things i love about teaching

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.


I friggen love this scene lakdshf.

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


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.

ID #24090

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 (:

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. 

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


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.

crazyparrotlady  asked:

If matchups are open may I please have one? I've read all the parts except part 6 and 8. I'm a 5'3 bi girl with long brown hair, an hourglass figure and chubby cheeks. I love animals, especially birds! I try to make everyone I meet feel welcome, cared for and happy. I can worry about my friends sometimes. I have a bad habit of looking after them better than I do myself or caring for them at the expense of my own well being as I can have trouble saying no to people. (part 1)

I love puns and dirty jokes and despite having a sweet face have a bit of a perverted streak and also swear a lot which can catch those who don’t know me well off guard. I can also be kind of flirty if I really like someone. I get super excited about things I’m passionate about and love to teach people about animals. When people compliment me I get quite shy and visibly blush which makes me get even more flustered if pointed out. (part 2)

I can be stubborn if I think I’m right or feel like someone has done something wrong and have trouble backing down and calming down once someone makes me angry but getting me to that stage can be hard. I’m scared of loud situations and shouting but I get used to loud friends. When I’m frightened I like being close to someone I care about and if possible holding their hand. I am not very good at hiding how I feel and wear my heart on my sleeve which can overwhelm some people. (Final thanks btw!)

I match you with: Josuke Higashikata

Josuke doesn’t have as much of a passion for animals as you do, but definitely prefers birds over a lot of other animals. Since they are clean for the most part and generally friendly (generally) he gets along better with them than other animals. If you have a bird, he may be shy of it at first, but if it’s friendly enough, will get over it (You can catch him calling them a pretty bird when you leave the room, and bobbing his head with the birdy) He takes interest in anything you have to teach him about animals though, as he doesn’t know much, and that sort of info can always be helpful. (plus he just loves listening to you talk)
The fact that you also worry about your friends as much as he does is a seller for him, as he understands the way you feel. The fact that you both neglect yourselves sometimes in favour of friends is good, cause both of you know what that looks like and you can lean on each other and point out when you both need to look after yourselves. If anyone is ever giving you a tough time, you can bet if you can’t say no, Josuke will for you. He feels very protective of you as he knows you have a soft heart, and never wants you to be taken advantage of.
When he first hears you start telling dirty jokes, you can bet his face is going 50 shades of red. This innocent boy can’t believe some of the stuff that comes out of your mouth, but doesn’t mind much cause it turns him on.
He doesn’t have a problem with swearing, as much as he is surprised that a sweet girl like you would, he feels comfortable being around a s/o like you cause he doesn’t have to worry about offending you when he curses.
If you were to start flirting with him, you can bet your sweet ass he would be a stuttering, cute mess. If he could manage a sentence, he would probably just mutter a squeaked out response. After a while, however, (after coming back to earth from your flirting) he would probably gain enough courage to start, at least, complimenting you back. When he realises this flusters you, he will try to suppress an evil grin, but will relish in your adorable flushed face. The closer you two get, the more likely he would be to tease you about you being flustered, which he knows gets a heightened response. He will smother you in cuddles at how cute you are, maybe a smooch if he isn’t too shy.
He understands your resolve in situations that you believe in, he will be right beside you in those times, fighting alongside you. If the stubbornness is directed at him, however, you two might have to leave each other to blow off some steam. He will usually talk it over with someone and come back to you when he has thought of a way to resolve things. He would also likely apologise for his behaviour, even if he was the one who was right, in the end.
Josuke would find it adorable when you clutch his hand when your afraid. He would probably even plant a kiss on your forehead, whispering little reassurances in your ear and giving your hand little squeezes.
He likes that he can easily read how you feel, as he find it hard to understand exactly what people are feeling. It gives him a lot more courage to confess to you.

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”

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 

One of the things I really love about the teachings of the law of attraction is that they teach you how to be an optimistic person, and I think that’s really important. It’s not just about attracting what you want or better, it’s about learning to be happy or content before it happens. It’s about enjoying the journey, which is the most important part of it all.

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!

First of all, a huge THANK YOU for all the people on here who have followed my blog. This is one place where I can put down my craziest thoughts, theories and rants over Rangrasiya and it heartens me to see that so many on here appreciate it and have as amazing theories as well.

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