things i love about teaching


Your missus wouldn’t approve. How the hell did you get here? Followed you from Darillium, on the explicit orders of your late wife, River Song.

gravegh0st  asked:

Sorry if you've answered this before, but what's your favourite thing to teach about? I would love to hear about it!


No seriously, this is my favorite thing in the world. I firmly believe that incorporating more insect protein into our diets can help save the world- they use SO much less water than any other protein source, they produce less greenhouse gas, they’re just great. I love introducing students to the idea of eating insects- and honestly, I love how goofy I’m able to be during lectures on it. 


I friggen love this scene lakdshf.

When I make that first big personal connection with a challenging student.

I can’t stop thinking about ‘it’s quite surreal’, and 'amazing, yeah. This is incredible, isn’t it?’ Because that’s how Sam and Anthony were last year. And they lost it so fast because people are awful.

With Theo and Samuel we have two young men, at the start of their career, and I just think that as a fandom we should be respectful of them and not invasive or over-excitable or rude or any of the other countless things we could do to them.

They’re human beings, doing a job that should probably be the most amazing, fun job in the world. And it looks like they’re going to be spectacular at it. But can we remember that they are just that? Human beings doing a job. They’re not toys. They’re not play things. They’re not characters. They’re not for us to speculate over or ship. They’re people with lives and families and friendships.

So can we please be kind to them and show them we care about them and value them, and not drive them away and make them jaded? Let them have this amazing experience without us ruining it for them.

They’re so young. And they deserve to enjoy themselves and keep the wonder we saw in the video today. Is that so much to ask? Can people please be nice?

I didn’t see this process play out from the beginning last time, but I know it’s coming this time and it’s horrible. It’s beginning already, and I hate everything about it.


The Making of a Lady (2012)

Lord Walderhurst: Your situation is difficult, and so is mine. As you know, I have to marry, for the sake of the family. I need a sensible woman intelligent enough to understand what marriage to me would require…. I’m not a difficult man—a little stuck in my ways, maybe, but not demanding or cruel, or even unpleasant, I don’t believe. I’d leave you alone. You’d have wealth and true independence.

Emily: …I always imagined that I’d marry for love.

trying to write a church lesson without getting overtly political and/or delivering the wrong message but its already super relevant to the issues of today and you don’t want to give the classic primary lesson because you take too much pride in your work

kurokitsunei  asked:

what is or your favorite thing about the leverage ot3? also, do u have a favorite ot3 moment(s)???

A list of favorite things about Eliot/Hardison/Parker, in no particular order: 

