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([personal profile] skygiants Sep. 23rd, 2017 10:50 pm)
Thanks to the kindness of [personal profile] aamcnamara in loaning a copy so I did not have to fight through the library line, I read The Stone Sky - third in N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy, following up on The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate - last weekend.

I don't think Essun destroyed any cities at all this book! I'm so proud!

The rest is disconnected spoilery thoughts )
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([personal profile] serafina20 Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:53 am)
Back to School Teaching Tag

This teaching tag was started by Kayse Morris at Teaching on Less. It feels a little weird to be doing a back to school post when I’m seven weeks into the year, but I liked the questions and thought I’d give it a whirl.

Where do you teach? What grade? What subjects?

I teach in a small town near California’s Central Coast. I teach second grade, all subjects.

When did or when does your school start for you?

School started on August 14. I wish I taught in a district that started after Labor Day, because August is too hot (although September was too hot this year, too), but, alas, I don’t. The school board tries to push our start date back every year, but so far we’ve been successful in keeping it around the same time.

What fun things did you do this summer?

I went to Universal Studios with my brother and sister. We had so much fun, and Harry Potter world was amazing. It was the highlight of the summer (that and spending time with my siblings, of course!)

Give 3 tips to teachers when starting back to school.

1. Teach your routines and expectations over and over and over, until they become habits.
2. Over plan. Better to have too much to do than have to little and have to scramble around to fill time.
3. Be gentle with yourself. The first week is tough and you will be so much more tired than you think you will be. Go home, rest, and relax.

What’s your back to school go-to resource?

This year, my go-to resource was Haley O’Connor’s First Week Survival Kit from TPT. I found some of her posters on Pinterest and thought they were wonderful. And I did not follow my second piece of advice, which was to over plan (I thought I did, but I kept getting through things too quickly), so having that survival kit really helped out a lot.

Who do you follow on social media that inspires you?

I’ve said it before, but Pocketful of Primary. She’s really inspired me to become a better teacher and renewed my passion for the profession.

What routine do you set for your students in your classroom on day 1?

We do a lot of routines, but how to line up and walk in line correctly is one of my biggest ones. By the end of the day, the kids know the expectation and are doing it correctly. The other big one is that I expect them to be active listeners and participants at all times. They don’t get let off the hook for anything.

1 thing/item you can’t live without during school.

My recess coffee. First recess, I get coffee and it makes me feel so happy. Other than that, my document camera and projector. I don’t remember how I ever taught without them.

Easy lunch pack recipe for teachers!

This is better on toast, but I eat it on bread:

Guacamole, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and red onion (optional; I usually skip that because I forget). Layer it on bread, and you’ve got a delicious and filling lunch.

I got the recipe from With Salt and Wit.

What do you love most about back to school?

I love the anticipation that for the new school year. It’s bright and fresh and there are so many possibilities in store. It’s that New Year feeling that you can do anything and everything, and it will be wonderful.
Which is creating the Amazon and Chapters links for the book being review, I know one particular book is $19.19 if you buy it from Kobo and $11.71 from Kindle....
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([personal profile] serafina20 Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:28 pm)
WordPress entry with another picture of my room. I got 9 views yesterday; it was so exciting.

I survived the week! I actually went in early every day this week, worked on things that needed to get worked on, and feel like I ended in a good place.

I had another surprise drop in today. On Friday mornings, we take our weekly ELA assessments on the iPads. It’s nosier than paper tests for some reason, but the kids do a lot better (probably because they find out how they did right away, and that motivates them to do their best). Anyway, we were in the middle of doing the tests when the superintendent walked in! I hate when that happens! I mean, I don’t know this superintendent, because he’s new, but he seems nice, but, still. I never want the top boss walking into my room because I get nervous.

I smiled and explained what we were doing. He nodded and hung out a few minutes, looking at my boards and everything before leaving. Actually, he left, came back, looked around a little, and then left again.

Next week is unit 1 assessment week. The unit test is long, has 4 stories to read, a phonics section, grammar (and the grammar is so hard. It’s almost not fair, because it’s not tested like it was taught and it’d be difficult to teach how its taught. It’s just… ugh.) We’re taking them on iPads because a. it’s easier to grade and b. the kids are used to it and c. it’ll help prepare them for state testing.

But, honestly, mostly because it’s easier to grade. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!
This morning I met up with boss3 to do a site visit at a conference space in the Empire State Building and gosh, it was a beautiful room. I say site visit like the meeting is not actually taking place there next week (it is); it was more to introduce me to the staff on site since boss3 will be away and I will be staffing the meeting. Just like my meeting planner days! Now I have to put together the BEOs for the caterer etc. It's so fun! If I only ever had to do meetings in NYC, I would go back to meeting planning. It was the travel that killed me. Among other things. (uh, the building on my icon is the Chrysler Building, but you get the idea.)

