Friday, August 11, 2017

To the parents of the kids who don’t struggle in school …

Except for the different diagnoses, I could have been the Mom who wrote this. We don't get perfect report cards or honor rolls or first place trophies. We get the kid who can school any adult on today's political situation and who can name all 100 US Senators by state. It would help if we knew no one valued the former over the latter and my kid could always feel like society values what he brings.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

'Schoolifying' Minecraft Without Ruining It

I'm all up in this blog post. Some of my quotes lack context. The part at the very end? The homeschooler isn't a student of mine. But for the most part, this is quite good.
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Reflection on Minecraft Game Design summer school class

I blogged! It's about the Minecraft Game Design class I taught this summer.
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[Video] New 'Procter & Gamble' Ad Infuriates Racist America, Bigots Forced To Take A Look In The Mirror

To all the white people who have a problem with this ad (and anyone, really): you should be more offended at the idea that an entire racial group of Americans even has to HAVE these talks with their children than you are at feeling convicted or guilty by a two-minute video. It's not racist. Our society is. Against people of color, not you. Our educational, justice, real estate, and employment systems are racist. White people benefit from that racism. That's how racism works. You're not the victims. WE white people are not the victims. Get over yourself and start working to change society.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Teachers learn new style of sharing science with students

Lots of my wonderful EdTech friends are in this article about the MADE program at KCI!
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Facebook’s Complicity in the Silencing of Black Women

Hey Facebook: How about standing up for the rights of people, rather than ignoring hate speech and silencing the already oppressed?
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, Boy Scouts of America

I'm glad Scouting has said something. Now I'm hoping they reach IN and address the reactions of some of the Scouts in attendance.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

First they came ... - Wikipedia

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. -- Martin Niemöller
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Fran Lebowitz on Race and Racism

I have friends who share amazing content with me.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mic


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10 Examples That Prove White Privilege Exists in Every Aspect Imaginable

More required reading for your anti-racism syllabus, folks. I have amazing friends who share this stuff with me.
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Cindy

I love my football players. I worry about them. Protect those noggins, young people!
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AsianCrush

Watch all the way through!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Microsoft Careers: My job details


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Stop Forcing Introverts to Speak in Class. There Are Better Ways.

I'm rather extroverted, but I've known so many students whose grades suffered because "class participation" only looks like speaking up during class. I'm going to share this at work too.
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The New York Times

I can relate to this so much, both in childhood and now as an adult. I've always been a girl/woman. I've never felt male. But I also can't stand conforming to feminine gender roles. So there you have it. Can't I just be me?
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Brad Montague to Keynote CUE 2017 Fall Conference | CUE


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

It’s Not About Race!

A friend shared this with me, and I appreciate it greatly. When white people don't like discussions about race, or worse, insist that these must be free of emotion from people of color, I get angry. In fact, I want to demand "How are you NOT angry about all the injustices that you just get to pretend don't exist because you don't have to live with them constantly???" Really good read.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Opinion | The Men Who Never Have to Grow Up

Yup. White manchildren get away with everything forever. Females and Black actual children get raped, killed, etc.
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Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

I love their findings. Makes SO MUCH sense!
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

50 Ways People Expect Constant Emotional Labor from Women and Femmes

This is really important reading. If you find yourself rolling your eyes or huffing in annoyance, you may be a perpetrator of one or more (or many) of these everyday insults to females and femmes.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Opinion | How We Are Ruining America

This is fascinating, and it makes total sense. We need to do more to achieve equity.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Which Carl Jung Archetype Best Describes You?

