On words and winging it.

hithertokt:

No, honestly, here’s the thing about Tami Taylor: I want to be her when I grow up. It’s her moments that add up to an enviable whole, the brief interactions she has with students, and how she listens and hears and imparts small pieces of wisdom with no judgement, without any way of knowing if it…

This is a thing of beauty.

maevegreen:

hisnamewasbeanni:

cracked:

Your ground floor doesn’t touch the Earth, does it?

The Truth About Living In Earthquake Country

Mr. Darcy?

Always Mr. Darcy!  Darcy makes earthquakes happen! 

As a Bay Area resident, I can say that this is hilarious.

Teacher Clothes on Saaaaaaaaaaaaaale

The Limited is having a 40% off everything sale - hooray! I got two sheer tops, a tank to go under them, and a pair of nice black pants for less than $100. They have a 15% discount for teachers year-round, but it didn’t work on top of this sale (usually it does, and the girl at the checkout was baffled, but whatever). Either way, I love buying clothes before school starts. :)

Until this summer, I’ve never had any problems with anything I’ve purchased from the store. There’s only one product there I wouldn’t recommend, and it’s one I returned today because after I washed it, following the directions on the tag, it shrunk. A lot. And they said I’m not the first person to return it. It’s this top. It’s SO comfortable. I loved it so much. But, I would recommend avoiding it. Happy shopping!

You can now pay someone’s delinquent Detroit water bill online

pixelatedtoys:

I cant help right now, but hopefully some of y’all can.

Amazing. Please help if you can.

(Source: glegrumbles, via academicchris)

georgetakei:

georgetakei: Did you have a chance to check out my appearance of the Daily Show with John Stewart? For those who missed it or just want to watch again, simply click here.

What I loved about this interview was that in 5 minutes, Jon Stewart got his entire audience to put aside the George Takei we know (Star Trek star, gay rights activist, and hilarious Internet personality), and just sit in awe of his detailed memories of the Japanese Internment Camp experience. Of all the things he could have asked Takei, I was so grateful he asked about this. And Takei’s description was just heartbreaking. Just take a few minutes and watch. 

georgetakei:

georgetakei: Did you have a chance to check out my appearance of the Daily Show with John Stewart? For those who missed it or just want to watch again, simply click here.

What I loved about this interview was that in 5 minutes, Jon Stewart got his entire audience to put aside the George Takei we know (Star Trek star, gay rights activist, and hilarious Internet personality), and just sit in awe of his detailed memories of the Japanese Internment Camp experience. Of all the things he could have asked Takei, I was so grateful he asked about this. And Takei’s description was just heartbreaking. Just take a few minutes and watch. 

(via thedailyshow)

raychulllkins

Sooooo I have recently fallen down the rabbit hole of beauty-related youtube videos, mainly because I bought an eyeshadow palette that smells like chocolate and then realized I didn’t know how to use it. 

Anyway, in my youtube wanderings, I found this channel. She’s a teacher. She has acne. She used Weight Watchers to lose 40 pounds.

We are Internet twinsies.  Except she courageously documents her journey on youtube, while I complain to my husband. 

Anyway, if you spend time on youtube, check her out. Her everyday makeup is great for teachers, and her WW updates are inspiring. :)

Help fund GWLAP's Donors Choose Project: Creative Writers and Creative Scholars

girlwithalessonplan:

Alrighty, tumblr! I need your help—again!

I’ve put together a project to fund textbooks for my creative writing class. We have no textbooks. At all. I write all the curriculum myself, and I want to have some solid textbooks for students to read and explore different writers and poems.

SCHOOL STARTS AUGUST 6. HOLY CRAP.

But if this is funded quickly, my students this semester will still benefit from this.

AND HERE IS THE BEST PART: Give to my classroom by August 3 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).

I hope you can help me. You’ve done it before for my maps project, and I am eternally grateful. I hope you can help again.

Boost!

One of the things hithertokt did not mention in her fabulous Formatting Tricks with Microsoft Word EduPD video, was how to avoid a murderous rampage when the program doesn’t do what you want it to do.

Say, as a surely random example, you are making a monthly calendar that spans two, side-by-side pages. And say at the top of the calendar you want to include a text box on each one to label the unit, skills focus, texts, etc. 

This is purely a random example.

And the text boxes are the exact same size because you copied and pasted one to make the other. And the tables are the exact same size, because you copied and pasted one to make the other.

And yet. The tables won’t align. They won’t align because the space between the table and text box on one page is larger than the other FOR NO OBVIOUS REASON.

Now, I consider myself fairly proficient with this piece of shit software, and I’ve checked the sizes, the text wrap settings, and everything else I could think of. There aren’t any random spaces/line breaks.

So. I’m going to walk away for a bit. And probably eat something because all the cursing makes me think I’m hangry.

But. There should be a disclaimer when using Microsoft Word. It should say: While this program can do many things, sometimes it won’t do what you want it to do for no obvious reason, and therefore may cause murderous urges. Please eat before using.

Editor's Note: An Apology To Our Readers

teachingintweed:

strangenewclassrooms:

I think this would be great to share with students about why they need to not plagiarize. Students need to see the tangible consequences.

What a perfect lesson plan.

As someone who was legitimately plagiarized (in my former life as a reporter by a reporter from a larger paper), I can tell you that they should also be apologizing to the people whose ideas and words he stole.

But yes, since the kids likely know buzzfeed, this would be a great lesson plan to show plagiarism in action since it’s usually an abstract concept to them.