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When Amanda woke up, she decided to crawl out of bed to get a bowl of cereal. And eat it on the couch, of course.

“Ain’t nothing beat couch cereal.” She declared to the empty room and dug into her delicious and dangerously sugary cereal.

Almost immediately after taking a bite out of her cereal, she heard footsteps coming from her dad’s room, but, when she glanced up, she saw Damien walking by her.

“Good morning, Amanda dear.” Damien greeted.

“Mornin.” Amanda responded. She KNEW it. Her dad and Damien had been getting pretty close, so it wasn’t a completely wild assumption that they would start dating. And, of course, the footsteps she heard must be…

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My biggest piece of advice for first year teachers -

I’ve been reflecting a lot as I’ve been observing all of the back-to-school posts from new teachers here, seeing their wishlists, carts full of Target Dollar Spot finds, woe and excitement in purchasing supplies, etc. 

And, honestly, I have a lot of mixed feelings. Because in my own personal experience, a lot of the things I bought prior to actually having my own classroom never got used quite the way I planned, if at all. I also realized that I should have asked my school about student supply lists and what they had in their school supply cabinet for us before I bought or asked for things - though I completely recognize that some schools do not have either of those.

I have a lot of regret about how much money I spent on frivolous colorful containers or cute borders, etc. On fun things from that aforementioned Dollar Spot that I was convinced I’d find a use for in my future classroom, because I thought I’d have all the time in the world for a super intricate and cutesy system, without much thought into how my kids would actually operate within that in the long-term. Like most new teachers, I was filled with a million idealized ideas not yet bound to some of the reality of the day-to-day and just “surviving” that set in. 

I don’t even say this because I left the traditional classroom long before I initially planned to take my current position - I gave away some things, sold others, but still have several boxes of my best and most practical stuff if I ever feel that urge to return. And going through that stuff showed me just how much of it I never used.

I say this because first year teacher Kait struggled so much with money on her first year teacher income (to the point that I was waitressing three days a week just to have money to do things besides pay the bills and eat). And I wish someone had told me to stop spending so much of my money on my classroom and save that money for my own well-being. It doesn’t mean you care less for your students and that there won’t be circumstances once you’re in your classroom and have it functioning that you might realize you need to purchase something, but those random Dollar Spot hauls add up. I wish I had taken a second to really reflect about how and when I was going to use those things.

I know it’s hard to recognize it in that moment when you’re full of excitement for your perfect Pinterest-ready classroom, but my second year I tried to be much more conscious of what I bought and got more creative - instead of having tangible things in my Class Dojo auctions, I made coupons for students to eat lunch with me in the room or sit in my rolly chair. Honestly, they preferred those privileges to cheap toys or candy. I got over my guilt in asking parents for things, especially those that kept asking how they could help. I would get over not having every thing matching perfectly and use the uglier hodgepodge of folders I dug up in the supply closet. I stopped expanding my classroom library except when I got scholastic points or items off my wishlist, and encouraged my students to fully utilize the school and public library.

Again, I fully recognize the privilege of some of these scenarios, and am not saying that teachers shouldn’t buy some things for their classrooms. I know firsthand that we do what it takes to survive - when I student taught in Detroit, I bought the supplemental workbooks for our textbook series off Amazon just so I could have them to make copies since our building had lost theirs. But I suppose this is just my caution to new teachers - don’t go overboard. Wait until you figure out what you actually need once you’ve established your classroom routine. Wait until you know for sure what will be provided to you. You may realize it’s different than what you imagined, and most of all, you need to take care of yourself, too. That’s the real key to success in your first year of teaching.

Dear Newbies 2017

If your pred is mean/difficult/unresponsive:
If you can’t talk to your Regional Representatives/Block Leaders:
If you have no connections in your prefecture yet:
If you’re feeling crappy/culture-shocky:

My ask box is always open and always has Anonymous options turned on, and I’m not gonna judge you. If you chat me through the message feature on Tumblr, I’m gonna respond to you.

If you’re in a situation where you don’t feel right, or good, it is okay. That happens sometimes. And if for some reason you’ve found my blog and you’re lookin’ for a little sympathy, it’s more than okay to reach out.

I mean it’s ALSO really okay to message me to gush about how happy you are, how excited you are, about the good things happening. But I know sometimes the tough things are the ones we have trouble discussing. So y’know. Whatever you wanna do!

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not even close to making it for the master list, and i feel weird putting this out there, but our budget was literally $100 this year, what even. & with our new house it’s been tough to be generous myself, unfortunately, but, if you’re feeling inclined, please feel free to check it out. thank you either way! educhum support is really a wonderful enough gift in itself, but every little bit helps.

Do you want to talk about how underpaid teachers are?

