Classroom Furniture Ideas

“If I could buy anything…”

This is a spot for me to store links to classroom furniture and configurations. A lot of these are pipe dreams, but maybe someday they’ll be a reality.


I would love 5 of these for my classroom. Groups of 3 on either side, working toward a deep understanding of the problem at hand. The storage makes my knees weak. My students have iPads and giant binders, so this would be perfect.

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milder office

Progress Post: Career and Finances

Offer free tutoring during the summers


Write a grant proposal


Join a committee at work


Teach summer school again

5/21/2017: It seems pretty likely that I’ll do this in August. My principal approached me and asked me to apply.


Help with an LGBTQ+ group at school

5/21/2017: The current adviser is retiring, so I should ask around about this soon.


Publish some of my materials on TeachersPayTeachers


Go to the NW conference for Math Teachers again

5/21/2017: I’m going! It’s in my hometown!


Start an after school math team


Pay off $25,000 of my student loans


Save $5,000 toward tiny home construction

Progress Post: Media and Games

Finish Stephen’s Sausage Roll

5/21/2017: I am so stuck. So stuck.


Finish Far from the Tree


Reread all of Harry Potter


Go to 10 concerts

5/21/2017: I went to an outdoor funk show on 5/20/2017 with a friend from out of town. It was nice to go to a concert where the point was to just chill. No singing along or anything that I’m used to.


Read The Lord of the Rings series


Read the OBOB books for one year

5/21/2017: Three of my coworkers want to do this with me this summer ūüėÄ


Reread my favorite children’s book, The Secret Garden

5/21/2017: I’m a few chapters in and kind of meh about this goal. :/


Watch Mad Men


Read through Obama’s recommended authors


Read Leaders Eat Last


Play through Portal


Start a board game meetup in my town

5/21/2017: I happened upon a pretty great board game meetup. I’ve joined in on the hosting cycle. Good enough for now?

Progress Post: Mind and Body

Run a half marathon


Lose 50 pounds (that would bring me down to 175)


Pass the Goethe-Zerifikat B1 level exam for German


Apply to teach English in Austria


Become an APO LEADS presenter

5/21/2017: I just registered for the National Volunteer Conference, where I will receive training for this. It’ll be in July in Texas.


Try blues dancing


Try ballroom dancing again


Learn Spanish

5/21/2017: So far I’ve been leaning on Duolingo, which has been surprisingly helpful. For a free program, it’s been really good¬†for vocabulary retention. I’m at “22% fluent” in their program. Once I get to 50% or so, I’ll look into community college classes.


Finish the exercises in my  Modern Algebra book


Take the math GRE


Go fully vegetarian


Do NaNoWriMo

Progress Post: Travelling and Outdoors

Visit the East Cost of the U.S.


Go on a solo road trip for a week

5/21/2017: I’m saving up money for this currently. I’ve got $500 set aside. I might just do a West Coast tour this time. I’m also looking at the Amtrak options – there’s a train to NYC for $282…


Go on a road trip with a friend


Visit Europe


Go hike-in camping


Visit the southern Oregon coast


Go to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival again


Hike at Crater Lake


Learn to swim


Try skiing

Progress Post: Crafting and Creativity

Finish my Settlers of Catan blanket

5/21/2017: I’ve found the pieces. I finished the inner portion (wheat, wood, sheep, brick, ore) over a year ago. I’m thinking about how I want the sea to look. I might make more hexagons or I might just do a strange round. I also have to sew the pieces together and haven’t quite decided on the color and method for that either. I hope to finish it by July.


Finish my ugly/scrap blanket

5/21/2017: I dug it out of my boxes! It’s now sitting in a bin next to the couch. It’ll be my Netflix binge-buddy until it’s big enough to cover two people. I hope to finish by December.


Do a full-size watercolor (20 inches by 24 inches or something)


Make a t-shirt blanket

5/21/2017: The t-shirts are sitting in a bag. I took a sewing class in January, so I now know how to use my machine. This is on the July to-do list.


Open an Etsy shop

5/21/2017: Woof. I don’t even have anything I could think of being worthy to sell. My current focus is on getting back into practice. My crochet stitches are sloppy.


Sell crafted goods at a local market

5/21/2017: I visited the Saturday market in my new town a week ago. At first glance, it seems bustling and the right venue for me. Like the Etsy shop, I need some time. I don’t have things to sell, so I’ll aim for next Spring or Summer.


