Couldn’t resist. Made two purchases on other people’s wishlist. For very different, but specific, reasons.

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Dear Tumblrverse,

Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!

As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget).  Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby.  Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.

Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies.  In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped.  I am in awe of the teachers in this community.  After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year.  If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist.  If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.   

So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.

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gjmueller:

Coaching parents on toddler talk to address low-income word gap

By age four, toddlers in low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than those in high-income families, according to researchers. As a result, these children tend to have smaller vocabularies and fall behind in reading. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on one program in Providence, Rhode Island, that gets low-income parents talking more to their toddlers.

This is so great and important! (I love vocab studies and initiatives).

During the school year, I pretty much don’t delete any e-mails.

That way I can search info I need and can look back at past e-mails if I need to see if something was documented.   Right now I am enduring the task of eliminating unnecessary e-mails.

postsfromthemrs:

hisnamewasbeanni:

positivelypersistentteach:

postsfromthemrs:

hisnamewasbeanni:

positivelypersistentteach:

postsfromthemrs:

hisnamewasbeanni:

postsfromthemrs:

positivelypersistentteach:

I think hisnamewasbeanni should write me a haiku.

Hey there PPT
Beanni didn’t write you one
We’re better than him

Hey there the Mrs
(And Pablo as well I guess)
You guys can suck it

That was very rude.

How rude you may ask, good sir?
Very very rude.

And the battle begins!

I fully reject
This manipulation of
Your two followers

Whoa whoa whoa hold up.
That’s the mayor of tumblr. 
Just ask her father.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!

Power corrupts one


Absolute power corrupts


One absolutely

I see what you did.

There, there clever boy. There, there.

Do not fear power. 

Beanni just called me
corrupt. You are dead to me

Beanni. No mas Beanni.

melbey asked:

Hi! I hope you don't mind me asking: how your South Beach Diet is going? I have found your updates to be very inspirational; I'm thinking of trying that diet as well.

It is still going well.  I gained a few lbs once I switched to Phase 2, which is to be expected since a lot of what you lose in Phase 1 is water weight.  I actually expected to gain back much more.  But I have also stayed down in the inches I lost.  Phase 2 is much more “doable,” but I find myself much more tempted since I’m not under the confines of Phase 1 if that makes sense. 

Also, I think South Beach works best with regular exercise.  I’ve been having some back and foot problems unrelated to the diet that have caused me to skip out on exercise more than I’d like — but have to to avoid an injury.  I will feel better once I get back to jazzercise.

I go back to Florida in a little less than a week and the jazzercise places in my area don’t mesh with my work hours.  Currently, I’m looking into local aerobic classes or gyms so that I can keep this up.

We have a new Rec/Community center that is halfway between where I work and live (and my commute is under 8 minutes) so I’m hopeful to do some classes after work with come co-workers who will help keep me accountable on the exercise thing.  I also know a group of gals that do Zumba after work hours in a classroom once a week, so I may join in on that until the community center opens. 

Thanks for the question.  I haven’t been posting as much mostly because I don’t want to bore people, but am happy to answer questions!

dennys:

We love you, Weird Al. ‘Cause you’re weird. And you love parodies. And so do we so we parodied your face with breakfast food. 

dennys:

We love you, Weird Al. ‘Cause you’re weird. And you love parodies. And so do we so we parodied your face with breakfast food. 

postsfromthemrs:

hisnamewasbeanni:

positivelypersistentteach:

postsfromthemrs:

hisnamewasbeanni:

postsfromthemrs:

positivelypersistentteach:

I think hisnamewasbeanni should write me a haiku.

Hey there PPT
Beanni didn’t write you one
We’re better than him

Hey there the Mrs
(And Pablo as well I guess)
You guys can suck it

That was very rude.

How rude you may ask, good sir?
Very very rude.

And the battle begins!

I fully reject
This manipulation of
Your two followers

Whoa whoa whoa hold up.
That’s the mayor of tumblr.
Just ask her father.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!

On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers | Alliance For Excellent Education

Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year—attrition that costs the United States up to $2.2 billion annually. This high turnover rate disproportionately affects high-poverty schools and seriously compromises the nation’s capacity to ensure that all students have access to skilled teaching, according to this Alliance report.

"And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."

"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)