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fandomsandfeminism:

I get paid $44,000 a year, give or take, which is actually higher than many districts in my area. 

Assume, for a moment, that my job was…just babysitting. (It’s not, of course, but let’s assume.) And Let’s assume that I’m a REALLY REALLY cheap babysitter. Let’s say I charge $5 an hour per kid. Below minimum wage. 

Let’s ASSUME that I’m only at school from 8am to 4pm. (I’m not. I’m really there from 7 to at LEAST 5, sometimes later, but we’ll assume.) So 8 hours a day, per kid. 

Let’s ASSUME that I have an average of 25 kids in my room at a time. (I don’t. Last year my largest class was 29 students. The Science teachers regularly had in the mid 30s. But we’re assuming)

Let’s say that the only days I actually get paid are days when there are children in the classroom- 180. (Not including staff development or summer training or work I do on the weekends.) 

$5 and hour X 8 hours a  day x 25 kids at a time x 180 days in a year = $180,000

If I got paid $5 per hour per kid to baby sit, I should get $180,000.

I get $44,000. 

Be nice to your teachers. 

THIS shit is important. Reform this, not minimum wage

No. Reform BOTH. Put everyone on a basic universal income system. Raise the standard of living for everyone. 

You know what, so far I’m feeling really successful this school year.

Yes, I’m already behind on my grading.

Yes, I can already see some trouble spots brewing.

Yes, the number of meetings makes me understand the phrase ‘going postal’ on a deep and intimate level.

Yes, I am deeply concerned at the lack of ability to interpret the summaries of scientific findings (I have alerted the science teachers that the incoming batch of freshmen is NOT GOOD at the concept of scientific method, controls, or variables).

But.

A girl I struggled with all last year asks me for new books of poetry. She’s read all of Clint Smith’s Counting Descent, and is devouring Adrienne Rich’s Diving into the Wreck.

A student came up to me in the hall and said he wished he was in my class again, because he heard we were doing so much. (love a kid who loves to work)

All of my periods are rocking their seminars - not every moment of every one, but they are bonding as a group, they are sharing their opinions, and letting them talk about the parts of school they struggle with most (homework, presentations, etc) is helping me build great rapport with them. And they’re preparing, and the level of prep some of them are bringing is truly out of this world.

The routine I’ve developed for the start of every period is becoming a habit, and the kids are actually starting their freewrites early.

anonymous asked:

Hiya. Like I've said before amazing blog and the site I probably use the most ! :D Just wondering where you were from and if not from Ireland would you ever want to go there? Perhaps to visit cork ! :p Also tell me the most randomest fact you have heard about Cillian Thanks for your time. Much love.

Thank you so much! There are several of us running ohfuckyeahcillianmurphy and fuckyeahpeakyblinders. In Europe (not Ireland though) and the U.S.

Random facts. I love these shared by a schoolmate of his on a message board years ago:

1) He is hilariously funny - he and his best friends (and fellow band mates) Eoin O’Sullivan & Bob Jackson used to have everyone gasping for breath. One episode that springs to mind was where he stuffed a cutting from an old fur coat (possibly lifted from the art room - sorry Franko) down his shirt pretending like he had an extremely hairy chest… very funny when you are 13 years old. Of course he left his shirt open to catch the attention of the incoming teacher whose reaction was surely lively!!
2) Everybody liked him
3) He was very very bright (intelligent). This was evident both through the creativity of his humour as well as quite simply his exam results
4) His band used to play lunchtime concerts at our school (I remember one song I really liked which was called “Supermarkets and Supermen”). At the time the band was called Saradaze (and later Sons of Mr Greenjeans i think… memory is getting a little hazy)
5) Used to refer to his friend’s woolen coat as “the sheep”
6) This point is expressed as if I were still a kid… “He was very cool!”
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Cillian - when you do read this, I am sure it won’t bother you beyond a natural pang of modesty… We are all delighted to see you succeed.

Lots of random facts/Cillian stories in tagged/aboutCM and tagged/flashbackfriday <— have you seen the photos of Cillian knitting?

Many parents of low-income high achievers didn’t go to college, and, when they think of selective schools, they think of the pricey, East Coast elites: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc. The obvious conclusion: Out of our league.

But Caroline Hoxby says it’s the wrong conclusion. Selective schools “are cheaper for low-income high achievers than colleges that have fewer resources,” she says. That means potentially paying for mediocrity but going to Harvard or Yale for free.

“The destruction of public education in our community centered urban and rural schools is a direct threat to democracy and progress. When teachers return to schools to assist in social mobility, their own and their students, we can be assured that teachers will make a difference.

Americans are in a reactionary political phase, which can be traced to centralization of power, neo-liberal profit motives, privatization of public schools, corporate curricular intrusion, and a failing union leadership. By disposing of empowered teachers, only fighting over income, tenure, and politically charged social issues, we weaken the very foundation of liberation… teachers!”

