Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What's in My Bag: Student Teaching Edition

A few weeks ago when I shared that I would be creating this series I got a few questions regarding what student teachers should bring with them on a daily basis. This is definitely a personal preference. Some people might bring more items back and forth, on a daily basis, while others will carry very few things. It also will depend on the space you are given to make your own within the classroom you are located. I was fortunate to have my own desk. My cooperating teaching was kinda enough to provide me with just about all of the supplies I needed (post it notes, pencils, pens, highlighters, notepads, paper, index cards, a clipboard, paper clips, stickers, tape, white out, binder clips, rubber bands, markers, a coffee mug, tissues, hand sanitizer, and more). I was also in a safe privileged school, so I was able to leave things on my desk without them being taken.  This meant that I didn't have to bring too many supplies back and forth with me- only the ones that I would need to complete the items on my nightly to do list. 

Let's start off with the bag. I had been looking at this tote from Madewell for several years. I always thought it would be what I would ask for as a graduation present since it didn't quite align with my college student budget.  However, a few weeks before school started J.Crew came out with their fall catalogue as well as a sale.  I found a tote even better than the transport tote I originally wanted. The All Day Tote was just screaming my name. It seemed to be similar in size to the other tote, but it had more pockets- better for organization.  I ended up getting it for about 50% off, so I decided to personalize it with my first initial.  The gold personalization and the bag tag really spice the plain black bag up. The bag itself was designed to be an everyday bag to get the working woman through an entire day (barre class all the way through lunch and the working day). This bag definitely did not disappoint me this past semester. I have gotten my money's worth and will use it throughout my teaching career. 

I typically brought two folders back and forth each day. One folder contained assignments that needed grading. Keeping them in a folder helped me prevent them from getting damaged in my bag.  The other folder contained miscellaneous items like papers that needed copied, ideas for future lessons, notes from seminar, etc. This was the first time I used filing folders as opposed to pocket folders. I actually found that the filing folders were better to use because they didn't crinkle the papers and could hold more.  I found these folders on sale at TJ Maxx before the semester started. 

I alternated between bringing my laptop and ipad.  I has access to the wifi, so I was able to bring either device.  The school I was at relied heavily on Google Drive, so I had access to all necessary documents from pretty much anywhere.  If I knew we would have the laptop cart, then I would only bring my iPad in. However, if we didn't have the laptop cart reserved then I would bring my laptop in. I found it easier to grade online assignments from my ipad, but it was easier to create assignments, lesson plans, etc. using my laptop. 

This was something I used a lot.  My agenda had a few blank pages in it, but I ran out of those pretty quickly. This notebook came to meetings, lesson planning with my cooperating teacher, home on the weekends, etc. I used it to take notes during meetings, write out daily to do lists, write reminders to myself, inspirational quotes, things my students would say that stuck with me, etc.  This notebook was the perfect size. You can find something like it at Target, Amazon, Marshalls, or TJ Maxx. 

Agenda/Plan book
I highly recommend getting an agenda to use just for the semester of student teaching. You will want something with a lot of space and multiple calendars. I used the front calendar to keep track of my personal life and the calendar before each month as one to keep track of school life (meetings, letter days, assemblies, etc.). I purchased a jumbo Lilly agenda towards the end of last year.  It gave me plenty of space and provided me with colorful inspiration on challenging days.  

Pencil Case
I brought this back and forth with me, but I mainly used it when I was grading papers or writing lesson plans outside of school.  This creme de la creme (cream of the crop) pencil case is from Anthropologie.  They don't sell this exact one anymore, but you can still find similar ones here. I always kept a few black pens, a highlighter, a pencil, eraser, paper clips, binder clips, rubber bands, white out, stickers and a packet of post-it notes inside of it. 

This one is pretty self explanatory since you shouldn't leave the house without it.  Plus you never know when you might need a few dollars to donate to whatever the cause of the month is. 

Emergency Kit
I call this pouch my emergency kit, but it's really just the random items I never know when I need.  I bring this in all of my bags.  I usually keep lotion, hair ties, a hair clip, bobby pins, lipstick, chapstick, feminine products, hand sanitizer, gum, cough drops, tissues, advil, and my inhaler in it. All of these items came in handy throughout the semester. 

