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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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This is a really awesome thing that the lovely PPT put together. My wish list is here among many others. Every little bit helps. I know I speak for myself and many others when I say how appreciative I am of this community’s generosity. I wouldn’t have literature circle books if it weren’t for you all.

Teachers who shop at Walmart stores during its Teacher Appreciation Week, July 25 to 31, are eligible to receive a Walmart eGift Card for 10 percent back on nearly 15,000 products — everything from pencils and glue to classroom décor.

"On average, teachers around the country spend about $1,000 readying their classrooms, and half of that comes from reaching into their own wallets to make sure students have what they need," said Steve Bratspies, executive vice president, general merchandise for Walmart U.S. "We’ve had a commitment to supporting teachers in the communities we serve for many years. This program is one more way we’re helping lessen the cost, increase support and set teachers up for success."

The savings process for teachers is simple:

— Shop Walmart stores for classroom supplies.

— Visit www.walmart.com/teachers by August 15 to register receipts by entering teacher’s school information and receipt transaction code.

— Savings on eligible items from select departments* will be delivered on a Walmart eGift card via email within 14 days of submitting the receipt online.

Thanks rackfocus85 for this tip!

I have an Amazon prime music library full of Vitamin String Quartet music and a new bluetooth speaker for my classroom. I think I’m ready for school to begin!

(Several teachers on my 7th grade team play string music during bell ringers at the beginning of class. It’s good continuity, I think. The kids know music = get to work. I did last year but my computer speakers stink and the ipad is never loud enough.)

Just an FYI, while I’m not a huge fan of shopping there you do what you gotta do sometimes: Walmart has .75 cent packs of loose leaf paper and 20 count pencils for .97 cents. The pencils are going fast in my area. I also got packs of cap erasers for fairly cheap as well. It’s amazing to me how different my shopping habits are after a full year of teaching under my belt. I bought so much useless crap this time last year. When really, the necessities, the things I was really wishing I’d bought more of come springtime were just pencils and paper. So I’m trying to get a little stockpile going.

I began mapping out the first couple weeks of school today while at my nanny job. (Yes, still doing that, for the 3rd summer in a row. Wow.) I’m still unsure how the first few days will go as our schedule is always a bit odd that first week but I have an idea of where I’m beginning in terms of setting expectations, teaching procedures, and starting reader’s workshop. Feels good to have a start on a tiny plan of sorts.

I never realised before entering the teaching profession that it is a full-time – and by full time, I mean an every-waking-hour – job. Even during sleep, I dream about school and staff and pupils. There is simply no escape.

Secret Teacher: I can’t take the stress, but I don’t want to be a dropout statistic


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Several of the teachers in my building let our students follow us on Instagram. We don’t follow back, of course. I’ll let them follow me after I no longer have them in class. (Which is why I no longer instagram the delicious hard cider I’ve been drinking or my Friday night margaritas. And instead I try to project myself as a model grownup. Ahem.)

Side note: this means you sometimes get tagged in TBT pictures which led to my favorite teaching compliment ever about my classroom community, “I miss 5th period so much, too. 5th was like a family.”

Anyway, I tend to use a wide vocabulary within the classroom that sometimes makes students stop me and ask what a word means. I talk to them the same way I talk to everyone else. Rather than dumb down my language I’ve found this is a cool way to embed vocab instruction. You hear a word in context, you eventually know what that word means, right? My first period this past year was especially interested in broadening their lexicon, another word I taught them, and would ask me what stuff meant all the time. Tonight one of my first period kiddos asked me about a word I used in one of my recent Instagram posts. I love when they reach out like this. It makes my teacher heart grow, like, 15 sizes.

Because I don’t like walking around with people thinking I’m doing uncool shit, because there’s nothing I’m doing that’s uncool. It’s all innovative. You just might not understand it yet. But it’s cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.

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Reminds of something I read today that Prince William said about the effects of losing his mother as a teenager:

Losing a close family member is one of the hardest experiences that anyone can ever endure. Never being able to say the word “Mummy” again in your life sounds like a small thing. However, for many, including me, it’s now really just a word – hollow and evoking only memories.

I should probably feel guilty about making this super important celebrity connection but whatever.

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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.

The queen of America


The queen of America

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I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.’


I am so going to get flamed for this one …

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