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    Basically I have been blessed to be close to people who work in hiring and were very, very willing to pass along their knowledge and tips and since a lot of people I know on here seem mystified by these things, I will share my vast wealth of knowledge with…

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    sunvapor said: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?


    Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

    Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

    There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

    According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

    According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

    Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

    The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

    Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

    It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

    And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

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    I resolve to live a life that is more full- of joy and gratitude, of good food and sunshine, of warm friendships and quiet moments alone, of laughter and passion, of peace and understanding, of connection and respect.

    Love this Lauren! Thanks for inspiring..and for being you. (: I really want this plastered somewhere in my future classroom so the students and I can practice what it means to be/do all of these things on a daily basis. 

    (via she-hulk-smash)

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    I’m getting ready to go into my second year of teaching, and I’ve been reflecting on what I learned last year. I thought writing it out might be helpful. Here it is, in a top ten tips. #Educhums, please add to this!

    1. Don’t worry, you’ve got this. I know, I know! Your final internship was ages…

    These are some AWESOME pieces of advice. I’m gonna add a few of my own. Please add and keep the list growing for future teachers!! 

    11. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help: This was probably the hardest thing for me to do because I did not want anyone to think I didn’t know what I was doing. I was not given a mentor teacher this past year because I taught out of district so I had no one I felt comfortable asking questions with (at first!). Instead I wrote things down and googled the hell out of them later. Don’t do this - just ask! Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know something! You’re new, your coworkers expect you to ask questions and understand that college and grad school doesn’t teach you everything. 

    12. Be Careful of What You and to Who: Hate to say it, but it needs to be said, be careful of what personal things or thoughts you tell other people. You never know who is going to repeat what you said to the wrong person. Also stay out of the watercooler gossip as much as possible! 

    13. You’re Going to Mess Up and its OKAY!: You will mess up because every teacher who has ever stood in front of a classroom has messed up. It’s okay, it’s not the end of the world. Honestly, the kids will most likely forget before the end of the day. It’s no big deal. BREATHE. 

    14. Proof Read Your Presentations:  This is something that I really need to work on and it’s very ironic since I am the English teacher. It’s embarrassing and not proof reading is setting a poor example for your students. 

    15. It’s Okay to Take a “Mental Health Day” (just don’t make it a habit): I only took off 4 days this school year that were not related to Professional Development and one was for “Mental Health”. A senior teacher saw I was getting burnt out around February and suggested I take a “Mental Health Day” to recharge. It was the best advice I was given because having that one day off in the middle of the week where I absolutely did nothing related to work was the most amazing day. If you really need it, take it. Teaching is stressful and scary and downright draining. Just don’t make a habit of it. 

    16. Praise Your Students Often: I tried at least once a week to really focus on what they were working hard on and wrote them a little personalized note on their papers or tests telling them how proud I was of their work. Use that word “proud”. You’d be surprised how little some students hear it from others. Do this for ALL students and not just the struggling ones. 

    17. Pack Up the Night Before: This was already added before but for the love of God pick out your outfit and pack up the night before. It’s seriously the best thing you can do for yourself. If you can pick out your outfits for the week, you’ll be even happier! 

    18. Organize Yourself: Figure out an organization system and STICK TO IT! Live It! Breathe It! Become one with your system! Not only will this help you and your students, it’s looks really good for you professionally. My principal always tells administration how organized I am and I have offered organizational tips to other teachers and administration.  It’s a lot of work in the beginning and you might have some trial and error, but it’s totally worth it and will get you noticed!  (Hint: Use the internet! Don’t recreate the wheel!)

    19.  Try New Things: Remember that really cool project you did in Grad School about differentiated learning? Do it. Just be careful about using group websites where students have to join. When in doubt as your principal or mentor. 

    20. Keep Your College/Graduate School Books: I use mine all the time and chances are they have more up to date information than the ones other teachers have. I have a three set volume that I NEVER read in college and I use them all the time now. If you already sold or returned them, try and buy used versions. Email your old professors and ask what books they recommend and what they are using now. 

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    Anxious parent..

    Since watching Shuang, 8 yr old poodle, over the past few days.. I’ve come to realize how much of a worry wart I will be when it comes to being a new parent and having my first child. We’ve had to deal with a major flea control issue involving 2 animals, a visit to the vet, vacuuming every room/carpet daily, furniture washing, and purchasing foggers and pesticides just to make sure our home and property is safe & flea-free. I am SO glad we don’t have too many carpeted areas or vacuuming would be an endless chore.

    On the downside, all the hardwood + tile has caused Shuang to lose her footing a few times. Half an hour ago she had a major slip/sprain (out of excitement and a familiar face) and for 5 minutes she was limping and was not using that paw normally. The sheer terror that went through me man.. I was ready to make another visit to the vet. After monitoring for a while, she seems to be fine now. We’ve rearranged our rugs and floor mats a bit to minimize hardwood surface, but everything is worrying me now that Shuang isn’t as agile as she used to be. All this to say, I am sure that I will be one of those first time moms who cries when their baby cries and has the family pediatrician on speed dial. 

    Sorry future kid and hubby, please be patient with me and remind me to be chill! 

    Edit/1:16am so I broke down and cried..and journalled(I never do this) and prayed. Everything is gonna be okay. Shouldn’t have kept all that pressure and fear bottled up..not sure what I was trying to prove.
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    "For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

    - Nelson Mandela
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    So precious ((:

    (Source: sizvideos, via littlesther)

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