My Weekend is All Booked: 3

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Researching my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay…

Today is the second in a series of posts that I am doing on creating my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay. See the first post Why The Handmaid’s Tale here.

 

Once I decided to make my handmaid costume, I knew I needed to collect some images and details. First, I looked at promotional images for the series.

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This is when I noticed that the bodice was split at the center front and that the belt was a separate piece. I decided to investigate further.

I looked for interviews with the costume designer, Ane Crabtree, and found a treasure trove of information. She’s given numerous interviews over the past 3 years. I found the ones in Atlanta Magazine and Vogue particularly helpful.

Each one of Crabtree’s choices was so purposeful. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

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Why the Handmaid’s Tale?

This post is the first part of my series about my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay. Other posts coming soon!
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Based on the amazing Season 2 promo images created by the team at Hulu with my own cosplay at the center.
I recently finished my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay and I wanted to share a little bit about the process of making it, before I reveal the full photos. Bear with me as I walk through these five posts about my cosplay. I didn’t realize how much I had to say until I was done writing them. The full costume will be posted next week sometime if you’d like to wait around until then.
Of all of the cosplays to work on, why did I choose to do the Handmaid’s Tale? Though there are a myriad of reasons, I’ll share just a few.

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My Weekend is All Booked: 2

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Book Reviews – a few children’s books

 

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Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Rating: 5/5

Another amazing children’s book! Julián is a little boy who wants to dress up like the beautiful women he sees on the train. His abuela is shocked but helps him transform into a stunning mermaid. A feel-good story about difference.

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Book Review- 180 DAYS: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents

180 Days

180 DAYS: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents

by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle

Rating: 4/5

From the publisher: “180 Days represents the collaboration of two master teachers-Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle-over an entire school year: planning, teaching, and reflecting within their own and each other’s classrooms in California and New Hampshire. Inspired by a teacher’s question, “How do you fit it all in?” they identified and prioritized the daily, essential, belief-based practices that are worth spending time on. They asked, ‘Who will these students be as readers and writers after a year under our care?'”

180 Days tracks Kittle & Gallagher’s thinking across the course of a school year, from planning, to execution, to reflection. I appreciated the way they made their thinking visible and offered ideas for why thinks worked, or didn’t.
In 180 Days, Kittle & Gallagher argue that daily reading and writing practice leads to stronger students. They achieve this by having 10 minutes dedicated to reading at the beginning of each class day, 10 minutes of daily notebook writing, a short mini lesson and then time to create for the rest of the period.
My main criticism of the book is that it relies very heavily on independent student choice, of text and assignments. For a lot of us working in education, that simply isn’t the reality.
My biggest takeaways were:

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