Some days I needed these and others I didn't, but I always liked to keep them with me.  I found that days when I did a lot on the computer or when I was grading essays I needed them. 

Water Bottle
Water is something that I hardly ever leave the house without.  During the school day water is a necessity.  As a teacher, you talk a lot. Your throat will get dry, so you always want to make sure you have water.  I used the 32 oz. Hydroflask. It kept my water colder throughout the entire school day. I would usually try to fill this up twice from the time I woke up to the time I went to sleep. Drinking out of a water bottle consistently also helped me track how much water I was consuming. 

Travel Mug
This came to and from school with me just about everyday. Some mornings it was filled with ice/cranberry juice/orange juice, iced coffee, or hot tea. During school, my cooperating teacher would make tea so I would fill it up on chilly afternoons as a pick me up.

In case nobody has told you yet, teachers don't have much time to eat. You will want to pack your lunch to save time and to make sure you're eating healthy.  I always made sure my lunchbox was filled with a mid morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack for the hour (plus some) long drive home. My Vera Bradley Lunch Bunch Bag fit perfectly in my tote. 

Other Items:
Some other items I kept in my bag were a hair brush, my keys, pepper spray, my school ID, my ID for the school district I was in, and a charger for my laptop/ipad. 


Monday, January 16, 2017

Student Teaching Survival Guide

It's been exactly one month since I completed my last semester of student teaching.  This past semester was hands down the most tiring and rewarding one of my college career. It was filled with change and a gradual change from being a college student to almost adulting. I moved back home with my parents, in May, to save money since I knew I wouldn't be able to work enough hours to pay rent. Living at home definitely had its pros and cons. I was lucky enough to have the support of my parents after long days. However, I wasn't able to socialize quite as much, which was definitely a positive for my overall health and wealth. The weeks leading up to this past semester, I was filled with curiosity as to what student teaching would be like.  Sure I heard stories from friends who graduated the semester before, but I still wasn't 100% sure what I would be getting myself into. Because of this I thought I would put together a little survival guide for those of you who are embarking on your semester of student teaching.  This week you'll find the real truth about student teaching, how to maintain a sense of professionalism, the perfect teaching outfits, and my top tips to have a successful semester.
The view from my desk.

Time Management
Enjoy the last little bit of free time you have because once student teaching starts your free time decreases down to hardly nothing. Between creating lesson plans, attending seminar, keeping up with your assignments, getting involved in the school community, and maintaining your sanity your free time diminishes quickly. Once the semester starts, time management is crucial. Take twenty minutes each Sunday night to plan out your week (workouts, lesson planning, grading papers, doing one fun thing, sleeping, attending meetings for clubs you're still involved with, work, and completing your assignments). You won't follow this time table exactly, but it will make you feel like you have more of a grip on things during the week when you have hectic days. This sounds silly, but if you can designate a time to stop working each night to go to bed it will help you.  I tried to stop doing work by 9:30/10 each night, so that I could  be asleep by 10:30/11.  If you don't do this, then your work time will cut into the time you should be sleeping. And trust me when I say you're sleep is important.

Speaking of work time, take advantage of your free time during the school day to prepare for the following day.  This will decrease the amount of work you have to do outside of school.  You're going to have to do some work outside of school, so find a time and place that you work best.  I found that staying after school during the week to finalize lesson plans, PowerPoint's, make copies and grading worked best. This helped me feel prepared heading into the next day.  On the weekends, I designated Sunday mornings at my desk or a local coffee shop to get school work done. This prevented school from taking over my entire weekend.

Ask Questions
Unless you're extremely extroverted, you might be hesitant to ask a lot of questions.  However, you will need to push yourself to get outside of your comfort zone and learn as much as you possibly can. Asking questions is going to help you advocate for yourself, make you feel more comfortable when you're uncertain, and help you learn more about the profession.  In the beginning you'll want to ask a lot of questions in order to understand how the school and classroom operates.  Ask questions to learn how to determine if a student should get an A vs an A- if they are on the line, classroom procedures, management, behavior procedures, how to deal with certain situations, how you can improve, why certain steps are taken in a specific lesson, to learn about students' backgrounds, etc.  These questions are going to make you more knowledgeable in the long run. A good idea is to write down your questions when you think of them, and then ask your cooperating teacher at an appropriate time.  The most important question you should ask should be "is there anything I can do to help" or "is there anything I can do tonight to help prepare for tomorrow".  These two questions show that you are interested and want to take on more classroom responsibility.

