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photo Afternoon wander to Belle Isle. #detroit #puremichigan #belleisle #summervacay

Afternoon wander to Belle Isle. #detroit #puremichigan #belleisle #summervacay

2 months ago

August 21, 2014
photo After a long year in Detroit witnessing how unjust out society still is and having even more brazen reminders all week in Missouri, finally getting to see the MLK memorial was just what I needed to remind myself that we have been through this before and a group of brave young men and women stepped up to create the change we needed. It makes me happy that I might get to teach the next King, Parks, Douglass, or Truth. #justice

After a long year in Detroit witnessing how unjust out society still is and having even more brazen reminders all week in Missouri, finally getting to see the MLK memorial was just what I needed to remind myself that we have been through this before and a group of brave young men and women stepped up to create the change we needed. It makes me happy that I might get to teach the next King, Parks, Douglass, or Truth. #justice

2 months ago

August 15, 2014
photo Golden Girls on at the bar and I’m in heaven #goldengirls

Golden Girls on at the bar and I’m in heaven #goldengirls

2 months ago

August 14, 2014
photo Punk show at Old Miami #detroit #northcarolinaband

Punk show at Old Miami #detroit #northcarolinaband

2 months ago

August 13, 2014
photo Campus Martius for some downtown fun in the sand with Kimbal #detroit  #puremichigan

Campus Martius for some downtown fun in the sand with Kimbal #detroit #puremichigan

2 months ago

August 13, 2014
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But there’s another Detroit, too, of which I am but a small part. It’s been happening quietly and for some time, between transplants and natives, black and white and Latino, city and country — tiny acts of kindness repeated thousands of times over, little gardens and lots of space, long meetings and mowing grass that isn’t yours. It’s baling hay.
It’s the Detroit that’s saving itself. The Detroit that’s building something brand-new out of the cinders of consumerism and racism and escape. I’ve attended a four-person funeral for a stillborn baby that could have been saved but for poverty. I’ve nearly been shot by the police during a stop-and-frisk. I’ve seen three structure fires within a block of my house. But I’ve also walked out of my house to see hundreds of tiny snowmen built by neighborhood children. I’ve seen tears in the eyes of a grown man releasing a baby raccoon into a city park that he had saved from being beaten to death by teenagers. Some scrappy teachers just opened a school in a formerly abandoned building behind my house.

Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500

I just moved to Detroit to teach this summer.  It’s been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done and sometimes I wonder if it’s worth the effort.  But, like this guy, those small moments have made this the best decision of my life.

9 months ago

January 10, 2014
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positivelypersistentteach:

moiyoko:

Ok tumblr, I know the power of the internet so just hear me out right quick as I ask for a simple favor. See those cereal boxes up there? If you buy any Kellogg’s product with that Free Book logo on it there is a 16 digit code inside your box of cereal. Now, when you get three of those codes together you submit them online and they will send you a free Scholastic book. Now I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m bringing it up, so here goes.

I teach first grade at a school where the kids have little to nothing. Through generous donations (government, three square, various community partners, etc.) the kids get backpacks, clothes, shoes, free breakfast/lunch, and some school supplies. The school is not in the best part of town. I’ve had students who live with grandparents because their own parents are in jail, kids who have parents that don’t have custody over them for various reasons, and so on and so forth. Now I am trying to get my kids to read books, but they literally don’t have any books at home that they can use to practice their reading. Sure they get a library book from the school library but it’s not the same, you know? They don’t own the book, it’s not theirs. 

Here’s where you come in. If you happen to buy one of these specially marked boxes and don’t plan on using the code please send me that code through my ask box. If 60 people on here send me a code I’ll be able to get 20 books, which will easily allow me to get each of my students a brand new book of their own. I used the Fly Guy books above because my kids are currently obsessed with the character and the book has sight words that we’re working on in class. Even if you have no codes, I’d appreciate the signal boost as well.

So, if you happen to get a code please send it my way. I would appreciate it and so would my kids. Heck, if I get 60 codes, that would give me enough to give each of my students a book and I will gladly take a picture to show you how excited they are to get a book. If more codes keep coming, I’ll post up their thank you notes. They’re seven so expect something awesome. Thanks in advance.

I think any of the elementary teachers of #education would appreciate this!

Signal boost for helping kids get books.

10 months ago

December 23, 2013
reblogged via positivelypersistentteach
photo On why we use the Oxford comma…

On why we use the Oxford comma…

10 months ago

December 10, 2013
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i just solved racism. you’re welcome

jennyslater:

After observing the wildly disparate reactions among my fellow white Southerners to the cases of Trayvon Martin and Jameis Winston — two African-American teenagers from Florida who have never been charged with any crimes — I have a bit of advice to offer that I think is pretty airtight.

AHEM. YOUNG BLACK MEN: IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED IN THIS COUNTRY, LEARN TO PLAY FOOTBALL. IF YOU EVER GET INTO THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF TROUBLE, WHITE PEOPLE WILL LEAP TO YOUR DEFENSE. THEY WON’T EVEN WAIT TO FIND OUT IF YOU DID ANYTHING OR NOT! GROWN MEN WITH DAUGHTERS WILL TAKE TO THE STREETS TO PROCLAIM THAT ANY WOMAN WHO’D ACCUSE YOU OF ANYTHING IS A LYING SLUT! PEOPLE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE CROSS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET IF THEY SAW YOU APPROACHING WILL HAIL YOU AS A HERO AND ROLE MODEL! YOU WILL HAVE CRACKED THE WHITE POWER STRUCTURE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE*!

* Offer only good for as long as you are good at football.

Today we remember Jameis Winston’s bold stand and his role in ending racism.

10 months ago

December 9, 2013
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elliemce:

i’m not gunna do this but someone should: taking snape screen caps and captioning them with alan rickman quotes from love actually

Or Snape quotes into Love Actually scenes.

11 months ago

November 18, 2013
reblogged via elliemce