they are not using the information that they have been taught.  They are having difficulty applying that knowledge.  I can’t do it for them, which is what I think that they would want.

Enough negativity!  Here are the outfits that I wore for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week:

March 24, 2015 T (m)

I didn’t have time on Monday to pick out my outfits for the week, so I actually spent very little time in the creative process this week.  I just pulled this outfit together because I needed to wear a dress on Tuesday and I wanted to wear my sheer black hose after being reminded how amazing and sexy they make your legs look Monday night watching DWTS.  (Not that I should be focusing on making my legs look sexy, but y’know!)

I had originally conceived this idea with a red blazer, but my red blazer has a hook and eye closure and it didn’t look right with the dress.  Eventually, I went with the red cardigan that you see here.  And, to bring more color and interest to the outfit I added the wooden bead necklace in the red-orange color.  Voila!

March 25, 2015 W (m)

The idea for this outfit came from a pinterest pin.  It featured a structured teal dress, skinny black belt, and professional accessories.  I tried to re-create the feel and look of that outfit with pieces from my closet.  Also, when I looked into my archives at other ways that I’ve worn this dress I notice that I often pair it with black but in the form of my hosiery.  So, I decided to go with nude legs for a more Spring time feel.  Also, instead of going with a black blazer or cardigan I went with a monochromatic look and wore this teal blazer.  I thought that I had worn in to my M/W class before, but it turns out that I had not and it was the perfect completer piece for this look!

Thanks for reading,

Carla

Monday was not my usual day of sleeping in and then doing errands and school prep in the morning.  I had to attend an orientation meeting for my volunteer position.  They are closed January-April to make updates, deep cleaning, repairs, and restoration.  This year they are celebrating a 100 year anniversary so there are lots of exciting extra’s going on.  Plus, everyone had to update their sexual harassment and safety training.

I was agitated when my alarm went off, but when I arrived it was like going back to high school after Summer break.  I hadn’t seen any of the other volunteers in 3 months so everyone had lots of exciting stories to share and things to talk about.  The actual meeting wasn’t as exciting, but it wasn’t bad either.  I would actually say that it was slightly better than most of those types of trainings.  And, I am going to use an activity that we did about diversity and inclusion in the classroom.  So, it was well worth it even if I was tired.

The other big thing is that the dress code for my orientation was casual while my dress code for teaching is business casual.  I didn’t know exactly how long the training would take but I would rather be early than late to work so I took all of my stuff so I could go directly to school right after.  I did end up being early, but I was able to use the time.

I was dressed much more casually than I usually am for class, though.  And funnily enough I was still within the boundaries of acceptable dressing.

March 23, 2015 M (m)

This outfit is based on two pins, one features a green cardigan, striped shirt, khaki skirt and bubble necklace.  I’ve actually duplicated that outfit in the past.  The other, featured a green cardigan, white blouse, khaki pants, and leopard print shoes.  I took elements from both of those outfits and came up with the creation above.  At my volunteer gig we are asked to wear white shirts, navy blazers, khaki pants, and non-tennis shoes.  Sometimes I interpret this more dressy with actual dress trousers and other times I go more casual with twill khaki pants and my knock-off Sperry’s.

What do you think?

-Carla