  • How accepting they are of each other, and actually I lied, the rest of these aren’t in any particular order but this one is for sure number one, top dog, most important thing. These are damaged people (I mean, all people are damaged people, but still), with strange quirks and hard limits and rough histories, and within this little family they’ve built it’s finally okay for them to just be themselves. They give each other shit, they push each other to expand their horizons, they snipe and snap and roll their eyes at each other, but at the end of the day there is nothing beneath that but acceptance. No judgement, no harbored resentment for the people they’re not, no expectations, no trying to change or mold them into somebody different: just acceptance. It’s okay that Parker prefers to have the option of climbing into the ceilings! It’s okay that Eliot sometimes needs to hit some bad guys! It’s okay that Hardison would rather fish inside than outside! IT’S ALL OKAY. THEY JUST FIGURE OUT HOW TO WORK WITH OR AROUND EACH OTHER’S NEEDS, and at the end of the day, that’s what love is. Nothing frilly or fancy, just people who accept each other as they are, warts and all, and do the best they can for them and by them. 
  • LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW HARDISON 100000% BOUGHT THAT BREWPUB FOR ELIOT, I bet he spent like a whole afternoon (which is a long damn time for a brain like Hardison’s) researching what type of restaurant has the hardest menu to plan because he knows Eliot likes a challenge and something he can really heartily bitch about. And probably at some point Parker leaned over his shoulder and was like, “Oooh, are we building an Eliot trap?” and Hardison was like, “Yeah, but don’t tell him,” and Parker was like, “Obviously, he’d never get trapped in it if he knew it was a trap, duh.” And like seven years later, when the brewpub has a Michelin star and Eliot can’t even pretend he doesn’t totally love everything about it most days, Parker and Hardison are like, “MUWAHAHAHA YOU FELL INTO OUR ELIOT TRAP,” and Eliot is like, “Damn it, Hardison! You two are idiots.” (But secretly he guessed years ago, and very secretly he is touched to have been right, because part of him was always like, “Don’t be stupid, Eliot, people don’t do things like that for other people,” and it’s nice to know he was wrong.) 
  • Ha ha ha ha I was just telling febricant yesterday that I bet that Eliot takes Parker fishing (Hardison is never going fishing outdoors again) and they just sit there in silence for a while, enjoying that there is no talking in fishing, until fish start floating to the surface because Parker electrocuted the lake. (“What? Why are you mad? I thought the point was to kill as many fish as possible! Look at all these dead fish, Eliot!”) 
  • GROUP CAMPING TRIPS, where Eliot has to set up the tent and Hardison’s always brought at least one thing he ordered from Skymall and Parker hides in the trees and makes zombie noises because it’s fun to watch her boys jump and then swear up at the canopy.
  • I bet Hardison has HORRIBLE BURIED ALIVE NIGHTMARES (Alec my bb I’m so sorry that happened to you, I know you’re fictional but I’M SO SORRY), and when it was just him and Parker he would just wake up with Parker staring at him in the darkness, and they’d just breathe quietly together, maybe with their fingertips pressed together, until he calmed down. But then Eliot starts sleeping in the bed with them, and the first time Hardison wakes up screaming “Let me out!” Parker’s the one next to him, and Eliot’s on the other side of her, but he just gets out of the bed and walks around to Hardison’s side and slides back into bed and wraps Alec up in his huge arms, hand behind his neck, like the horizontal version of exactly what he did when Hardison got out of the coffin. and it SHOULDN’T help, because really it should just make Alec feel trapped again, but it helps so much that it’s almost pathetic, that he can’t even bring himself to talk to Eliot about it, and so he never finds out that Eliot did it (and continues to do it) on pure instinct, and was terrified that first time that Hardison was going to make fun of him for it.  
  • Relatedly: I bet both Parker and Eliot also have horrible nightmares but neither one of them wants to be touched after (which is why Parker never touched Alec after his, though after Eliot starts doing it sometimes they like, sandwich cuddle him, whatever I know my id is showing and I DON’T CARE). And Alec’s the hardest sleeper by far, so usually just Parker will wake up for Eliot’s nightmares, and just Eliot will wake up for Parker’s, and they’ll go and sit out on the front steps together and wait for the sun to come up, or for Hardison to wake up alone in the bed, realize what’s happening, and come herd them back into the house. And they always have the same conversation, which is that the person who didn’t have the nightmare says, “You wanna talk about it?” in a very sarcastic tone and the person who DID have the nightmare gives them an exhausted sort of look, and then maybe threads their fingers together, and holds on a little too tight. 
  • This is not even remotely the post it set out to be at the beginning is it, it has turned into a headcanons post, WHAT A SHAME that I am entirely out of fucks to give 
  • Another recent conversation with febricant has lead us to the conclusion that Hardison probably makes them all like, really elaborate costumes for the kinky roleplaying sex they must have so much of. And also that they must have had to make a rule, after the first few times it happened, about Eliot not being allowed to rip any clothes Hardison actually made off of anyone, because Alec gets sO MAD and it ruins the mood. 
  • ELIOT AND HARDISON HAVE A LITTLE TWO-PERSON BAND FOR WHOM PARKER IS THE ONLY AUDIENCE IN WHICH ELIOT PLAYS THE GUITAR AND HARDISON PLAYS THE VIOLIN. They play a lot of Kansas and Nickel Creek, and they’re actually pretty good. If asked, Alec’d say he only does it because Eliot needs the practice, and Eliot’d say he only does it because it’s literally the only way to shut Hardison up, but Parker has a video of the two of them playing Carry On My Wayward Son and grinning like giant assholes, so she knows they’re both full of shit.
  • REMEMBER THAT EPISODE WHERE ELIOT BUYS PARKER AND SOPHIE PERFECT PRESENTS AND PRETENDS THEY WERE FROM HARDISON AND NATE, well I bet once the OT3 are together Eliot totally does that shit all the time, like, buys Parker a present and is like “This is from Hardison” or buys Hardison a present and is like “This is from Parker” and they’re totally wise to him but they let him get away with it because they have secretly agreed it’s pretty adorable. 
  • Hardison totally goes out of his way to make friends with a doctor — maybe Chicken Parm from that one episode — so that when Parker and Eliot get hurt he can just ~casually invite his buddy over~, no big, don’t even worry about. Because honestly, between the two of them he’s going to have a heart attack before he turns thirty, which’ll be better than them, who are probably going to die of GANGRENE or some shit because they won’t go to the hospital. (In fairness, it’s really only Eliot who won’t go to the hospital; Parker’ll happily go once you get her to admit she’s sick or injured, but good fucking luck with that one.) 
  • PARKER IS THE NUMBER ONE COMMENTER ON SEX SWINGS ON AMAZON. After a while she makes Hardison make her some dummy handles because she’s getting a reputation and people are sending her creepy messages; then she’s numbers one, two, three, four, and seven.
  • Oh here’s a thing that isn’t a headcanon but is an actual canonical favorite thing about them, aka what you actually asked for: that episode where that creepy film director is obsessed with Parker, and Eliot and Hardison both notice it, and both work to get him the hell away from her (even as she steals his credit card, lol). GOD I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I love that they all protect each other and take care of each other and give each other space when they need it and teach each other things and sdjkfhsdkfhjdsfhsd
  • MAN, I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THESE BEAUTIFUL WEIRDOS. That’s it. That’s the truth. They’re beautiful weirdos, and I love everything about them. 
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Name: Kayln
Age: 22
Country: Canada


