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Bossest Ever Crochet Hook

I am literally in love with this new (to me) hook. For real, we will have a Summer wedding with flowers and puppies. I was checking out some of the rubber-enforced hooks on Amazon and found the Addi Swing Hook by chance. My tension is usually pretty tight so I was intrigued by the shape and took a chance on a 1.5 for a summer bag I’m doing (it’s never too early to start prepping). It took a second for me to figure out, but I have gotten the hang of it! The only thing I miss about my tiny 1.5 is feeling like a giant while man-handling that little metal bar. But I do it miss the claw hands I had after using the standard, that’s for sure.

My inspiration comes from this lovely pin

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Babies on Babies!

Since I have effectively gone to work for two and a half days out of the last three weeks due to wonder break and snow, I have been able to decompress with a ton of crocheting. Good thing too, because evidently there is something in the school system’s water- I have two babies at my school coming up, and one at a neighboring school!

Crochet has really be my go-to for gifts lately, especially since I started seeing so many crocheted item for $1,000,000,000 at Anthropologie (that’s my, “one day when I go state or federal or become a traveling consultant and can afford” store).

For baby #1 I chose to do a blanket with a few different stitches and some bows. She’s a 7th grade Math teacher who is endlessly energetic and wonderful, but doesn’t have a ton of family around so I figured every baby needs a little blanky-

The second baby is getting some little stuffed animals. The Math mom is very into her church, and I figured he/she’d already get a blanky since the only thing churches make more of than babies, is baby blankies. I found an adorable pattern on Etsy by Madelenon. Her patterns are easy to read and turn out well!

I am finishing up for the last baby (a fellow counselor in another school), but will post as soon as I do!

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Buy these for your office! They are so fun and easy to use (once you look up the syllable configuration because it was only your favorite unit in MS because it was the easiest). I play with all different types of kids and they all get their artsy-mode on and love it!

Find them all over the interwebs or sometimes at Marshall’s!

Curiosity Does Not Kill the Career?

I attended a really great local literacy conference and was delighted to get to hear Harvey "Smokey" Daniels speak. He was a-ma-zing and super inspiring. I promptly bought his book, The Curious Classroom and can already recommend it. It's so good and so applicable to all kinds of subjects and grade levels.

And it really got me thinking about curiosity and signs of content engagement, that maybe go beyond just the student.

We all hear grumbles and gripes from even our favorite colleagues. As I thought about curiosity, and how to model curiosity for students, I started to realize that this is a quality that I've seen less and less of in my disenchanted peers. I'm wondering if this might be the key to helping our burnt-out brethren get back on the energy train.

My favorite and most loved teachers definitely still have that curious streak about them. They get excited about everything, they are constantly looking around and observing, they ask question after question and can't wait to figure things out. They are not only curious, they are active learners in their own lives. They are engaged in education and engaged with their students every day.

I'm throwing the idea around of doing some professional learning about this. How can we get those down-trodden educators to tap into their lost source of curiosity? How can we remind them how good it feels to be obsessed with something and not get enough of it? How can we re-engage them with the petri dishes that we show up to everyday to remember how fascinating human development and neural connections are?

Meetings on Meetings- More on Drop Out Prevention

I am so excited about this week, because I get to present at the upcoming VSCA Conference, our state association for School Counselors! I’m always super pumped about presenting or public speaking when I sign up to do it, but then the closer I get to actually having to stand in front of people and say smart stuff, the more I start to unravel freak out a little.

Anyways, at least it is about my very favorite subject: drop out prevention in Elementary and Middle School.  My dork meter on this (and data…mmm data…) (oh, and office supplies…yessss…) (and spreadhseets…) is super high, but I feel like it is really at the heart of why we do what we do.  I’m basically covering the process I outlined in a previous post , but I’m also including some examples of what the data might look like, and then together we’ll compile some ideas for intervention.

In looking through some of my resources, I came across one of the worksheets I had made for student meetings that I have used at several different school, with high school and middle school kids.  It is aesthetically similar in to the daily form I shared, by giving an easy checklist format, but includes areas for signatures and follow-ups to keep us all honest.  Try it out and see what you think!

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Jewelry!

To end the summer right (and keep me busy from weekend-before-return neurosis), my husband and I went on a trippy-trip to Georgetown VA. It was ah-may-zinggg. So much food, so much walking, so much to look at. Anywho, beforehand, I could tell it was time to go back to work because I was on the fast train to impulsive anxiety buying and really liked some necklaces at the Loft that I almost paid for to thing with me.

But alas! I chose self-control, and decided to go through some of my jewelry-making stash at home. REALLY glad I did, because I was able to make a bunch of necklaces exactly the same as the ones I saw! The picture is terrible, I'll try to replace it tomorrow.

Summer Crafty Therapy

Self-care is alive and well this summer while I’m off. It’s crazy how creative and motivated I am with this time off. I can feel the urge to get back into work and care mode bubbling, but I am trying to ward it off.  I will either have some new additions to Etsy, maybe a flea market, or a surplus of Christmas gifts, but either way I’ve got a ton of ideas and mojo and it feels great! I’ve done some crocheted washcloths, keychains, and another scarf (with another in queue)!