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There was nothing Jay hated quite as much as being royalty which was just another reason why he had agreed to switch identity with Alec in school. The prince had just returned to the school after a visit with his family and flopped down on his bed.

Just as he closed his eyes to finally get some rest for the first time in days, the door opened. Jay groaned and opened an eye to see who dared disturb him, seeing that it was just his roommate he closed his eyes. “I will complain about my family tomorrow if you don’t mind” He told Alec and rolled over not really caring about the fact that he was getting his black make up all over his pillow.

30.8.16

I’ve got a math test tomorrow that I’m freaking out about but that’s okay, that’s alright. There were a couple of universities visiting my school today and I went into full Applicantzilla mode, asking tons of Q’s. I’m beyond excited for college! Not like the people at my school aren’t lovely but I’m just bored. Studying has been good and fun and I’m super happz.

multibandom-headcanons  asked:

hs!joshler where nerd!ty's freshman english teacher has a new job smwhere else nd ty nd the teacher have like a stdent/fren relationship nd jock!j has to cuddle him nd tell ty that evrythng's ok nd that ty can talk to j ab his problems if he needs it

:( “hey, babe? it’s okay! i promise! if you ever need to talk about anything at all, i’m right here. i’ll always be here. you can tell me anything, babe. and, if you want, i’ll even drive you to the school to visit him!” n ty smiles a lil n j wipes his tears “everything’s going to be okay.”

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Elsa’s Classroom Visit

Yesterday I visited all the 2nd grade classrooms at the school where my aunt is a second grade teacher! It was absolutely MAGICAL!!!

I went to 3 different classrooms (1 ½ classes in the first two and two classes in the last room) and did the same basic thing for all of them!

Let me preface the story with the fact that, particularly at this school every single kid sings Let it Go and knows Frozen and Elsa and everything to a T!!! Some of the teachers sing it with them at the end of the day for fun and at one point this group of first graders was walking by (they didn’t see me because i was up high and they were all walking in a line) spontaneously all singing “Let it go”- Basically Frozen is a big deal! Anyway…

My other aunt was with me as my helper so she went into the classroom and had the teacher set up the “Let it Go” video on youtube. The kids were majorly into it and singing along and everything- then when Elsa transforms into her ice dress, my aunt opened the door of the classroom and I came in! It was the cutest thing ever!!! The girls were all squealing and gasping and it was soooooo sweet!!! I talked to them a little bit and then read them The Snow Queen and Frozen (both of which were pretty short!) After the books, i answered some questions from the kids and then individually took photos with them, promising to print them out and autograph them to be returned to them the next day! Every single kid was so sweet and kind!

One of the cutest moments was when I was walking from one of the classrooms to another and it was recess time right outside the door!! One of the kids saw me and was like “who is that…?” and all of a sudden the kids started running towards me!!! There’s a photo above where you can see the group of kids get progressively bigger!!! The teacher was trying to hold them back, but i felt really bad that i wasn’t able to go to all the classes and do photos etc. so i wanted to do something quick and fun with them! They were all shouting questions at me so i began singing “Let it go” (bear in mind- i am not a singer…) they all joined in and it was soooooo cute!!! (i’ll post the 5 second video we got of it in a minute!)

For my aunt’s class, we decided to get a group photo so all the kids wanted to help me hold the cape! It was too precious!!!

It was an absolutely amazing experience and I would do it again in a second!!! I wish that i could have done more classes!!!

My next real appearance as Elsa will be Philly Comic Con on the 20th i think… I may also visit one of my coworkers cousins on her birthday party for a bit this weekend but we’ll see how that goes…

(BTW- my costume was not entirely finished here. I still need to glitter the undershirt, do the shoes, finish the bodice, and finish the hem of the train)

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Today was one of those “big win” moments for me.

I was asked to come speak to a group of 1st/2nd graders during their “creative” class about being an illustrator. I prepped a presentation for them which allowed me to interact with the kids and was thrilled with the overwhelming number of questions and interest in everything I was showing/doing.

Better still this was at a school with less fortunate families and I had created goodie bags for each of the kids with some art supplies so that we could draw and stuff as a group at the end. They were so appreciate of some crayons a few holiday themed pencils (and a Rich Green Art pencil of course) along with erasure, pencil sharpener and pad of sketch paper) it was touching. The teacher messaged me after the class to let me know that one of the kids is currently homeless and she was thrilled to see how much he came out of his shell during the discussion and when a goodie bag was given to him.

I am still not bringing in enough income to live off of yet but I just knew I needed to do something extra for these kids and I was so glad I did.

What they don’t know is how much they did for me today, as I left that school this afternoon feeling happier than I’ve felt in a while. I mean there I was getting to inspire kids while doing something I love and feel so passionate about. Its just a huge difference from where I was a year ago - days away from being laid off on my 17+ year job!

