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I’m thrilled to be writing this on day in which it truly feels like May. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s time for me to go over my favorites from last month. I don’t have many to share this time, but I do have a few gems that I loved in the month of April.

 

FUN TEACHERY STUFF

I recently jumped onto the whole letterboard trend thanks to the clearance section at T.J. Maxx. I love that the one I found is built like a picture frame, so I can prop it up on my desk and move it around later if need be. I’m a proud Hufflepuff, so this is one of the first quotes I shared on Instagram:

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Do you ever hear an older song you like on the radio and suddenly wonder why you’ve never added it to your collection? That happened to me last week with Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark, and I’ve been playing it on repeat ever since. I know that not everyone is a fan of “the boss”, but I enjoy his lyrics and his focus on the working class life.

I’ve mentioned Classical MPR’s Youtube Channel before, and they continue to post awesome playlists and other music-related content. As a Beethoven fan, I loved their most recent compilation, which is posted below. I like to put these playlists on while I’m finishing up tedious office tasks that would otherwise make me want to shove my computer off a cliff.

 

LITERATURE

I’ve been engrossed in a book by Susan Cain titled Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. I am (by my own account) on the extreme end of the introvert scale. So I relate strongly to this book. Susan discusses the research and psychology behind introverts, and why introverts should value and embrace their unique strengths.

I wish I could add this to a required reading list for undergrads majoring in education. I’m extremely concerned with how introverted children are viewed by society as a whole. I find that most people view introversion as something that needs to be fixed, which is deeply disturbing to me. As the saying goes, it takes all kinds of people to make the world go round; that includes introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between!