ChristinaMused

Conversations at the Dinner Table*

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Five for Friday

  • That was the 7-11 we walked to several times a week for a popsicle or icee, when I packed the newborn in a Snuggli and walked holding hands with 4 and 6, just to get us all out of the house for fresh air and my sanity that summer.
  • The townhouse we drove out of our way to see if it was still there, is filled with ghosts, but also with the happy memory of a visit or two from allisonunsupervised and her kin.
  • I did not tear up when the campus tour we were on led us through the bookstore where my then-2-year-old argued with me for the first time about why *one* book was not ever enough.
  • None of these kids today were anywhere close to college aged. No, they were not. 
  • Even if The Teenager doesn’t choose this college, I remain so grateful that I did.

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Better Late

Commencing college tours today with the Teenager. Today’s tour takes us back to the town we moved away from when he was 2. Get ready, tear ducts, I’m gunning for you.

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From a retired teacher friend

grouchyteacher:

Punography:

·I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

·When chemists die, they barium.

·Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

·I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

·How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

·I stayed up all night to see where the

PUNS!

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Want to support #education? Donate to Tumblr Teachers’ Classrooms!

positivelypersistentteach:

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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Boosting for the many, many more deserving wishlists than mine. I was absolutely inspired today by having my dream lit circle wishlist already approved by administration, and so I’m paying it forward by sending a little love to another Tumblr teacher. 

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Email from my principal says he will allocate the funding I need to add lit circle/book club copies of all 10 of my CNF suggestions. He will put the order together himself and send it in by close of business tomorrow.
Suddenly, I am looking forward, NOT to the beginning of the school year in actuality, but to the theoretical teaching units I’m preparing.
Books I requested:
In Cold Blood
Unbroken
Stiff
Mountains Beyond Mountains
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Into the Wild
The Devil in the White City
A Long Way Gone
Outliers
Fast Food Nation
There were far too many I wanted, and I’m very aware that for every one that made the cut, several equally wonderful texts didn’t.  ETA: Still! Books! I fretted for a month about how to approach him for funding, and thought there was no way, since there were staffing cuts and other budget issues. But, books! I don’t even care about all the haters who are going to complain about me in the fall.

Email from my principal says he will allocate the funding I need to add lit circle/book club copies of all 10 of my CNF suggestions. He will put the order together himself and send it in by close of business tomorrow.

Suddenly, I am looking forward, NOT to the beginning of the school year in actuality, but to the theoretical teaching units I’m preparing.

Books I requested:

  • In Cold Blood
  • Unbroken
  • Stiff
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Into the Wild
  • The Devil in the White City
  • A Long Way Gone
  • Outliers
  • Fast Food Nation

There were far too many I wanted, and I’m very aware that for every one that made the cut, several equally wonderful texts didn’t.  ETA: Still! Books! I fretted for a month about how to approach him for funding, and thought there was no way, since there were staffing cuts and other budget issues. But, books! I don’t even care about all the haters who are going to complain about me in the fall.

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