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Any student teachers/teachers have experience with edTPA?

September 15th, 2014 No comments


What was it like?


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All buddies have been assigned. Please check your e-mails.

September 9th, 2014 No comments

If you signed up and did not receive a buddy or an e-mail saying you do not qualify to participate, please e-mail me ASAP.  These takes me several hours to do, so there’s always a chance I made a mistake or two!


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September 9th, 2014 No comments

Tumblr User slbaybo tried to participate in buddies last school year.  As with all people new to buddies, I check their tumblrs to make sure they a) are on tumblr, b) working in a school or in a degree program and c) have been on Tumblr for a significant amount of time.   You all trust me with your information, and I am not going to give it to someone I think is questionable.

That being said, Slbaybo didn’t meet the criteria last year.  He attempted to sign up this year.  Last year, he sent me angry e-mails and messages and then tried to contact members of #education to be his buddy AND THEN tried to contact #education members to meet him.  Due to this sketchy behavior, he is not allowed to participate.   

I highly suggest ignoring/blocking him if he contacts you.

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When will we find out who our buddy is?

September 7th, 2014 No comments

Seeing as we get 50-100 sign ups, it takes a while to do the assignments.  Also, it is only one person working on it (and I have a full time teaching gig). Since the sign ups just ended, your patience is appreciated.

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"Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called…"

September 2nd, 2014 No comments

Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s more than 600 public schools.

BBB is being completely disingenuous with her statement that the “[hiring] pool is diminished”. If it seems like there aren’t enough interested librarians it’s because 1. CPS has a complicated and stupid hiring process and it’s not easy to get into the “Teacher Quality Pool” and 2. The existing school librarians were either pushed out or reassigned to classroom instruction. 

The sad fact is that with CPS’ per-pupil budgeting, anything considered “nonessential” is probably not going to get funded and unlike PE or Art (both of which I completely and totally support for all students), there are no mandated set of required hours for Library instruction. 

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Fall Semester Buddies!

August 31st, 2014 No comments

During the course of this semester, you will be asked to mail 1-2 cards, notes of encouragement etc.   Actual gift items are up to you, but please know that we all know money is tight and it is unlikely that you will receive a gift (so don’t feel like you have to).  You are also welcome to make something for your buddy.  

Whether you reveal yourself right away or not, is up to you.  I think it is more fun to wait until the end.

You may put notes of encouragement in their ask box, send fan mail, or spend a little extra time thinking of solutions to problems they may face.

International teachers are welcome.  So are pre-service teachers / student teachers.

You must have an active tumblr that has been on tumblr for over a month in order to participate.

Tumblr, Girlwithalessonplan, and I are not liable for any lost items, or other problems that occur due to this program.  You submit your address and agree to participate at your own risk.

Please answer the survey questions and send them to positivelypt (at) gmail (dot) com

*Note:  I am unable to reassign buddies mid-round.  You get who you get, so please DO NOT sign up if there’s a chance you won’t be able to follow through on your end of the bargain.  This is a short round, so it is easier for some to participate.  For those that travel a lot — maybe not so much.

Sign ups end 9/3/2014

  1. Tumblr name: 
  2. Address to mail items:
  3. Are you willing to mail to a participant outside of the U.S.:  
  4. Grade Level: 
  5. Subject Taught: 
  6. Favorite Color: 
  7. Favorite Candy: 
  8. Favorite Food: 
  9. When I want to treat myself, I 
  10. Interests outside of teaching: 
  11. Guilty Pleasure: 
  12. Anything else you want your buddy to know?
  13. T-shirt size:
  14. Favorite Office Supply:
  15. Favorite books:
  16. Do you belong to any fandoms?
  17. Please list any buddies you have already had so that I do not have to go searching through e-mails for that information. 
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August 29th, 2014 No comments



Challenge your students to enter this amazing contest.  Help end childhood hunger in the U.S. Teens can make a difference.  $5,000 in prizes.

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8/24 and 8/25 are Education Dare Days!

August 25th, 2014 No comments

When an Education Dare Day is announced from this blog:

  1. Reblog the announcement!
  2. Ask one question related to education on your tumblr for your followers to answer.  Post the responses in one single post later.
  3. Ask at LEAST 2 of the tumblrs in the #education community a question in their ask box. It does not have to be related to education.

Please tag your posts as “education dare day” and/or “EDD.” 

You do not need to be a teacher to participate.

The purpose is to help the education community get to know each other, as well as provide opportunities to learn from each other.  

I dare you to reach out to someone you don’t know very well or is new to tumblr/#education!

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Ferguson Syllabus

August 24th, 2014 No comments

Ferguson Syllabus:


@DrMChatelain began tweeting texts for #FergusonSyllabus. Many others joined with recommendations of texts as well as questions to pose to students at all levels from K-professional/grad schools. List being updated daily list being updated. Please note this is an incomplete list at the moment.

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p-paw: Teacher blogs (or parents or humans who interact with small humans or anyone who has an…

August 21st, 2014 No comments


Teacher blogs (or parents or humans who interact with small humans or anyone who has an opinion on this),

I know the school year has already started or is about to start for most of us. How are you talking to you kids about Michael Brown, race, police violence, etc? Art teachers, how are you or how can we work this into our lessons?

I teach PK-5th and while some may say they’re too young, our kids know the battles being fought in their neighborhoods and, even if they can’t yet put it into words, they feel the injustice. They know the discrepancy between what should be for them and what is. I can’t sit by and let “them” suffer, I want my kids to know that I am fighting with them and that they are fighting together to eradicate this injustice.

So what have you done in your classroom?
What are you planning to do?
What do you wish you could do?
What would you do if you taught older kids? Younger kids? Had kids?

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