I’m not entirely sure what to write but some of my interests are: food, games and art. I’m currently in college and hope to work for a taking company one day.

I’m very open minded, honest and a good listener. I’d like to find someone I could talk to daily. Either through text or hand written mail.

I really like to talk about anything. I especially love learning about new things and teaching others all the random information I know.


Preferences: 18-27 is my age preference. I’m okay with all people otherwise (:

Imagine Minghao getting really happy when you ask him to teach you phrases in Mandarin.

anonymous asked:

Hello! When you have time/whenever you feel like it, do you think you could possibly do a how to draw realistic hair tutorial? Thank you!! :)

ok for starters i’m mostly not all that great at painting hair

so i fake it instead!

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I think, that someday, you’ll meet someone new,
                                                     and you’ll fall madly in love,
and you’ll have moved on, without even realizing it.

Occasionally people complain that maintaining the belief that everyone can change is a view of the world that is too idealistic or unrealistic. Nonsense. Being too idealistic would be saying that everyone does change. Being unrealistic would be expecting everyone to change. What we are maintaining is that everyone has the potential to change. We’re not omniscient. We don’t know all the factors. We can’t see the future. All we’ve got is this tiny slice of the present, so we’re not in a good position to be more judgmental than that. More to the point, if we, ourselves, genuinely don’t believe in the potential to change for everyone, we don’t belong in the classroom. It’s just not fair to the kids.
—  Teaching children who are hard to reach: relationship-driven classroom practice 
By: Marlowe, Michael J., and Torey L. Hayden. 
Corwin Press 

a lot of the time when the smart half of me forces the dumb half of me to do something it feels like trying to get a toddler to cooperate

“no, we go to sleep in the bed, not in the shower.” “if you don’t do your homework now you won’t be able to watch cartoons later.” “three more bites and then you can be done”

Why I Teach in a “Traditional” Public School (and love it!)