Student teaching is basically a semester long interview. Take advantage of your time, and work to collaborate with the faculty in your building. You will be able to learn from these professionals and allow them to get to know you too.  If you observe other classrooms, be sure to write thank you notes to show your appreciation.  Become involved in the school if there are any opportunities to do so.  Attend parent meetings, back to school night, school concerts, etc. These show the parents that you are serious about teaching and that you care about their children.  Towards the end of the semester, try to meet with the principal to ask questions you may have.

As an education major, you should definitely be familiar with this term. It's pretty much shoved down our throats from the very first education class to the very last day of student teaching.  So this is your friendly reminder from me to also carry yourself professionally throughout student teaching. There's a number of aspects that go into this loaded word.

First, always dress professionally. I touch on this a bit below and I will in a later post, but basically make sure your attire is appropriate to your building.  This doesn't mean you have to wear business casual everyday.. take advantage of jeans Fridays, spirit days, and holidays.

Second, don't bring too much of your personal life into the school.  The students and teachers don't need to know every single thing about you and what you do on the weekends.  With the students, it's important to share some information (where you go to school, hobbies, pets, favorite colors, etc.) but know where to draw the line. The same thing applies with the staff you are interacting with. You will know how much information is too much after spending a few weeks with these people.  This will vary depending on your cooperating teacher.

Third, be kind and courteous.  Use your manners, write thank you cards, and volunteer to help those around you- it will help you get noticed too.

Fourth, be on time early. If you are on time, then you are actually late. Do your best to always show up early. I always tried to get there ten minutes earlier than I was told.  This was helpful on days when inclement weather interfered with my morning commute..even when I was "late" for me,I was actually on time.

Fifth, don't be the first one to leave school each day. If you're constantly the first one to leave, then it looks like you don't want to be there. You should be staying until your cooperating teacher leaves or tells you that you can leave. This past semester I was one of the first ones in the building, and on some days my cooperating teacher and I were one of the last ones to leave.  Putting in the hours at school made a big difference because I had less work to bring home.

I don't think I really need to say this, but make sure you attend every day. There really isn't a reason you should be missing many days during your student teaching semester.  Your university's requirements might be different, but where I attended we were able to miss up to five days for family reasons, illness, and job interviews/fairs.  I think I missed a total of one day due to a stomach bug. Your time there will go fast, and you now have teachers and students counting on you so show up regularly.

During this semester, you will most likely be required to attend weekly seminars. On top of teaching, you will be required to complete a certain number of specific assignments and case studies.  Chances are these will have due dates closer to the end of the semester. Take advantage of your free time, at the beginning of the semester.  Get these assignments completed before you take over teaching full time. Waiting to complete them last minute will just stress you out.  A lot of the assignments involve collecting data or doing research, so they aren't things you can just complete in one night.  Set a goal for when you want to complete everything and work to achieve it.  I had my assignments finished before my last month, and it was such a relief to only focus on teaching for that last month.

Create a support system
Student teaching can be lonely at times. Unlike attending classes daily, you won't be able to lean on your classmates to help you plan your lessons and get through stressful days.  However, you will have peers who are experiencing similar situations in different contexts.  It's helpful to have at least one person you can lean on when you are having a tough time.  Someone else who is student teaching the same time as you is helpful because you will be able to bounce ideas off each other, share confusions about assignments, and go through the experience together.  It's even more helpful if this person is someone student teaching in your building.  I was lucky enough to not only have a peer in my building, but she was also student teaching on the same team as me.  We were able to collaborate a lot, share insights on students, and guide each other through the whole semester.
Shout out to Kim for surviving a whole year with me! 
Eat breakfast
This sounds silly, but eating breakfast is really important. Once you get to school, your day can take a million and one turns from what you thought it would be like.  Depending on what happens or how much work you have, your lunch time might get cut short.  It's important to eat breakfast because it jump starts your day and gives you energy to get you through to when you will be able to eat lunch or a snack.  My go to breakfasts during this semester were oatmeal and these breakfast cups. You can also check out my work week breakfasts here.

