• musings,  Uncategorized

    March 5 NaBloPoMo

    When or where do you feel most like yourself? 1) In my classroom, joking with kids and checking in on them like a mother hen. I’m now old enough to be their mother but oddly enough I feel like I can relate to / empathize with them more. I am not super tough and do not inspire fear with just a look. I used to think that was the goal, but now I am more focused on helping students let go of their fear of asking questions, of math, or of being themselves too. 2) In my kitchen, cooking with reruns of one of my favorite shows playing in the…

  • musings

    unexpected gifts

    One of my students came in yesterday and said “I brought you something.” I assumed it would be something like her math homework or a grapefruit. Out of her backpack popped a ball of purple yarn. She’s seen me knitting and heard me talking about my “Personal Project” before. Today I’m bringing her a pair of knitting needles. Perhaps we can knit together ūüôā And perhaps one day my classroom culture and knitting skills will enable me to knit amidst a focused, on-task bunch of students the way Sarcasymptote plays his ukelele.

  • musings

    March 4 NaBloPoMo

    How is your writing voice like you? How does your writing voice differ from you? On the second day of this NaBloPoMo project, I feel like a student who doesn’t know where to start on a Humanities journal prompt. I’m not used to such open-ended prompts for which I don’t have a specific answer in mind. However, I miss Humanities and writing for the sake of writing. I even miss writing in notebooks, when our choices were Mead vs. Five Star rather than Evernote vs. OneNote. I still remember fondly an assignment where we were to write as if we were Thoreau at Walden Pond. I took a cK One…

  • appetite

    the elusive jugo verde, take 1

    Over February break, we went to Cancun for a few days. I enjoyed our resort’s take on green juice (a.k.a. jugo verde) quite a bit. It was lighter and sweeter than the versions I’d previously made at home (kale, celery, lemon, green apple, ginger, and lemon) or the BluePrint one that I had tried on a whim from Whole Foods. I asked our waiter one day “what’s in this green juice?” and he replied “a green vegetable local to this region, orange juice, pineapple juice, and some other things.” Given that Somerville probably didn’t have the Cancun-based green vegetable, I sought to create a similar version. I started by googling…

  • musings

    March 3 NaBloPoMo – interesting things

    Tell us five interesting things about yourself. 1) In high school, six friends and I all jokingly made a bet that the last one of us to get married would win $500. 2) I’d like my winnings* in $2 bills. That is my favorite type of U.S. currency, just barely beating the Susan B. Anthony dollar. *One got engaged after me but got married pretty soon after, so I still technically win. 3) My siblings and I are all exactly three years apart in age from November 4 to January 9. 4) I’ve done four marathons (MCM ’05 and ’08, Boston ’09 and ’11). 5) I have made it past…

  • instruction,  musings

    Personal Projects + knitting

    It’s not very often that International Baccalaureate and knitting are mentioned in the same sentence…but they do relate! The IB Personal Project is an opportunity for 10th grade students in the Middle Years Programme to learn something new (of their own initiative) with the help of a faculty advisor. Our students’ Personal Projects run the gamut from putting on a dance performance to raise money for the school to designing and selling t-shirts to designing a healthy cookbook. I love that our school has this now, because the Personal Project celebrates the joy of learning rather than adding yet another standardized test.¬†I’m advising a wonderful 10th grade girl who is…

  • appetite

    cooking more with less

    Lately, my favorite way to cook is evolving in the same way as my favorite way to teach: doing more with less. Instead of plotting five recipes with ingredients that can’t be used in more than one recipe, I’m streamlining my cooking process to make the most of what I have on hand. I’m also building up my pantry with staple ingredients and making sure to have fresh produce that can be used in multiple meals. Some of my favorite ingredients to keep around the kitchen are: – protein: eggs, tofu, tempeh, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, Wild Planet tuna, Cento tuna, sardine fillets – grains: Seeds of Change…

  • appetite

    Del Frisco’s Steakhouse

    Today I attended a complimentary lunch provided for for¬†Blog and Tweet Boston¬†by¬†Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, an upscale¬†steakhouse located on Liberty Wharf in the Seaport District close to Jerry Remy’s, 75 on Liberty Wharf, and Tezmacal. For more casual occasions, there is a Del Frisco’s Grille in Chestnut Hill. Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff serving samples of the VIP cocktail (clementine-infused vodka with pineapple juice) and pomegranate martini. We ate in the Harbor Room, a sizable room ideal for engagement dinners, rehearsal dinners or private parties. I sat with Jess, Erin, Liz, Jen, Jill, Tali, and Semirah. We got to try a wide variety of the Del…

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