Tag Archives: students

The lucky one

27 Jan

This, my friends, is my lucky dress.

There’s nothing particularly special about it, besides the fact that I wore it on the first day of school this year.

The first day of school was also the same day my 5th graders walked in my meticulously decorated room, sat down in their assigned seats, and hardly whispered a single word to one another, let alone me.  Awkward doesn’t even begin to describe the initial interactions those first few days of school.

Let’s fast forward 5 months, okay?  Now, I can’t get those stinkers to stop talking for TWO SECONDS.  And, I’ve become that teacher.  You know, the one that kids can get to go down rabbit trails if they ask juuuust the right question.

Not to mention that we have approximately 1,768 ridiculous inside jokes.

So anyway, this is my lucky dress.  Because I’m pretty convinced it started me off on, quite possibly, the best (and craziest) year of my life.

Initial awkwardness included.

{golden sweater: Target} {striped dress: Francesca’s}  {mint green tights: American Apparel} {multi-colored leather woven belt: thrifted} {golden wedges: Target} {green shell earrings: F21} {rose gold watch: Michael Kors}  {heart pendant: Urban Outfitters}

See these pieces restyled here (click photo to see post):



They found me!

20 Jan

Yesterday during writing, I was introducing my students to putting dialogue in their personal narratives*.

I mentioned that, occasionally, I like to add dialogue to my writing.  It helps break up chunks of narrative, breathe life into a dull story, deepens character development, etc.  As I was waxing poetic about dialogue, one of my students shot her hand up into the air, and had the sliest of smirks on her cute little face.

“Yes, dear?”

“Miss B, do you like to put dialogue into your writing…like on your BLOG?”  she asked, wide-eyed and smirking ear to ear.

I responded confusedly, as kids begin to whisper around us, “um, sure, just like when I write on my blog!”

She responds, whispering, “I know, Miss B.  I found it.”

“Ohh, that’s weird.  Back to the PowerPoint!” I quickly changed subjects.

She just wouldn’t let it go, and interrupted me, saying, “I’ve read every single post!”

Oh, dear god.

“You have?  Really?  There’s some terrible ones on there…ha!” I mutter, beginning to sweat like a child who’s been caught.

Perhaps, perhaps, perrrrhaps Miss B”.

Oh, dear god.

*Side note: have you ever realized how many rules there are to writing dialogue?  It’s a bit nightmareish for 25-years-olds, let alone 10-year-olds.  

{cobalt blazer: F21} {black skirt: F21 via thrift }  {golden tank: Gap} {red patterned belt: thrifted} {red suede wedges: Target} {black opaque tights: I forgot!} {rose gold watch: Michael Kors}  {arrowhead red earrings: F21}

See these pieces restyled here (click photo to see post):


That’s a wrap!

31 Dec

Boy, oh boy, what a year 2011 has been, am I right?!  Some majorly, crazy things happened this year, as per usual.  Of course, there were the shoddy lows and heartbreaks, all of which molded me into an even better person, balanced out by the glorious highs and challenging life experiences.

Most importantly, I fulfilled my childhood dream and got a real deal, big-girl job teaching 5th grade.

Then I started this blog as a silly hobby, you know, a way to document my obscure and bizarre fashion as an educator.  Please don’t go back and read my first post; it’s disgustingly embarrassing!

And frankly?  Teaching is the single best thing that has ever happened to me.  I hope to do it for as many years as they’ll have me.  As for blogging, this “silly hobby” has turned into something much deeper and more meaningful to me than you dedicated folks will ever know.  I am loving every minute of it.  Seriously, thanks for consistently reading my musings and saying insanely nice things.  This blog would be super lame without all of you guys!

So, from my students who make this teacher tick, to my readers who, for some reason, keep coming back, I am so darned grateful and love each and every one of you.

Can we please keep this going in 2012?

Here’s your favorite posts of the year, as voted by the ever-reliable statistics counter:



Oh, and since this post was kinda sappy, please go watch this and laugh until you cry.

What you missed this week: embracing dirty hair, cool weather, and jeggings.

10 Sep

Student:  Miss B.  It’s going to be a great day.

Me:  Why do you say that?  You have fun plans tonight?

Student:  Nope.

Me: Oh. Did you have a great morning or something?

Student:  Nope.

Me:  Well.  Why is it going to be a great day?

Student:  You know those days, when you just KNOW it’s going to be a great day?!  Yeah.  It’s like that.

Cue heart melt here.


Did you miss out on some Chic Teach shenanigans this week?  Don’t worry!  I woke up bright and early just to fill you in on the highlights (kind of a white lie.  I’m really going to an all day teacher training).

We discussed how to be incredibly lazy and still look incredibly good.

And then the weather in Missouri made a mad shift to sub freezing (hyperbole)!!

Finally, I wore jeans to work TWO DAYS IN A ROW and relished the small delights of teacherhood.


Have the most lovely of weekends, and thank you for spending a chunk of your morning with me.


And if you’re feeling generous? Please send more coffee.