Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tracking my clothing - March 29 SOL

It's Tuesday and time for Slice of Life! Thanks so much to the entire crew at Two Writing Teachers for  hosting this group the entire month of March, and then again, every Tuesday!

As I continue to tap into "joy" as the motivation for my writing, I am also tracking the territories about which I tend to write (and sometimes intertwine). Current writing territories are teaching, family, friends, travel, working with a personal trainer, the quirks of being me. And this post is most definitely about one of my quirks!!!

Many educators have concerns about how best to support children, others have concerns about how best to support adult learners, everyone cares about the well-being of their children (personal families and school communities). Me... I worry about not wearing the same outfit multiple times in the two weeks I am in a building.

Okay, yes, I do worry about supporting young learners, supporting adult learners, and the well-being of my family and friends, but a new issued cropped up when I began my literacy coaching position last year. I noticed that coaching in four different buildings has provided some wardrobe challenges for me.

I realize that this is totally a first-world problem, but a problem nonetheless, and one I have worked to solve. Last year was difficult when I rotated every three weeks to a new building, but this year got very complicated when we adopted a slightly more flexible schedule - 2 week rotations between the four buildings, but this year we can offer PD/ release time/ planning for teachers at a time that best meets their needs, which may or may not fall within the assigned two week cycle. How could I possibly keep track of which buildings had seen which outfits?!

Now, I can imagine some of you are snickering, but when your wardrobe consists of a great deal of black, white, and gray, as mine does, it is sometimes difficult to remember which black, white, or gray combination I put on last.

So my solution - a wardrobe notebook/log. When I shared this with educator friends recently, there was a great deal of laughter. But when they realized I was talking about just 10 days worth of outfits - combinations that were enough different that it didn't look as if I had come to school in the same outfit 2 days in a row - ok, they still laughed...

But, in case you were wondering, the system is working. The wardrobe notebook/log helps track what I've worn in a 2 week cycle and what buildings I was in within that cycle. Does it make me a better literacy coach? Nope. Does it make me happy? Yep.

Hope you have a great week. Happy Slice of Life Tuesday!


  1. This is just making me smile. You are too cute. I don't know if I would notice what you wore each visit but would just be happy to have you.

  2. I once read a book by a music teacher who kept index cards on her hangers and dated it each time she wore an outfit. My method of clothing rotation is having an outfit in the wash for the first week, then hung up to dry and left on the drying rack for the second. ;)

  3. I giggle because I have the same concerns sometimes. :) You could just snap a picture of yourself every morning too!

  4. I have had that same issue. I understand. Sounds like you've got a handle on this situation.

  5. I totally try to keep track. I should keep a notebook, but I can't do that. I put things towards the back of my closet if I should wait. The worst is when I repeat and wear the same color combination as Tammy!!! Happy is important -- don't underrate it.

  6. Karen, I am laughing but this makes so much sense. Thanks for your honesty. It was a pleasure to read.

  7. As long as it makes you happy! Generally I only wear black pants and one year the kids mentioned that they thought I only had one pair of pants. After I told them that I have multiple pairs that look the same they were relieved. So, you are probably really impressing some kids by never repeating! They notice!

  8. So funny, Karen, but I do see your point. And if it makes you happy, that will make a better lit coach, right? FYI-I think my daughter does something similar, although she goes to the same place every day. She does wear only black, grey or white, and needs to keep track of important meetings. So, feel good, you are not alone!

  9. I enjoyed the honesty. We are multi-faceted so I'm glad you are in touch with your fashionista side.

  10. Karen,
    You may have people laughing, but I think you might be onto something. I can hardly remember what I wore yesterday. I'd be in big trouble if I could keep up with my laundry.

    Thanks for the chuckle,

  11. I am pretty sure I have a few favorites that are pulled out of the closet a little too frequently. I will try to be more creative today!

  12. I think this could be a question on our PSSA. How many different outfits can you make with the following articles of clothing? Sounds like you came up with a great strategy to solve your dilemma!