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SOMETHING I WILL MISS THIS YEAR

is my French class. Not just one class, exactly, but there was a group of us, majors and minors, who were on similar tracks and had at least one core class together each semester. We weren’t hang-out-outside-of-class friends, but we were friendly in class and had really great camaraderie. It was great to start off each school year with that: “Marjorie! Salut! Comment trouvais-toi ton ete? T’as visite Paris, non? Emmett! Ca va? Oui, ca va bien!”

Buuuut senior year is kind of when the minors and majors split, and I’m not taking any French courses this semester. I only need one more, and it’s not offered til next semester. So yeah, I will miss my French camarades.  

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You don’t need to be in school to improve your education.
Check out Coursera!

One of the biggest issues that I continue to see pop up for people, especially within the young adult generation[s], is the problem of being at a loss for readily available, and seemingly ‘affordable’ educational sources, information, and courses. I recently reblogged a post with a brilliant list of 500 FREE online courses from top universities, which was pretty popular. Then I received a suggestion from a lovely follower of mine to check out Courseera, as I might be interested. So, in addition to the previous online free courses post, I present you with yet another amazing and FREE resource for personal mind expansion. Courseera offers dozens of free online courses from various universities such as Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania
Below you can view the different types of courses offered on this useful site:


Knowledge is power. Educate yourself, explore, and expand!

UPDATE: Within the last few weeks 12 World-Class Universities [new to Coursera]  have added more than 100 courses to be available for FREE on Coursera, in addition to the already spectacular selection! 

Below is a list of the newly accessible Universities and the courses they each provide:

You can also view a list of all courses available here. Enjoy & keep expanding!!

Reblogging for those who might have missed it. Coursera is a great educational opportunity we all should take advantage of.

I’ll be starting Intro to Sustainability at the end of the month!

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A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”

He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.

The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% (via mchotdog)

what a radical idea yo

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This works wonders when you’re parenting as well.
I love this.
A little love and understanding goes a long way.

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sometimes i wonder what my teachers’ otps are.

what if teachers shipped their students

ship wars in the staff room

anonymous hate mail in other teachers’ assignment boxes

fanfiction written by english teachers, fanart drawn by art teachers

the real edgy teachers write teacher/student fics and hope the school board doesn’t find out

(the school board knows and eagerly awaits each new chapter)

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Arizona Republican Introduces Bill That Would Make The Lives Of Teachers A Living Hell

nonplussedbyreligion:

Five GOP Senators in Arizona have introduced a bill in Arizona that would make the lives of teachers and professors a living hell inside and outside of school. Senator Al Melvin, Senator Andy Biggs, Senator Don Shooter, Senator Lori Klein, and Senator Steve Smith are the sponsors of SB 1467, which would prohibit teachers from engaging in “speech or conduct that would violate the standards adopted by the federal communications commission concerning obscenity, indecency and profanity if that speech or conduct were broadcast on television or radio.” In other words, teachers can’t do things that aren’t allowed on television.

Here is the full text of the bill:

“Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

A.  If a person who provides classroom instruction in a public school engages in speech or conduct that would violate the standards adopted by the federal communications commission concerning obscenity, indecency and profanity if that speech or conduct were broadcast on television or radio:

1.  For the first occurrence, the school shall suspend the person, at a minimum, for one week of employment, and the person shall not receive any compensation for the duration of the suspension. This paragraph does not prohibit a school after the first occurrence from suspending the person for a longer duration or terminating the employment of that person.

2.  For the second occurrence, the school shall suspend the person, at a minimum, for two weeks of employment, and the person shall not receive any compensation for the duration of the suspension. This paragraph does not prohibit a school after the second occurrence from suspending the person for a longer duration or terminating the employment of that person.

3.  For the third occurrence, the school shall terminate the employment of the person. This paragraph does not prohibit a school after the first or second occurrence from terminating the employment of that person.

B.  For the purposes of this section, “public school” means a public preschool program, a public elementary school, a public junior high school, a public middle school, a public high school, a public vocational education program, a public community college or a public university in this state.”

The bill would require schools to fire public school teachers and college professors who use books or films in the classroom that contain any profanity. Greg Lukianoffof the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education says,

“The law not only hobbles the ability to teach about sexuality and other non-Victorian topics, but it also puts teachers in jeopardy for teaching such mainstays as The Canterbury Tales, The Catcher in the Rye, certainly Ulysses, and probably every work by an obscure English writer named William Shakespeare. These days, such a law could certainly make any professor or teacher think twice about teaching Mark Twain or Kurt Vonnegut. And how on earth could you possibly teach a class about cinema studies without showing movies like The Godfather, The Graduate, Annie Hall, or for that matter, Pulp Fiction?”

Teachers would even have difficulty educating students about free speech cases that went before the Supreme Court, and would require educators to teach certain historical material in a G rated manner. So basically you can forget about showing students a documentary about the cruelty of the Nazis during the Holocaust. In fact, the teachers may not even be able to watch it in their own homes. War photos may also be restricted. Teaching in such a manner would deprive students of fully learning about these topics and would hurt their understanding of history. Arizona lawmakers have already banned ethnic studies courses in schools and now they want to control everything that teachers do both on and off campus. It’s unconscionable.

But the bill goes further than that. Because the language in the bill doesn’t distinguish between public speech or conduct and just plain old speech or conduct, the law could even require schools to fire teachers who use profanity and have sex in their private lives away from school. This bill is a violation of privacy and free speech and is one of the most unconstitutional pieces of legislation I’ve ever seen. This proves that the GOP war against teachers is alive and well.

Well, there goes half the damn curriculum. Attn. AZ: Life is not G-rated. 

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