I got The Caregiver.
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Every Picture Tells a Story, Don’t It? (Chapter 1: June 1997)

I blogged. This one features one of my MANY happy and hilarious memories with my girl Smitty. Christina Smith Rodek
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Doyin Richards

Black Dads ARE involved in their kids' lives, and they ARE present. Let's work to stop the tired, false narrative about absent or lazy Black fathers!
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We Rise by PopSugar


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

ABC News

Jon Corippo, this just in! #behbehotterz giving #behbehswofs a run for their money!
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ABC News


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Easy Recipes and More


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How to help people with autism? Just be nice

If you know our family, or even if you don't, please read this. Because our son doesn't act out, people may not realize how hard some things are for him. The dog thing is HUGE and he gets angry when people let their dogs off their leash. Because the fear and loss of control is so great. But that's not all this article is about. There's so much you can do, for ALL people, that's really easy and would make the world a better place.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Present at the CUE 2018 National Conference | CUE


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FOX 5 Atlanta

Maile Kiana Chung and Kailee Gifford know what it's like.....
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Minecraft: Education Edition

Whether you'll be at ISTE or not, there's plenty of ways to engage with the Minecraft: Education Edition community.
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Thirty Minutes Tops

Oh my gosh, YES. Alfie Kohn tweeted this out this morning. Parents, tired of having homework eat up all your family time? Read this! teachers, want to get a good sense of how homework can kill what little family time children have, if they're getting enough sleep to be productive in your classroom? Read this! Everyone, read this!
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Daily Show


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BBC One


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We Love USA

Tiffany is the kind of everyday hero I hope we can all step up and be if there is a person in need who crosses our paths.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How Privileged Are You?

56 out of 100, mostly for being female, having people think I'm gay when I'm not, past depression, and times when I've been beyond broke financially.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Viralvids

I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying.
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The Harker School

Thank you, Pat Walsh, for your decades of selfless service to our kids. Especially mine.
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Super Deluxe


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Autism Spectrum Quotient

My score was 17 (in the range of little to no autistic traits).
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

9 Things I'll Tell My Child If They "Get Saved" At Vacation Bible School - Chris Kratzer

This is some good stuff right here.
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Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback

Thank you, Michelle Andelman, for sharing this. I think this is something worth sharing with your department, and perhaps our entire faculty. We definitely have this issue of kids being too focused on the grade and not even considering the feedback.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Creative Gardens Childcare Center

Need child care in the Campbell-West San Jose-Saratoga area?
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The silent tragedy affecting today’s children

As an educator who sees LOTS of kids from all kinds of families every day, I can't underscore this article's recommendations enough!
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60 Second Docs

You ROCK, Tabay!
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

What the Fidget Spinners Fad Reveals About Disability Discrimination

Written from the point of view of someone with autism, this article makes some important assertions about the dangers of marginalization in general, and specifically about what people with autism and/or sensory issues have faced, with understandable frustration at a fad that accepts their previously "unacceptable" behaviors when neurotypical folks engage in them.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

How Google Took Over the Classroom

Some of the slang here is a tad paranoid, but it's an interesting history of Google in the education space. Plus, there's a pic of my Montana BAEs.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Everyday Feminism

Glad this was shared by a cisgender heterosexual male friend of mine. I've been on the receiving end of most of these at some point....
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

What to Do on Lame Duck School Days: 30 Ideas

I read this looking to see if they included BreakoutEDU (they did) and got some more good ideas too!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

FBE

Elizabeth Brumbaugh and Jennifer Van de Wouwer
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Why I, a Christian, am marching for science

We have a wedding that day, so I will need to march and then head home to change. But I'm planning to be there, as a Christian who loves science and our planet.
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The New York Times

Martin Walsh, I bet your crew will enjoy this. You're the only one I have on Facebook, I think!
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Why I'm Absolutely An Angry Black Woman

This isn't MY truth, but it definitely IS truth. This is what Black women deal with constantly. And when they try to stand up for themselves, or just try to speak up in defense of who they are and what they deserve, they get labeled aggressive or angry or (laughably) racist. I can't say these things from my own experience. But I can believe that this is HER experience, and that it's not okay that Black women have to put up with this stuff.
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Mashable

