The Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings


Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.

Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell


I officially can no longer use #firstyearteacher!


From an email I got from a parent today: “I don’t know exactly what it is that you bring to your class atmosphere that encourages kids to enjoy learning, but I know that it’s GOOD and it’s RIGHT and I THANK YOU for it. Please continue to love what you do and to share that love with your students, it makes a difference!”


What didn’t they tell you?


Although I loved my experience as an undergrad education major, I can’t help but wonder what they didn’t teach me, or what I will be unprepared for as I begin my first year in September. I know many teachers cite classroom management as something they wished they had more practice with. But I want to know what others in #education wish they learned or discussed in college.

1) Classroom management is a big one. It was hardly covered during my undergrad, but every vet teacher I worked with says it is the one aspect of the job that takes the longest to get right. I did have one prof. have us do role playing to prepare for different behavior “types,” but it was just a supplemental thing. I did learn though that it is true that the biggest deterrent of negative behavior is a well planned and interesting lesson.

2) Enrichment is also an area where they don’t prepare you for. When I got my first class at that level - I was clearly not meeting their needs. It is a huge misconception that they just do things more easily and quickly. My high level 7th graders can surpass the capabilities of most highschoolers. You have to approach their instruction completely different from everyone else.

3) School Law. I only had a vague understanding of both my rights and the students’ rights, how contracts/unions work, what offenses warrant administrative referrals, and what a “mandated reporter” really means. There are so many logistics and legal matters that you just learn as you go along that should NOT be that way. I felt underprepared in that respect.

// from dudeedu


How’s your commute?


I am looking for the feedback of those in #education. How happy are you with your commute? Do you live too far or too close to school? Do you live in the same community you teach in? Why did you choose to live where you did?

I am looking to relocate for my new job and am debating how close I want to be to school so all feedback is helpful!

I’m about 10 minutes away. Although I now live in the next city over, I’m frequently in the town that I teach anyway. While I do love the community I’m in and I feel the direct connection with the schools (it is my hometown after all) I am pretty paranoid about running into students and parents.

It happens A LOT, so I always have to be careful about what I’m doing and who I’m with. It does take its toll on your privacy. I probably would move farther away, but there are other factors that are keeping me here besides my employment.

// from dudeedu



English teachers can either be the coolest teacher you ever had or the worst thing ever

(via greeneyesandruinedlungs)

// from catholicnun



RIP Maya Angelou. The internationally acclaimed poet died May 28 in her Winston-Salem, N.C. home. Above, she reads ‘And Still I Rise,’ from the eponymous 1978 collection

Angelou’s first autobiographical memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) brought her critical acclaim; among other achievements she read her work, ‘On the Pulse of Morning,’ at the swearing in of President Bill Clinton. 

There is a nobleness in the human spirit, despite it all.

My kids read this poem and I showed them this video. They absolutely loved her - although I was amazed that they haven’t heard of her until now.

// from newsweek



my classroom management


my classroom management

(Source: theworthlesspeon, via girlwithalessonplan)

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"You’re like Esperanza (from The House on Mango Street), Mr. Gallo. You came back to Hamden to give back - to help us become successful just like you."

I’m grateful that the only times I’ve bawled this year was when I think back on things my students say that truly move me.

We have barely 30 days left. I’m stressed, and tired, and putting up with way too much bullshit, but I am so tremendously proud of many of my kids. I’ve seen both bravery and brilliance that I will not forget.


Dear #education-ers,


You can make it through the week.

You can make it to break.

While you’re coping with stress and anxiety, keep in mind:

No one is perfect.

Your students’ failures and mistakes are not your failures and mistakes.

Your students’ apathy isn’t your fault. Neither is their attitude. Sometimes disengaging from their attitude is the only way to move forward. Don’t get sucked in.

Relish in the happy moments. The funny moments.

Force yourself to smile more. When it begins to feel natural, your whole world will change.

Set reasonable expectations for yourself. You can’t fix everything at once.

Know it will all get done.

Know it will all get done.

Know it will all get done.

Take time for yourself. You’ll be a better teacher, I promise.

And, it gets better.


Thinking Ron Paul is a genius because he’s anti-war and anti-drug laws is like thinking a Big Mac is good for you because it has lettuce and a pickle.

// from azspot




Kids react to the “controversial” Cheerios commercial.

For a counterpoint to the racist morons who found it objectionable.

I was heartened when Cheerios didn’t back down about their commercial, despite all the racist morons out there. I feel a little bit better still now that I’ve seen these kids responding to questions about the commercial and about racism.

Watch this, and feel better about future generations.

(Source: politicalprof)


Those awful things are survivable, because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never to be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are.


Education Reflection Questions

What did I learn?
I re-learned confidence; how to take ownership of my actions and truly feel responsible for the lives of others.

What did I give?
A lot. I’m exhausted - all the loss of sleep, the endless miles I walked to work in all our crazy weather, my steeping insecurities, etc. But I don’t regret a thing.

Who did I inspire?
I’d like to think every kid who came up to me this week and said “I hope you get the job” is keeping me in their thoughts as they move on to the next year.

(via gjmueller)

// from gjmueller


I vow to never give my students a reason to do this.

// from thedailywhat