i feel like I'm an English teacher

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hi everyone. hate to do this, but i really need a textbook for my one college class, but i really can’t afford it. the class is foundations of high school education (i want to be a high school english teacher!) and the textbook is about $120 and i thought i could get by without buying one, but it was obvious i couldn’t when I got a C on my first test. if you would like to help me out and commission me or buy an already existing painting, then please keep reading!!!

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Imagine Loki as an eccentric science teacher who’s classroom is across the hall from your English literature class. The two of you are constantly assigned extra curricular activities for your students together as each tries to hide their growing feelings. The students notice and are constantly trying to set the two of you up.

for my ap lit midterm tomorrow there’s going to be an essay prompt asking us to write as one of the characters from a book we’ve studied this year and you don’t know how tempted I am to fill the required three pages with angsty hamatio oh my god

How much the PJO books mean to me as someone with ADHD
  • Hi I feel like no one has had a post like this so I'm gonna post one kinda long story and if anyone wants to add on saying what the PJO world means to them please feel free to reblog with your stories or you can message me with your story cuz I'd love to know:
  • So when I was in the seventh grade I had an english teacher (who was absolutely amazing btw) who assigned the class to all pick a fiction book to read and write a report on. She took us down to the library and I remember looking at all the books not having a single clue what book I wanted to pick. I despised reading. I was extremely slow and I could never comprehend what was on the page. I could read 5 pages of something and not tell you a single thing of what I just read. I walked around the library aimlessly trying to get away with just picking up a short book and getting the hell out of there when I saw the first book of the Percy Jackson series "The Lightning Thief." I remembered I had just seen the movie a couple weeks before and my friend had complained loudly that the movie was horrible compared to the book and she told me to read the books instead. I didn't know what she meant cuz I actually quite liked the movie. I decided to take her word for it and I picked up the book, not knowing what I was getting myself into. In the first few pages Percy had explained how he had ADHD and Dyslexia and how those learning disabilities had affected his academic life and social life. The more I read the book, the more I realized that, other than flipping letters and words around and not being able to read, his personality, traits and behaviors, the way he talked without thinking of consequences, the way he had trouble focusing on reading, the way he realized, as a demigod with ADHD, he saw too much, not too little, and how he was so fidgety and restless, constantly moving all the time just to pay attention, all of those things were basically describing my whole life. I started to recall memories of times my teachers told me to stop wiggling in my seat or to be quiet and pay attention, or how they would look in sympathy at me when they saw that I had trouble understanding and recalling what I read even though I definitely could read. I remembered that I was always frustrated when I couldn't understand something the first time I tried it. My sister excelled at piano when we were little and then I would get frustrated, slam the keys, and cry because I couldn't get it as fast. I remembered always being the "slow reader" and finishing last on readings when everybody had already moved on. My room (and my life tbh) was a disorganized mess. I realized while reading the book that I might have ADHD. I was 99% certain. I ended up doing so much research on it that I was convinced. I was even more convinced when I had basically devoured the first PJO series in two months, quicker than I ever read before and the most books Ive ever read in that amount of time. My parents were shocked at how I was all of sudden reading all the time. Finally in 11th grade when I became so overwhelmed with the amount of reading junior year required, I told my parents I wanted to get fully tested for ADHD. Thankfully they understood and told me they've suspected for a while I might have ADHD. When the psychologist who tested me finally told me I definitely was ADHD I almost cried. Not meaning to sound dramatic, but I felt like my whole life finally made sense. I was able to get accommodations in high school and now college. I finally knew that I wasn't dumber than my peers. In fact, the psychologist actually told me my IQ was slightly higher for someone my age which was actually common among kids with ADHD. This all became possible because I had picked up "The Lightning Thief" in 7th grade because my teacher forced me to. Since then, the PJO world has grown so much with so much representation for so many different kinds of kids from LGBT kids to people of color and to the disabled (I grew up with gay relatives and friends and it was nice for Rick to depict my type of family as normal. I also grew up as a mixed race girl with a physical disability and, unknowingly a mental one too so it was amazing to finally see people like me be main characters in his stories). I found myself relating to Percy, to Annabeth, to Thalia, Nico, Reyna (as a puerto rican who had trouble keeping friends), Leo(who was hispanic and super ADHD and loved cracking jokes to hide pain), Sadie Kane (as a semi white passing colored girl), and so many of his other characters. I finally found a world where I belonged and I'm never gonna give that up. I hope other kids like me have found themselves in these books as I know I definitely have.
  • Thanks for reading : ) I'd love to hear your stories so please reblog with them or message me or follow me and I'll be posting a lot more about my thoughts and theories on the PJO world.

