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Twentysomething, transplant to Chicago, 2nd-year-ish elementary special education low-incidence teacher in Chicago Public Schools. These posts and reblogs (often queued) are thoughts about the special education teacher and person I am growing to be.

Hints of wellness and social justice throughout (and considering my own female/cis/New Yorker/Chicago transplant/Asian/bilingual/2nd-gen American/low-income background/well-educated/ intersections of identity through my posts). misseducation23[at]gmail[dot]com

twitter.com/misseducating:


    "You’ll be fine. You’re 25. Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time."
    Louis CK  (via emilyh0pe)

    (Source: psych-facts, via emily--hope)

    — 1 month ago with 20391 notes

    I believe TFA is doing wrong in public education.

    [through its role in blowing up charter schools, deprofessionalizing teaching, for the guilt, shame, isolation, fear that it promotes in its corps members (running joke within the corps- I wonder what my “TFA folder” looks like), claiming to be neutral in policies about education but clearly promoting a certain version of education reform, its push of education leaders who promote the organization, its values, and further blow it up, its focus on data, testing, when those measures are not valid for measuring progress of our students, and the subsequent celebration of teacher progress and growth on these mismeasures [its claims of being as good as or better than beginning teachers is wary], sending out misguided data about how many people actually stay in education, among other things, not being openly critical or honest about its own changes and what it needs to do to improve, what the hell the mission is of the organization, and creating contracts with cities like Chicago where schools are closing, teachers are being fired, and where these teachers are being replaced by 2-year teachers who overwhelming do not stay in the profession of teaching].

    — 4 months ago with 10 notes

    #Teach For America  #Education.  #I'm tired 
    I Resist TFA.

    I don’t want anyone to mistake my views, I post on this a lot because I care a lot, I’ve been caring what other people think a lot instead of standing firm, and I’m going to post this as a declaration- I am against Teach For America and actively working to bring it down.

    I don’t care that there are a diversity of some good, some bad experiences, I don’t care that many actually do get their start teaching (good for them, really, but that’s the minority). I care that Teach for America exacerbates and perpetuates the broken education system that is continually stratified, that supports testing, charter school expansion, all while claiming that it is politically neutral, and all while it takes money from organizations and corporations that have specific views of education reform. I care that it is dishonest about its actual impact and its mission in the American education system, spending millions of dollars on this message while refusing to release meaningful data about its own impact. I care that the implicit messages of TFA are that the public school system is broken, that we need large changes and enthusiastic energy to fix it, and that someone else has the solution somehow- leaders like Michelle Rhee are dangerous to the education system, for example, and not all TFA people think like her, but the large impact is frightening. I care that TFA exploits young people into believing its message while pushing out veteran teachers and teachers who actually want to be teachers- I know multiple teachers who were ed majors who had to go through Teach for America to get a job. I care that Teach For America actively promotes the deprofessionalization of teachers and is union-busting by putting teachers into non-unionized charters (incidentally, many are now unionized or unionizing, yea!). Unions are necessary to protect workers conditions, especially teachers who can be very easily exploited- say what you will about them, but for teachers and all laborers they are necessary. I truly believe that Teach For America puts itself first, teachers and students last with its work.

    I did not start with this stance. Just look at the research, the real research, not the Mathematica studies, etc. etc. Really, truly, then look at our schools, which really, really need resources. It’s all right in front of you.

    We are focusing on the wrong priorities as a nation- we need to be actively pushing teachers to stay, pushing out testing that is serving to attack teachers, schools, and ultimately closing them. We should not be spending millions of dollars funding charter school experiments. We should not be spending millions of dollars on testing and teacher evaluations. And we should not be investing millions in Teach For America. We need to be investing in schools and teachers we have, giving them direct professional development that will actually help them, providing resources like curriculum, not making them test for weeks at a time, not using those (often faulty and bad for our kids) tests to declare bad teachers, bad schools, not writing them off as failures. (some testing is necessary, but the state of testing in schools has gotten ridiculous, where I’m spending days and weeks testing my kids instead of teaching). And no, just because some good teachers do come out of TFA, just because there are some good principals or leaders that come out of this, just because these issues of lack of support, resources, intimidation pervade in many urban school systems, does not mean that Teach for America is allowed or ANY WAY OKAY. Teach for America is exacerbating that burn out. This is not real education reform. We should be thinking bigger than that.

    I have a lot of fb friends who are corps members or alum on here- we need to be thinking about more than just our isolated experiences as teachers. I am challenging you to think about what the whole education system should look like and even consider that what Teach For America is now can fit into that. For me, it cannot. We need to be thinking about the whole impact of the organization. I want a just, equitable education for all children. I don’t see TFA doing that- I see it going against that in all ways.

    — 5 months ago with 26 notes

    #ResistTFA  #Teach for America  #Corporate education reform  #Education reform  #Personal  #Life  #Education  #Charter schools  #Testing  #Corporate funding 

    oakynymph:

    oakynymph:

    so hi friends

    Facebook made a few changes to their gender selection

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    there are male & female but if you click

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    there’s also custom!! you can change the pronouns to he/she or neutral pronouns!!

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    good work facebook!!!!

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    i think this is a very good step for facebook c:

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    LIKE LOOKLOOKLOOK I CHANGED MY PROFILE PICTURE A FEW DAYS AGO AND IT USED MY PREFERRED PRONOUN

    (Source: emaciatinq, via melanietreks)

    — 5 months ago with 10569 notes

    How to Avoid Burnout and Maintain Your Teaching Groove →

    I’m OK with not being an amazing teacher every day.

    It’s simply not sustainable. The myth of the super teacher is a problematic narrative, a standard that’s unrealistic for all of us. I’ve learned during my 10-year teaching career that in order to thrive in this profession and remain positive and effective most days, I need to regularly ask myself a few questions. Here’s what keeps me fresh

    (Source: gjmueller, via adventuresofastudentteacher)

    — 5 months ago with 293 notes

    "The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, ‘We can’t give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because Anchorman had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, ‘You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.’ And they eventually had to back down."
    — 5 months ago with 43053 notes

    "Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly."
    Franz Kafka (via mcgarrsworld)

    (via vinniethepooh22)

    — 5 months ago with 147 notes

    connieanony:

    bobbycaputo:

    PORTRAITS OF NEW YORK CITY EDUCATORS AFTER SCHOOL

    After the bell has rung and students vanish in a blaze of noise, Brooklyn-based Aliza Eliazarov captures New York City educators in the quiet after the chaos. A former teacher of eight years, Eliazarov describes this time as a poignant moment in each day, the silence flooded with a range of emotions. Posing a series of simple questions, Eliazarov allows these teachers for once to turn the attention to their own personal musings and burdens. Whether the response is pensive or anxious, content or exhausted, each teacher endures with an unceremonious bravery and resolve. Honoring those seldom thanked, See Me After School is a glimpse into the everyday triumphs and trials of today’s resilient educators.

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    This is beautiful.

    (via wordless-stanza)

    — 5 months ago with 726 notes