Perform something again (dance, uke, etc.)

5/21/2017: I pulled out my clarinet and WOOF. It is a mess. I contacted my local music store to see about repairs. I’ll be taking it in this week or next. I talked to a colleague about community bands, and there’s one that practices right where I work! She said that they take all levels and there’s drop-in summer performances.


Make a dress


Make curtains


Take a pottery class


Take a cooking class


Donate crocheted hats and gloves during the winter

 

Before 30

I’m in the second half of my 3rd decade. If I’m lucky, I’ll have 8 decades. Maybe 9 or 10 if I have the hardy genes of great-grandmothers on both sides of my family. That’s a huge chunk that’s already over. I do realize, however, that 2 of those decades were largely reliant on my family. If I look at it that way, I’ve had about 5 years that are a result of my own decisions.

In the last 5 years, I have…

  • moved 12 times
  • dated 9 people (3 seriously)
  • had 4 part-time jobs, 1 full-time
  • had 1 small car accident
  • graduated from college 2 times
  • bought 1 car
  • lived in 1 city
  • visited Canada once
  • attended a dozenish conferences
  • traveled to 4 states

This list could be anybody. I couldn’t come up with anything ultimately defining about this time. Looking back in 20 years, I think these are the only things that will come to mind. With this in mind, I’m looking to the next 5 years. Between 20 and 30, many of my friends will have married, had children, and bought mid-sized houses. None of those things sound appealing to me. So what will be defining about my life before 30? I have 56 months left. I’d like to outline here a list of 56 things that I want to do in that time.

Crafting and Creativity (12)

  • Finish my Settlers of Catan blanket
  • Finish my ugly/scrap blanket
  • Do a full-size watercolor (20 inches by 24 inches or something)
  • Make a t-shirt blanket
  • Open an Etsy shop
  • Sell crafted goods at a local market
  • Perform something again (dance, uke, etc.)
  • Make a dress
  • Make curtains
  • Take a pottery class
  • Take a cooking class
  • Donate crocheted hats and gloves during the winter

Travelling and Outdoors (10)

  • Visit the East Cost of the U.S.
  • Go on a solo road trip for a week
  • Go on a road trip with a friend
  • Visit Europe
  • Go hike-in camping
  • Visit the southern Oregon coast
  • Go to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival again
  • Hike at Crater Lake
  • Learn to swim
  • Try skiing

Mind and Body (12)

  • Run a half marathon
  • Lose 50 pounds (that would bring me down to 175)
  • Pass the Goethe-Zerifikat B1 level exam for German
  • Apply to teach English in Austria
  • Become an APO LEADS presenter
  • Try¬†blues dancing
  • Try ballroom dancing again
  • Learn Spanish
  • Finish the exercises in my ¬†Modern Algebra book
  • Take the math GRE
  • Go fully vegetarian
  • Do NaNoWriMo

Media and Games (12)

  • Finish Stephen’s Sausage Roll
  • Finish Far from the Tree
  • Reread all of Harry Potter
  • Go to 10 concerts
  • Read The Lord of the Rings series
  • Read the OBOB books for one year
  • Reread my favorite children’s book, The Secret Garden
  • Watch Mad Men
  • Read through Obama’s recommended authors
  • Read Leaders Eat Last
  • Play through Portal
  • Start a board game meetup in my town

Career and Finances (10)

  • Offer free tutoring during the summers
  • Write a grant proposal
  • Join a committee at work
  • Teach summer school again
  • Help with an LGBTQ+ group at school
  • Publish some of my materials on TeachersPayTeachers
  • Go to the NW conference for Math Teachers again
  • Start an after school math team
  • Pay off $25,000 of my student loans
  • Save $5,000 toward tiny home construction

Some of these things are things I’ve never done before and some are repeats of experiences I enjoyed. Some items are very, very big. A few of these I could tackle this week. The idea is to come back to this list at least once a month and see what I’ve done to make my life align with my goals over the next 5ish years.

If you want to help me with any of these things, even if that’s just being my accountability buddy who checks in on me, please comment!

UPDATE: Progress posts on each of these are live! Look for specific updates by following each section’s link. As I finish things, I’ll cross them out on the main post as well.