I hadn't been to the Empire State Building since I was a kid, and [tumblr.com profile] angelgazing was like, "Why even live in NYC if you don't go to the attractions?" and I was like, "I've never even been to the Statue of Liberty." *hands* Generally speaking, the thought of masses of tourists repels more than the attractions attract. Unless someone from out of town wants to go, I generally don't do those kinds of things, though they are always fun when I do.

Anyway. The Good Place had its season 2 premiere Wednesday night, but it started at 10 pm and when I saw that I was like, "oh hell no!" I am not cut out for 10 pm shows anymore. So I set the DVR and watched it last night.

Spoilers from here on out! Please don't read if you haven't watched. It's a show that works best unspoiled the first time around! spoilers for all of s1 and the s2 premiere )

[personal profile] rachelmanija has a much more thoughtful post here.

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([personal profile] james_davis_nicoll Sep. 21st, 2017 10:53 pm)
Haven't been around long enough for an adult to reference the technology as something around when they were kids. That's just crazy talk -- 16 years ago, you say?
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([personal profile] serafina20 Sep. 21st, 2017 05:16 pm)
Wordpress entry with pictures.

So, today I was sitting down to do a small group with math while my other students were working on the skill I was reviewing with my group, when the principal walked in. And this is what I looked like:

(imagine me with a butterfly winged headband)

Yup, that’s me, wearing butterfly wings on my head.Read More )
Monday night, [personal profile] innie_darling and I met up to see the new Jake Gyllenhaal/Tatiana Maslany movie about the Boston Marathon bombing, Stronger. The acting was good, I thought. It was not the kind of movie I would have sought out on my own, but I was glad to have seen it.

While we were waiting for the movie to start, we were talking about fannish things as per usual, and about how I sometimes classify a pairing as "I don't not ship it" and in thinking about it more over the past couple of days, I came up with my own personal taxonomy of shipping:

- OTP OF OTPS (i.e., the all-time greats, ironclad, no matter what)
- OTP
- I ship it!
- I don't not ship it
- I could/might be convinced to ship it
- I don't care (i.e., if it shows up in a story that otherwise has things going for it, I'll keep reading, but I don't seek it out)
- meh, I don't ship it / it bores me so I don't read it
- I dislike it but whatever, other people can do what they like, I can scroll past
- NOTP (i.e., it's blocked so I don't have to sully my eyes with it)

Generally, when I talk about a pairing as as "I don't not ship it," I mean that they are people who are most definitely weird about each other, which is one of my personal flags for shipping, but in this particular classification, I don't care if they are having sex with each other or not (or with other people, depending), as long as they are somehow together – partners, brothers, whatever. I think (I hope!) it's implicit that I understand why people would ship them*, but I just...don't take that particular read on the relationship under most circumstances.

*as opposed to pairings where I don't.

And if they are having sex, I personally prefer it not to be framed romantically? Or, rather, in most cases, in terms of canon (rather than AU) settings, I don't find the usual shippy romantic tropes particularly interesting with these sorts of pairings. I mean, sure, 'there's only one bed' or fake dating are always on the table, but I don't feel like even those tropes should follow the regular narrative path. The clearest examples we came up with were Sam/Dean and Mal/Zoe, and I mean, I don't see either of those pairings as people who go on dates or have traditionally madcap rom com hijinks (which isn't to say that that couldn't be done with great results, but I don't think it could be played straight, as it were [I mean, Sam/Dean is incest, so it has its own challenges]). And she threw in Middleman/Wendy (which I do ship more traditionally), and I brought up Obi-Wan/Anakin, which is what I'm having complicated feelings about lately, and so it seems like a useful category to have. idk.

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([personal profile] serafina20 Sep. 20th, 2017 06:23 pm)
Teaching with a migraine suuuuuucks, y’all. My patience tanks, but desire to be there dissolves, and I’m not in my best. Luckily, today, the migraine didn’t surface during the day. I woke up in the middle of the night with one, took medication, woke up feeling okay, got through the day, and, BAM!, it hit during collaboration. Which I can deal with. But I was crankier and less patient than I want to be, so, overall, it wasn’t as successful a day as I was hoping for.

I did get a bulletin board done. The space above my board didn’t have any background to it; I was just putting posters up. It looked ugly. So, I threw up some fabric I had, surrounded it with border, redid a couple of anchor charts to fit, and now it looks better. I still feel like my room is really ugly, but it’d a little better. No pictures, because I didn’t take any.

WWW Wednesday )
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([personal profile] yourlibrarian Sep. 20th, 2017 01:16 pm)
1) I loved this article in the latest issue of TWC. It seems to me it's right on the money of how this particular approach to fanworks has been both overlooked and what it means that there's been no focus on it.

It also has made me want to re-read my own doctoral thesis for the first time since it was finished. Read more... )

2) Speaking of the TWC article, I hadn't seen this news story quoted before but it was an interesting read. I particularly loved the conclusion that these older fans obsessed with the future were pretty unconnected to the actual future of their fandoms.