Hey Joe Wood, why do I get the feeling that Michael is going to end up going to college in Southern California?
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There’s Nothing Funny About the ‘Cash Me Ousside’ Girl

She's not funny or cute. A Black girl acting like this get criminalized.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

10 Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read

Hey Mark Janda, how many of these have you read/do you have? I am thinking it might be a good idea to get copies of these for my office and have a little side lending library.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Facts

Triona Coyne will enjoy this, as will Alec Main.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gym & Theater Project: March 2017 Update

Aaaaaahhhh!!! I'm so excited about the progress we are making!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Diane

Remember this from three years ago, John Miller?
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Diane Main on about.me

Just updating my about.me page as I consider having my students create their own.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement — Here’s What You’ve Missed

If you, like me, are a white person, you should really read this. It may make you uncomfortable. Good. We've been comfortable for far too long while our friends of color have been suffering.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bay Area CUE Affiliates Happy Hour!

This should be fun! Looking forward to catching up with lots of folks at this!
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

BBC Comedy


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Woman Moves Into Old Mall After Shops Are Converted Into 48 Tiny Homes, Could You Live Like This?

This is a very cool idea! (Watch the video.)
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This Text Message Exchange Between a Mother and Daughter is Pure Gold

This really is hilarious. If my son were born female, he would be begging me right now not to do the very same thing. I already mortify him with my very existence as it is.
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Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid)

Many people think that private school educators don't face these challenges. While it is true that many of our experiences differ from those of our public school colleagues, rest assured that we have plenty of issues to help our students face, and we have the utmost respect for their families and their privacy. So when you don't know what we are doing about "problem kids," trust me that we're doing a lot more than you can even imagine.
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Eddie


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

WPIX Archives

I thought everyone grew up watching this, and I had all but forgotten about it. Turns out it was a NYC area thing.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Shotgun Pointed at Black Children Trivialized as ‘Confederate Flag Incident’

It's really important that news stories are framed correctly. Lest ye think they got 35 years for waving the Confederate flag, it's important to know that they also threatened adults and children with a loaded shotgun. Most headlines left that out.
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Diane

How cute was he? Eight years ago. Age 5.
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As A Trans Woman, I’ve Seen Nerd Culture’s Misogyny From Both Sides

As a female gamer and tech nerd, I've experienced some of what this author shares.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What We Lose When We Give Awards to Men Like Casey Affleck


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Kellyanne Conway Gotta Get Her Feet Off That Couch | Awesomely Luvvie

"Someone’s grandma is throwing their shoe at Kellyanne’s head as we speak. She’s the reason for plastic over furniture. She is the reason why none of us are allowed to sit in the sitting room."
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I am an Uber survivor.

Don't use Uber. Try Lyft instead.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Things a black kid is often taught not to do that his white friends can are heartbreaking.


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She voted for Trump. Now she fears she might lose the Obamacare plan that saved her life

People voted for him, believing him to be a liar and hoping his promises were actually lies. That, on top of everything else he has said and done, make this ridiculously perplexing. I feel bad for her situation, but I also feel that she and voters like her have brought this on themselves, and they need to unite with his opposition to do our best to ultimately fix the MANY ways he's trying to destroy America and Americans.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Stop Using Women And Girls To Justify Transphobia

I've actually used a public ladies' room at the same time as a transgender woman, and you know what happened??? We both peed. I know, because I totally heard her peeing while I was also peeing. We also both washed our hands. And dried them. Thank God I made it out alive.
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Teaching Computer Science Without Computers

"But it’s also a manageable challenge in Finland because teachers there have more autonomy than American teachers when it comes to how and what they teach, and they aren’t constantly evaluated by how their students score on standardized tests." (And yet they still blow us away on the PISA every year!)
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8 Things Kids Need to Do By Themselves Before They’re 13

Being an educator, I would argue that while this is right for many kids, some of these are unrealistic at 13 when autism or other factors come into play. Many of us parents in such cases have been working on these things with our kids for YEARS and simply hope they can do them all independently by 18.
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Perspective | My 7-year-old daughter Henry is transgender. She’d change Trump’s mind.