teamfreewill-vs-theworld  asked:

Hey so I'm writing an argument essay on Snape for English class, and I know you have very strong feelings about him, so I was wondering if you could give me your opinion on him so that I have some ideas for what to write

I am so glad you asked! *pulls out a virtual stack of books on the subject*

Lets begin Reasons to Hate Snape 101!

All right, in Book one:

Snape originally comes off a bit standoffish, but he’s a teacher, so Harry’s all like ‘eh’ but the first thing he does is practically attack Harry with Potions questions that might have been in the book but were a bit too advanced for Harry who had only opened his history of magic book and herbology.

The first day of class should have been spent explaining to them the basics of potionmaking, but instead it was used by Snape to assert himself higher and make Harry seem unintelligent, and when Harry points out that there is someone else in the class that might know better than him, Snape docks him a point.

Though, Harry’s words might have been cheeky enough to earn that docked point, the next time he loses one is completely undeserved: when Neville screws up his potion and blames it on Harry.

During the quidditch match that Quirrel tries to kill Harry, Snape earns a few points for saving Harry’s life, but he’s not doing it for the right reasons. I’m sure that Lily would have been grateful that Snape saved her son’s life if she was still around, but Snape did that because Harry was Lily’s son (neatly shoving James aside), not because he was a kid in danger. What would have happened if Quirrel had decided to nearly kill Fred or George (in a bizarre turn of events)? Would he stand by and watch?

In chapter 13 we come on the next quidditch match which Harry discovers Snape will be refereeing and Harry is so reluctant to go onto the field, partly because he thinks Snape tried to kill him last time, and probably partly because he’s a royal douchey tosspot that delights in making others miserable. He actually considers breaking his leg to keep himself from playing. What does that tell you?

But Snape does protect the Stone in the chamber, though that could be argued as being expected of him as a professor.

On to book two:

Now, Harry sees Snape first in this book after he and Ron crashed the Ford Anglia into the whomping willow, and while yes, Harry and Ron were foolish and reckless, they also didn’t know what to do with the barrier sealed, so they could hardly have been blamed, overreacting as they did (as children do). Punishment is warranted, obviously, but threatening them with expulsion is a bit too far…over a car that was seen by only two Muggles and did hardly any damages to the Whomping Willow.

Thankfully McGonagall and Dumbledore show up to clear things up.

Then we have issues with Slytherin-Gryffindor quidditch training.

The training ground is booked in advance by respective quidditch captains, given how Wood reacts, but Snape flies by those rules and gives the Slytherin team ‘special permission’ to train Draco as the next seeker (it should be noted that Harry needed no such thing when he became the Gryffindor seeker the previous year). Rules appear to matter little to him. 

Then there is the matter of Mrs. Norris’ petrification and Snape pins them as being very suspicious for going down that corridor instead of heading straight up to the common room, and though he’s right, since Harry’s following the basilisk’s voice, to find some blame in three twelve year olds is something I find quite annoying.

In potions class, causing a distraction for Hermione to collect ingredients, Harry douses half the class in potion that Snape swears if he finds the perpetrator he will have them expelled. A bit much over some spilled potion, don’t you think?

The dueling club is a hot mess to be sure, but when Lockhart gets up to suggest Justin and Neville, Snape says Neville causes devestation with the even simplest of spells, which undoubtedly has an impact on Neville’s self-esteem and is an extremely rude thing to say about a child in front of his peers.

In book three:

We see Snape’s favoritism fine more clearly than the previous books when he assigns Ron to cut Draco’s daisy roots, despite that Draco’s arm isn’t really damaged.

Then he threatens to force-feed Neville’s toad his potion, which is at the very least animal cruelty, and then takes points from Hermione for helping him, even though he didn’t have any proof of the act.

