The Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings


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)

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

// from thedailywhat



"where do you teach english?"

from Anonymous

CT. I’m actually teaching social studies in Hamden now as a long term sub, but my cert is in English. Hoping to get a permanent spot in the area soon.


From “One Today”

One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes
tired from work: some days guessing at the weather
of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love
that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother
who knew how to give, or forgiving a father
who couldn’t give what you wanted.

— Richard Blanco (2013)


I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.

Augustus Waters to Hazel Grace, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


(Source: azspot, via good)

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Smartphone Etiquette, The Art of Manliness

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We could end homelessness with the money Americans spend on Christmas decorations.
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“Adjectives are frequently the greatest enemy of the substantive.”
- Voltaire

“[I was taught] to distrust adjectives as I would later learn to distrust certain people in certain situations.”
- Ernest Hemingway

“The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.”
- Clifton Paul Fadiman

“When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them — then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when close together. They give strength when they are wide apart.”
- Mark Twain

“The road to hell is paved with adjectives.”
- Stephen King

“[The adjective] is the one part of speech first seized upon and worked to death by novices and inferior writers.”
- J.I. Rodale

“Use no superfluous word, no adjective, which does not reveal something.”
- Ezra Pound

“The adjective has not been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place.”
- E.B. White

“[Whoever writes in English] is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective.”
- George Orwell

“Most adjectives are also unnecessary. Like adverbs, they are sprinkled into sentences by writers who don’t stop to think that the concept is already in the noun.”
- William Zissner

// from nevver


Treat cargo shorts as Stalin treated his enemies: forgotten forever; removed from history.

// from putthison