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My name is Emily. I'm a vegan and aspiring ESL teacher living in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is where I share things that, well, I'd like to share.

March 31, 2012 1:18 pm
"If you’re only using words to communicate as a teacher, why show up? Why not just type your notes? Teaching is a full-body performance. The moonwalk was all the rage in 1983, and the students loved it. It made the material work for them."

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, You are the kind of teacher I want to be.   (via thatgirlisrad)

(via normalschool)

March 23, 2012 11:01 am March 18, 2012 4:14 pm

What grades determine:

  • Your ability to memorize mostly useless things
  • Your ability to regurgitate information in the way others want you to
  • Your ability to understand what adults want from you and give it to them
  • Your tolerance for working on tasks you don’t find useful because others want you to do them or believe them to be helpful/socially acceptable

What grades do NOT determine:

  • Your intelligence
  • Your creativity
  • Your emotional capabilities
  • Your likeliness to succeed
  • Whether you’re a good person 

What grades do determine: 

  • Your ability to push yourself
  • Your ability to put aside your dislike for the class/teacher and succeed anyway
  • Your ability to stick to long term goals

I’m not saying the public school system is perfect or has not let people down. But I see this post a lot, and it just bothers me that everyone seems so willing to perpetuate an attitude that takes for granted the privilege of going to school and belittles having an education in general. Sure, school isn’t tons of fun all the time, but making up your mind to not care about your grades is not going to make life easier for you nor is it going to relieve you of the effort you will someday have to make if you ever want to get anywhere. 

(via help-me-lose-my-mind)

March 15, 2012 2:52 pm 11:40 am
  • Me: (to the entire class) Please complete activity such-and-such on page such-and-such! We will discuss this in class on Friday. ¡Nos vemos!
  • Student: (I don't care enough to listen now, but I do care enough to email you later.)
February 11, 2012 2:42 pm
I try really hard to turn off the English part of my brain when I’m grading, but…

I try really hard to turn off the English part of my brain when I’m grading, but…

February 7, 2012 10:56 am


“You don’t come back in here until you’ve apologized to every person in this room, Because you just exercised a freedom that none of these people of color have. When these people of color get tired of racism, they can’t just walk out, because there’s no place in this country where they aren’t going to be exposed to racism. They can’t even stay in their own homes and not be exposed to racism if they turn on their television. But you, as a white female, when you get tired of being judged and treated unfairly on the basis of your eye color, you can walk out that door, and you know it won’t happen out there. You exercised a freedom they don’t have. If you’re going to be in here you’re going to apologize to every person of color in this room. And do it now.”

“I’m sorry there’s racism in this country—

“BULLSHIT! No, you’re not going to say ‘I’m sorry there’s racism.’ You’re going to apologize for what YOU just did.”

“I will not apologize because it’s not a matter of race always—”


Jane Elliot is a champ.

January 27, 2012 6:22 pm

I can’t come to class because…


There are tons of excuses that my students give for missing class. Frankly, I don’t care what their excuses are, but they give them to me anyway. Here are some of my favorites (with the grammar corrected by me…these are just the gist of their messages).

I can’t come to class because…

“It’s raining.”

“It’s snowing.”

“It’s too sunny.”

“I’m pregnant.”

“I have to buy a car.”

“I have to take my friend to take their driver’s test.”

“I need to get the new iPhone.”

“I have the menses.”

“I hit my head.”

“I don’t want to.”


September 13, 2011 12:12 pm
Want to feel terrible about everything you take for granted?

This is a link to a series called Wide Angle by PBS.  The show focuses on 7 children from around the world as they go through (or try to at least) their countries’ school systems.  I had to watch it for a class I’m taking, and I am glad; it’s pretty eye opening (and tear jerking) stuff.