Meal prepping is your friend
Speaking of food. You'll want to take care of yourself throughout the semester, and that means eating right.  After a long day of teaching, chances are the last thing you will feel like doing is making dinner.  It's easy to pick up the phone and order take out, but your bank account will hate you for it after awhile.  I was lucky enough to live at home, so my mom and I took turns cooking dinner. However, we would try to plan ahead with some meal prepping.  Meal prepping on the weekends means that during the week you will just have to turn on the oven or microwave to make dinner. It saves so much time during the week! I also suggest meal prepping your lunches too.  This saves time in the mornings.  Checkout some ideas for meal prepping here.

Choose your outfits wisely
If the semester hasn't started yet and you haven't started your professional wardrobe, do so A-SAP.  There's really no excuse for not having, at least, a small professional wardrobe.  You definitely needed a few outfits to get you through your early field classes.  Chances are an organization you were involved with required business casual attire at some point.  When getting dressed for school, you will want to dress comfortably but professionally. Remember you will be working with children/adolescents.  You shouldn't wear anything too short, tight, distracting, or uncomfortable.  Ladies, heels are cute but they are not the most practical teaching shoes.  You want to seem approachable to your students, and you also want to make it the entire day wearing the same pair of shoes.  My advice would be to wear an outfit that makes you feel confident, but also shows you are professional.  More tips to come on this later in the week.

Stay healthy
You want to make sure you take care of yourself. With all of the stress, hectic days, and work it can be hard to remember to stay healthy.  There's lots of ways to stay healthy: go to the gym once a week, take a multi- vitamin daily, drink lots of water, wash your hands before eating and as soon as you get home from school, fuel your body with good foods, and get your rest.  It's important to have good mental and physical health this semester.  Listen to your body and take care of it. If you feel like you're getting sick, then try to get a bit more sleep, drink some tea, and take Airborne.
It's okay to spend a whole Saturday in bed!

Over prepare
When it comes to your lessons, try to be overly prepared.  The more scenarios you anticipate happening the more you can prep for them.  The last thing you would want to happen is for a student to ask a question and you can't answer it or aren't prepared for students who finish early. Doing research can also help you with this preparation.
Always make your copies the day before because you never know what will happen in the mornings. You might have to talk to another teacher, the copier could jam, etc. Always have activities planned for students who finish their work early. These anchor activities will help with your classroom management.
When you know you're getting observed by an administrator or your supervisor, definitely go above and beyond to prepare.  This means having a back up plan if technology doesn't work, having a behavior strategy for that student who dictates how the rest of the class behaves, etc.  The more prepared you are, the smoother your lessons will hopefully go.

Make time for fun
You should make time in your schedule to do at least one fun thing each week.  It's important to find balance during this semester.  It shouldn't be all work and no play nor should it be all play and little work. This fun could be grabbing dinner with friends, exploring a new city, taking a weekend to binge watch movies, getting your nails done, going to a new fitness class, or visit your family.  Regardless, you need to have some fun. It will help keep you mentally healthy and avoid burnout.

Remember that this semester is a time to learn and grow as a young professional. Take advantage of every opportunity you can. You are going to make mistakes, but that is okay as long as you can learn from them.  Do your best to reflect as much as you can because we all know that reflection helps us improve.  As you go through student teaching, do your best to have fun and learn as much as you can.

Also check out my post on supplies for student teaching


Friday, January 13, 2017

A Reintroduction

Four years ago (tomorrow) I created my blog.  It's crazy to think back to when I started, how much I know now, and to think ahead at the potential that my site still has. A lot can happen in four years.  Some of you have been following along from the very beginning, and others have just started following my journey through life. I thought it would be neat to give you a little reintroduction as to who I am, what has changed, and why I blog. 

Four years ago, when I started my blog, I was reflecting on my first semester of college. I realized that there was something missing in my life.  College wasn't providing me with the chance to be creativity, and I was searching for a way to fulfill this void. This is wear the idea of creating my own blog came into play.  I had been reading blogs for some time, at that point, and I felt ready to take the plunge into my own blog. At the time I knew very little about blogging, but thanks to a little bit of trail and error mixed with Pinterest I've come a long way.