It’s no secret that public schools get a bad rap.  So many discussions in the education world are about how public schools are failing and need to be replaced.  In my area, public schools are constantly getting taken over by charter schools.  Teachers in training are warned away from teaching in public schools.

But that’s not the side of public education I know.  I’ve spent the last four years teaching in a traditional public school (for what it’s worth, my school is 70% free and reduced lunch, 86% students of color, 51% English learner) and the four years prior training in various urban public schools.  Every day spent working in public education has made me more committed to public schooling.  It’s by no means perfect (and I know for every positive story, there are negatives), but in my experience, it is not the big bad world portrayed in our current dialogue.

Here are just a few of the things I love about my experience in public education:

1. I teach ALL students.  

The kids are, without a doubt, the #1 reason I love public education.  I became a teacher because I wanted to work with whichever students walked through my door.  In just a few years of teaching, I’ve taught students from all over the world…Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Chinese, Native Alaskan, Chilean, Tongan, Filipino, Native American, Salvadorian…and more.  I’ve taught students with Autism, emotionally disturbed, partially deaf, ADHD.  I’ve had homeless students and students with privilege in the same class.  All of these students have enriched and expanded my world.  

I appreciate that public schools open their doors to whomever shows up on their doorstep.  I know too many of our public schools are segregated, but I believe that public schools are also our hope for a more democratic society.

2. The teacher and school become part of the community.

I got hired mostly by chance in a town only 20 minutes from where I was born, but it could have been a world away.  I had never spent any time there other than driving by the exit on the freeway.  But teaching here has really made me part of the community.  After a few years of commuting, I bought my first house four minutes from my school last fall.  I love going to the supermarket and seeing my students.  When I had surgery last month, the family of one of my student’s sent me balloons from their flower shop.  Teaching has also made me more “in tune” with the issues the community faces, especially as a poorer neighborhood in the middle of Silicon Valley.

3. I am unionized.

I know, I know.  Unions get a bad wrap.  But I love being unionized.  I appreciate having a clear contract that spells out how many hours I work and how many students I teach.  Like every other teacher I know, I put in way more hours than I’m contracted for, but I appreciate being able to leave at 2:45 when I need to.  I am not a lazy teacher, but I like that staff meetings are held to an hour and that I get paid for meetings held over that time.  My contract helps teaching be sustainable for me.  Also, I have never had a problem with administration, but, as a bleeding-heart liberal (and LGBTQ teacher), I appreciate the extra rights I have in the instance that an issue did arise.

4. There is lots of room for innovation.

I have seen so many cool things happen in public schools.  I student taught at the Mission Hill School in Boston (google it!), which was way more cutting-edge than most charter or private schools I’ve seen.  As opposed to many charter schools with clear agendas, my school gives me a lot of freedom to practice teaching the way I believe.  

I believe my classroom is progressive, well-managed, and academically rigorous.  I teach workshop-style and with project based learning.  I use no “behavior system” or strict discipline.  Yet my students are well-behaved and in control.  Some of my students do have academic struggles, but they also make huge gains.  My students generally make 2+ years growth in one year.  These are the things charter school brag about, but they also happen in public schools across America every day.  My classroom and teaching is not unique. 

For those entering the teaching profession…

My advice for you would be ignore the talk and truly consider public schools…if you are dedicated to and prepared for teaching all types of students.  Not every public school is a good fit for new teachers, but I’m willing to bet there are fantastic public schools in most communities. By “fantastic”, I do not mean affluent: I mean there are public schools successfully serving under-resourced students all across the country.  There are more happy public school teachers out there than you would even imagine!

For those who rail against public schools (especially those public schools serving under-resourced students)…

Take the time to actually spend time in public schools.  I welcome anyone who finds him or herself in Northern California to stop by my classroom. 

To school “reformers”…

Stop dismantling our public school system and put your energy into actually supporting public schools. Make ALL schools more like our successful public schools!