About Linda Darcy

Linda left the classroom after 16 years as a secondary World Language Teacher in the Hartford region. She has served in several leadership positions, always with a focus on teacher professional learning. Through an eclectic selection of professional experience and trainings, Linda has honed her skills as an instructional coach, curriculum writer and national presenter. Her areas of expertise include Curriculum and Instructional Design, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Social-Emotional Learning, Instructional Coaching, Adult Learning and Language Acquisition Pedagogy. She has presented at national conferences such as the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Phi Delta Kappa’s Conference for Future Educators, and the Learning Forward National Conference on the topics of professional learning systems, teacher retention and motivating learners. She is currently studying for her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Connecticut. Her primary areas of research include culturally relevant pedagogy, teacher retention and urban education.

I think the chart below pretty well sums up my first week back in the classroom:

Day of the Week Wardrobe Sleep Pattern
Monday Navy blue pants Suit and navy pumps 5:00 AM – Alarm goes off and I  enthusiastically get out of bed to start my day.

3:30 PM – I’m home and spend the next few hours in an incredulous fugue state . . . I may drift off here and there.

8:30 PM- in bed and out like a light.

Tuesday Black dress pants slacks, a nice blouse, and black pumps. 5:00 AM – Alarm goes off.

4:00 PM – Afternoon nap

9:15  PM- Asleep on couch

Wednesday Black slacks, oxford shirt and black booties. However, I taught the last two classes in my stocking feet. 5:00 AM – Alarm goes off.

5:09 AM – Alarm goes off.

5:18 AM – Alarm goes off and I get out of bed.

4:00 PM – 45-minute nap

9:30 PM- bedtime!

Thursday Khakis, a sweater, and flats. 5:00 AM – Alarm goes off.

No afternoon nap!

Asleep on the couch at 8:45 PM

Friday Khakis, polo shirt, and sneakers. 5:00 AM – Alarm goes off.Although I want to hit snooze, I need to get to school as soon as I can to finish prepping for the day . . . including getting to the copier before it breaks down.

8:00 PM – tried to watch a movie, but out like a light.

Saturday PJs 6:00 AM  – alarm, hit snooze.

6:09 AM  – I drag my happy butt out of bed to go to a Weight Watchers meeting.

6:45 AM  – Weigh in at WW . . . how did I gain 2 pounds? I did nothing but work and sleep. I had four meals all week!

8:00 PM  – return home . . . spent the rest of the day on the couch, in and out of consciousness. Watched the same episode of Gilmore Girls 6 times.

Next up? I have not only encountered the water bottle flip challenge, but I have perfected it.

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