I realized this a while ago, but it was hard to admit. I just couldn’t deny it any longer though. Tumblr, congratulations. You are far more interesting than Facebook, and I promise to always check you first. The denial came from the notion that my friends and family, people I KNOW, must be more interesting than these Tumblr friends of mine. But that notion is completely wrong, and...
flawlesstrueperfection: if you never had to actually have your rights voted on because you always had them by default i think it’s safe to say you can sit the fuck down
Top 10 Things No One Tells You About Becoming a... →
hithertokt: A highly entertaining list, emailed to me compliments of my brother. This is my favorite part, on students pointing out a teacher’s quirks: I’m sure that there are more, but they have not yet been brought to my attention by one of the following reliable sources: A mean kid who has boundary issues. A kid that is trying to use me in a revenge plot by tattling on their arch nemesis...
Sometimes things work out
Sometimes you’re driving to work with a vague lesson plan in mind and you’re stressing because you have them for 100 minutes and you’re not quite sure what to do with them. And you ask yourself, “What do they need before they graduate?” THEN. Then it all comes together in a great idea. Then you use your tutorial time to lesson plan and it comes together. You share...
iamlittlei: There should be an educator discount on alcohol in May. And chocolate. Sounds about right. Oh. And ice cream. BEN & JERRY’S ICE CREAM.
Why ability grouping in schools is a mistake →
Although I understand that many elementary schools are moving to ability-based classrooms in the belief that they will do a better job of teaching what students are expected to know and do under the Common Core State Standards, I still think they are a big mistake. Teaching to the presumed level of a whole class never works as well as hoped because students still have significant differences...
misseducation: You know you’re an Arrested Development fan when “Final Countdown” starts playing and you wonder if it’s related to Arrested Development and instantly look up (and indeed, it was a commercial for the Netflix reincarnation coming back May 26th!) Truth.
heykkkkatie: I think Dante forgot about a ring of Hell and it’s the one that’s comprised of nothing but online job applications I AM GOING TO DIE I’M JUST NOT GOING TO MAKE IT I SWEARRRRRR AHHHHH. Bahaha! Laughing at the Dante reference, not the misery. I remember this. It’s awful. But you’ll make it, I promise!
FACT ABOUT SUNDAYS
They’re way more fun when instead of grocery shopping, grading, planning, and being miserable, you ignore all adult responsibilities and go to a music festival and drink beer in the sun with your friends all day. I did run into a student though. That was mildly awkward. I gave her a hug. I hope I didn’t smell like beer.
I mean really
How many times in your life do you get to say, “I’m in the band,” without being ironic? My musician husband played his first huge local festival today and I’m so proud. I also have a backstage pass and it’s awesome. Time for another beer and more perfect California sunshine.
Elizabeth Smart: Abstinence Education Teaches Rape... →
geofaultline: girlwithalessonplan: fuckyeahsexeducation: TW: Sexual abuse Elizabeth Smart became a household name after she was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, UT at the age of 14 and held in captivity for nine months. She was forced into a polygamous marriage, tethered to a metal cable, and raped daily until she was rescued from her captors nine months later. Smart was recovered...
Cards against humanity! →
iamlittlei: positivelypersistentteach: msleahhbic: positivelypersistentteach: go to PPT’s game - Password is education limit is 8 players. First come first serve. If it gets full and someone wants to start another message me and I’ll post the info. Hurry up guys! New game, limit 10, we have room for 4 more Do it! You will be laughing a lot. Every game I try to join is FULL.
Ok, I am going to lay down until 8:45.
adiemtocarpe: positivelypersistentteach: Then I will be looking for people to play cards against humanity online. I am in EST time zone. I might be in for this! Cards Against Humanity ONLINE?! YES.
Excuse #1: That will take like 5 minutes. Since I have more time than that, I should do something that will take up that amount of time. Excuse #2: That will take longer than the amount of time I have right now. I’ll start it later when I have time to finish it. Then, Tumblr.
Gatsby Soundtrack in It's Always Sunny gifs,...
Familiar feeling: realizing you’re behind at the end of the year and having to drastically change everything. Also known as panic. Unfamiliar feeling: Having enough good resources to easily modify without losing too much content. Sometimes being a second-year teacher is grand.
Allison Unsupervised: the points →
allisonunsupervised: “I have to tell the truth because that’s the kind of person I am,” he says and is. “I did that test…carelessly. I just wanted it to go away.” “I know,” I say because I do. Though my students are not taught the regular communication arts curriculum, exactly, they are required to take the… She’s the best #education writer on Tumblr.
Education Dare Day
mrsjdr: coloursinaflower: amiteachingyet: gjmueller: girlcanteach asks: When was the last time you cried in class? Every time I try and read Love You Forever. Every. Dang. Time. When I read Our Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco Oh yeah, Patricia Polacco always gets me. Thank You Mr. Falker and Junkyard Wonders. Every time. Is my heart made of stone? I never cry in class. Even...
My freshmen have been performing scenes of Romeo &...
And it’s just … amazing. The two kids who played Samson and Gregory in the first scene spoke in British accents and hit every single joke. It was hilarious. During the party scene, the background “extras” started doing the Macarena. Today, two boys did the balcony scene. It was engaging in the most hilarious way, but it was also easy to show how they’re both...