—  kermiteby3

anonymous asked:

is it true that you guys get paid for going to high school?

AHHH okay so listen in high school we get 1050:- per month, which is like 109€

before you start hs/turn 16, you get something called barnbidrag, or children’s aid, which is the same sum as stated above. 

as someone who is in a family of 3 kids and 1 adult with a teachers income, this is VERY helpful.

now, to the student moneyz:

  1. not all schools pay public transport for you, some give you bus cards, but some don’t. which means some students have to pay for getting to and from school on their own. 

  2. since many families were relying on the same sum that the student now gets for themselves, the student will often have to use the money to pay for things such as phone bills, public transport outside of school, and other necessities.

  3. “students get paid for going to high school” while technically, yes, to get the money you have to be present in school, but the student was getting the same amount of money before that too. so it’s more of an increased demand for a financial aid that was already there?

  4. this extra sum doesn’t really do much for students in richer families, but for people such as me and those with less money, it’s really great. 

  5. on the internet people make it sound like we’re all getting spoiled, when really this is pretty logical imo, bc many students don’t have the time to work and shouldn’t have to deeply suffer just because their family’s economy is trash

anonymous asked:

Do you ever wonder what Cillian was like in high school??

Cillian at 16

And some stories a schoolmate shared on a message board years ago:

1) He is hilariously funny - he and his best friends (and fellow band mates) Eoin O’Sullivan [in the above photo btw] & Bob Jackson used to have everyone gasping for breath. One episode that springs to mind was where he stuffed a cutting from an old fur coat (possibly lifted from the art room - sorry Franko) down his shirt pretending like he had an extremely hairy chest… very funny when you are 13 years old. Of course he left his shirt open to catch the attention of the incoming teacher whose reaction was surely lively!!
2) Everybody liked him
3) He was very very bright (intelligent). This was evident both through the creativity of his humour as well as quite simply his exam results
4) His band used to play lunchtime concerts at our school (I remember one song I really liked which was called “Supermarkets and Supermen”). At the time the band was called Saradaze (and later Sons of Mr Greenjeans i think… memory is getting a little hazy)
5) Used to refer to his friend’s woolen coat as “the sheep”
6) This point is expressed as if I were still a kid… “He was very cool!”
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Cillian - when you do read this, I am sure it won’t bother you beyond a natural pang of modesty… We are all delighted to see you succeed.

Pretty perfect?!!

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Please reblog if you cannot assist. I’m asking as many people as possible to get the word out.

The very dear @famousflowerof-manhattan needs assistance with rather unexpected medical bills and mental health support. As most of us know, teachers don’t get the income and insurance they deserve.

Her site is gofundme.com/3wccbnd8

Please, friends, take a moment to donate, or at least reblog.

Help a trans teen!

Hey, I am a high school teacher at the lowest income school in the district in which I teach. Most of my kids are on free or reduced lunch.

One of my students, age 17, whose identity I am not sharing at the moment, has recently come out to me as trans. She is wicked smart and incredibly courageous. She really is a great student and I’m so glad she is not only in my class, but felt safe coming out to me (which she has not yet done with her family).

Being very low income, she has no money for clothes or make up or anything she needs. I’m hoping that Tumblr can help me help her.

I am looking for resource recommendations, as well as any clothes (I’m not sure of size, but she is very tall and likely a 12-16), unused makeup, or anything else you can spare.

Please take a moment to either reblog or send me any info you may have.

If you would like to send something, please message me. Thank you all so much.

anonymous asked:

I can't stop watching the video of earnest and adorable Cillian talking about his band. Thank you so much for posting it. I would give anything to have known him back then.

The RTE Archives video. “Earnest and adorable”, exactly! There’s this moment when he looks right into the camera that’s just 

Have posted these before, some stories shared by a classmate from when they were in high school, and yeah, he would have been amazing to know -

1) Cillian is hilariously funny - he and his best friends (and fellow band mates) Eoin O’Sullivan [in the above photo btw] & Bob Jackson used to have everyone gasping for breath. One episode that springs to mind was where he stuffed a cutting from an old fur coat (possibly lifted from the art room - sorry Franko) down his shirt pretending like he had an extremely hairy chest… very funny when you are 13 years old. Of course he left his shirt open to catch the attention of the incoming teacher whose reaction was surely lively!!
2) Everybody liked him
3) He was very very bright (intelligent). This was evident both through the creativity of his humour as well as quite simply his exam results
4) His band used to play lunchtime concerts at our school (I remember one song I really liked which was called “Supermarkets and Supermen”). At the time the band was called Saradaze (and later Sons of Mr Greenjeans i think… memory is getting a little hazy)
5) Used to refer to his friend’s woolen coat as “the sheep”
6) This point is expressed as if I were still a kid… “He was very cool!”
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Cillian - when you do read this, I am sure it won’t bother you beyond a natural pang of modesty… We are all delighted to see you succeed.