Now comes the worst bit for Neville: Defense Against the Dark Arts

Snape tells Remus just how terrible Neville is at simply instructions and basically insults the boy right in front of him, and really, its no surprise that Neville’s boggart is Snape.

But consider that for a moment: Neville’s boggart is a teacher, someone students are supposed to look up to, but Snape constantly beats him down, him, a thirteen year old wizard who can’t get his magic to work quite right with his father’s wand. Its frankly sickening.

Then when Snape finds out about how Neville dressed his boggart, he bullies him worse than ever. He doesn’t realize that if he didn’t bully Neville, Neville wouldn’t’ve had him as a boggart and wouldn’t have dressed him so ridiculously, so really its his fault in the first place.

Next comes the issue of how Sirius got into Hogwarts:

Snape immediately blames Remus, after all, Remus was Sirius’ old friend and a werewolf, a Dark creature, who in their right mind wouldn’t blame him?

But Dumbledore shuts him down (the only time I will ever say ‘Hallelujah, Dumbles!’).

Then we have Snape taking over Remus’ class while he’s recovering:

Harry is late to class, so the point deduction is expected, but he loses more points when he asks why Remus isn’t there and is then threatened with losing 50 if he doesn’t take his seat…that’s overdoing it a bit, 50 points for standing? Ridiculous.

He makes Remus seem unorganized by saying he doesn’t have any idea what they’re studying and when Hermione tries to explain, he cuts her off.


Then he decides to teach them about werewolves, something far outside of what they’d been studying and then berates them for not knowing how to identify them and when Hermione offers some information, he docks her points for being an insufferable know it all.

This is uncalled for, much like how he abuses his authority in bullying Neville and Harry.

Its also a bit hypocritical, as Ron points out “Why did you ask if you didn’t want to know?”

Its very clear he is good as being a bully more than a teacher.

But, now imagine how Remus felt coming back to work to essays about how to kill his kind? That’s pretty awful.

Then there was the issue with Hogsmeade and Harry sneaking out and throwing a mudball at Draco’s head, now, obviously he wasn’t allowed (Big no no, Harrykins), but the way Snape handles it is all wrong.

First he provokes him about his fame, which was something that Harry had never had a choice in (and could be argued was caused by Snape with the whole prophecy dealio), and then he drags James into the mix, calling Harry arrogant like his father (something Harry clearly wasn’t). A kid can only take so many insults about his dad before he snaps, so its really no surprise that Harry does so.

Having a shouting match with a child is quite unprofessional, especially given how he bullies said child constantly.

During one of Harry’s potions classes he doesn’t quite get his Confusion Concoction to thicken, so Snape gives him a zero. I don’t know about you lot, but if I make an attempt at something in Bio Lab, I at least get points for the attempt, even if it doesn’t turn out quite right.

Now, in the Shrieking Shack, we learn all about why Snape hates the Marauders, even going so far as to claim that James got cold feet at the last second about Sirius’ plan and using that as an excuse to still hate the man (this kind of grudge-holding isn’t the kind you’d expect a grown up to have)

His desire to put Sirius away is understandable, given Sirius nearly got him killed, but the fact remains is that he didn’t. His desire to put two innocent men (including Remus in this) in prison is quite startling.

The way he paints himself as a hero to the Minister is laughable, since he is as far from that as possible, and then the way he loses his temper in front of Harry and Hermione and those in the hospital wing (with Ron being unconscious) is shameful. 

But I think that possibly the worst thing was that the teachers -as it can be assumed- all knew about Remus’ condition and were sworn not to speak of it but Snape -the fucking asshole that he is- outed him to Slytherin House and soon the whole school. Really, what a fucking dick. Being a werewolf is no one’s business but their own.

In book four:

Snape gives Neville detention disemboweling horned toads, knowing full well how he’d feel about it, being the owner of a toad.

He gives them an assignment of researching antidotes, hinting he might poison them to see if their antidote works. Wtf? And what happens if it doesn’t? He’ll be sent off to Azkaban for manslaughter? Best idea yet.

When Harry’s name comes out of the fire, he automatically blames it on Harry’s ‘determination to break rules’…most of the times he broke rules for a good cause…so Snape trying to bring Harry down again.