Favorite Teaching Books?
astoldbymissg: My field instructor bought me The EVERYTHING New Teacher Book by Melissa Kelly as a “Congratulations, you’re finished! Welcome to Teaching!” present. I have been trying to read a few pages or a chapter every night. What are some of your favorite books for teaching? Any recommendations? Teach Like a Champion! Easy to read, easy to implement. :)
I don’t expect gay people to prove to me, a straight person, that there’s...– WORD (via notevenbovvered) oh hell yeah. (via randomberlinchick) Amen! (via soulquarius) This. I owe no one an explanation of my oppression, nor do I have the responsibility to educate you. You feel me? (via ladyatheist) ^ TRUTH (via thefingerfuckingfemalefury)
Teaching: not for the faint-hearted
teaching-everydayisdifferent: tomesaway: So much of my job requires me to not think about how goofy/laughable/foolish/ridiculous I must look in front of large groups of teenagers nearly every moment of every day. I recently tried to explain to my students that I am a different person when I leave the classroom. They didn’t believe me. To explain the significance of the religious metaphors...
Leap of faith
mrskaaay: Sometimes there are 6 days of school left and a student wants to check out a book you really, really love and also promised to loan out to a couple friends this summer. And you say yes because this girl treats books the way people ought to be treated.
We went on a field trip today
What’s the best way to thank a parent chaperone for guiding 4-6 freshmen through a day of Shakespeare and Steinbeck appreciation activities? Also, living near Monterey and Salinas has its perks when one teaches Of Mice and Men. OK, off to eat Ben & Jerry’s, watch Downton Abbey, and then sleep.
greenandpurplesharpies: jurassicaaaa: kyliesparks27: First trailer for Arrested Development - Season 4! I AM SCREAMING AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YES! This is actually why I got Netflix. True story.
Hitherto Unexplored.: Why you should encourage... →
hithertokt: There’s a huge difference between a student not fulfilling requirements due to lack of effort than not fulfilling them because of a thoughtful and purposeful choice. My job is to create clear writers and effective communicators, right? Then when students progress to the point where their choices… I *wish* a student said that to me. I *wish* they thought about it that much....
Glad I'm not the only one.
iamlittlei: thinkbrit said: I feel the same about my name. Which is also your name. It’s never felt like it fits. My brain has a hard time reconciling the fact that you’re both Brittanys. Maybe the problem is everyone else interpreting your name to be a certain something when really it’s perfect for you. :) My name also screams 1983 (Sarah), but now that I don’t have to...
girlcanteach: hisnamewasbeanni: fishingboatproceeds: baptised-in-vodka: Ok like I’ve never read The Fault In Our Stars but I see it every where on this site and I want to. Is it any good?? It’s okay. It’s okay? Too soon, John. Too soon. Heh.
Just in case you were wondering, I have liked...
hisnamewasbeanni: I feel exactly the same. This one was number 36,653. Same. I’m a like-a-holic. And you know you love it. :)
Finally joined the ranks of Netflix users
And just watched the pilot of Downton Abbey. I wasn’t really into it until the last 15 minutes, not gonna lie. But I know people love it so I’ll keep watching. Sherlock is next. My Saturday night is hoppin’.
So, my journalism class is funded through a county...
And I just got word that every single item on my budget request has been APPROVED. This includes FIVE - count ‘em - FIVE NEW 27” iMacs.
I hate when my mind wanders to a conversation from the previous day and I realize I wasn’t as empathetic or understanding as I should have been and then sit and wonder if that person is thinking the same thing and is annoyed with me or hasn’t thought about it all because they don’t actually care because it wasn’t actually that big of a deal. And then I sit and obsess over...
Today in "Why collaborating via Tumblr is...
A few weeks ago, the wonderful hithertokt asked #education if anyone would be willing to share Romeo & Juliet resources. I had done the same thing for Macbeth a while before that, and the amazing theimprobablefiction sent me all of her Macbeth stuff. ALL. OF. IT. It was so helpful. I have taught R&J before, so I was more than happy to pay it forward and send all of my stuff to hithertokt....
On Saturday mornings, I resent being a teacher
because I can’t sleep in late. Today I was woken up by the hubs (who also can’t sleep in and was trying to sneak out but our doors creak) at 6:45 and I couldn’t go back to sleep. Even though I have a headache from a slightly too large third glass of wine last night and I just want to sleep it off. But noooooo. Then I think, “At least I can get some grading done before...
connuh: dootzy: this video will make your day better Oh my god
WHEN I HAVE TO BABYSIT A STUDENT SO THEY GET THEIR...
heykkkkatie: whatshouldwecalleducators: Um hi yes exactly. Minus a student plus entire class. Seniors in May.
Tomes Away: Wishful thinking →
tomesaway: If I found a magical lamp and a genie issued forth in a cloud of gauzy smoke and offered to grant me three educational wishes, the first thing I’d wish for is that parents and students (and teachers and administrators) would finally understand that Grades learning. The misconception that…
Sub Plans. Part II.
A gentle reminder to the seniors (after explaining their task for the day) about how to act in the computer lab and library tomorrow: Things you should not be doing: Talking and laughing loudly, regardless of whether you’re on or off task. Sitting around doing nothing. Pretending to work while you’re actually doing nothing. Being anything other than super nice and respectful to...
So. Sub plans.