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Monday was D-Day for my students.  They delivered their first speech to introduce a classmate.  I used this assignment last Fall to add a 4th formal speech in to the semester and I thought that it worked well.  First of all, they work with a partner through the preparation phases and then they have someone to stand up at the front of the classroom with them for “moral support.”  I always tell them that the first one is the most difficult because it is the first one but I do also feel bad because it comes so early that there’s a lot of things we can’t discuss and I often feel as if I’m throwing them in the deep end of the pool.  But, I do provide them with as many life preservers as possible!

I get a reputation as a “strict” teacher because they learn right off the bat that I don’t take no crap.  They can try the, “I didn’t know xyz!“. But I’ll call them on it every time because all of the expectations are clearly identified on their online learning management system that they can access at any time AND I provide them examples and all of the grading sheets ahead of time to prepare them.  It’s always the ones who miss class or who don’t use the “life preservers” provided to them that struggle in the deep end.

For my outfit I went with this blue floral maxi-dress.  I feel like I’ve worn this dress a lot during my pregnancy but then when I look back I really haven’t.  Lately, I am feeling as if I don’t have many options with my clothing.  On this day I wore a shirt-sleeved royal blue cardigan over the dress.  Because of the grey in the print I am always drawn to pairing it with silver accessories and/or jewelry so I made a conscious decision to wear my oversized gold watch and a gold beaded necklace.  I went with gold earrings that have accents of turquoise and pink in them.  I wanted to wear heels since I knew that I would basically be sitting and evaluating speeches during my whole work day but in the end I didn’t.  I went with my brown ballet flats even though I didn’t love the way they looked.

This outfit came out O.K. But I can’t say that I loved it.  I went with a strong eye look of navy shadow and lots of black mascara, hot pink blush on my cheeks, and a soft and shiny pinky-nude lipstick/gloss.

Tuesday I wore my version of this outfit:

I didn’t take any pictures because I was running late to work and then by the time I got home I was not feeling photogenic.  I don’t have a sweater like hers so I went with my leopard print cardigan worn open over a black t-shirt.  I did manage to use my belly band and make my lighter wash distressed jeans work.  I went with simple silver hoop earrings, a silver watch, and black ballet flats with a silver medallion embellishment.  When I came downstairs my husband complimented my outfit and that made me smile.  It felt good to like my outfit and feel composed and put-together.  But, as soon as I got to work I was warm and so the cardigan came off and hung on the back of my chair all day.  Oh well, I tried.


Wednesday was the last official class day of Spring Semester 2017.  It flew right by like I knew it would!  If you’ve followed the blog for a long time then you may be familiar that on one of the last class sessions I like to dress down in jeans and a t-shirt or something similar.  This is just that outfit.  It was a little chilly that day so I paired this wine colored sweater with my dark wash bootcut jeans, a brown belt, brown Oxford shoes, and a silver watch.

I always think that it’s important at the end of the semester for my students to view me as a peer and no longer as their “superior.”  Next Monday is their final exam period.  This is the first time that I am administering a written exam as opposed to making their final speeches their exam.  I’ve tried several different things this semester.  A few of them have worked and some of them haven’t.  But, that’s OK.

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I’m not sure what Kermit the Frog was talking about when he said “it’s not easy being green” because I have found that it’s incredibly easy to wear green.  And, with my blonde hair it’s very flattering.  I have hazel eyes but when I wear green it tends to make them look more green than brown.  And, I can really make them look green when I wear green eye shadow.

Monday I wore a sleeveless kelly green blouse with a three-quarter sleeve gold cardigan.  I’ve paired these two items together last Fall in a casual outfit, here.  But, this time I went with my navy trousers.  I thought about wearing my tan pumps and a tan belt but it felt like I was starting to add too many elements to the mix.  Instead, I chose to keep the bottom half of the outfit monochromatic and streamlined and went with my navy pumps.  I did try to be a little outside of the box and go with gold toned jewelry even though the cardigan is a golden color.

Monday evening my students delivered their first speeches of the semester.  I thought that they add did very well and there were 4 A’s, 4 B’s, and then 6 C’s or lower.  They will be getting their grades back on Wednesday evening so they don’t know how they did yet.

Tuesday I went with an outfit that I had slated for Friday or Saturday because it’s more casual.  I had planned to wear a dress because it was calling for Spring-like temps on Tuesday but then I found out that it was going to be rainy and grey and I went the more casual route.

This shade of green is more of a drab or an olive green.  This has fast become one of my top three favorite colors– right behind red and purple!  At first I wasn’t sure about this top and how it mixes the lace shoulders with the casual nature of a hoodie with a kangaroo pocket.  But, it’s grown on me.  I even received two compliments– one on the outfit in general and one specifically on the color of the shirt.  I was feeling good!  I hadn’t worn my distressed jeans in a while and I felt like with the warmer temps it was a good day to pull them out.

So, there are two different “green” outfits for you in case you need some inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day next month.