Friday Favorites 10/16/2015

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post!  And I’ll tell you why–it’s because I’m going back to school!  Eek!  I know, what was I thinking?!  I was thinking that the window of time for me to volunteer at Grace’s school will inevitably close soon.  Once she reaches middle school, there will be very few, if any, opportunities to volunteer.  And let’s face it, volunteering is what keeps me sane during those long lonely winter months.  It gets me out of the house so that I don’t lose my mind.  So, if I’m not volunteering at a school, I might as well be working in one, right?

At this point, you may be wondering what I’m going back to school for.  Currently, my plan is to take two classes so that I can renew my teaching license.  Then, after renewing my license, I will be able to apply to grad school so that I can pursue my masters in library sciences with a focus on school librarianship.

Evidence Based Reading Instruction

The first class that I am taking is only 6 weeks long.  It on the foundations of beginning literacy.  It is a lot of information to cram into 6 short weeks.  There has been a bit of a learning curve since the class is online.  I prefer to sit in a classroom, soak up lectures, and participate in live discussions.  Instead, I spend hours reading textbooks and online articles, then formulating long detailed responses summarizing what I’ve read and posting them on discussion forums.  What is interesting is that the majority of my classmates are from outside the U.S, so this has created a lot of great interactions.  I am planning on taking my second class starting in January through the same professional development company. I’ve not yet decided what I’m going to take, but I have a few classes to choose from.

What’s happening

Last week was a crazy busy week with my class starting, volunteer obligations, doctor appointments, family visits, and a quick overnight trip out of town.  Doug and I went to Cleveland for a day.  We saw Chris Cornell in concert and visited The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Chris Cornell

And of course, it wouldn’t be a great date without a trip to the grocery store!  We made an impromptu stop at Trader’s Joes to load up on all things pumpkin spiced after drooling over this list.  I can say with certainty that the pumpkin seed brittle earns its title as one of the best pumpkin spiced products!  Though only after tasting it did we discover it may contain wheat.  What a bummer!  It was delicious, but probably not something we needed to eat much of anyway.  It was super decadent!

This week has been another crazy week, with me feeling like every second of everyday has been scheduled.  It’s actually kind of nice to be busy.  School is definitely keeping me on my toes and, so far, I am staying ahead of the game!  Between loads of reading for school, I managed to volunteer at Grace’s school book fair 3 times, go to two optometrist appointments, have a parent teacher conference, and help Grace’s teacher and the art teacher in the school work room, all in four days!  It’s gone quickly!  Needless to say, I’m looking forward to a few quiet weeks ahead.

What I’m reading

After I finish typing this, I’m going to finish my latest book After You by Jo Jo Moyes.  Because it is a new release, it was on a 7 day loan at the library.  I’ve no idea what possessed me to pick it up, considering my hectic schedule, but it has been a nice distraction this week.

So, what’s new with you?  What are you reading?  Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook!

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