Tales from the Group Chat
Pay Pre-K Teachers More
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My professor, an entire grown ass man: Maddy, give me your hammer. Not for geology reasons, for kindergarten reasons.
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Colossians 3:16 (NKJV) -
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
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Ugh, I have so much to say about this.
1) Children live in the community. They can infect parents, grandparents and others with covid, not just teachers. I know so many children who have lost someone close to them during the pandemic, and it has a real negative impact. There are studies that say losing a parent at a young age is the worst thing for a child's life chances.
2) Children in this age group can get seriously ill with covid - I know kids who have had 6 weeks off school with it because they were so poorly, kids still feeling the impact 3 months later so they can't play their sport or exercise. And, unfortunately, I know someone in this age group who is in hospital, right now, on oxygen, due to covid. She does have a health condition, but prior to this she was able to live a normal life. Now, who knows?
3) Last year, I honestly think teachers worked harder than ever. Balancing the demands of remote and in school education, running testing, keeping up with ever changing rules, enforcing bubbles, enforcing mask wearing. We didn't stop during lockdown, I was in school every week and remote teaching for several hours each day when I wasn't. I was regularly on the phone to students and their families who were facing really difficult times. And then coming back to school, organising more testing, looking after kids who'd had a really difficult time, getting TAGs done despite the ever changing guidance on that. And after that was done, being really hit by covid again, kids off, teachers off, the school on it's knees, everyone doing an insane amount of cover just to keep it open. Yes, things were cancelled during this period, but the core functions of the school kept going. And all of this whilst unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated, so I was very scared of catching covid.
Anyway, last year fucking sucked and I'd like to meet this guy, who probably spent the past 18 months working from home and not dealing with half of this stress. I'd happily punch him.
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Tom Hiddleston is retiring from acting and he came to my university to lecture about Shakespeare. I jumped out of my window (I live on the fifth floor) to run to university to catch his lecture. There were zombies on the way so I Ramboed my way through them. I arrived to uni just as Tom revealed himself to be Loki and that he was also Shakespeare's real life muse.
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Sharing this because:
Many teachers on this platform would benefit from this info.
Many nonteachers need to understand that this will be what their teachers'/teacher friends' lives consist of for the next year.
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Te robaron las ganas de vivir;
las ansias por vivir, te mermaron!
Yo presiento, que a aquello te obligaron,
porque sentí en mi adentros, "tu sentir".
Dicen las lenguas, - que quieres morir !! ;
aquellas mismas que te criticaron;
yo bien sé, "que se equivocaron",
pues sólo yo, sabía de tu sufrir!!
Llamo a tu puerta, - no vas a abrir?;
o prefieres, - que al fin me vaya !! ,
si no es así, "dímelo para no huir".
Oigo como tu corazón estalla,
el latido último de tu existir...
en una solitaria y húmeda playa!
Ousía Poética © Leandro Lojek
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As a grad student TA, my student never know how to address me in emails, even though I tell them they can just use my first name. This semester has had some great examples.
Dr. First or last or full name (I do not have a doctorate)
Mrs. First or last or full name (Not married)
Mr. Last name spelt wrong (just nope)
My first name and another TAs last name (I guess I'm married now?)
No address at all
Yo (not terrible)
To whom it may concern (just use my first name people, it's in the syllabus)
HELLO! (this is my favourite)
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Truth be told, there are a lot of reasons why I don't express myself with most of the people, there are several reasons why I dont talk too much or why I don't go out a lot, why I don't get attached easily, everything seems so heavy, it's all too loud, my thoughts, the noises, the circumstances, all of that got me crazy, all of that is taking my energy away, and it feels like I'm carrying a huge emotional burden, I just want to feel happy with the ones I love.
I just want to stop worrying, and getting frustrated, I just want to be free, I wanna feel complete.
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I really love my job today can't believe I get paid for this shit
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Things we should do in English class instead of just Shakespeare:
Compare & contrast a Rick Riordan book, an original Greek myth, and/or a retelling like Song of Achilles
Instead of talking about poetic devices, look for imagery, symbolism, and color theory in comics/graphic novels/Webtoons (Lore Olympus is a great example!!)
Analyze a Broadway musical instead of a Shakespeare play. (There’s SO MUCH to unpack in Dear Evan Hansen)
Have half the class read a book, and the other half listen to the audiobook. Do the audiobook kids have more similar interpretations? How much does the inflection and (unsaid) thoughts of the narrator influence ones takeaway?
10k notes and I’ll show this to my English teacher
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Fuck the butterflies, I can feel the whole zoo when I’m around you.
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Of Parenting And Beans
1. Your child asks for beans. You make her beans.
2. Your child asks for beans. You make her beans while she watches, and you explain how to use the can-opener and the safe way to use the stove.
(She learns how to make beans.)
3. Your child asks for beans. You tell her to pick something she knows how to prepare herself. After some negotiation, your child makes herself a peanut butter sandwich.
(She learns self-sufficiency and problem solving.)
4. Your child asks for beans. You tell her to make herself beans. She brings you the can-opener, confused. You show her how to use the can-opener, and supervise her as she uses the stove.
(She learns achievement, and how to ask for help.)
5. Your child asks for beans. You tell her to make herself beans. She brings you the can-opener, confused. You encourage her to figure it out for herself. When she becomes upset, you give her a few hints. She burns herself a little using the stove, and you care for the wound. She eats beans she made herself.
(She learns achievement, but also frustration.)
6. Your child asks for beans. You tell her to make herself beans. She brings you the can-opener, confused. You encourage her to figure it out for herself. When she becomes upset, she storms off to find other food. She makes herself a sandwich.
(She learns that you will let her fail, but she will survive anyway.)
7. Your child asks for beans. You tell her to make herself beans. She brings you the can-opener, confused. You encourage her to figure it out for herself. When she becomes upset, you do not allow her to leave. After an hour of frustration and shouting, you realise you are being foolish. You apologise and show her how to use the can-opener.
(She learns that people are fallible, and how to admit when you are wrong.)
8. Your child asks for beans. You tell her to make herself beans. She brings you the can-opener, confused. You encourage her to figure it out for herself. When she becomes upset, you do not allow her to leave. Six hours of frustration and shouting later, she finally manages to open the tin.
(She learns hunger and resentment.)
(She learns not to ask for beans again.)
9. Your child asks for beans. You tell her to make herself beans. She brings you the can-opener, confused. You encourage her to figure it out for herself. When she becomes upset, you do not allow her to leave. Six hours of frustration and shouting later, she finally manages to open the tin. You post the story online, and congratulate yourself on your good parenting.
(She learns that you view her pain as a mark of success.)
(She learns that she has become defined by the pain you caused her.)
(She learns that her story is not her own.)
10. Your child asks for beans. You make her beans.
(She learns that she is loved.)
(How do you fuck that one up?)
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When the government tells us everything is fine for back to school
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May 06 2021 | Who knew having a new keyboard could make me so happy? May it serve me well, for my master thesis is due in 6 months.
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