teaching a group of

literally the most BASIC holocaust/sociology class will teach you that jokes targeted at a specific group of people are one of the base steps of oppression and eventual genocide because it dehumanizes a group and once a group is seen less than human it’s easier for people not to care as things get worse and worse for them so please fuck off with that “this person’s antisemitism was just a JOKE !!” bullshit

If I were a Hogwarts professor I would take Hermione aside and explain to her that she doesn’t need to prove anything, and that when I ask a question of the class, it’s not necessarily because I want someone to tell me exactly the right answer. She’s smart enough that she’d understand the teaching process and how pouring direct facts on a group of kids isn’t going to get them engaged or thinking about the material. I’d tell her that I appreciate her studiousness and enthusiasm, and that she could be a great help in assisting other students with arriving at answers through original thought and engaging with the material.

dear future teachers

DO NOT

FORCE SHY KIDS

TO TALK.


DO NOT

TELL SHY KIDS

THEY NEED TO PARTICIPATE MORE.


DO NOT

MAKE PARTICIPATION

A GRADE.


DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA

HOW HARD IT IS

FOR SOME STUDENTS

TO JUST RAISE THEIR HANDS?


FORCING THEM INTO GROUP PROJECTS

AND MAKING THEM TALK

DOES NOT “TEACH THEM TO BE SOCIAL AND DEVELOP INTO WELL-ROUNDED INDIVIDUALS” 

IT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF THEM.

AND MAKES THEM HATE SCHOOL.


SERIOUSLY.

COLLEGES TOO.

THERE IS NO REASON TO REQUIRE A PARTICIPATION GRADE.

IF I’M MAKING 90′S ON ALL MY TESTS/QUIZZES

IT MEANS I KNOW THE DAMN MATERIAL YOU TAUGHT

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD YOU LOWER MY GRADE 10% JUST BECAUSE I DIDN’T TALK ENOUGH.


I SWEAR IF I GET ANOTHER “B” IN A CLASS THAT I EXCELLED IN JUST BECAUSE I DIDNT FEEL LIKE RAISING MY HAND TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

I MIGHT ACTUALLY KILL U  

Courfeyrac has, without a doubt, the best Snapchat story.

Want to see Combeferre freaking out over a possible UFO sighting? He’s got it.

Want to see Bahorel smack talking Montparnasses new shoes? He’s got it.

Want to see Jehan teaching a group of middle schoolers gender theory? He’s got it.

Want go see Enjolras, delirious with sleep, ranting about Grantaires hair? He’s got it.

Want to see Musichettta rapping Nicki Minaj? He’s got it.

It may be three thousand seconds long, and no one is sure how he always manages to catch it on camera, but every single second it worth it.

oh! I have to tell you guys a great story one of my professors told me. So he has a friend who is involved in these Shakespeare outreach programs where they try to bring Shakespeare and live theatre to poor and underprivileged groups and teach them about English literature and performing arts and such. On one of their tours they stopped at a young offenders institute for women and they put on a performance of Romeo and Juliet for a group of 16-17 year old girls. It was all going really well and the girls were enjoying and laughing through the first half - because really, the first half is pretty much a comedy - but as the play went on, things started to get quiet. Real quiet. Then it got up to the suicide scene and mutterings broke out and all the girls were nudging each other and looking distressed, and as this teacher observed them, he realised - they didn’t know how the play ended. These girls had never been exposed to the story of Romeo and Juliet before, something which he thought was impossible given how ubiquitous it is in our culture. I mean, the prologue even gives the ending away, but of course it doesn’t specify exactly how the whole “take their life” thing goes down, so these poor girls had no idea what to expect and were sitting there clinging to hope that Romeo would maybe sit down for a damn minute instead of murdering Paris and chugging poison - but BAM he died and they all cried out - and then Juliet WOKE UP and they SCREAMED and by the end of the play they were so upset that a brawl nearly broke out, and that’s the story of how Shakespeare nearly started a riot at a juvenile detention centre

Can you believe that How To Get Away With Murder is a real show?

A show about a canonically bisexual, mentally ill, dark skinned black woman in a position of power (who frequently is seen with her natural hair and makeupless) teaching a group of students - including another dark skinned black woman, a gay sinnamon roll, a Haitian black boy, a Mexican American hardcore feminist, and a straight white boy who actually treats women with respect and admiration - how to stay the fuck out of prison while weaving in stories and messages about:

- transmisogyny 

- how HIV is not a death sentence

- adoption

- white people bringing up race when it suits them

- being a r*pe bystander

- sexual assault and abuse

- white male rage (when white men are mad that poc have something the white man doesn’t)

and let’s not forget these awesome tidbits:

- literally an entire episode about society sex shaming women

- “let the slut shaming begin” - actual words said as an entire courtroom hears about a sexual encounter a woman had with a man

- “he’s innocent and black”

