July 30th, 2014
Any honest discussion between teachers must begin with the understanding that each of us mingles the good with the bad. One student may experience the epiphany of a lifetime, while her neighbor drifts quietly off to sleep. In the classroom, it’s never pure gold or pure tin; we’re all muddled alloys.
July 27th, 2014
coffee-teach-wine:

A message I received brought up a good idea.  I don’t know how many of you teach in low income districts but I know that hunger is a big problem and it definitely creates a difficult environment to learn in.
I know we, as teachers, already spend a lot of money, but what is a few more bucks towards a cheap version of Cheerios?
Just something to think about. I think I’m going to implement it into my classroom this year.

coffee-teach-wine:

A message I received brought up a good idea.
I don’t know how many of you teach in low income districts but I know that hunger is a big problem and it definitely creates a difficult environment to learn in.

I know we, as teachers, already spend a lot of money, but what is a few more bucks towards a cheap version of Cheerios?

Just something to think about. I think I’m going to implement it into my classroom this year.

thehousewelivein:

odinsblog:

the invisible hand of “Free market" capitalism strikes again

I can’t even handle this sadness.

thehousewelivein:

odinsblog:

the invisible hand of “Free market" capitalism strikes again

I can’t even handle this sadness.

(Source: moreleftthannot)

July 26th, 2014

fivecentwisdom:

Today, one of the most important pieces of legislation for people with disabilities in the US turns 24. Authored by Senator Tom Harkin and signed into law by George H. W. Bush, the law provides many protections for people with disabilities. Primarily, it prevents…

July 25th, 2014
Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear.
GK Chesterton (via itsssnix)
July 24th, 2014
Tomorrow is the last day of summer school so I commemorated my first “real” teaching experience with a thumbprint tree!
The past 5 weeks were filled with unique experiences, no doubt. Getting chocolate pudding thrown at me, a student having multiple seizures lasting up to two hours, behaviors and meltdowns, and a student with muscular dystrophy that died due to a massive stroke.
There were fun times as well: playing “field hockey” with pool noodles and beach balls, having a jump roping competition with one of my students, students understanding a concept, a student falling asleep on my shoulder, participating in speech therapy, a therapy dog that came in twice a week and the students read to her, singing duets with my severe Downs student, planning a science review jeopardy game and playing it with my students, and a breakfast that the four Special Ed. classes had!! 
I fell in love with teaching again, and I am so grateful for that.

Tomorrow is the last day of summer school so I commemorated my first “real” teaching experience with a thumbprint tree!

The past 5 weeks were filled with unique experiences, no doubt. Getting chocolate pudding thrown at me, a student having multiple seizures lasting up to two hours, behaviors and meltdowns, and a student with muscular dystrophy that died due to a massive stroke.

There were fun times as well: playing “field hockey” with pool noodles and beach balls, having a jump roping competition with one of my students, students understanding a concept, a student falling asleep on my shoulder, participating in speech therapy, a therapy dog that came in twice a week and the students read to her, singing duets with my severe Downs student, planning a science review jeopardy game and playing it with my students, and a breakfast that the four Special Ed. classes had!! 

I fell in love with teaching again, and I am so grateful for that.