5 Random Things

March 27, 2017

1. I’m sitting here with an itchy scalp and the inside of my elbow just started to itch. And guess who is out of her meds to treat this condition?

For the record, it’s hives. And I have to take a blend of Zyrtec and Zantac for it. Yay. (I am out of the Zantac.)

2. I had a surprise observation from the coordiantor of the Honors program today for the honors course I teach. While I was slightly flustered by him initially–just because it was unexpected–I am glad he came on a day when I actually did some direct instruction instead of on a day that was reserved for work.

3. I am incredibly proud of how my daughter is handling a complicated situation. It just shows me how much she has grown in the past year.

4. All of my students were required to write and review five books this semester. In my comp 2 classes, I gave them a list of books to choose from. However, for their last book, I told them they could read whatever they want. One of my students loves reading WattPad stories, but I told her she had to pick a published book. I also told her that there are some WattPad authors who have published books outside of the website. Today, she came in super excited because she found an author with a book. The best part? The author is local and writes about places around town, including the university.

I have mentioned Serial Reader to her since she loves the way WattPad content is delivered (chapter by chapter). But I may have to show her the site.

5. I have had Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” stuck in my head all day. Here, have a listen.



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  1. angelafaulhaber

    Love these disconnected moments that make up a day! Thanks for sharing some new resources with me! And I’m not watching that video because I don’t want it stuck in my head all day!

  2. Darin Johnston

    Ah, “The Climb”. I know people love that song, but goodness, I could do without it ever being played again! 🙂 I love the random connectedness of this slice and I love the fact you assign a set number of books, but allow some choice inside of that assignment! 🙂

    Thank you for a great slice today!

  3. GirlGriot

    I like your list slice. I didn’t listen to Miley, though–don’t want to invite any earworms!

    I hope you get your meds! 🙂

    • Akilah

      Thanks! I’ll get them today.

      I forgot that the best way to cure an earworm is just to listen to it, so I finally went ahead and did that after waking up with the song in my head again.

  4. Veronica

    Yes, I love the random things, idea, too. Going to try this strategy, thank you!

  5. Kristi Lonheim (@lonheim)

    It’s fun to have students get excited about something they want to read. It’s a challenge to allow for that passion and still have them be able to practice the skills you are working on. It sounds like you found a compromise with your student.

  6. aggiekesler

    Love the randomness of the list. I’m curious what your list of books for your students were…

    • Akilah

      They are reading off the banned books list.

  7. Brian Rozinsky

    Late in the month, this reminder that there’s always something to slice about (five somethings, even) is invaluable.

  8. Ally Bean

    There’s something wonderful about having OTC meds that both start with the letter Z. I think it’s the simplicity of remembering them that appeals to my addled brain. Hope you’re doing better, less itchy– filled with Zs! 😉

  9. Aidan Burnes

    I hope your daughter gets through her complicated situation. She seems like a sweet kid.


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