New Educhum

Guys, my friend @iamnotyourteacher just made a teaching tumblr blog and ought to be pulled into the community.  He is student teaching at a high school and wants to be a middle school English teacher.

I know I don’t know everyone in the community and will probably forget some of the ones I do; so if I do forget you please reblog or say something! 



















#Educhums I am digging…some new, some since the very first day. xx


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Oh myyyy...

My freshmen honors class reads Gilgamesh as one of the first texts of the year.  It’s a good primer into epic “poetry” and the hero/quest archetypal pattern before going into the Odyssey.  However, we’ve always used the prose translation by Sanders published by Penguin.  It’s simple and pretty flat.

So, with some grant money, the school bought me new translations of Odyssey (Fagels! hithertokt!!) and the Mitchell translation of Gilgamesh.  I’d read excerpts of the Mitchell version and knew it was 1. poetry and 2. a “conglomeration” of many source pieces of the epic.

What was I was not expecting was how..erhm…ahem, more explicit the harlot’s taming of Enkidu is in this version.  In the prose version, it’s cut and dry:  she bared her breasts and he laid with her for seven days and six nights.  Tadaaaa. 

So, today, I had some time with my honors, I asked them, “Hey, do you guys remember how the harlot tamed Enkidu?” and they were like, “uuuuuhhh, yeah?  Lots of sex."  And I was like, "okay, just bear with me and listen to this translation from the new book for next year’s kids”:

She stripped off her robe and lay there naked,
with her legs apart, touching herself.
Enkidu saw her and warily approached.
He sniffed the air. He gazed at her body.
He drew close, Shamhat touched him on the thigh,
touched his penis, and put him inside her.
She used her love-arts, she took his breath
with her kisses, held nothing back, and showed him
what a woman is. For seven days
he stayed erect and made love to her,
until he had had enough.

They.  were. dying. with. laughter.


And what’s so interesting is Mitchel’s notes in the back of the text give the exact translations from what source he’s working with.  And the Sanders translation definitely…simplifies it. 

And one girl said, "Hey, that’s some 50 shades right there…”

So you’re likely thinking, “omigod, GWALP, are you going to censor it?”

le nope.

It’s basically stating in more explicit terms what was already in a previous translation.  It’s a three-thousand year old epic that has stood the test of time.  No.  We also read Oedipus Rex (incest), the Odyssey (incest, infidelity, mass carnage), and Othello (murder), so this is a drop in the morality bucket.

Furthermore, to censor it is to devalue the power of Shamat.  The scene is not a “sex” scene in the carnal sense.  She is literally using her feminine power to teach him how to be a man and how to be civilized.  Without Shamat, Enkidu would never have challenged Gilgamesh, who in turn would never have been the great king he turned out to be.  The woman is the key here. 

I just see myself approaching Book 1 differently in class and reminding them to put their maturity hats on before we read it.   


I made my planner today! I’ve been tweaking my ideas and figuring out what I want and how I want it over the past few weeks. I am so, so excited about how it turned out. It has a grade book section, a full calendar for the year, lesson planning and unit planning sections, and the back has pages set up for taking notes at meetings (because I usually take notes for meetings in fifteen different notebooks and then I can never find what I need). 

I used (the old 2009 version of) Pages to make everything after being truly inspired by hithertokt. I finally declared it “perfect enough” and took the whole thing to Staples this afternoon to get it printed out and bound. Right now I’m in the process of adding tabs and covering the covers with washi tape, making it look all pretty (because that, kiddos, is what is truly important). 


Math is so amazing.

Tagging Hithertokt because I remember one time she said she needed to get better at not hating math.

Just in case you were wondering,

Hithertokt is just as sweet and lovely in person as she is on her blog. We ate nachos and drank beer and talked teaching and tumblr, and her patient boyfriend withstood it all (what a champ!).

I’m so lucky to live in the same city as tumblr friends’ relatives. :)

hithertokt replied to your link: Do you really have a question for Cop with a Teacher?

Might have missed the opportunity, but: I remember you posted once about your fiance dropping off your lunch at school and your students’ awed reaction. What does he think about the almost mystical quality in which students view his existence?

Exact quote:  

“Wow…that’s a heavy question.  I would have to say that part of it probably because you talk about me so much and they have so little contact with me, and also police officers seems so inaccessible.  But over all, I’m amused by it.”

GWALP adds:  While he answers this, he’s sipping a Guinness and taking apart his pistol.  I can see the mystique.

The drama kids know him better than most because he’ll show up to a stray rehearsal and always makes it to shows.  They have no problem even sidling up to him and start chatting.  During improv games, the kids would heckle him from the stage DURING a sketch about not proposing to me.  


@hithertokt’s Snow Day Challenge! And it is only a quarter after 4!

I did something I enjoy. I made buffalo mac & cheese, played a ton of Just Dance (guilty pleasure song - One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” - 5 stars baby). Now, I am about to curl up and read It’s Kind of a Funny Story.

I did something school related. Started mapping out my class’s Olympic games. I am going to break them up into four teams. They will be awarded/deducted points for homework and behavior, and there will be an event every day. On the last day, we will have a day filled with the more… involved/active/messy events. I’m getting excited.

I went outside. Murphy did not want to join me in the snow. And bonus for hithertokt, I found sun. Not a whole lot, but some!


Hithertokt’s Snow Day Challenge Yay!

Go outside: I braved the barely-double digits and took a walk to the store. As a friendly reminder, I don’t own pants ;) Also! If you look quite closely at the second picture, you can see the Capitol building. I only live a few blocks away (i.e. come visit?)!

Do what I want: I moved my body with Cardio X. It was more of a I-have-to-or-I’ll-go-insane thing as opposed to an oh-yeah-I-way-want-to-do-this-now thing, but it felt good to be a bit less blobesque (even if I do hate the yoga warm-up for this one).

School related: Dun dun dun. Here is my school’s amazingly annoying and inefficient template with which we have to write our lesson/unit plans. It doesn’t make any sense to me so I dread it, but we have to have them in a binder in our room just in case admin does a walk through–it’s the first thing they look for and the first thing they mark down on in an observation. Wah.

What did you guys do today?

  • Your favorite clothing item, shoes, OR accessory - My infinity pinky ring, bought in Berkley, CA. I just finished reading TFioS and this was an appropriate purchase.
  • Something that makes you exceedingly happy - Two days til break!
  • Something that is your favorite color - blue in my shower curtain!
  • The best thing in your kitchen - Yup. All of it.