Like real people?
Husband, who is also a teacher: What I'd really like to do for dinner is go out. To a restaurant.
Me: Go out to a restaurant? Like real people?
Husband: Like real people. Depends on how much work you have when you get home.
Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your...– Lawrence Krauss (via venula) OMG, praise Science. And praise physicists who see poetry in the stardust. This is beautiful.
Long weekend and chaperoning a dance
Friday = Work. Happy hour with department. Free dinner. Chaperone winter formal. (More on that later. Talk about burning my retinas.) Saturday = Huge charity event that involved lots of people (850 volunteers) working together to build 2,500 bikes for local kids charities. It’s just as amazing and huge as it sounds. And exhausting. I got there at 6:30 a.m. to help set up, and finally left...
I wouldn’t mind paying more taxes if it went to the things that really...– Jay-Z says President Obama can raise taxes as Congress debates over extending payroll-tax cut (via world-shaker) I love Jay-Z.
You have a license to screw with your kids.– My assistant principal today as she explained how she used to keep her obnoxious classes in check by mixing things up so they never knew what to expect.
Things I never thought I'd say at work and other...
“No pictures of genitals in the school paper, please.” The joys of teaching Journalism! Positive: I was in a great mood today, despite being sleepy. Negative: a student got suspended for having vodka in her backpack. Positive: I adore my administrators. Negative: one colleague has indirectly discouraged me from teaching an AP course next year. Her attitude is so bad, I...
Cathedral Building: Social Justice is not a trend. →
shapefutures: It is not a way to be fashionable, hip, or internet famous. It is not the new handbag or the designer jeans. It is not something one reblogs and tacks onto in order to make one’s self look aware of the world. It is not a semantics game. It is not a way to one-up other people. Lately I’ve been… Yes.
20 minutes early
… for a day at the district office sitting through a training instead of teaching my students. I’d rather be with my students.
Never sleep well on Sunday nights
Even when I go to bed relaxed and ready for Monday, I still toss and turn. I don’t get it.
First semester of my second year of BTSA is DONE. For non-California teachers, BTSA = Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment. BTSA is what we have to do to clear our credentials. BTSA is the bureaucratic BS that takes beginning teachers’ time away from creating materials for stuff we’ve never taught before. The best thing I can say about BTSA is that my district’s BTSA...
Into the Strenuous Briefness: Scrutiny →
iamlittlei: I’ve been procrastinating my lesson planning very deliberately this weekend. Tomorrow I am being observed by the district science curriculum supervisor. Until now I have not been too nervous about this; she already likes me, she’s heard nothing but good things about my classroom, and she’s… We’re all flying by the seat of our pants, girl. That’s the name of the...
If you’re gonna have pizza with someone else, what do you have to do? You gotta...– NY Times: Teaching Good Sex (via ffolkthepainaway) A metaphor about pizza and sex? Perfect! (via dreadhawkedmuckaround) so much perfect in this. i was just re-reading it [i read it before when i was giving a few of my friends a crash course in sex edu. a bit ago] and he is just filled with so...
Harry Potter marathon prevents teacher...
That’s the news in my house today. I slept for 11 hours last night and still felt tired this morning though, so I think my body needed a day. Grading tomorrow indeed.
Win of the week
Students begging me to read Of Mice and Men. Arguing over the character parts (we do reader’s theater). Comprehending the story like literature bosses. I love my job.
An art teacher articulately writes what most... →
This almost brought tears to my eyes. It’s so painful to listen to the public hate on teachers when I work my ass off every day at a job that most people I meet raise their eyebrows at and say, “I could never handle that job.”
The kids were almost as amused as I was.
missbstories: To begin my PowerPoint presentation about Shakespeare, I opened with a big picture of his face and the text: “This guy invented the word ‘puking.’” Then I clicked. Shakespeare’s mouth opened, vomit appeared, and a puking sound played, simultaneously. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this unit. This sounds amazing! Must respectfully replicate. :)