The second episode of my knitting podcast is up! Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/WLV4wHIIPBg

I’ve been trying to get into the local school board since graduating with my BEd. in 2015 with no luck.

The first time I applied, I didn’t hear anything.

The second time, I was granted an interview, but did not get hired.

This year, I was granted an interview, I ROCKED it, and was offered a position! YAY!

This will make things much easier for me because 1) the schools are closer to me, so less driving and 2) I know many teachers in this school board, so getting work should be a bit easier.

I’m going to stay on with both school boards, because I plan to continue to do the occasional teacher thing for at least the first semester of this school year. That will give me some time to get acquainted more with the local school board. I hope it will also allow me to get more consistent work.

I most likely won’t be posting much about work at all on this blog, except for general things like this post. If you’re interested in reading more about my teaching experiences, please join me on my other blog called Joyous Understanding  or follow my teaching Twitter account (@MsAGilbert).

It’s such a relief to be work in our home town again!

After my short video blog last month, I’ve decided to make it a regular thing and have posted my first episode of my very own knitting podcast!

It’s called Knit 1 Breath 2 for the simple reason that I have used knitting as a relaxation technique for 10 years now.

Each episode will general follow the same format:

  • Intro (will include some sort of personal anecdote)
  • Finished Objects (things I’ve knit since last time)
  • Works in Progress (things I’m working on, or will be shortly)
  • Stash Enhancements (stuff I’ve bought for knitting)
  • Breathe 2 (a tip about reducing stress/anxiety)

I hope you’ll join me! Here’s Episode 1:

Show notes:

Patterns
Yoga Socks for the Lounger by Sybil R.
Miso shawl by Ambah O’Brien

Indie Dyers
OldOakYarns
TheLovingPath

Meditation Aps
Stop, Breath, Think
Insight Timer

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Ramping Up Summer

Summers at home with the boys have basically been a free-for-all, trying-not-to-kill-each-other, kind of experience. This year, inspired by Nicole & Maggie’s recent post, I’m trying something different.

It’s called STRUCTURE.

My boys need it, especially since they’ll both be in school come September (E will be going into grade 2, C into junior kindergarten). BUH-BYE super expensive daycare!

E has two weeks of summer camps (first one is science/multi-sport, second is outdoor/nature-based), and will be home otherwise. C will be at daycare Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and home otherwise. We will also be going away in mid-July to visit my family in Alberta.

So, here are my rough thoughts so far:

For E (between grade 1 and 2)

  • Reading time each day (15-30min?)
  • Writing practice each day (1-2 workbook pages)
  • Learning piano with me M/W/F (15-30min?)
  • Math practice on T/Th (1-2 workbook pages)
  • Weekly journal entry
  • Other educational activities: puzzle books (he likes word searches and mazes), electronics and robotics kits, flying drone
  • Video game time and unstructured play-time of course (board/card games, lego, etc).
  • Summer goals: learning to ride a 2-wheel bike; learning to knit

C loves doing homework when E does, so hopefully this will work. I have a couple pre-K workbook, so he’ll work on:

  • Letters
  • Numbers
  • Reading time
  • Other educational activities: puzzles, his codeapillar, colouring
  • He’ll also get screen time & unstructured playtime
  • Summer goals: writing his name legibly; not drive me insane!

For both (T/Th):

  • Soccer practice
  • Arts & crafts
  • Field trips!
  • LOTS of outdoor time/exploration

Any thoughts or suggestions for kids that are 3.5 and 6.5 years old? What are you doing with your kids this summer?

 

 

Knitting Bucket List

Though I’ve been knitting for 10 years now, I’ve gotten seriously obsessed with it these past few months. It’s what I love to do with my spare time. And not just the act of knitting, but looking at yarn, researching patterns, watching knitting podcasts, planning gifts, and thinking about how I can take my hobby to another level.

Besides simple hats for the kids and scarf for DH, I don’t really give away hand-made knits as gifts because I never thought I was good enough. But that’s changed this year. I plan on making something for my mother-in-law, a much nicer scarf for DH, and socks for the boys.

Some other things on my knitting bucket list are:

  • Learning new techniques like
    • Cables (I’ve heard these aren’t so hard, but I still haven’t done them)
    • Fair Isle colour-work
    • Knitting styles (continental, flicking, etc)
  • Projects
    • Adult sweater
    • fingered/less gloves/mittens
  • Dying yarn
  • Spinning yarn
  • Creating a pattern
  • Sewing project bags (not knitting, but FOR knitting)
  • Attending a knitting retreat

I’m sure this list will grow the more I learn about knitting!

What are you obsessed with lately? What do you spend your free-time doing?

Moving Target

I became a certified high school teacher two years ago, and I’m a couple weeks away from completing my first year of teaching in the public school system. I started the year with a long-term occasional position, where I was teaching grade 11 and 12 physics. Three months in, for many different reasons I won’t get into here, I went on a medical leave. Since returning to work, I have been a daily occasional teacher.

There have been things I’ve absolutely loved about this work, and things I’ve absolutely hated.

The nice thing about being an occasional teacher (long- or short-term) is being able to “test the waters”. I’ve taught in many different schools, grade levels, and subject areas. And, since I’ve been hired by one school board, I have job security. That means I have the ability to take the time to find what gives me the most joy and satisfaction before looking at more permanent job options.

Just recently I’ve applied to another school board (the one I’m in), a part-time professor position at a college, and a full-time professor (teaching) position at the same college.

I realize that DH’s full-time, permanent, well-paying job gives me the privilege to be able to do this, so I’m grateful that I’m able to explore these opportunities as I try to hit the forever-moving target of my “ideal” career (is there such a thing for me – I’m starting to realize I’m someone who loves change in this part of my life).

 

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Thought I’d try something different today and do a video blog (vlog) about my most recent knitting project, the Waiting for Rain shawl. Enjoy!

Some notes:

  • The shawl is designed by Sylvia McFadden
  • I used US 5 needles
  • See my Ravelry project page for this knit here

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