Draco and Harry duel in the hallway and Draco’s curse manages to hit Hermione, making her teeth grow much like a beaver’s and Snape says “I see no difference.”

Now that is a scummy thing to say to a girl who has always been uncomfortable about the size of her teeth, so much so that his words reduced her to tears.

Snape also uses Dumbledore’s trust as a shield and excuse, like when Moody talks about his right to search rooms and Snape says the headmaster trusts him, no matter how misplaced it is.

During Potions class Snape insinuates that the press on Harry has inflated his already overinflated head, but, funny thing, Harry’s not a fan of press and can’t control what people do or do not write about him.

Then he accuses Harry of stealing from him without any proof and threatens to dose him with Veritaserum, which is incredibly low if you ask me.

In book five:

Snape makes a lot of jibes towards Sirius in this book, sine he has to remain indoors, hidden from the DEs and how Snape is out risking his neck, but we all know that Sirius would gladly be out risking his own.

The thing about the OWLs is odd. Given Snape’s teaching style, its safe to assume that most of his NEWTs students are Slytherins, given how he teaches more to them and sidelines the other houses. Taking only Os into NEWT classes is a bit ridiculous. It would be like asking me to get an A in my Microbio class, which I am just barely scraping by.

Snape insults Harry for not reading his instructions properly even though they’re in his FUCKING HANDWRITING (check yourself, asshole). And then he vanishes Harry’s potion and gives him a zero (rude).

He empties his cauldron constantly, I honestly don’t know how Harry could have possibly passed his class given how much Snape dragged his grade down.

Now to the Occlumency lessons. You have no fucking idea how much I hate Snape for those. Picking apart someone’s memories in an attempt to help them guard against mental attacks is a pretty shoddy idea. Snape gets to see all of Harry’s memories, when he’s vulnerable, when he’s being picked on by the Dursleys…and, ironically, he still considers arrogant and self-entitled, and that’s the mark of someone who just lacks all empathy.

It could even be argued that Snape made it easier for Voldemort to get into Harry’s head.

In Snape’s memories we get a glimpse of who Snape is and who James used to be. And while James was a bit crude, choking Snape with his cleansing charm, as brief as it was, given James’ background, its safe to say he wouldn’t have gone so far as to kill him. Snape, on the other hand, gave him a gash that could have easily slit his throat.

During Harry’s OWL potion’s exam he mentions how much easier it is to work without Snape breathing over his shoulder, and is probably a reason Harry does much better on his OWL.

He offers Umbridge to poison Harry since he’s out of Veritaserum, like wtf??

In book six:

He insults Tonks’ new patronus, to reflect her love for Remus, taking the form of a wolf, as looking rather weak, and then takes points off from Harry before the year even starts. Fifty points! For Lateness? What rubbish!

He makes fun of how Ron can barely Apparate and claims Harry’s knowledge of Inferi vs Ghosts is that of which a five year old could know.

Harry learns the truth about the prophecy and how Snape was the person who told Voldemort about it and subsequently caused his parents’ deaths, only one of which Snape appears to regret.

And while Harry and the others did not interact hardly at all with Snape in book seven, the memories Snape showed Harry proved what he was willing to sacrifice for Lily.

As someone has said before: James was willing to sacrifice himself for Lily and Harry, while Snape was willing to sacrifice Harry and James for Lily.

So, I went on a long rant, haha! It took me hours to write it all down, but I feel like these are the most of the problems I have with Snape! Good luck with your paper!

anonymous asked:

I feel like every time I tell people I'm gonna get an education to become a teacher people get this smug face and I feel like everyone think I should be doing something better and I keep thinking about the if u can u do if u can't u teach phrase and I think I want to do it but I'm so insecure and I feel like it's not a good enough thing to be...

teaching is so incredibly important. i’m in a fine arts degree and that could take me a few places but i would be so happy to teach art, or english. i think that’s a dope aspiration and people have to stop seeing teaching as something that’s done when you couldn’t quite make it any bigger because. it’s So. important. and wonderful. if you have a gift for helping young adults understand something greater, why not utilise it?? that’s not a shortcut, that’s not lazy, thats a near selfless act and frankly there needs to be more of it. fuckin go get em.

buster523  asked:

I'm a HS English teacher and I have a student who is so beautiful, mature, and clearly into me. She's 18. But I'm going to wait. Wait until she graduates and show her how a woman should feel in the hands of a man who knows what he's doing. Like the others.

anonymous asked:

eyy your art is amazing and it rly makes me feel like drawing B) i'd just like to ask, do you have any tips on drawing the folds and creases on clothing? i'm not really sure how to do it ;^; thanks for your time and for spending the effort to make pretty art uwu

Thank you! Honestly, I’m a bit surprised because I’ve always considered folds to be my weakest side. Here’s a few tips that help you maybe!

