The need for funds is a long story, but know it would be going to our 3 Pre-K’s celebration on the last day of school. We’d like to buy a small spread of food and some resources for the kids to take home.
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Charellabon took it upon herself to take on the daunting task of organizing the Teacher Roll Call. Girlwithalessonplan started the roll call by keeping a blog post of teacher bloggers before the #education tag was officially started. World-shaker took it a step further by using GoogleDocs to create a submit form that exported all the information into a spreadsheet.
Charellbon has checked each entry, identified defunct tumblrs, and organized each blog by state. You can now view the master list and even find people by state/location. She should be applauded for her work on this.
So, what’s new?
1. Sorting by Location groups, alphabetically by state abbreviations, on the Master Roll Call, which is the main spreadsheet and the first page (and thus called the Master, due to subsequent spreadsheets following the Master Roll Call).
2. A new Submit form to point to the To Be Added/Filed tab, the tab directly to the right of the Master Roll Call spreadsheet.
The To Be Added/Filedtab gets updated live. Char will plan to manage future entries by manually transferring them from the To Be Added/Filedtab onto the Master Roll Calland respective Location sheets. Note that the form is the same exact form from the original (I copied and pasted), but with a different destination.
Link to the new Submit form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MsiEYZYSInaR_WntyneMFr3IdXVIJji_Z3w15ICCmIs/viewform
3. Specific Location spreadsheets within the Master Roll Call (i.e., CA Tumblr Teacher spreadsheet tab).
4. Location spreadsheet tabs at the bottom (desktop view) or top (mobile view) are also listed alphabetically.
5. Pink highlighted entries indicating defunct, “not found” tumblrs.
We will eventually be deleting these blogs from the list.
Char noted the following:
In addition to making these 20 spreadsheets plus the Submit form, I crunched out some numbers out of curiosity:
- 1377 total entries of Tumblr teachers!
- 223 defunct tumblrs within the Master Roll Call.
This still means we have 1,154 active Tumblr Teachers out there – over a THOUSAND entries, folks!
- The leading location – as far as numbers are concerned – is our International tumblrs, with 237 active entries. Then No Response tumblrs, with 93 active entries, followed by California tumblrs, with 82 active entries. New York is the runner up, with 75 active tumblrs.
Again, major props to Charaellbon for this. She’s a education-licensed homeschooling mom and relatively new to Tumblr #education, so give her a follow and thank her for her work.
Ready, set, go.
I’ll make up for the late announcement with an extra one this month!
Write a Letter to a Teacher:
Perfect sentiment for Teacher Appreciation Week here on tumblr #education!
Think of a teacher that made a difference in your life; helped you succeed, or got you through something difficult. Take a few minutes to go to the school’s website and send them an email. Nothing means more to a teacher than knowing they made a positive difference in a student’s life.
Satisfactori: Are you a trans*, gender nonconforming, or nonbinary TEACHER?:
I recently decided to be a teacher, but I also identify as agender. I was wondering if you could help me out by answering a few questions. These include:
How do you identify yourself?
ex. genderqueer, femme, avid reader, left handed, tall, tough, sparkly, gender creative, gay, fun,…
Click through for the rest.
Tumblr buddies is arranged similarly to a Secret Santa. For the time period named, each person agrees to send 1-2 items a month to the person they have. You may remain anonymous or tell your person from the get-go. I can’t guarantee your buddy will keep their end of the bargain. We have had some people fail to follow through. I can tell you the majority of buddies do send something regularly. Also, some buddies send small gifts, but you also have to know that there is no guarantee of a gift in return. If someone can only send notes of encouragement, then we want them to participate. Sometimes kind thoughts are just what we all need.
Preparing for the effects of the sequester: A Little Help from my Tumblr Friends? :
Hey everyone, as you may have heard the recent sequester will impact many government programs and their funding. My program is getting a cut, but it looks like no positions will be cut from instructional staff at this point. However, other parts of our staff may be.
Each year Pre-K teachers get a modest classroom supply fund. This is not much different than the grade level funds that are often used to purchase take home folders, construction paper, notebooks, etc. except that we each individually decide what to spend it on. This year, I spent mine on art supplies, stuff needed for science and math activities (not reusable), and some books. I am guessing that our classroom funds will be very small next year, as they have gotten smaller every year.
As you know, Pre-K kids play hard and at the beginning of the year are still learning a lot of social skills and rules. So books get ripped and toys break. And, I am sometimes able to replace them through classroom funds or my own, and sometimes I am not.
This year’s class has loved every minute, but there’s things from free choice centers that need to be replaced. Also, this year, I put a lot more focus into using rotating centers for all academic centers. While I do have a number of books that need to be replaced or that are still on my dream classroom wish list. I want to focus on stacking up on materials for literacy, science, math, and social studies.
If you have the funds this month or are a billionaire I’d appreciate it if you could take a look at my wish list (linked above). I partner with another teacher to plan a lot of things and we share materials so you would be helping out two classes.
I totally understand that money is tight for many, but all the reblogs in the world are appreciated.
Please don’t forget to send your Tumblr Buddy something 1-2 times a month.
Also, I’d like to know if people are interested in doing a shorter round of Tumblr Buddies for the (American) Summer lasting from June-August. If there’s enough interest, I will certainly arrange it.