Too worried that the pigeon will be dead when we get in tomorrow, that the program space will be covered in bird poop, or both. This is not a normal preoccupation.
Strange Adventure of the Day:
Pigeons. I’m from New York. Pigeons are common on Long Island. When I’m in the city, they’re like all the other NYC residents. I’m sure somewhere a tourist has been cussed out by a NYC pigeon as it tried to get to the subway. So when the kids were fascinated by the pigeon that showed up on our lawn it took me a few minutes to realize that it was the first time...
Today's accomplishment was keeping a particular...
It took both staff members, watchful eyes, some very conscious seating arrangements with the van, and a land-to-water relay race between the two of us to head off what quickly escalated into a screaming match but never made it to attempted drowning. These are not young girls, mind. These are teenagers who probably think they could beat me to the ground if they felt like it (and, since I would...
Lois Lowry’s The Giver was a YA dystopia before... →
classroomchaos: First look at a classic YA novel delves into a much calmer dystopia than the modern standard. This is the book that showed me what other kinds of books I would love.
Scholastic: Make your own Graphic Novel →
positivelypersistentteach: Ohh. If only I had access to a computer lab or computers for kids to use in my room. They would love this! Students choose layouts, graphics, and write their own stories — then they can print it out. I would add some of these to my classroom library! The kids back at my middle school program last year LOVED this. It worked beautifully. If you can’t do...
Education Case Studies?
katy-mylady: Cathedral Building: Education case studies? positivelypersistentteach: katy-mylady: I have a random question for all y’all Tumblr teachers. For my final class of grad school (!), I have to write up my own case study. I’d like to think that I’m creative…but I literally have no ideas for this one. That’s not true. I have some… shapefutures, I’m not sure why...
Education case studies?
positivelypersistentteach: katy-mylady: I have a random question for all y’all Tumblr teachers. For my final class of grad school (!), I have to write up my own case study. I’d like to think that I’m creative…but I literally have no ideas for this one. That’s not true. I have some ideas but I think they’re stupid. Does anyone have any really interesting situations or conflicts with...
Unpopular opinion part two:
girlwithalessonplan: Okay, so you go to college for the sake of learning, not for a job. Congrats! But when you’re broke out of your mind and can’t find employment, then I have absolutely no sympathy. There are more affordable ways to learn for the sake of learning without the huge financial burden of college. I’ve seen a lot of feedback about changing majors, which I did myself, and I lost a...
Dearest Tumblr, I've never come to you with a... →
positivelypersistentteach: I have known Sal Pulito since I was in the third grade. His sister, Aurora, has been best friends with my sister since they were in Kindergarten. Sal was born with Pulmonary Atresia, which means that there is a lack of blood flow to his lungs. It has become a life and death situation for him. Sal is one of the most kind-hearted people I have ever met. He is...
Sorry for all the typos lately, all.
I’ve been having some minor health problems that have taken the quality of my writing skills down a notch, it seems. I’ll try to catch them before I post them.
Things that Annoy Me
hisnamewasbeanni: math-girl: coloursinaflower: Everytime I see this picture posted, I become angry. Especially when it is tagged #education. Can you imagine something similar being posted by teachers about reading? Why do teachers and adults think it is okay to perpetuate the idea that it’s okay to be bad at math? It’s not. And we need to stop the excuses and become better teachers. If you...
Shapefutures sits down on the couch with a fork and a cherry pie with a 1” depth and 8” diameter. If she eats a quarter of the pie by herself, how sick will she be later?
The job search has not been going well.
I told my mother I was considering staying on another month, if I find no job to go to, with my current program — the summer ends a few days after my lease does, but I feel like it would be better for them to have someone familiar help lead them into the new school year, especially since much of my focus with them is on homework and tutoring during school months, than for me to leave and...
A good friend of mine bought me "The Storymatic,"...
One word at a time over lunch eventually degraded into everyone shouting sentences. The two character cards were “a person who is six inches tall,” and “someone who can talk to cows.” The plot card was “bunnies, bunnies everywhere.” This is what I ended up recorded of this ridiculous exchange. Thumbelina Cheese jumped into the pool and bumped her head. ...
positivelypersistentteach: Please post videos of your best dance moves. I need to come up with some ideas to beat Jbizz’s brick house. Use the tag “danceteacherdance”. That is all. Pass the word on. The only videos I have show either my face or my students…and my dance moves will only hurt your chances unless it’s a Ballroom lesson. BUT. Now I’m excited to see...