Here is a bunch of tutorials that will help you as well, I think. Sorry for my English x3

mynameiselly  asked:

So basically a lot of the stuff you write is very surreal and hits you in the feelings but isn't the kind of thing that makes sense, say, if an English teacher had you dissect it line by line to understand "exactly what the author means." What's your writing process like? Do you ever feel like you're just throwing stuff out there and full of shit creating meaning? I feel that way all the time when I'm writing I'm like whoa where did that line come from? Does this even mean anything? You know?

Ask someone to tell you a true story and they’ll lie. Ask someone to make up a story and they’ll betray themselves. You leak more meaning and truth than you think, even when you’re just goofing off. Check your nouns and you’ll see what you’re concerned about, what you’re in love with.

thespoopytaco  asked:

Next year my grade is supposed to be the guinea pig group for Common Core. I hear from my English teacher that they're getting rid of classic literature, replacing it with nonfiction, changing and adding standardized testing, and adding other "innovative" methods(Correct me if I'm wrong). Personally, I am against it-- I think the system needs to change, but I feel like this isn't the right kind of change. What are your opinions?

I hate common core because schools like your own are Doing It Wrong.  At the high school level, nonfiction is supposed to be 70% of the student’s reading ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES.  That means it is up to social studies, science, math, technologies and other electives to pick up the slack in teaching reading comprehension and skills, because where else is that 30% of literature supposed to come from?

The standardized tests are going to ask you more inference skills that are asinine that have nothing to do with the text itself, but more about author intention and purpose. 

Look at how vague this is:  http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/

The last three standards are “students will read stuff that’s hard."  WTH?  The common core also calls for an increase in text complexity, stating the Lexile demand level (a score given to a book for how hard it is to read) is not hard enough for kids.

But here’s the thing:  A James Patterson book clocks in at a low middle school grade level.  But would you have a 5th grader read a book about a rapist serial killer?  Text difficulty and text appropriateness aren’t the same thing.  You can read an "easy” text complexly.  Ask that of my freshmen who read The Hunger Games when it came out, but said themselves they didn’t “get” the adult themes until we studied it. 

Common Core is not grounded in educational reform; it’s grounded in business.  Textbook and test making companies are going to make a fortune on it and we’re all going to suffer.

unkn0wnu5er  asked:

Someone told me that teachers have to be really confident and love people and honestly, if that's so I don't no if I would be able to do it. I'm scared, I don't no what to do! I have 2 years to decide then university. I'm thinking science teacher? Maybe English teacher? (Both in high school)

I’m a ball of anxiety who shows no affection for anything that isn’t a baby or an animal and I love being a teacher. I’m a huge introvert who is exhausted from interacting with people who I’m not related or married to, so I do feel like Teacher Me is a persona that I adopt and then drop when school is over for the day, but I don’t hate doing that at all. I like who I am as a teacher, and I like who I am when I’m not teaching, and even though those two things are different, in many ways they are the same and they are both who I am. 

I’m 100% sure no one in my life would describe me as someone who “loves people” (actually, while typing this I asked my husband if he would say that about me and he straight up laughed and said no, so…testimony) but no one doubts that I love my students, because I do. They’re not just people, they’re MY people. There are a lot of things that go into deciding to become a teacher, but don’t let this discourage you if you’re really serious about it!

completely-nonsequitur  asked:

Omg okay so I saw your tags for English Teacher!Eggsy. And just, it's got me thinking, what about Professor!Eggsy at some prestigious university. He's smart but sticks out amongst the insanely posh professors. And then Harry is the dean of the university, or the head of the English department. Idk where I'm going with this but I feel the start of a fic.


