Wednesday, May 18, 2011

you don't have a clue

...who you impact.

i just received an email notifying me of a facebook message that was sent. i looked down and saw the name from the sender. nothing really rang a bell at first glance. then, when i opened my facebook, i read it and was brought to tears. you know: those big, crocodile ones that seem to well faster than "normal ones." it was from a student at my school who had found me on facebook. she isn't one of my students, but last week, she had been placed in my room for the Algebra End of Course exam (EOC). this is what she had to say:

Dear Miss Simmons,
I know that you don't have me, and that you probably don't have any clue who I am, but I just wanted to let you know that I was in your class for the EOC and I think you're pretty amazing. You make me just want to go outside and stop time. Prove the impossible. Even just when I pass you in the hallways, it's enough for me to want to belt it out to the world. So, yeah. That's about all I wanted to say. And that I think you're an awesome teacher as well. Many of my friends have and love you. Thank you for making such a difference in their lives and in the school overall.

i didn't have a clue.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

a very sunny, very girly mix

hello, my frens.
last weekend kind of freaked me out with all the cool weather. i just ended up piling on the blankets because i REFUSED to put on my heat. May needs to get with the program. today was very gorgeous outside with just the right dose of breeziness. i was actually team teaching at the high school today because the 10th grade english teacher and i wanted to collaborate, so i could see where the 10th graders were (to plan for next year. she is coming to team teach with me on thursday, so she can see what she is getting next year. this was the best idea ever, by the way.) besides 16-year-olds, she has something that i do not...WINDOWS. i basically teach in a sunless cave all day and never know what the weather is like. today, i knew at all times, and it was so refreshing. SO refreshing that i decided to make a playlist dedicated to beautiful days like this one. i have been trying to nail down a groovy, girl-friendly mix for some time now, and today, armed with sunny inspiration, i took care of business. this is what i ended up with and can honestly say: i'm kind of a smitten kitten. so far, this mix has been good for baking/cleaning in the apt or driving around with oversized shades on.

  1. "Tenderness" by General Public
  2. "Someone Great" by LCD Soundsystem
  3. "Natural's Not In It" by Gang of Four
  4. "Dare" by Gorillaz
  5. "They" by Jem
  6. "The Owls Go" by Architecture in Helsinki
  7. "When I Grow Up" by Garbage
  8. "She Doesn't Get It" by The Format
  9. "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown
  10. "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John (given)
  11. "Honey" by Mariah Carey
  12. "Fruit Machine" by The Ting Tings
  13. "Doo Wop(That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill
  14. "Beautiful Trash" by Lanu
  15. "Cosy in the Rocket" by Psapp
  16. "Doing it Right" by The Go! Team
  17. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" by Cake (given)
  18. "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson
  19. "Gobbledigook" by Sigur Ros
  20. "Talking Out Louds" by Page France
so, kids, what've you been listening to lately? make your own playlist and be sure to share :)


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

my relaxing playlist

'ello, muh sweets.
what a lovely week it has been. there is nothing really wacky to report. for me, it has been all wonderful, so i am going to forgo the "wacky and wonderful" and share with you a mix i concocted. i made this relaxing playlist last week when the weather was unfriendly and enjoyed it so much that i have been listening to it in the sun rays this week. isn't music funny like that? i mean...this got me through storms and grey skies but is turning around and having the same effect on me with sunshine and blue skies. has music ever done that to you?

.a  r e l a x i n g  mix by the lady.
  1.  "Go do" by Jonsi
  2.  "Your Ex Lover is Dead" by Stars
  3.  "Clementine" by Sarah Jaffe
  4.  "Little Garcon" by Born Ruffians
  5.  "Awake my Soul" by Mumford and Sons
  6.  "Within the Rose" by Matthew and the Atlas
  7.  "Poison and Wine" by the Civil Wars
  8.  "Trois Gymnopedies" by Erik Satie
  9.  "Eat, Sleep, Repeat" by Copeland
  10.  "This Is Why We Fight" by the Decemberists
  11.  "Avril 14th" by Aphex Twin
  12.  "Good Friday" by Coco Rosie
  13.  "Plus Je T'Embrasse" by Blossom Dearie
  14.  "Carry Me Ohio" by Sun Kil Moon
  15.  "Swarming" by Efterklang
what are you listening to now, my loves? i would enjoy hearing some of your suggestions for new music, for i am always on the prowl for fresh tunes. anything you can't stop listening to?

this has been a fun one to bounce around to when the weather is nice:

ha. my students love when i play this song for them. they either call it "that sleepy song" or "that chipmunk song"... :)

hope you are having the loveliest of weeks. it is teacher appreciation week. (so, if you can read this, thank a teacher...not necessarily me. ha.)