Since the start of my blog, I have developed into more of a young woman rather than a adolescent.  I transferred schools, changed majors, joined a sorority, and became a field hockey coach rather than a player. Talking about changes, I think my overall style has developed over the course of the past few years too.

So where am I now?
Well, my name is Michaela. I'm a recent college graduate. I graduated from West Chester University in December as a Middle Grades Education major. I'm currently searching for a full time teaching position somewhere (fairly) close to home.  In the mean time, I'm working on becoming a substitute teacher for schools in the local area.  I have hopes of starting grad school part time at some point within the next year.  Who knows what direction my career will take me, but I'm excited to begin working and taking the big step into adulting.  I am working to get back in shape- one spin class and run on the treadmill at a time.  It's been a work in progress, but my love for fitness is just blossoming.  I still play field hockey from time to time in adult leagues around my area, but I don't play nearly as much as I did four years back.  I spend more time on the court/field coaching than I do playing these days. It's brought a whole new love of the game for me.

My favorite flowers are peonies and hydrangeas.  I am a foodie.  I love to cook food, eat food, critique food, find new recipes, take pictures of food, watch cooking shows, and read cooking magazines.  I'm slowly becoming a better cook, but I'm blessed to live at home with a mom who makes some fantastic food... so I don't cook all that much right now. While we're talking about food, a few of my favorites are sushi, macaroons, pasta, and ice-cream.  (some things don't change) In less than a month I will be closer to 25 than I will to 20, but yet I still haven't found my signature drink outside of a glass of champagne.

I'm slowly learning how to work my Nikon D3100, but let's be real I haven't had much time to actually learn how to use it properly. My style has definitely evolved over the years. I'd say you can catch me in athleisure, northeastern preppy clothing, or a pajama set on any given day.

Something that has stayed the same the past four years is my relationship with Todd. We're still together after six plus years.  This year we purchased a puppy together, Brody.  He's a Goldendoodle and such a fun dog.  In case you missed it, you can learn more about Brody here. Currently, we are learning how to co-puppy parent.  I'm sure there will be more details on this to come in the future!

So what direction is the blog headed?
I'd like to continue to grow my blog into something larger than it currently is. I'm hoping that this post grad life will allow me more time to publish posts regularly because we all know this is something I've struggled with this past year. The past four years, my blog has had a major focus on college related items.  I'd say that's pretty natural since this is a lifestyle blog, and college was pretty much consuming my life.  So back to the whole lifestyle blog thing. I'm envisioning publishing content that is still relevant to my life as a twenty something who is trying to figure out this whole adulting thing.  This means a little bit of fashion, some organization,  recipes, advice, encouragement, and more.  I'd love to hear what content YOU would like to read in the future! Feel free to comment below with your requests.

Before I end today's post I just wanted to say a quick thank you. Thank you to my mom for her constant support, motivation, and inspiration when I'm having writer's block.  A thank you to Todd for the occasional photography. Last but not least, a huge thank you to all of you who have been reading and commenting whether it's been all four years or you're just reading today for the first time. All of this support has encouraged me to keep blogging on the days when I question if this is all worth the time and effort I dedicate to it.  One of my favorite parts of blogging is the interaction I get to have with all of you.  The networking is so fun and has taught me a lot!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Plaid To Meet you

This winter my go to print has definitely been plaid.  I love mixing and matching it with herringbone and polka dots. It's a fun pattern that can be worn so many different ways.  You can dress it down in the form of a flannel and a pair of leggings. You can even dress it up with a pretty plaid top and an a-line skirt.  Lately my plaids have been layered with warm sweaters thanks to the cold front. My closet seems to be filled with plaids in the form of dresses, flannels, shoes, scarves, blouses, pajamas, pants, and even hair bows.

 Speaking of using plaid to stay warm. One of my absolute favorite ways to wear plaid in the winter is with a blanket scarf.  I have quite the collection in a variety of colors.  They are warm and can be worn so many ways.  They match great with my black parka and navy peacoat. 

What's been your go to print this season?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kitchen Adventures: Meal Prepped Breakfast

Meal Prepping is such a time saver, especially when it comes to meal prepping breakfasts.  We all know how crazy some mornings can be.  Making breakfast ahead of time can alleviate some of the morning mayhem we all experience.  These egg muffins are healthy, filling, and easy to make.  I would pop them in the microwave for about thirty seconds, and eat them before heading out the door last semester.  

cooking spray
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 red pepper
3/4 cup spinach
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 375. 