Like, Eggsy doesn’t really dress like those posh professors. I mean come on, he may wear like a nice vest over some kind of white t-shirt, added with jeans and wearing his winged adidas shoes (please tell me that he has those shoes in every color lmao). The posh professors don’t really talk to him, mostly bc the way he talks and drops letters, as well as his accent and all. But yeah, just imagine how Harry comes across those posh professors being rude to his favorite English professor. He sets those professors straight, then, lo and behold, being old fashion as he is, Harry writes a letter to Eggsy. Mind you he wrote a love poem (describing how Eggsy looks, the way he smiles and brightens up and how he talks and telling how Harry has fallen for him) in that letter, as well as asking him for dinner.

winsissy-deactivated20151227  asked:

Do you believe that there is an age limit to great writing? I'm almost 16 and I started writing at the age of 4. I'm working on my first serious, non-school essay, (already almost) novel-length book and I love it. I've had two English teachers edit it and my aunt, an author herself, is also helping me. Lately, though, I've been getting told things like I'll look back on it later and laugh at myself. Should I give up? Thanks and sorry for the paragraph!

I have v strong feelings about this message.

Here is my short answer: Don’t give up, you are so obviously awesome it is crazy, and please learn to begin now disregarding everyone who tells you otherwise.

If I were at my mom’s house, I could take a photo of my sixth grade yearbook. Everyone was asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. I was offended to be asked what I wanted to be. I knew what I was going to be.

I wrote: “I am going to be a writer and illustrator of popular fantasy novels.”

So, that’s not exactly what I’m doing, or not right now, but it’s something close.

I had a period after college where I was like, “Be more realistic, Tim. Get a job, you hippie.”

But the strange thing is: The older I get, the more I realize how much I knew who I was when I was a teenager better than I do now.

(Do I cringe at everything I’ve ever written before? Yes. Doesn’t matter if it’s when I was sixteen or twenty-six. But if you look back in ten years on what you write tonight and cringe, that should only further affirm that you are a writer.)

Keep writing the stuff you believe in, if only cuz I’d love to read it. That quiet part somewhere inside you that knows who you are? That part is correct.

Apologies for any over-enthusiasm here. I’m feeling dangerously full of life tonight and naive-hearted in the best way. Someone please send me a baby goat to cuddle with.


es-for  asked:

Hey.I think that i'm depress, but i'm only 14 so...i don't know.I want to kill myself but when i told that,at my mother ,she said that is only temporany....what i should do? Sorry for my bad english.

If there’s anyone at school you can trust, like a teacher, nurse, or administrator; you really should let someone know how you’re feeling. What your going through matters and is NOT a phase.

anonymous asked:

In certain classes (mainly my "talented and gifted" English class) I sometimes feel like my work is inadequate compared to others in the class, so in order to maintain my teacher's opinion of me (that I'm smart), I'll just "forget" to do the assignment. This way instead of looking stupid, I just look lazy or forgetful. Sometimes during AP-style timed-writings, I'll just stare at a blank page for 40 min because I'm afraid if I actually try my best, my teacher will be disappointed. Any advice?

Do not be afraid of disappointing your teacher by doing your best – as a teacher, I would 1000x rather a student try their absolute hardest and still need my help with something than not try at all. I’ll even say that I have NEVER thought to myself “man, this student is really stupid”. Not once.

If one of my kids doesn’t understand something…well, hey – that’s what I’m here for. If all students already knew everything, why would my career exist? But when it seems like a kid is getting it but is just too lazy to do it, my attitude turns from one of “okay that’s fine, let’s do this together!” to “well damn, if this kid doesn’t care enough to try then how can I make them?” You see the difference? A student attitude of I’m trying but I need your help absolutely trumps a student attitude of I could but I just don’t want to. That’s a much more disappointing thing to see in a kid. Just this year, I had a student who never did her homework and she kept telling me she just forgot it…it was SO frustrating. But then she finally came to me and told me she didn’t understand her homework. And now we are on the same page, and we’re working together, and her parents are on board, and we’ve got it covered. 

Teachers can’t help if they don’t know what’s really wrong. Try to be honest as much as you can – your teacher wants the best for you. Trust me – we aren’t really as impressed with “smart” as you may think. Try your best. It’s enough.