"It’s almost impossible to deny a person’s humanity after you’ve shared a cup of coffee with them. Most people in our lives, people all across the political spectrum, had never met a trans person before they met Henry. But after they spend a little time with her, learn a little more about her, not a single one would insist she use the boys’ bathroom."
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Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist

Uh oh, Steve McGriff -- something for us to consider.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Maxine Waters Is Back and She's Not Here to Play

Read all of it, and watch the entire video. Maxine Waters is not about that Russian oil-mooching life.
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Dear Trans Kids: (from a trans teacher)

I know some young people who really need this article right now.
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Instagram post by Alan Cumming • Feb 23, 2017 at 8:14pm UTC


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CNN


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Why do people ask you to copy and paste a Facebook post rather than sharing it? - Pastebin.com

Interesting! Not sure of its accuracy, but I think I'll stop copying and pasting.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

4 Problematic Statements White People Make About Race -- and What to Say Instead

Please read. All the important ideas about these hurtful statements in one place.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The New Yorker

Turns out the Frog and Toad may have been gay. And that's cool. Because modeling a positive, loving friendship is a good thing. (As usual, don't read the comments. Because Internet.)
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Common Sense Media


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

"As for accountability of teachers and administrators, Sahlberg shrugs. "There's no word for accountability in Finnish," he later told an audience at the Teachers College of Columbia University. "Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted."
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Viral Thread

Elizabeth, order those greenscreen suits. We have a mission as soon as Jackson is old enough. We can do even better than this.
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What’s Killing America’s Black Infants?

A long read, but worth it. Systemic racism is real, and it's killing Black babies at an astounding rate.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

AwesomeJelly

This made me laugh out loud. We've all been there with the noisy laundry at some point...way to make art out of it.
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ATTN:

Just like with all human beings, don't make assumptions. Ask (appropriate) questions once you have met a person. Don't ask questions you wouldn't want asked of yourself.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Timeline


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It Seems to Me: What young women may not know

This is a really great summary of the history behind why we need to march, to stand up, to do whatever it takes so that we don't wind back the clocks to times when we couldn't do even the simplest of things we take for granted now as women in America.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Channel 4 News

These sorts of things really do happen daily to regular people like you and me -- who just also happen to have brown skin -- on both sides of the Atlantic. We need to start standing up to this and making it clear that it's not acceptable.
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Seriously.TV


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

White, Conservative, Christian Friend—I Wish You Really Were Pro-Life

If anyone is still left among my Facebook friends who might take offense to this, please just read it all the way through. Jesus called us to love. Period. Unconditionally, and especially when it feels hardest to do so.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

8 Empowering Middle Grade Novels for Kids Interested in Social Justice

Now I want to read them ALL! Thank you Sarah and Christopher for sharing!
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The Mighty

Especially for all my educator friends. How can we help our students with social anxiety do their best for us?
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Instagram photo by Chris Rock • May 21, 2016 at 11:36am UTC


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How to Cancel an Uber Account


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Mic

We are known the world over for being the ugly Americans who demand that people be able to speak English, even when we visit them in their countries, because many people only take foreign languages classes up to the point they've been required to, consider them a joke, and don't try very hard to learn another language. Meanwhile, in much of the rest of the world, people learn their native language, plus English, and often more languages. Partly because a lot of international business and diplomacy requires a knowledge of English. Partly because many of them hope to come here to live and work. But we Americans often don't make the slightest effort to learn the language of a place we may visit. We just expect the world to cater to us. No wonder they see us as "ugly Americans."
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US Senators on Muslim Ban

Go look up your senators to see where they stand (or don't take a stand) on this important issue.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

American 'Christianity' Has Failed


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7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Job

