Fall Semester Buddies!

teamteachers:

During the course of this semester, you will be asked to mail 1-2 cards, notes of encouragement etc.   Actual gift items are up to you, but please know that we all know money is tight and it is unlikely that you will receive a gift (so don’t feel like you have to).  You are also welcome to make something for your buddy.  

Whether you reveal yourself right away or not, is up to you.  I think it is more fun to wait until the end.

You may put notes of encouragement in their ask box, send fan mail, or spend a little extra time thinking of solutions to problems they may face.

International teachers are welcome.  So are pre-service teachers / student teachers.

You must have an active tumblr that has been on tumblr for over a month in order to participate.

Tumblr, Girlwithalessonplan, and I are not liable for any lost items, or other problems that occur due to this program.  You submit your address and agree to participate at your own risk.

Please answer the survey questions and send them to positivelypt (at) gmail (dot) com

*Note:  I am unable to reassign buddies mid-round.  You get who you get, so please DO NOT sign up if there’s a chance you won’t be able to follow through on your end of the bargain.  This is a short round, so it is easier for some to participate.  For those that travel a lot — maybe not so much.

Sign ups end 9/3/2014

  1. Tumblr name: 
  2. Address to mail items:
  3. Are you willing to mail to a participant outside of the U.S.:  
  4. Grade Level: 
  5. Subject Taught: 
  6. Favorite Color: 
  7. Favorite Candy: 
  8. Favorite Food: 
  9. When I want to treat myself, I 
  10. Interests outside of teaching: 
  11. Guilty Pleasure: 
  12. Anything else you want your buddy to know?
  13. T-shirt size:
  14. Favorite Office Supply:
  15. Favorite books:
  16. Do you belong to any fandoms?
  17. Please list any buddies you have already had so that I do not have to go searching through e-mails for that information. 
allisonunsupervised:

christinamused:

girlwithalessonplan:

thankyoufive:

*hyperventilates*

I HAVE TO GET ONE OF THESE.  SO HELP ME GOD.

Just a reminder that you can use coupon code 55870818 to save another $10 on this (expires today).  That brings the total of these 10,000 post-its to about $42, including tax. Even at the dollar section at Target, that would buy only about 40% as many stickies, and those might be cute but they don’t stick well and they curl up and leave residue on your books. Plus, this box is filled with velveteen-rabbit Real post-it brand notes.
(I do not work for the Office Depot corporation, but I know a deal when I see one.)

But a lot of the 3x3 ones are for pop-up dispensers, and if you don’t have one you might either be out another X dollars or presented with frequent opportunities to try to remember what irritations aren’t really worth the energy.

I can’t afford a treasure box of post-it notes, no matter how beautiful they look.

allisonunsupervised:

christinamused:

girlwithalessonplan:

thankyoufive:

*hyperventilates*

I HAVE TO GET ONE OF THESE.  SO HELP ME GOD.

Just a reminder that you can use coupon code 55870818 to save another $10 on this (expires today).  That brings the total of these 10,000 post-its to about $42, including tax. Even at the dollar section at Target, that would buy only about 40% as many stickies, and those might be cute but they don’t stick well and they curl up and leave residue on your books. Plus, this box is filled with velveteen-rabbit Real post-it brand notes.

(I do not work for the Office Depot corporation, but I know a deal when I see one.)

But a lot of the 3x3 ones are for pop-up dispensers, and if you don’t have one you might either be out another X dollars or presented with frequent opportunities to try to remember what irritations aren’t really worth the energy.

I can’t afford a treasure box of post-it notes, no matter how beautiful they look.

I felt old when the VP that transferred to our school this year told me she was almost 2 years younger than me.

exchangealumni:

When we say ‘tech’, you say GIRLS! Our phenomenally talented group of 24 TechGirls from the Middle East and North Africa visited some of the coolest, most innovative people on earth last week: tumblr staff!

At tumblr headquarters, Caitlin Abber of MTV moderated a panel for their visit. As she says, “the TechGirls were super enthusiastic about asking the panelists a wide range of questions. They wanted to know about the next steps in their careers, the hardest parts of the job, and what their future tech-related aspirations are. While the panelists answers were all great, it was when the microphone was turned on the TechGirls themselves that the event became truly inspirational.” 

Read Caitlin’s entire piece about the event here


A black crow attacks one of the Pope’s white doves.


This does not bode well for mankind.

A black crow attacks one of the Pope’s white doves.

This does not bode well for mankind.

brittanysimon:

micdotcom:

Most people give the homeless change or leftovers, Mark Bustos is cutting their hair

For the past few months, New York City hairstylist Mark Bustos — who normally spends his days working at an upscale salon — has been volunteering on his days off to offer haircuts to homeless people he sees on the street. With a simple phrase, “I want to do something nice for you today,” he has been helping people get a fresh, uplifting makeover.

For people who have been trapped in a cycle of poverty, unemployment and homelessness, the makeover can also serve a useful function: looking presentable for a job.

Inspiring thanks he received from one man | Follow micdotcom

I just began crying. This is beautiful.

Walmart Video Shows John Crawford Was Shot on Sight By Cops With No Warning, Family Attorneys Say

lizardvvizard:

jessehimself:

Wright, who has seen store surveillance video of the shooting incident, said Crawford was shot while talking on the phone, holding the butt of the gun with the barrel pointed at the floor.

He said Crawford was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response.

“Everything released is one-sided.  There is nothing favorable to John Crawford.  You can’t show different pieces, show it all, don’t trickle pieces to gain favor of the public, “said Michael Wright, Crawford family attorney.  Wright wants to see the release of events in chronological order.

Wright says the video shows Crawford standing in the direction of some shelves.  He say Crawford was talking on his cell phone and probably did not see or hear the police officer sent to the store to investigate.  He said in one frame you see Crawford on the phone, the next you see him on the floor.

Crawford’s father questions the timing of the state’s investigation.

“My main concern is the delay.  What’s taking so long?  I understand it’s a process, but frankly, I see stall tactics,” said John Crawford II [the decedent’s father].

Crawford was speaking by cell phone to his girlfriend, who was with his parents, when he was shot.

“He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two children. “The next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting, and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”

Johnson put the phone on speaker mode, and she and Crawford’s parents heard him die.

“I could hear him just crying and screaming,” Johnson said. “I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”

Every. Single. Day.