2) Thanks to Paula for sending me a tip on this documentary about the NY Public Library system. Hopefully it will come to Netflix or someplace I can see it.

3) Thanks to the free Starz week through Comcast, I watched all of the White Princess. I don't have much to say about it as I think it was a watered down version of the White Queen, which seemed to do more with costuming and production values, as well as writing, than this one. Two things are particularly odd Read more... )

4) I was also able to finish off Black Sails. I think it ended at the right time. Read more... )

Honestly, I'm pretty surprised that this series hasn't gotten way more attention or credit.

5) Speaking of Black Sails, a friend has gotten as enthusiastic (perhaps even more so) about it as I have, and I thought of some pirate-style necklaces I could make for her. Here are some, along with a few others I put together recently. Read more... )
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([personal profile] musesfool Sep. 20th, 2017 11:05 am)
Board meeting went well, even though it rained so the rooftop terrace at the venue went unused. Sigh. I went home afterwards and fell into bed at 8:30 pm after eating cookies and milk for dinner. I win at adulting!

Of course, the one night I go to bed without checking my flist, it turned out there was a question about my yuletide nominations. It is a spoiler for Crooked Kingdom but spoiler! ) As of this morning, he was approved without my having to say anything, but I did comment anyway to say what I said under the cut.

Now Gotham Academy has to be approved! I'm sure there'll be a question about Damian Wayne there too but he does show up more than once over the course of the comic. Which I guess is as good a lead-in as any to discuss Second Semester:

What I've just finished
Gotham Academy: Second Semester, which I enjoyed, though boy they do not shy away from making the kids selfish, thoughtless and highly teenagery. spoilers )

I did like that they have all really gelled into a team - I enjoyed Colton and Pomeline sniping at each other while they work together a lot. And any Maps+Damian team-up is A++ in my book. Best Team! For yuletide, I just want schoolgirl (and boy, though I care less about the boys) supernatural detective shenanigans, with occasional Robin.

Though have we ever gotten an explanation on why/how MacPherson knows Bruce Wayne is Batman?

This morning, I also read the Star Wars Annual #3 which is a nice Han/Leia story with some fun Indiana Jones references and Leia being her usual awesome self. I also liked how it explained Han sticking around with the Rebellion, neatly giving him an excuse he could live with to cover up the real reason.

What I'm reading now
Still A Ruin of Angels. I have to admit, I find "Trust me! / Don't you trust me? / I didn't tell you this hugely important secret because plot reasons it was too dangerous!" to be super irritating in a character so a lot of the plot machinations are making me say, "If Woody had gone to the police, this never would have happened!" "If Ley had just told Zeddig what was up, things might have played out differently!" Like, things still would have gone to hell in a handbasket, but I'd have a lot more sympathy for Ley when they did. Otoh, Izza and Kai and Tara! <333

And speaking of Crooked Kingdom above, yesterday I was thinking about how dropping the Crows kids into the Craft universe would work, since so much of the magic etc. in the latter is based on negotiation and deals, and the deal is the deal, right? Someone who isn't me should write that.

What I'm reading next
Two weeks until the new Magnus Chase comes out, so who knows? I do have a ton of stuff on the iPad, ready to go!

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It occurs to me I haven't looked at the Heavy Gear rules in a long time....
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([personal profile] serafina20 Sep. 19th, 2017 05:41 pm)
Link to WordPress with pictures.

Is it just me, or are pencils getting worse? They break so easily, at least in the hands of my second graders. Last year and this, it seems like I sharpen a bunch of pencils and ten minutes later, they’re all broken. And half the time, I sharpen the pencil and then can pull the point right out. It’s so frustrating. It doesn’t matter what kind I use, either. I try to use only Ticonderoga pencils, because they’re supposed to be the best, but, really, they’re just as bad as the Target brand. Maybe it’s my pencil sharpener. I don’t know. I used to manage pencils using The Wise Owl’s Winning the Pencil War, but even with giving the kids seven sharp pencils, I was constantly sharpening. Now, I have a sharp bucket and dull bucket and just try to keep up with them throughout the day.

I was going to take pictures of my class and post them today, but, honestly? My room isn’t that pretty. I try, but I’m just not good at decorating. I wish I was better, but I don’t have the interior design eye.

All in all, it was a good day. I still felt rushed for time, but I had library today and was expecting to feel rush. I did get a chance to take pictures of the kids at library and playing math games, which I posted to Class Dojo. The parents really liked that. It made me feel like I was doing something to connect with them without having to step out of my comfort zone. I really need to work on connecting with parents. That’s my goal this year.

What’s your goal for the year?
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([personal profile] musesfool Sep. 19th, 2017 01:55 pm)
ZOMG this day! Board meeting imminent!

I just wanted to let people know, in case they didn't and were interested, that Alice Hoffman has written a prequel to Practical Magic about the Aunts, and it's coming out in October: The Rules of Magic! I only found out the other day!

I love both the book and the movie, though they are very different, and I'm excited to read the Aunts' story! #please don't suck!

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