It means whatever you want it to mean.

For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many




Before this, there were way around this.  ”Emergency licensees” and “intent to complete license” contracts.  We have some of those in my building.

And thankfully, the ones we have are pretty good people, intent on being good teachers.

I just cannot fathom how this is okay in a state that just CANNOT BELIEVE the high ratings of teacher evaluations compared to state test scores.  

Also, how much of a waste is it for those students who have these “transition to teaching” or “career specialist” teachers who have to complete the “teaching program” while employed, only to burn out in the 2-3 years it takes to finish the licensing and programming?  (Holla at you, statistics on teacher turnover.)

I’m not saying someone like my dad—a civil engineer with a minor in econ—wouldn’t be a good econ or geology teacher.  He’s brilliant.  But knowing your content is nothing if you don’t have the special management, interpersonal, and improvisational skills it takes to be a teacher.  

Credentialed teacher programs can give you that foundation.  

Seriously, 85% of my job is validating teenagers feelings and focusing them on the task at hand. I know SO MUCH about writing, y’all, but that doesn’t matter because that’s not really what my job is. 

The worst teacher in my department has a PhD (or maybe even 2?). Kids routinely throw things at him.

I can talk to you all day about enzyme kinetics, the fluid mosaic phospholipid bilayer, and the intricacies of prokaryotic protein synthesis. I teach less than 10% of what I know. Teaching is so much more than content.


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I am going to start swearing by authors








"Holy mother of Mary Shelley!"

"What the Tolkien?"

"By Victor Hugo’s spare underpants!"

"Jesus, Mary and Joseph Conrad!"

"Pardon my Molière, but I don’t give a Faulkner."












Thank you supernatural fandom

We swear by Darwin.

As in, “Darwin beer me strength” and “Darwin take the wheel”

Something is working, even if it feels like everything is not


Ok y’all. These seniors are rough. Rooooooough. I’m pulling even longer days than I did last year just to make sure my plans are on point, my content is relevant (with like no holes), and my grading feedback is beyond personalized and detailed, but some days I’m standing in front of a classroom…


This is how we do peptalks.

1. If he doesn’t answer, don’t keep sending texts. If he wanted to talk to you, he would’ve responded.

2. People will make time for you when they care about you. If he says he’s too busy or constantly cancels his plans, he doesn’t care. People fight for you when they care.

3. Don’t let him touch you on the first date. If he tries, he’s not there for the same reasons you are.

4. You can tell a lot about a person by their favorite book.

5. If he can stomach more than ten straight shots without feeling a thing, he drinks too much.

6. Ask the uncomfortable things. When was the last time he was so high he couldn’t speak? What does he regret the most? Does he drink to remember or to forget?

7. Don’t send pictures unless you want to. If he has to talk you into it, don’t do it. If you hesitate, don’t do it. If you do take a picture, don’t include your face. Keep yourself safe.

8. If you can’t laugh when you’re having sex with him, maybe you aren’t sleeping with the right person. Sex isn’t about tricks and tips and routines.

9. If he hurts you, cut him out. He’s gone, he isn’t coming back, and you don’t need to prolong the pain.

10. Don’t be afraid to open up again. I promise not everyone will love you with a knife behind their back.

—   Boy advice from someone who made the same mistakes too often (via guiseofgentlewords)

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"do you know

what it feels like

for a girl?


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plot twist:

you are everyone's first choice.

“Kiss her. Slowly, take your time, there’s no place you’d rather be. Kiss her but not like you’re waiting for something else, like your hands beneath her shirt or her skirt or tangled up in her bra straps. Nothing like that. Kiss her like you’ve forgotten any other mouth that your mouth has ever touched. Kiss her with a curious childish delight. Laugh into her mouth, inhale her sighs. Kiss her until she moans. Kiss her with her face in your hands. Or your hands in her hair. Or pulling her closer at the waist. Kiss her like you want to take her dancing. Like you want to spin her into an open arena and watch her look at you like you’re the brightest thing she’s ever seen. Kiss her like she’s the brightest thing you’ve ever seen. Take your time. Kiss her like the first and only piece of chocolate you’re ever going to taste. Kiss her until she forgets how to count. Kiss her stupid. Kiss her silent. Come away, ask her what 2+2 is and listen to her say your name in answer.”


Azra.T “this is how you keep her” (via 5000letters)

Mmmm, yes. Kiss me like this….

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We should all have kisses like that every day. 

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Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

 (Left to Right): Peter Buffett, Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter,
 Dave Zirin and Moderator Eve Ensler.


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