The Giving Trees

A few months ago, I got into a fruitless Facebook debate with a high school friend I unfriended ages ago because I was sick of his ignorant posts and comments. An obvious teacher-hater, he was railing against our “high salaries.” I told him that I had no issue with my own salary, but that I am sick of being demonized for it when I have a graduate degree and certifications and all of the other expensive things you need before you step into a classroom. He stopped commenting, which I saw as a small victory.

I forgot about the debate until this week. It’s the holiday season, which brings on a lot of fundraisers, donation requests, and food/toy drives. Since Monday, I’ve received e-mails or flyers about a PTA fundraiser, a Spring chocolate fundraiser, two food drives, two toy drives, a union donation, a charity event, and a gift card fund for needy students. This is along with an ugly sweater contest, a faculty potluck lunch, and dues for a faculty committee, which all ultimately cost money. 

I have no complaints about my salary, but I can barely afford two or three of these, much less all of them. With a mortgage and bills… it’s overwhelming. I am keeping my head above the water, but added up, these things could drown me.

It’s all part of being a teacher in a low income district. Throughout the year, my colleagues bust their butts trying to give our kids the things that they need to be happy, healthy, and successful. This is far from a complaint about anyone’s efforts. I think all of these things are absolutely amazing and it’s part of what I love about my district and my community. I’ve never taught or lived anywhere that rallied together to make sure families had food and gifts for the holidays, or raised money to give kids free or discounted field trips. I started building my life here partially because of this selflessness and charity.

I just can’t afford to be that charitable right now, and it bothers me for a lot of reasons. 

Naturally, I want to contribute more and I can’t, which makes me feel awful. It’s in my nature to help, but I am also very budget-minded, so those two things are often at war within my mind. I don’t want to tell my colleagues that I can’t afford it, but I don’t want to deal with the disappointment on their faces when I say I won’t be participating. 

Most of all, there’s a small part of me that wonders if there are any other careers out there where people are expected to constantly give so much. When I was a bartender for 9.5 years, I bought shoes and shirts every so often. That was it. As a teacher, I am always going into my pockets. The things I listed above are in addition to yearly union dues, other fundraisers through the year, retirement dinners, certification updates, extra classes, donating time for extra help, events, and/or field trips, and SCHOOL SUPPLIES. I put that in caps, as it seems to be the never-ending cost to us. 

On top of that, we have to battle the public for a livable salary. When I see bailouts for large banks, militarized police force, equipment bought for the military that they admit they don’t need, corporate tax loopholes, and all of these other taxpayer-funded luxuries, it makes me angry that we are demonized for our salaries and still give so much to make up for the fact that public education is so woefully underfunded. I should add social welfare to that list, since we often have to raise money and hold food drives because food stamps, minimum wage rates, and unemployment aren’t cutting it for low-income families anymore.

One year, I would like to add up the money I pay to be a teacher and a contributing member of my community. Even further, I would like to add up all of the things I am expected to contribute to and compare that to my “exorbitant” salary. I think the results would be staggering.

We do this for the kids though. When it all comes down to it, if things have to absolutely be this way, I would still give. It doesn’t stop me from buying cranberry sauce and stuffing for a holiday food basket or going into my own pocket for a student’s field trip or giving my time to chaperone a dance. We’re going to do these things regardless.

It would simply be nice to not have to prove our worth.

one of the most amaze parts of going back to school, is watching teachers bring box after box of supplies to their classrooms.

in our school district, every classroom gets; student desks & chairs, one file cabinet, and one shelf, and one set of textbooks- anything and everything else, must be found/bought by the teacher themselves.

each teacher receives a grand total of $0 dollars towards their room.  All of our paychecks are abysmally low (a single 2% raise in a decade), yet our teachers make these purchases out of their pockets and the kindness of their hearts. 

warms my cockles!

US education data: 8,000 toddlers suspended from preschool

PoliticoNew data from the U.S. Department of Education shows more than 8,000 3- and 4-year-olds were suspended at least once during the 2011 school year. Experts say the number is small, but significant. 

The stat is part of a flood of information from the Obama administration that examines race and equity issues in schools through dozens of data points, from pay for teachers in low-income schools to the percentage of black students taking AP calculus. …

Gaping disparities in how school discipline has been meted out has long been a department focus, but the new data show that those racial gaps start early: Black children constitute 18 percent of all kids attending preschool but account for 48 percent of all students suspended more than once, the new data show.

The data “shines a clear, unbiased light” on which areas are and aren’t delivering on equity in education, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.