look, you’re not doing me some kind of favor when you make me justify my life and needs and rights to you. stop acting like educating your ableist ass is a Gift to me. like, stop acting as if “giving me a chance to showcase” my activist labor is somehow you doing me a service for Giving Me The Opportunity ™. 

so no, i will not diversity/inclusion proofread your essay or novel, or evaluate your website accessibility, or host workshops for you… for free. no, i will not look over your lesson plan, or organize a disability track at your event, or write a syllabus, or consult on your shitty project… for free. no i will not answer your invasive questions, no i will not host a q&a on basic disability politics, no i will not educate your staff… for free. 

but this is how it plays out when i stand up for that — 

[screenshot of an email. “if i would not be able to be compensated for my time and labor, i will not be able to host a workshop for you. i am really frustrated and tired of being expected to educate people on my identities and experiences for free and of my labor as an activist being devalued, particularly within a larger campus climate of inaccessibility and erasure of disabled people and disability activism. 

leading a workshop on disability justice for free is in opposition to the foundations of disability justice as a movement that centers the work of survival and self-advocacy as work. the disability justice movement aims to emphasize the needs and voices of those who are most marginalized — those who cannot afford to do activist work for free. this is part of what draws me to disability justice over mainstream activism, which centers those who already have the privilege to engage in that type of volunteerism. 

thank you for your offer, but subsequently i cannot accept without compensation. 

best, Auden.] 

in response to this email, i received a very polite and genuine apology that hit all the buzzwords and showed a lot of respect for me and what i had said… and then they found someone else who would do it for free, and wouldn’t incorporate that pesky disability justice framework. 

or it looks like this: 

[screenshot of an email: “hi elliot! i would be happy to do the workshop again! unfortunately i will not be able to devote sufficient resources to it without funding available to compensate me for my work. if that funding is not available under the MRC, i’ll probably hold the workshop later this semester under an organization which is able to pay presenters. 

best, Auden.]

i never received a response to this email. the event series went on, and they just… avoided including a workshop on disability altogether. because i wouldn’t do the work for free, an entire axis of oppression and experience was taken out of an event that was focused on diversity and was sponsored by the college program on diversity and inclusion. 

(in case you think this just plays out in institutions, by the way, let me tell you that some of you here, who follow me on twitter or tumblr or wherever, have asked me to do diversity consulting work for you for free. i noticed, and i’m talking about you here too.)

let me be clear: i will do it. it’s work i am willing and capable of doing, happily. but it’s work, and it requires resources, training, education, effort, and experience that makes me qualified to do it, and i should be compensated fairly for that. this isn’t a community service bake sale and i’m donating a tray of cookies, and this isn’t a high school play where i Get The Chance ™ to perform. this is my life, and my work, and my study. respect that.

al--exx  asked:

Idek why i'm telling you this but for some reason literally all i could remember on my Russian history exam was the Shosty/Stalin feud in very specific detail. I'm 100% going to fail the paper and not get into uni but i think it was worth it.

i seriously hope shosty is on a Russian history syllabus

provisional reading list for women’s lit course

subject to change, but here’s the reading list for my fall course:

  1. Gloria Anzaldúa, “Creativity and Switching Modes of Consciousness”
  2. Anzaldúa, “Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers”
  3. Anzaldúa, “I Want To Be Shocked Shitless”
  4. Audre Lorde, “Poetry Makes Something Happen”
  5. Lorde, “My Words Will Be There”
  6. Virginia Woolf, “How Should One Read a Book?”
  7. Woolf, “Professions for Women”
  8. Elizabeth Bowen, “Out of a Book”
  9. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “Canon Confidential”
  10. Claire Vaye Watkins, “On Pandering”
  11. Nichole Perkins, “A Response to ‘On Pandering’“
  12. Rebecca Solnit, “80 Books No Women Should Read”
  13. Jennifer Weiner, “If you enjoyed a good book and you’re a woman, the critics think you’re wrong”

  14. Peter Rabinowitz, “Against Close Reading” 
  15. Rita Felski, “After Suspicion”
  16. Felski, excerpts from The Uses of Literature

  17. Daniel José Older, “Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, and Publishing”
  18. Helen Klonaris, “If I Tell These Stories: Notes on Racism and the White Imaginary 
  19. Casey Lllewellyn, “What We Could Do With Writing”
  20. Claudia Rankine and Beth Loffreda, intro to The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the LIfe of the Mind
  21. Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric

  22. Alison Bechdel, Fun Home (and associated other readings about graphic novels)

  23. Janice Radway, “Girls, Zines, and the Miscellaneous Production of Subjectivity in an Age of Unceasing Circulation” 
  24. Jennifer Sinor, “Another Form of Crying: Girl Zines as Life Writing“
  25. Excerpts from The Riot Grrrl Collection
  26. Mixed Up! A Zine about Queer and Mixed Race Experience
  27. The Femme Shark Manifesto

  28. One Direction: This Is Us (film)
  29. Henry Jenkins, excerpts from Textual Poachers
  30. Brodie Lancaster, “Pop music, teen girls, and the legitimacy of fandom”
  31. Elizabeth Minkel, New Statesman articles (including “What is fanfiction anyway?”, “Why it doesn’t matter what Benedict Cumberbatch thinks of Sherlock fan fiction,” and “Why are we so bad at talking about diversity in pop culture?”)
  32. Articles from Fan/Fic Magazine (”How AO3 Revolutionized Fandom,” “The Ethics of RPF,” and other articles)
  33. protagonist_m, The Killing Type (1D fanfic novel)

7:17pm || hello everyone, I’m reading History syllabus and waiting for my sociology results! So worried about my History exam on Monday! It’s very important! I hope I will do well☺️
Stay positive and hydrated😘


Binder Organization!

