Perfect 10

Walking into the building today, I realized that this is my tenth “first day” as a teacher, and I’m still just as nervous as always! But once the day was said and done, I have one of the most positive outlooks on the year than I ever have before. Thanks to my inspirational colleagues Megan and Dianna.
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The bird’s the word!

Well here I sit at the kitchen table, debating in my head over how to reflect upon #tmc14 (that’s Twitter Math Camp…and yes we saw ACTUAL people AND they like math!).  After reading Justin Aion‘s Twordle post and giving it a go myself, inspiration hit.  How do I use social media?

Facebook is my family/friends connection, “social research” location, and how I communicate with my Thirty-One sisters and run my business.  That was easy.

Instagram became my go to for cute dogs, food porn, and workout inspiration.

Pinterest became an obsession that turned out more “Pinterest-Fails” than anything else.  So now it is my go to for creative ideas.

Then there’s Twitter.  My very first post:

2014 twitter first tweet

I clearly had no idea what I was getting into!  I jumped into following all the celebrities (who doesn’t want to know what Conan O’Brien is up to these days?!), news affiliates, and the few actual people I knew on Twitter.  My Twordle of all my tweets is clearly evident of what I did the most of:

2014 Twitter Wordle

I obviously posted a lot of original content to Twitter over the last few years.  But if I remove that outlier (based on observation, not actual data), it looks more like this:

2014 twitter wordle no RT


(Did you know that @veganmathbeagle changed her name multiple times?)  Aside from retweeting, I used Twitter to communicate with my student aids, share random facts, and communicate with those I already talked to in real-life.

Being new to the Twitter Math Blogosphere, and exposed to alternate uses of Twitter, I suspect my Twordle will be greatly different in the years to come. Thank you for the inspiration and focus you have all provided me during TMC14.  I will use what I have learned as a jumping point, into the shallow end of the pool, I’ve learned that I can’t swim well enough to stick it out in the deep end.  I will slowly doggy paddle my way out into the depths, ever expanding my resources, connections, and viewpoints of how to improve upon my classroom abilities.  This is not to say that I will outright stop RT punny jokes 🙂

-T 🙂


Well tomorrow is the start of a new trimester of teaching.  You would think after 9 years of teaching the ‘first days’ wouldn’t give me the butterflies, but it does.  Maybe it’s my fear of the unknown.  Maybe it’s not wanting to have change, after all I did get used to the antics of my freshman class.  But  always get this feeling knotted up in my guts the night before a new trimester…all 27 “night befores” I’ve had in my career…not to mention the years I was actually a student!

But by this time tomorrow, I will be reflecting on how exciting the change is.  How refreshing it is to see new ideas from new students.  How there is the hope that we can create another successful learning environment in the classroom.  

I guess as I sit here and type this, I really just need to learn how to replace fear with hope.  Just thinking about it now seems to be helping.  So if you have suggestions on how to “out with the bad, in with the good” feelings, please share.  🙂


Teresa 🙂

Facebook Fun

I used to go Black Friday shopping at the crack of dawn just for the rush of getting an exclusive deal that I would never think of purchasing any other time of the year.  Now that stores are opting to open on Thanksgiving, that rush is gone.  No longer are the days of standing in long lines in the MN cold  waiting in anticipation to get my hands on the items that await for me inside.  

And after talking with others, they too feel this retail frustration.  Now as I type this we are definitely beyond the holidays (unless you go all out for Valentine’s Day), but I wanted to bring that joy to those that I could.  So in a true “first come first served” style I ran a sale in my closed Facebook group for my direct sales business with Thirty-One Gifts.  With over 30 ladies actively online during the hour long free-for-all, things moved quickly.  Pictures of items that were for sale from my private stock were posted and within seconds guests were virtually shouting, “MINE!!”  The hour went by like a blur with notifications dinging and side comments bursting onto my computer screen; it was hard to keep up with the frenzy!  

All this reminded me of that feeling that would swell up inside me on those cold, sleep deprived mornings.  This time however I was able to sit in my PJs, sipping on a beverage of choice, and letting the virtual interactions take over without needing to hunt for parking.  

Happy Groundhog Eve-Day 🙂

T 🙂