Thanks to everyone who has provided encouragement and support as I continue to find my way and define who I am as an artist. Today was definitely one huge step towards my purpose in life!

School tours and interview visits

It’s around the end of February that the first teaching jobs for September go up online for NQTs to apply for. DON’T PANIC there’s plenty of time to look for jobs if the thought hasn’t crossed your mind already - after Easter is the best time to begin your search! However, I thought I’d make this post early so that if you are arranging school visits before applying for jobs around now then you can go in fully prepared.

Most schools prefer you to visit the premises for a tour/chat before you apply for a teaching position there. Some schools have open afternoons/evenings when prospective candidates can tour the schools in groups, others prefer you to arrange a visit time directly with the Headteacher. Either way, I’ve had more interview offers from schools I have visited than from schools I merely sent the application form off to. Here’s a list of handy questions to ask when being shown around the school/having a chat with the Headteacher/SLT.

Questions to ask when touring the school

  • How many children are on roll/in this year group/key stage/class?
  • In mixed year classes, what is the split of year x and year y children?
  • How many classes/teachers work in your school?
  • What is the staff to pupil ratio? Are there many EAL or SEN pupils in school?
  • How many TAs does the school employ? Are the TAs attached to one particular class? Do you employ many SEN support staff or HLTAs in your school?
  • How many adults work in this class on a daily basis? Do any external agencies operate regularly with classes/children?
  • Are there opportunities for the children to learn through play? (Foundation and KS1 mainly)
  • Does the school library get used regularly? Is it used for reading or research or as a teaching space?
  • What technology does the school have access to? How many computers/tablets are there in relation to the children?
  • What other ICT equipment does the school use? What software programmes do you use to teach the children in this school?
  • What sort of computers/interactive whiteboards does the school have? Are these available in all classrooms?
  • Are school meals cooked on site? How many children have school dinner? How many children are on free school meals?
  • Is the hall used for dinner time/clubs/ assemblies/worship/PE/a teaching space? How often is it used for these roles?
  • Is there a playground/field/outdoor space rota? Can all the children access all areas of the playground and/or play together?
  • Is there a forest school area of your grounds? Do you use the school nature garden/pond/wildlife area/vegetable garden often?
  • What other teaching spaces do you have on site? Are these accessible to all?

Things to do when visiting

  • Always leave plenty of time to get to and park at a new school! Schools are often tucked away or hard to find on sat navs so leave plenty of time to get there in case you get lost.
    Always smile and talk to staff members you may approach whilst visiting. From the receptionists to the teachers to the dinner ladies be polite and introduce yourself to all - they could well be your colleagues in the future and a good first impression helps!
  • Ask about work on display. Generally staff have spent a long time putting it up and so are happy to talk about it! IT also shows you are taking an interest in school life.
  • If you are visiting a religious school ask about the worships they have and whether the local parish/church/vicar is involved in the school community.

Questions to ask the Head/A Senior Leadership team member

  • Ask if any specific schemes for teaching core subjects are used?
  • How often is assessment conducted in school and are any schemes used to conduct these?
  • Does the school have a topic/thematic based approach to learning?
  • Are there many opportunities for working as a key stage or taking part in whole school events?
  • What is the school looking for in an ideal candidate for this job? (a wee bit cheeky this question but some job adverts are very vague so it’s worth checking)
  • How supportive are the parents/wider school community? Are there many parent helpers in school? Does the school partake in wider community trips/events?
  • What are the school’s SAT results like? (Cheeky to ask again but if recent data isn’t available on OfSTED it might be good to check on the school’s progress)
  • What is the school’s catchment area? Do children have to travel far to come to school/are many children from outside catchment?
  • Does the school have a nursery/do the nursery children generally move up into the main school?
  • Where do year 6 children go after leaving the school? Are these in the school cluster/catchment area?

Of course there are probably many more questions you could ask, and you probably will have plenty more questions that are specific to the school. I hope these get you started and they might be handy to have to hand when you mind goes blank during a school visit!!

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LIBRARY AND SCHOOL VISITS!

I had a GREAT time visiting The Forsyth County Public Library yesterday! Thank you so much to the staff and attendees for being a true pleasure. 

Would you like me to visit your school or library?  This year I have been increasing these visits, and putting real focus on putting together a presentation about my professional history & influences as a cartoonist, my creative process, and even a live reading from the Eisner Award-nominated Mermin series! 

I live in Athens, GA, so anything within a day-trip of that is perfect, but don’t hesitate to contact me if you are farther away.  joey [AT] tragic-planet [DOT] com

Thanks again to the schools and libraries who have already had me as a guest this year, and to those that are coming up!  I love meeting young readers and talking about comics!

