At Risk: →
Students are placed ‘at risk’ when they experience a significant mismatch between their circumstances and needs, and the capacity or willingness of the school to accept, accommodate, and respond to them in a manner that supports and enables their maximum social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development.
A dramatic Shakespearean response to every...
When something bad happens: True is it that we have seen better days.
When something REALLY bad happens: O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day! Most lamentable day. Most woeful day That ever, ever I did yet behold! O day, O day, O day! O hateful day! Never was seen so black a day as this.O woeful day! O woeful day!
When people say that something is wrong because the Bible says so: The Devil can cite scripture for his purpose.
When my girlfriend abandons me for food: FRAILTY, THY NAME IS WOMAN!
When someone doesn't thank me for holding the door open for them: BLOW, BLOW, BLOW, THOU WINTER WIND! THOU ART NOT SO UNKIND AS MAN'S INGRATITUDE!
When I burn something while cooking: MY CAKE IS DOUGH!
When human stupidity frustrates me: LORD, WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE!
When someone says I'm going to hell for my sins: NYMPH, IN THY ORISONS BE ALL MY SINS REMEMBER'D.
When I'm broke: My pride fell with my fortunes
When someone turns the light on after a period of darkness and blinding light ensues: OH, SHE DOTH TEACH THE TORCHES TO BURN BRIGHT!
When someone disagrees with me: THERE ARE MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH, HORATIO, THEN ARE DREAMT OF IN YOUR PHILOSOPHY.
When I argue with my girlfriend: The course of true love never did run smooth.
When I'm embarrassed: MUST I HOLD A CANDLE TO MY SHAMES?!
Someone says "Good Night": Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.
When someone asks about the weather: Storm stil!
A Phd gif bomb
girlwithalessonplan: randomrantings: Writing yet another lit review for yet another class: Wondering if anything is any good: Revising to the point I hate it: Finally, resigned to turn it in to just get it over with: ^ accurate.
What's Up With "You Only Live Once"?
theyuniversity: GIF source: Pretty hard love
What's Up With Active Voice and Passive Voice?
theyuniversity: GIF source: I feel the malice in my veins
"Really? We have to think?"-Students. "Uhm,...
“Students have a right to think, and teachers have an ethical obligation to teach them to think and to provide them with meaningful content to think about. Schools and districts are responsible for creating cultures of thought that will empower students to engage in academic disciplines and American democracy.” (14) It is my responsibility to make the curriculum I teach my students...
It’s interesting how, after twenty-three years of life, I still have the ability to discover so much about myself in just three months. Throughout the last three months, middle schoolers have brought out some values and qualities in myself that I never knew existed. I have found that I value the knowledge of my roles and responsibilities. I value the completion of goals and the feeling...
Observation 5- Winter I want to change lives. I want to make each young person that I come into contact with feel valuable, worthy and accomplished. Today, I had to make a mandatory report to DHS due to some confidential information written in a student journal. DHS reporting is not something that makes me nervous, as I have had the opportunity to work with young people for a long time. In my...
Observation 4 (Winter) I have to remember that I am my worst critic, with the exception of my CT of course, whose thought provoking questions have really helped me grow. I spent a few hours last night perfecting a lesson plan in which I would put students in groups of four. Each student would have a task: to find a quote that shows either thought/feeling, action, appearance or dialogue of...
Observation 3 (Winter) I have this thing where I make connections with kids fairly easily. When I was a senior in high school, I only went to school for half of the day. Every afternoon/evening, I worked at an after school program at the elementary school. I spent anywhere from two to four hours with the same group of kids over the course of the academic year. I would help them with homework,...
Middle School Winter Placement: Day #2 January, 4th, 2011 “This is Miss Pierce,” Mr. Dimmel announces to a room full of teachers. Okay, so there were seven of us, but that is a full room of teachers at this middle school. “Kalin, you can call me Scott, which I know is weird for you since for your entire high school career, you referred to me as, ‘Mr. Dimmel’.” It was true. He was Mr. Dimmel to...
“Take me back to my own planet…BED.” I wonder if it is normal to not want to be here. I really mean it. I mean, I would rather be anywhere than standing on this off-white-brownish carpet in my kitten heels. These black slacks make me want to vomit and paired with this button up shirt and lacy cami? Oh heck no, this is not what I want to be doing. My low ponytail is better suited for...
Synthesis (Core Qualities) Fall:
Throughout my journey in the classroom, the interactions I have had with young people, teachers and faculty members have shown me what I value. What matters to me is what makes me who I am. It is what defines me as a teacher and is the well that I will continually be dipping my bucket into in hopes to give water to the young people I come into contact with in the classroom every day. Over the last...
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope...– Neil Gaiman (via lhuddles)
To study is to uncover; it is to gain a more exact comprehension of an object;...– Paulo Freire from Teachers as Cultural Workers (via educatedtodeath)
a lovers life: Advice from a Middle School... →
youaremy4ever: My 7th/8th grade language arts class is analyzing the lyrics to this song and has been working on various activities over the last few days in relation to advice. I’ve heard the song before, in fact, my father played it at my grandfather’s funeral when I was in the fourth grade. I remember…
Reading to Survive
eyesonthebackofmyhead: Whenever I hear complaints from students about how much they hate to read, I tell them to at least appreciate the book and savor the words. If permitted, the ink on the page has the potential to sink in, resonate, and leave an impression. One day the story may save their lives. Read More
whirlwind of a career.
Today I left my student teaching experience almost in tears. Might I just add that I’m not sure that I enjoy the mixed emotions that this whirlwind of a career bring about in me? The day started out by running into my CT on my way to her classroom. She was rushing and handed me her keys, letting me know that there was a student waiting in our classroom but she was on her way to a very important...
"Student or Teacher? Ugh. Nobody knows."
Sometimes I worry that my leadership style is to “friendly.” I could use teacher terms, but I will stray from jargon. Simply stated: it’s hard to see what kind of authority I will have in a classroom when I don’t know a lot of things. For example: I don’t know what a good senior project is based on my CTs requirements. The woman is a genius…so why would you...
Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life...– Parker Palmer
To possess all the world of knowledge and lose one’s own self is as awful a fate...– -John Dewey, The Child and the Curriculum
Mentors and apprentices are partners in an ancient human dance, and one of...– Parker Palmer
a lovers life: A poem that gets to my heart.... →
youaremy4ever: America Then one of the students with the blue hair and a tongue stud Says that America is for him a maximum-security prison Whose walls are made of Radio Shacks and Burger Kings, and MTV episodes Hey says that even when he’s driving to the mall in his Izuzu Trooper with a gang of his…
Silent on the Outside, Screaming on the Inside
I wonder who had the brilliant idea to put a bunch of stressed out, over worked, under paid people in a room for an hour at a time (sometimes more) and expect what seems to be unimportant tasks get accomplished without someone leaving more frustrated than when they walked in. I also wonder sometimes if the people in those meetings can see the way they are acting. Don’t get me wrong- I think...
So, is it my Role to Make This Matter to Them yet?
I am sitting in my CTs comfortable computer chair, behind her wrap around desk. If someone asked me, I would probably lie and say that I wasn’t hiding but, it would be just that, a lie. You see, there are 34 young adults in the room waiting for me to say something significant. At the moment some are draped over the tables, their large tennis shoe clad feet protruding out at floor level. On the...
"Why teach novels? Or literature at all?"
This is a question posed during class last night by one of my fabulous friends and classmate. We were discussing our assigned reading for last week and were sitting in small groups. Most of us were on the floor, papers scattered around us and when Gretta asked, I thought for a second and looked around our group. We all had that look on our faces. You know, the one that says, “Caution,...