I haven't posted here in a while.
Mostly, this is due to the fact that I have this blog and a (more) personal one to maintain, and it’s really difficult to look through two dashboards every afternoon. Plus, it turns out that student teaching is exhausting and time-consuming. Who knew? I’m nine weeks into my placement. Still enjoying it. Still want to teach. I think that’s a win. I have a lot of challenging days...
Do not tell Sisyphus that tomorrow is another day.
jekoh: It probably doesn’t sound all that great.
For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.– Hamlet: Act 2, scene 2 (via selfloves)
"Anastrophe" a Lit Term Is. Learn It You Should.
theyuniversity: GIF source: Jane Doe
My principal wrote my school’s songs, and they are one of my favorite things about this school. All the kids sing them at morning assembly, and there are little hand movements that go along with them. It’s the best.
A student challenged me on the Oxford comma the...
hithertokt: The most famous of which is: “Never get into a grammar war with an English teacher.”
A lot of times with student teaching going on and graduation coming up and everything changing soon, I convince myself that I don’t have time for a relationship. But it’s nights like tonight when I realize that I do have time and I actually kind of crave it most of the time.
28 Common Racist Attitudes & Behaviors →
windycitylibrarian: asthedaysgobylifehappenss: readnfight: evertheidealist: justwordsandatune: I thought this was very well-written and informative. I’m always saying “I’m sorry for what white people have done to you/continue to do to you” but I don’t always follow that with a solution to the problem at hand. Time to change that. Omg, I want to print this out and...
ms-h asked: Hey I was searching the #student teaching tag because I was in your shoes exactly 1 year ago and I want to offer advice or support or just a virtual hug when you need it. Good luck from a first year teacher!
I'm still alive.
I’m fresh off my third week of student teaching. I’ve already done 2 of my required 20 full time days because my teacher has been out twice and left me with the duties. It’s been… interesting. Both days my teacher took off were days with the kids I don’t know as well just because of the sheer number of students. The first day she took off, I had a 10th grader sass...
One Today- by Richard Blanco →
roughdrafts1: http://action.2013pic.org/page/-/Text of Richard Blanco’s Inaugural Poem.pdf One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies. One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story told by our silent gestures moving behind...
Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like...– President Obama! (via newsweek)
keepcalm-andpartyyon: A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves. A question mark walks into a bar? Two quotation marks “Walk into” a bar. A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to drink. The bar was walked into by a passive voice. Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They drink. They leave.
Elementary School: Here's a basic understanding of history and how the world works.
High School: Actually, that's not quite right. Everything is actually a whole lot more complicated than that.
College: EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRRROOONNNNGGGG
History Channel: Aliens. Also Nazis. And Weird Religious Shit.
On being liked by students
tomesaway: It wasn’t until yesterday that I really gave how students feel about me much thought. I mean, it’s nice when they like you; it makes the work easier and all, but I don’t sit up at night thinking about how to get them on my side. I’m not the world’s greatest teacher by any manner of means, but I like my students, I like my job, and I think that makes all the difference. When I say...
I started my student teaching on Wednesday.
I have 120 names to learn, which is going to be a challenge because names are not really my thing to begin with. Thursday was probably the most interesting day. During second block all the seniors who hadn’t yet passed the graduation exam were called to the office to receive their scores. Ten out of the twelve students in my class left the room. They all came back either smiling or crying....
hithertokt: adambutton: santaruby: who is Gatsby’s least favorite superhero? Deadpool Who’s his favourite? Green Lantern This is stupid funny.
Why Hard Lessons Are Good For Your Students →
hithertokt: Sometimes I need this reminder, and perhaps some others do as well: Whether it’s canceling a cool science experiment, a special activity, a holiday party, or an outdoor learning game, hard lessons—those that profoundly disappoint students—can be the best medicine for your classroom. Here’s why: Your classroom is a two-way street. Hard lessons send the message to your students...
Religion needs to be taught in schools, but with...
watchallisonteach: I agree. I think people also assume that teaching religion = preaching. There’s a huge difference between teaching about religion and telling students what to believe. Students need to have a wider knowledge about all of the world’s religions. There’s a lot of misconceptions, especially about the religions and beliefs in the Middle East and I think teaching them to all...