1. I keep my schedule right at the beginning of my binder, so I have easy access to it

2. I like to print out calendars to plan out my study in - in monthly view -, it really helps to see how much time you have left until the test/exam, and it’s easy to plan out what you’ll do each day. I also color code my classes, so it’s easy to pick up the things I need for studying for the classes if I go to the library, for example

3. The first thing you’ll see behind each divider is the class syllabus. It’s important to keep it, especially if it has the test dates on it. Can’t afford to forget when tests are!!

4. For my Human Language class, our teacher made guides, and she would use them to teach the topics, and elaborate on each one

5. Rewritten class notes

6. Actual class notes

7 & 8. Before the tests, I would type everything out on the computer, and then print it out and use it as another way to study

9. Our final literature test

10. The resolution of said test, in which I actually got an A, I’m so proud!

How to: Use a Syllabus

I have had a disconcerting number of asks lately dealing with syllabi. Which means it’s time for another in my ever popular line of “How to” posts.

Let’s begin with finding a syllabus. Hopefully your school handed you one before you even knew you needed it. But as seems to be the case, this isn’t happening as often as it should. Let me tell you now. YOU NEED A SYLLABUS FOR EACH CLASS YOU ARE TAKING. If your school did not provide you one - try asking your teacher for a copy. They might not know that they should be sharing this with you. If they refuse or give you a hard time, don’t stress. Simply go on google, type “[class name] ib syllabus [year]”, and a pdf or word document should be linked in the top 20 hits. example: “HL Biology ib syllabus 2015″ If you need help finding a specific class, let me know. If you have a copy of a recent syllabus/find a really good copy online - PLEASE let me know, I will make a library of links to make it easier for people to find these. Really, so much of success depends on syllabi that it’s crazy and unfair for students to be working without them.

Now that you have the syllabus - you need to learn how to read it.  At the beginning, it may have a bunch of boring information about how that subject is scored. This isn’t critical to the purpose of the syllabus. Right now, we’re more interested in teaching you what you need to know, rather than explaining how you’re going to prove it. The meat of the syllabus is divided into Core topics and Higher Level topics. Everyone (SL and HL) studies the core, but only HL has to study the additional topics. In some classes like Biology, there may be optional topics that your school will choose to focus on. Looking at the syllabus, under Core topics, you will see Topic 1. Think of this as a chapter in a book; it represents an overarching theme of study. Ex. Biology - Cell Biology. Following the Topic are subtopics or section headings. Ex. Biology - Topic 1.1 Introduction to cells. Underneath this subtopic will be a sequence of questions or statements that could be asked or referenced by an examiner. This is what you are expected to know. Exactly. There are rules in place, where professors who write the exams have to prove that the questions come directly from the syllabus. What I am telling you is that if you are familiar with the syllabus there is no possibility that you will see something new on the exam. The IB literally hands you a study guide and says if you know everything on here, you’ll get a 7.

This sounds great right? fool proof? You might then ask me why everyone isn’t getting a 7?  Go look at the sheer length of a blank syllabus and then come back. Yeah. It’s crazy how long they are. Here’s what I recommend: get the syllabus on the first day of IB. Heck - a bunch of my followers are reading this before they’re even in IB. Go get it now. ASAP. As soon as you know about syllabi, get them. Before you start a new topic in class, read the syllabus (don’t waste time previewing the book! There could be a bunch of interesting facts in there that won’t matter at all come exam time. Stay focused on that syllabus). As you cover a topic in class, keep a running syllabus going. You should have a binder of notes organized by topic, subtopic, and the question in the syllabus followed by the answer. If you do this as you go, it will be 100% easier come revision - because all your notes will already be organized per topic and you can focus in on memorizing the information. 

Now the syllabus for each class will look a little different. By now you should understand that a History class is not taught the same way as Biology. However every class is held to the standard of providing a syllabus with topics and subject focus points. Anything you are learning should directly relate back to a point on the syllabus. If you stay focused on the syllabus, then your exams will be much easier.

If you ever don’t understand something in the syllabus, either ask your teacher or feel free to ask me, because I guarantee you there is nothing more important in all of your exam prep than the syllabus.

Shakespeare (Part I)

Harry X Reader (AU)

In which Harry is a poetic frat boy who just so happens to be the TA for your new English class.

Author’s note: This is gonna be a multi-part fic!! I’m really excited for it and would love any and all feedback. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing. Xo

You aren’t a newbie, but your frazzled appearance might portray you that way.

Autumn air nips at your cheeks as you rush around the corner and continue along the edge of the sidewalk. Your feet carry you around other students who aren’t as pressed for time. They give you amused side-glances  as you hustle into the entrance of the closest brick building.

This was supposed to be your semester, the one where you get to class early and rewrite your notes by hand and get straight As. But one-too-many snoozed alarms later and your first day of classes has become your worst nightmare.

You take the stairs two at a time, and are rushing through the doorway to the second floor when you slam full force into a particularly solid shoulder. You’re knocked off balance and a flurry of papers careen through the air to scatter the floor around you.

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