Whisk the eggs and milk in a bowl and add salt/pepper.

Dice the red  pepper, cut the spinach into small pieces.

Add the red pepper, spinach, and cheese to the egg mixture. 

Fill the muffin cups about three quarters of the way full.

Bake for 25 minutes. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The winter weather has definitely arrived. Within the past month our weather has been up and down from the mid fifties all the way down to the teens. Needless to say I've needed a variety of winter shoes. I haven't needed to dress in business casual lately, so my outfits have all been on the more casual side of the spectrum.  While I'm home I like to wear slippers because our puppies are constantly getting water all over the floor, so these keep my feet warm and dry. 

Something that makes the cold more bearable is having warm feet.  My solution for this are my bean boots. They are fashionable and practical for the chilly weather too.  They are adorable when paired with jeans, dresses, skirts, athleisure, and leggings. The versatility is what makes them one of my go to shoes during the winter. 

Hunter boots are an essential year round in my wardrobe. As long as you wear warm socks, they keep your feet pretty dry and warm. I've heard that adding the liners makes a big difference too.  I wear these when it is raining outside and they definitely don't disappoint. I chose to get mine in a color because on dreary days we all need a little pick me up, and surprisingly my pair of red hunters seem to match with quite a lot. Lately, these have been my shoes to take the puppies out too.  

Riding boots are another staple on my winter shoes rack. They make a casual outfit look a little cuter and are comfortable.  I love pairing them with a pair of black leggings, oversized sweater, and blanket scarf.  This light brown pair and black pair are two of my favorites. 

On warmer days I opt for a lower cut boot, otherwise known as a bootie.  My parents bought me these for Christmas, and I have been loving them! So far my outfits have been pairing them with cuffed jeans, cute tops, and cardigans.  It's been a little chilly, even on warmer days, so I have also been pairing them with fun printed socks. 

What are your go to shoes in the winter?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter Workouts

Working out in the winter can be quite difficult. It's cold out and bing watching a series on Netflix, in your warm home, just sounds much more appealing than venturing out to the gym. The motivation piece is minimal, which makes a huge difference in the likelihood that you'll get a workout in. Additionally, your preferred workout method might be stopped thanks to the weather. If you're a runner, then you definitely know what I'm talking about. I like to run, but not when the temperature ventures down past the forties and it's raining or snowing.  

I think everyone has hit this winter slump before, but no need to worry. Today I'm here to provide you with a little inspiration and options for winter workouts!

Option 1:
Head over to the app store on your phone or iPad and download some fitness apps. These will allow you to workout from the comfort of your home.  

This is my go to app for when I'm home or in a place where I don't have gym access.  You can choose the type of workout and length.  The app shows you how to do each body weight exercise and times out the length you should complete the exercise for.  These workouts require zero resources, which makes them great when you are traveling or don't have any workout equipment at home. 

This is another great app.  These workouts are all considered to be high intensity interval training workouts.  This app is similar to Sworkit, but it provides you with different series of exercises. 

This is a free app that provides you with yoga classes at home.  I've never used this app personally, but I've read great reviews on it. There are over 3,500 classes in various styles and levels available for you to try. 

Option 2:
Try a new workout video.  This requires very little equipment and allows you to stay home in the warmth.  There are so many great workout videos to try that are free, thanks to YouTube. 

Option 3:
Need some inspiration for the gym? Switch up your workout and head to a class. January is the perfect time to try a class.  It's the beginning of the year and lots of resolutioners (who are new to the gym) are filling up the classes. This means you won't be the only newbie in the class.  Most instructors give you the free pass to leave mid way through the class if you don't like it! 
Some classes to consider taking:

-Body Pump
-Kick Boxing

I started going to spin class and absolutely love it. It's a fun way to workout plus it's almost a full body workout. The only thing that would make it better would be if it incorporated more arms and core work.  The upbeat music and the ability to workout at your own pace are the two aspects I truly enjoy. I've also tried yoga and pilates classes. Both of them are great, but you need the right instructor to really like it. 

What's your go to workout during the cold winter months?