ABOUT ME

Joey Weiser is the author of the Eisner Award-nominated Mermin graphic novel series from Oni Press. His comics have appeared in several anthologies including SpongeBob Comics, and the award-winning Flight series. His first graphic novel, The Ride Home, was published in 2007 by AdHouse Books. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design and currently lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife Michele and their cats Eddie and Charles. www.tragic-planet.com

Everyday racism in a museum

I am a Chinese American who went on a student exchange in Denmark last year and it was absolutely fantastic but when you made a post asking for experiences of racism in Scandinavian countries, one event comes to mind.

In my town, there’s a museum and I was visiting it with an American friend. There must have been a school visiting because there was a lot of kids. My friend and I were walking and a boy about 10 years old in a group just said “ni hao” as he passed us. My friend and I just looked at each other and went “wtf”. I wasn’t going to confront some ten year old in a language I just learned so I let it slip.

I feel like racism in Scandinavia is weird. They say they’re equal and stuff (and they largely are) but there’re a lot of microagressions in society that are just accepted as normal. Racist jokes and comments, especially about the Middle Eastern refugees, are just normal and nobody cares. Some people even dismiss the direction America is going to make people feel comfortable (including the BLM movement) as something akin to getting too butthurt. I love Denmark but I hate this casual racism.

Tough Question

The other day I gave a building tour to a group of prospective students. My goal on these tours is to tailor them to the participants, so that everyone walks away with some sense of what it’s like to be a student at Kellogg. A few people in this particular group were interviewing that day, so they were kind of shy at first. After a little prodding I got them to open up and they asked some really great questions - “what classes are you taking?”, “Do you get into Chicago often?”, etc. And then I got hit with a big one - “What do you like the most about Kellogg?”.

I like to talk…a LOT, but this question left me speechless. One would think that as a tour guide I would have a response prepared for such a question. After flailing awkwardly for a minute, searching through all of the amazing experiences I’ve had at Kellogg so far and everything yet to come I settled on “the people” as my answer. It was a terrible response, and I anticipated the eye rolling of the questioner before he began the action. 

Now that I’ve had some time to really think about this question I can put together a coherent thought about what I really like about Kellogg: For these two short years, I’ve been fortunate to return to an environment where all things are once again possible, and my mind is constantly stimulated and engaged. But then again, a lot of business schools offer this opportunity. The differentiating factor at Kellogg for me is the people I interact with, from my classmates to faculty and administrators. I could describe them as smart, driven, funny, supportive, and engaged but that would be doing them all a terrible disservice. They’re so much more, and my life has been enriched because I’ve known them.

School Visit || Andromeda, Minerva and Tonks

Andy had not called or sent a letter ahead, except to Tonks. It should have occurred to her that parents weren’t simply supposed to drop into the school (especially if they wanted to cancel their meeting time, and then show up for the meeting time anyway). After all, she had been a secretary for fifteen years. These sort of things should have occurred to her, but they didn’t.

She took a Portkey up to Hogsmeade, and paid a driver to take her to the school from there. She went in the side entrance used for carriages, and before she knew it she was outside the Great Hall again, terrified because this was the only place she remembered coming to, and it wasn’t that she wouldn’t be able to find her way in the school, it was that she wouldn’t be about to remember where the Hospital Wing was.  The grimy old caretaker, Filth—was his name FilthFilth?! Wow, what a promising name, and he seemed to be upholding the title too, what with the state of these floors.

Anyway, Filth took her through the castle, and she said—more than once—that she was going to visit her daughter, but he didn’t seem to listen. It wasn’t until she told him her daughter was Nymphadora that he stopped, looked at her, and a horrible smile broke out on his face. Andromeda got the feeling he knew about the howler.

“Here we are,” he said, and rubbed his hands together. 
“Is this the hospital wing?” Andromeda asked dubiously. 
“No. It’s McGonagall’s office.” 
“Oh.” Brilliant. Bloody brilliant.

Filth looked at her suspiciously. “You’re the girl of the Blacks what run away, right? Interestinghowler.” He said, sucked his gums. Andy laughed a little nervously. She wasn’t sure if that was supposed to be a joke or not. She didn’t particularly care.  He knocked on the door, and called; “Proffessor McGongall; there’s a woman here to see you.”

“Oh, no—I’m not—” she began, but he was already walking away. She didn’t know what to do, so she opened the door without waiting for clearance to come in. She pushed some hair behind her ear and poked her head in. “Hello? I think I’ve been—uh… I think Nymphadora—my daughter—is in the Hospital… Wing…” She frowned. “Oh. I’m, uh, I’m Andromeda Tonks.” She said, and cringed. She really should have known how to handle this situation, she had been a Slytherin and a secretary besides. “I was told to come here,” she explained lamely, and bit her lip. Usually she wasn’t quite so nervy, but she remembered McGongall, and any notes she got home about Nymphadora were always quite strict, factual and curt. It was something she admired about the woman, but she was certain that she would dislike having that stony scrutiny turned on her own self.