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hermionejg:

I love Sesame Street videos too much.

Unpopular opinion: The best show in the history of television is not I Love Lucy or Mad Men or The Sopranos or Breaking Bad or Seinfeld.

The best show in the history of television is Sesame Street.

I don’t know, I think among anyone familiar with Sesame Street would probably agree with you. If that’s an unpopular opinion I’m not sure what to think about the world we live in.

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fuckyeahlavernecox:

Just received my copy of I Am Jazz! Found a quote by Laverne in it… :) 

I Am Jazz is the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere.

I am reblogging this again bc I have not been able to get this beautiful child out of my mind since I watched the video yesterday

Instant wishlist for a future school social work office. Instant.

(via hollywoodisgay)

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theavemarie asked: So it's my first year teaching and I've been dealing with a lot of stress lately. I moved to a small town where I know no one and currently spend most of my time either at the school or at my house. Most of my unit plans have changed because my students are behind on some very basic information, and I constantly feel like I'm playing catch up. Any suggestions on how to de-stress and feel a little bit more in control with teaching? Thanks!

girlwithalessonplan:

Join an exercise class, like Zumba or Insanity, that meets weekly.

Find a place of worship, if that’s your thing, and go to services and find out in they have small groups that meet during the week.

Find a civic group to join, like Rotary, Civitan, or Kiwanis.  If you’re a woman, consider League of Women Voters or Daughters of the American Revolution.

Volunteer at a pet shelter.  (KITTEN THERAPY!  PUPPY WALKING!)

Check out the local library’s public programming for free entertainment.  

Find a local store or cafe that you can visit regularly enough to get to know the people that own it or work there. When I moved to this small town, the first thing I did was find a used bookstore I liked. As educators we spend a lot of time in these stores anyway, and they’re a good way to destress (not even retail therapy — just window shopping can do it), meet new people, make good connections, and also feel empowered by giving ourselves new knowledge or centered by seeing things we already feel familiar with.

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redrumandlowselfesteem:

Please guys, help australian kids become aware of the perils of the interwebs

why not

you can add the carribean to your list now

Here is South Korea 

Good morning from NYC!

Back to Australia!

Hello from Germany

Aye it’s America

Greece!!

Brazil here

america again

Hey! England here!

France!!!

american student in italy!

BACK IN MERICA

hey.. its in canada now. figured you’d like to know.

ENGLAAAAND

Southern California~

Still in the USA, but now in Indiana.

Home to Australia once more!

The Bronx,  NYC!

That’s a great lesson to teach!  Hello from New England, USA!

msleahqueenhbic:

hisnamewasbeanni:

wwbioteach:

spaghettimaestra:

zizzani:

earthboundnephilim:

ricecakesandfriednoodles:

asha-fallenangel-risingdemon:

great-fallen-angel:

i-survived-twist-and-shout:

welcome-to-the-demon-impala:

exactlylikeinamovie:

i-believe-in-dean:

flyingbabyunicornnamedangel:

selana1505:

albion2304:

amazon-x:

touchedbymisha:

mulder-itsme:

towritelesbiansonherarms:

redrumandlowselfesteem:

Please guys, help australian kids become aware of the perils of the interwebs

why not

you can add the carribean to your list now

Here is South Korea 

Good morning from NYC!

Back to Australia!

Hello from Germany

Aye it’s America

Greece!!

Brazil here

america again

Hey! England here!

France!!!

american student in italy!

BACK IN MERICA

hey.. its in canada now. figured you’d like to know.

ENGLAAAAND

Southern California~

Still in the USA, but now in Indiana.

Home to Australia once more!

The Bronx, NYC!

That’s a great lesson to teach! Hello from New England, USA!

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Anonymous asked: I have just started my student teaching at an elementary school in the lower grades. Teachers were discussing a student who "thinks they're a boy." I asked what bathroom they use and if the school lets them use the one they feel most comfortable in. One teacher said, "they're a girl so that's the restroom that they use." I have been meaning to ask the school nurse about school policy because I'm curious but I have not had the chance yet. I was curious about advice working with students this age.

Hi there anon,

This is definitely going to be a complicated issue — but it will probably be more complicated for the adults involved than the kids.  How are the kids reacting?  How about the student’s parents? 

Finding out about the school policy is an excellent start.  Be prepared for push-back; trying to act as a student teacher may be difficult.  Do you have an advising/mentor teacher?  A supervisor through your program?  Have you mentioned this to them yet?

There are a number of books out there both for kids at the early elementary grades and for adults that help introduce the idea of trans* issues and gender spectrum and non-conforming youth; it might be a little passive aggressive to just leave a few pieces of reading in the teachers’ lounge, though you could always feign having left it by accident by looking for it later.  

But if the administration is on board and/or you feel comfortable suggesting some informal (or formal, though most schools set those schedules far ahead of time) PD, I would suggest exposing the adults in the school to some important resources for schools regarding working with LGBTQ* issues — including and especially gender — in a way that’s safe and respectful for the students.  There are a number of resources out there aimed at schools but also at the elementary level specifically, which may come as a surprise to many people.  Gender Spectrum and PFLAG are some of my perpetual favorites. If you search “gender spectrum” and “education,” you can also find a number of articles that may outline specific things that you can do as a teacher to encourage acceptance and self-expression in your own classroom.

Please don’t hesitate to offer some more information, ask some more specific questions, or keep us updated.  I’d love to be of more help.

Filed under education gender trans* gender spectrum lgbtq gender orientation Anonymous

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Library Development at YSA Elementary School

So this is a project started by the kind of friend you’re always catching up yet never feel far from.  This individual has always had an unsinkable, adventurous, proactive spirit, and I’m not remotely surprised to see her doing such awesome stuff with it.

And here’s the thing —

This project, aside from the person running it, gets at my heart in a very personal way on a number of levels.

Books.

Libraries.

Giving kids a space to be.

Giving them a space to read, dream, create.

And it’s a school of diverse, low-income kids in NYC.  I’m pretty sure that this is the same neighborhood my mother went to high school in.  This city is my soft spot.

So, while my heart is in every educational fundraising project that crosses my screen, this one has some special connections for me.

And we need some help getting it funded, because thus far it’s slow-going.

So if you have change to spare, or can signal boost and pass it around, this is a project that could really use your support. 

Filed under education literacy kickstarter I just linked them to FirstBook too so they'll hopefully get connected for some additional resources NYC

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throughthewildblue:

You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.

Having been on food stamps, I cannot begin to explain my frustration with the moronic statements in these gif sets. This is supposed to be journalism, informative media, and no one bothers to fact check. At all.

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Experts Say Many Teachers Paying Out Of Pocket For School Supplies - CBS New York

pablophonic:

girlwithalessonplan:

grayer:

My friends can’t wrap their minds around the money I spend for my job.

Breaking news:  Sky is blue.  Cats meow.  Pope Catholic.

Breaking News: Sun at center of the solar system.

Breaking News: Classrooms are often underfunded, water is wet.

(Source: from-student-to-teacher, via kicksandgiggles)