- a woc calling out another woc for excusing racism 

- “you’re a misogynistic ass”

- a white man being told by a black woman that he is automatically favored by the justice system because he’s a white man

- calling out classism

- a man flat out refusing to have sex with a woman because she’s drunk (i mean yeah they do have sex anyway but she was really persistent and had absolutely no regrets the following day and they started a relationship so it’s not a bad thing) 

and some more little tidbits:

- an amazing soundtrack

- “oh what fun to kill someone and end up in jail”

- everyone is super hot

- “stop being a little bitch baby”

- nice, healthy, fleshed out relationships

- plot twists in every episode

i mean yeah, people get killed a lot but that’s not important

This is the heart worm infested heart of a pitbull who had been living on the street for some time. The dog was humanely euthanized because of the severity of the infestation.

This heart was donated with the lungs to our 4H group to teach us the importance of getting heart worm preventives, about how the parasite lives and grows and the effect it has on the dog’s health. The heart and worms are on display with a few loose worms at the vet clinic belonging to our leader to teach others.

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Bet you didn’t know I have an Overwatch OC, eh?

I was thinking about Zenyatta’s line in-game when he mentions having brothers and sisters at Shambali, and there’s been a distinct lack of female-presenting/voiced omnics so far, so… I made my own! This is Tekhartha Quanatta–named for Quan Yin, a buddhist figure of mercy and compassion.

Quanatta wanted to help spread Mondatta’s message, so she took to traveling, learning to fight to defend herself (I was inspired by Shaolin Monks) if necessary. She moves from place to place, teaching small groups about human-omnic harmony; especially children, whom she adores. She is soft-spoken, sweet and reserved, adores plants and flowers, and prefers to leave violence as an absolute last resort; she tends to be forgiving of others to a fault.

In a fight, she primarily uses her (collapsible) quarterstaff in swift, close-range combat, rarely staying still–she is fragile but quick, and is capable of blocking some attacks with her staff a limited number of times. She also uses her connection to the Iris to manipulate a set of steel lotus petals, which typically hover around her at rest, and can be shot off as weak ranged attacks (out of combat, she can move them around to make little ‘puppets’ to help tell stories). Her ULT is called Petal Storm, where the steel petal blades kick up in a flurry around her, deadly to anyone who ends up in melee range.

Designing an omnic monk was really fun and I hope to draw more of Quanatta in the future! ♥

When half the class aces the test and the other half completely bombs it with no in-between.

22.11.16

I taught my last 2 seminars of the year this week 😁 I’m glad my workload is reduced, but I’ve actually quite enjoyed teaching the groups! And since this was the last time I’ll see them, it was time for feedback forms. I was pretty nervous about them but they were all really nice 😄 I had a couple of suggestions for things to do differently which is to be expected, but everyone seemed happy overall! I even got one “best mathematical seminar experience” comment! I’m really proud of myself because I was so nervous to start teaching, it was really hard to begin with, but it’s getting easier now 😊

Happy Lupercalia.

The Pagan Origins of Valentine’s Day.

Those looking for the origins of Valentine’s Day inevitably encounter the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia.

Lupercalia was a very ancient festival observed on February 13th through to the 15th to avert evil spirits and purify the city releasing health and fertility. Lupercalia subsumed Februa, an earlier-origin spring cleansing ritual held on the same date which gives the month of February (Februarius) its name. It is also a date to honor the Goddess Juno who is the Goddess of fertility, child birth and marriage.

Lupercalia was a 3 day festival of love, when young unmarried couples would pair up for the duration of the festival, there would be games and lots of fun through the streets. Young men would wear the skins of different animals and run around the streets whipping people with the skin of a goat, this was said to promote fertility as goats were seen as animal of fertility and were the patron animal of the Satyr Pan and God of wolves Faunus. There would be parties and orgies and a great feast that would last the 3 days.

Lupercalia is one of the most ancient holidays known to man, it is celebrated to honor Romulus and Remus the founders of Rome who were said to have been born of a she-wolf and suckled on her teet. The festival would start off in the cave where Romulus and Remus were born. It is primarily a fertility festival, as the earth at this time is at it’s most fertile. Lupercalia is a festival to celebrate life, rebirth and sexuality.

I want an AU where Dean is a popular YouTuber who is married to Cas, but no one knows it. Cas is a high school teacher who is kind of awkward, but every once in a while he’ll mention a meme and all of his students are confused wonder how he knows that.

Then one day when he’s teaching he hears a group of girls giggling in the back of the class, so he walks back there and sees them watching one of Dean’s videos. It’s his “never have I ever” video, and right he’s talking about getting a speeding ticket. Right before the girls see Cas he hears one of them say “I wonder what kind of car he drives” so Cas responds, “Do not ever get Dean Winchester started on his car. He will never shut up.” as he takes the phone and walks away, leaving the girls dumbfounded.