In between the hustle and bustle of life
First Day of School

Like Megan Taber, I too started teaching in NC in 2007 and feel the same financial crunch that most teachers feel with no pay increase.  But, that is not the only thing to take into consideration when looking at everything.  NC’s schools are some of the worst because NC’s government has not invested in it’s teachers OR schools.  Most schools have become over crowded with 30+ children to one teacher.  Most principal’s bottom line is test scores and will do anything to get those high test scores.  Most parents have not taught their children values or respect making our job twice as difficult because you can’t reach anyone if they don’t respect you.  Talking to my mentor teacher from student teaching, it is clear that education has changed.  In the 9 and 1/2 years I’ve been teaching, I’ve seen the change.  With Common Core standards, even The Arts have become a tested subject.  I have to keep record of 100+ children’s (yes, I teach over a 100 kids) artwork and create an electronic portfolio to show that each child has improved their skills.  The days of “No Child Left Behind” brought standardized tests that teachers teach to and leaves little to no time to be creative.  And, in America, that is what we lack….. creative thinking.  No, I’m not saying little Johny or Suzie are not creative…. what I am saying is we are not teaching our kids how to problem solve.  Because the world doesn’t give you questions….. the world throws you problems…

I want to be hopeful of education in America.  On my first day of school in the new school year, I look to do the best that I can to educate and inspire these students….. with barely any materials…. with over crowding and poor behavior…. and with a sea of busy work.

In this video, the video describes what makes education work…. and what he doesn’t emphasize strong enough…. is how family involvement is one of the most important aspects of education.  If a student doesn’t have reinforcement of what they learned in class, of respect…. if a child doesn’t receive enough sleep…. does not get fed properly…. there is nothing a teacher can do to reach the child…. when they fall asleep in class…. if the child is wondering when they will eat next….. if a child has grown an attitude of self importance and lacks the respect of elders…. how can you reach them?

Canada is doing better than America for crying out loud…..

*sigh*  (crossing my fingers)  Here is to a good school year.

lostateminor:

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Street artist gets his message across using funny pop culture puns

You have to admit, this street artist is pretty punny. UK-based street artist ‘JPS’ uses witty puns in his stenciled works to get his message across. Most of his artworks include famous pop culture characters with a pun that relates to them. For instance, one image says ‘Painted on a Dark Knight’, with Batman right next to it.
Corny? A bit, but it’s the thought that counts! More than sending out a socially-relevant message, JPS also gives random passers-by a healthy dose of comedy in their daily routine. You can see more of his street art puns on his Facebook page.

lostateminor:

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Street artist gets his message across using funny pop culture puns

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You have to admit, this street artist is pretty punny. UK-based street artist ‘JPS’ uses witty puns in his stenciled works to get his message across. Most of his artworks include famous pop culture characters with a pun that relates to them. For instance, one image says ‘Painted on a Dark Knight’, with Batman right next to it.

Corny? A bit, but it’s the thought that counts! More than sending out a socially-relevant message, JPS also gives random passers-by a healthy dose of comedy in their daily routine. You can see more of his street art puns on his Facebook page.

photojojo:

The adventurous Polaroid Cube is just 1.5 inches cubed and packs HD video capabilities. Swoon.

It even has a magnetic base so you can mount it on anything that magnets stick to. Neat-O!

Reserve A Cube or See Moar Pix

So after my summer master’s class I treat myself to a game that I’ve been waiting to play…. ever since it first came out a year ago & I got to play it when I went to visit my brother in LA.  The game is The Last of Us.  I had to update my PS3 before that…so I did…. I had a DVD in the drive, not thinking anything of it…. when the update finishes…. my BluRay drive won’t recognize my games OR BlueRays…. I tried to download it from the Sony site…. and my PS3 still won’t work….What should I do? Find another cheap PS3 that hasn’t Yellow Lighted…. or save for the PS4?

So after my summer master’s class I treat myself to a game that I’ve been waiting to play…. ever since it first came out a year ago & I got to play it when I went to visit my brother in LA.  The game is The Last of Us.  I had to update my PS3 before that…so I did…. I had a DVD in the drive, not thinking anything of it…. when the update finishes…. my BluRay drive won’t recognize my games OR BlueRays…. I tried to download it from the Sony site…. and my PS3 still won’t work….

What should I do? Find another cheap PS3 that hasn’t Yellow Lighted…. or save for the PS4?

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Blister in the Sun- Violent Femmes

Relient K - Mood Rings
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mississippiabigail:

the most sexist relient k song still disappoint

emilemonmeringue:

Calvin sums up my thoughts quite nicely.

moma:

"He often visited the printshop in the morning, painted in the afternoon, had dinner with his mother, and then headed to the bars." Travel back in time to Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris in a new exhibition. 
[Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Divan Japonais. 1893.]

moma:

"He often visited the printshop in the morning, painted in the afternoon, had dinner with his mother, and then headed to the bars." Travel back in time to Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris in a new exhibition. 

[Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Divan Japonais. 1893.]

jthenr-comics-vault:

By Jim Lee & Joe RubinsteinClassic X-Men #39 (November 1989)

jthenr-comics-vault:

By Jim Lee & Joe Rubinstein
Classic X-Men #39 (November 1989)

conflictingheart:

Stunning Images Of Skylines Captured With Time Lapse Photography

by Dan Marker-Moore

My son is also a flirt…. at the prime age of 5 months :)