For a long time I have considered if being on social media has contributed to depression. You constantly see people living such a great life. Going to exotic places, getting married, having children… then there’s me. Just trying to make it through the week and my monthly pay check. Sure I should feel “successful” I’m a teacher, I mold young minds for the future ( while losing my own mind). But why am I feeling so unfulfilled? What am I missing in life? Why do I feel like I can not quite catch my breath?
Whenever I see this picture It makes me laugh, because as an “Adult” this is how we view life sometimes. ahh…
Let me start by saying I have always been “natural” I was born and raised in Southern California where a perm/relaxer was not necessary. I never did a big chop, but I did have heat damage from pressing and flat ironing my hair. I decided to stop putting heat on my hair and jump on the band-wagon of becoming a naturalista. Only thing these YouTubers didn’t tell me was 4 out of 3 times ( yes as a teacher I did that math correctly) your hair WILL NOT come out the way you expected it to. This is stressful for someone who doesn’t have an hour and a half in the mornings to retwist/wash/detangle/ blow-dry their hair in the morning.
I started to have doubts about my choice to go natural and started reflecting on my pressed hair days Here was a wedding I attended with my hair flat ironed
I feel so attractive when my hair is pressed. There are days my hair doesn’t come out and I have cried because I was soooo frustrated with my hair. This whole “love the hair you were born with” blah blah blah, yes I get it. One should, yet I also believe do what makes you feel your best. Now as a black child of God my hair is so versatile, it can do many things. Now as a frugal educator, that comes at a price. One does not have the money to buy a plethora of products hoping they work on their hair. *side eye*
All in all I enjoy when my hair does come out, ( which isn’t often) but I do not feel as attractive with my natural hair as do when it is pressed. Unfortunately, living in south Florida doesn’t help. The humidity won’t allow my hair to be great. So I just take every day as a gift that I have hair. Help my hair Lord. lol Continue reading
Today i just really liked my outfit… bright colors is my thing. I wanted to show my 6th graders a little love today…
Once again this first week of school I did a team building activity. Students were put into groups and were to build the tallest free standing structure using just tape and 7 balloons ( I gave them each an extra balloon just in case one popped… yes they could use the extra one in their structure). I gave them 20 minutes to accomplish this project as a team! This one was just as interesting as the spaghetti and marshmallow structure project.
Try it with your class. Lot’s of fun…
Oh also I had them moan in advance about their groups… if they decided to moan after I called out the groups they would have to sit out with THEIR HEAD DOWN ( bc they obviously can’t handle being in 6th grade)… and yes I had one to moan, and yes they sat out for the entire project.
Students need to learn early to show kindness to their classmates!
It’s the first week back to school, and also my first year teaching 6th grade from the beginning of the school year. This activity I did with my students we used:
1 Marshmallow (that had to be at the top)
1yrd of masking tape-
1 yrd of yarn
The object of this project was… TEAM WORK!!!
They were suppose to build the tallest freestanding structure using those 4 materials in 18 minutes. I had to stand without falling ( which was the biggest challenge of course). I was really impressed by what they came up with.