Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Chicago



This past weekend, I went to Chicago for a work conference. I have become really involved in the teacher's union and so the whole conference was about that. It was a really good conference that caused me to think about how long I will stay in the classroom. It's a hard thing for me to think about, but I do think I have a lot to offer the education system outside of the classroom.

We didn't have a ton of time to explore, but I took full advantage. One of my favorite things to do is to explore a city alone. It's the introvert in me, and it also reminds me of my dream to move to Boston alone!
I found an Eloquii store (plus size clothing), which I was very excited about because they don't have one in Utah.  I also stopped by their Forever 21 because it has one of the biggest plus size collections, it was most of the second floor which was great.

St Patricks day was so fun to celebrate! The river really is neon, I had actually thought they already dyed it the day before because naturally it just has a green tint to it, but nooo.



This conference was really empowering, especially since West Virginia teachers just won their strike! Teachers need to advocate for themselves and not be afraid. Kudos to them and all who walked the picket lines.

I should have had someone take a picture of me instead of this crappy elevator selfie, but I was feeling my oats on St. Patrick's Day! My makeup was like sooo good for once.

This was for sure a highlight of the trip, we had a free Saturday night so I dragged some other teachers to see Hamilton with me. It was so amazing! I would highly recommend it!




Guys, I need to go back to Chicago with Mark, AKA Chef Boyardee, because the food was MAJORLY disappointing! We ate at Pizano's for deep dish and I found it pretty gross, I only ate a few bites of my pizza. Then we went to a popular place for hot dogs and not only was my hot dog SO soggy, but we waited almost two hours! Boo! 









Some fun highlights of the trip were
  • Our ├╝ber drive on the way to the airport was trying so hard to get us to take a detour and go eat Polish food at this grocery store. We also got the private Polish tour of Chicago! Haha
  • It's very funny to hang out with the people you work with professionally because you see a whole new side to them!
  • Per diem. Every work trip I have gone on they always give me way too freaking much, and I am NOT complaining. #shopping 
  • Since they gave me so much per diem, I tipped everyone. Maid, luggage guy, uber guy, I feel so baller just handing stacks of cash to everyone!
  • Having your own hotel room, eating the stuff from the mini fridge that later turned out to be $24 dollars, and watching TRADING. SPACES.
  • Only gaining .08 pounds despite completely going off my healthy eating train. I did however notice that I was not hungry for every meal, and that to me meant progress!
Overall, this weekend was really exhausting but also recharging in a weird way. I had a little bit of a breakdown yesterday because I just feel very inadequate in my classroom right now. I hated my last unit, and I don't feel like a very good teacher right now. I don't really have a direction of where I want to take my career, and I think it's important to stay in the classroom for a while if you want to do something else in education, but I'm very burned out. Especially around end of term, every student and parent needs me, everything is my fault, and I have to face failing students which is not fun. If you are a teacher and have any words of advice or encouragement, I'd love to hear them! I am trying to focus on the positive, like how much I love my students this year, and how lucky I am to be at my school, and all of that. 
As I'm typing this, I'm realizing that it's March, aka teacher death month, and I should give myself some credit. :) 
Thanks to the Education Association (union) for sending me on this trip! It was so inspiring.
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