We lose people where I work because of the high cost of living in the Bay Area. But sometimes it's the overwork thing. I want to re-dedicate myself to helping my teachers find ways to save themselves from too much extra work.
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AP Classes Are a Scam

Several of my colleagues who teach AP courses are friends with me here on Facebook. I'd love to hear what they think about this writer's assertions. I've never taught an AP course nor experienced it as a student or parent, so I only have my own limited experiences to draw from.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How to survive in intersectional feminist spaces 101

This is very good. Required reading. We ALL have a lot to learn (but I'm especially looking at YOU, my fellow white women).
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fight Fake news. Know who is reputable.

This is excellent. Please see if the "news" you read and share is in a good central spot on this diagram. The Onion, and many similar sites, are pure satire. If you're screaming "Fake News!" at those, you should chill out and study the practice of satire and understand why it exists. See also: Andy Borowitz
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Resistance Under the New Regime

I blogged about yesterday's Women's March. It's long, but I hope you will read it.
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FACT CHECK: Did Millions of Muslims March Against the Islamic State?

Folks, lest we also be guilty of spouting "alternative facts," please thoroughly check your sources before you share something, especially anything controversial. Check Snopes, as they've often done the fact checking for you.
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Scary Mommy 2

This reminded me a lot of when we went through this with Mom. My sister Patti had to deal with the worst of it.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Let the Record Show

Don't even bother to read the comments. But John's original post is exactly how I feel.
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Patton Oswalt


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Hill

Just ONE example, and the example I feel most qualified to comment on, as this is my field of study and my profession of nearly 25 years. She has no experience with the public education system she would be put in charge of, which she plans to decimate and make further polarized on socioeconomic lines anyway. She doesn't know the difference between proficiency and growth. Proficiency is "can they do it to THIS level?" whatever THIS is. So if a learner is high above that level, no one will care or help that learner go farther. And if a learner can't meet that level, due to factors beyond their control, they get written off as unsalvageable, regardless of how much learning and progress they might have made in a school year or other period of time. Senator Franken's focus, and I agree with him, is on growth. How much has the learner grown from where they started this school year? How can we maximize that growth and help the learner continue to grow once they've left our class/school/district to be able to make a positive impact on society? When we only focus on proficiency, we clearly state that we only care about making a certain grade or passing a certain test, and not on learning that is meaningful and valuable. We didn't go into education to measure proficiency. We went into education because we love kids and want to help them grow and meet their fullest potential.
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12 Things I’d Like Teachers to Understand about Autism

Even though each person with autism is very different, these general statements ARE helpful for educators. Each one will be true to varying degrees for each person with autism. If you're an educator, a parent, or a friend to anyone living with autism, please read this to understand how we live.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

CBC Kids

I need one of my Canadian friends to somehow hook me up with the full episode (S1 Ep4 I think) . . . since it's only available to view in Canada. George? Alec? Dean? Victoria?
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Don’t Be A Jerk About Food Allergies. It’s Literally Life Or Death For Some Children.

PREACH. We have a student whose case is among the most allergic in the world, known to medical science. (Her allergy is to peanuts.) I've taught her in my class, and she is wonderful. It's really not that hard to limit things here and there to avoid killing someone.
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Image: Hidden Figures Movie – Vintage Character Posters : Teaser Trailer


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Image: Hidden Figures Movie – Vintage Character Posters : Teaser Trailer


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Image: Hidden Figures Movie Poster (#5 of 10) - IMP Awards


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Image: Hidden Figures Movie Poster : Teaser Trailer


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Image: Hidden Figures Movie Poster (#3 of 10) - IMP Awards

And I will be printing some of these!
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'Hidden Figures' Gets the Lego Poster Treatment

Yeah, I'll be needing to print this up for work....
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Why ‘Love the Sinner; Hate the Sin’ is Opposite to Jesus’ Teaching


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Kid President


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