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12 minutes ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Two weeks. Wow.

Congratulations on finishing. From what I’ve read here, it sounds like you did better than most.

I’m really afraid I’m going to find out my post-student days are going to be filled up with Zoom professional development.

We were supposed to have school until the 11th, so we still have to work to get paid.  They just cut it off because June is just test prep and tests, and with no tests, no point, I guess.

 

I'm sure there will be some zoom PD for me too, but first, I have to do some gradebook magic and then contact every parent and ask them what they want their students grade to be given 4 options.  Super fun.

 

When do you finish?

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I have one more week of students. But with the George Floyd murder and the riots the vast majority of my students aren’t online and won’t be online. Heck, I bet a big chunk of them can’t even get online right now.

I think I’ll just open up a Zoom meeting and let students drift in and out of it as they want or need to. Assuming I can get back online.

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On 5/29/2020 at 11:58 PM, Sloth the Enduring said:

I have one more week of students. But with the George Floyd murder and the riots the vast majority of my students aren’t online and won’t be online. Heck, I bet a big chunk of them can’t even get online right now.

I think I’ll just open up a Zoom meeting and let students drift in and out of it as they want or need to. Assuming I can get back online.

Sounds like you're doing the best you can for your kids.  It's so sad they they have to go through this on top of everything else.   I hope you get internet back soon!

 

So, watching everything over the last few weeks had me feeling pretty helpless as an ally.  Sharing stuff on facebook feels like a halfass effort and we unfortunately don't have the funds to support some of these groups in any significant way, so I was feeling a bit lost.  As a teacher, each summer I dedicate 1 of my summer reads to professional development, so i decided to dedicate at least one book to better understanding my minority students in order to help them be more successful in my class. 

 

The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys by Eddie Moore


This isn't to be a white savior or some Freedom Writers copy cat.  I just want every student in my class to feel safe and like they have a similar chance to succeed, regardless of who they are.  As a teacher, I feel like I have a responsibility to all my students to treat them equitably, and that's hard to do when I have no frame of reference as to their struggles or where they are coming from.  Equity is a hard concept to teach to high school kids.  They are very much still stuck in the "fairness" frame of mind, so it can sometimes be difficult to give kids exactly what they need because other kids see it as unfair.  I really want to spend time when I go back discussing and helping them understand equity.  I know it won't get through to all of them, but I can at least try.

 

If anyone is interested in some good reads on racism and race relations (especially teachers) this is a great list

 

Okay, now to my challenge goals:

 

Everything is still going really well.  We are still communicating well and getting past minor frustrations with relative ease.  

 

Intact streaks: 

  • Yoga
  • Duolingo
  • Cleaning
  • Communicating

Things that need Work:

  • In bed by 10:30
  • No screens after 10

Also, I decided that my prize for this challenge will be a bathing suit.  Help me choose!  I will probably end up getting 2.

 

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12 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Get suit #2, i like it because it's green, but it seems like that's already your preference.

Lol.  I do like that one, but I meant like 2 individual suits.  Maybe I was just speaking my truth with vague phrasing 😅

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1 & 2 are my fave there..... both lovely :)

 

Hoping you are ok Nova. Yes its a tough time right now. The murder of George has shaken the world. I cant even imagine how it feels for the black community :( i also am trying to do what i can but it feels not enough and a bit helpless. 

Sending love to you and your students!! xx

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I like all the suits. I bought something like a 2-piece version of #4 a few weeks ago. I like the wrap aspect of it. But honestly, they are all really cool.

Thanks from me too for the reading list.

 

ETA: I looked at the list and decided I'm going to read "White Fragility." The hard copy is out of stock on Amazon. I have no idea why it's out of stock, but I hope it's because a lot of people have been reading it.

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8 hours ago, Xena said:

ETA: I looked at the list and decided I'm going to read "White Fragility." The hard copy is out of stock on Amazon. I have no idea why it's out of stock, but I hope it's because a lot of people have been reading it.

 

I think it is because a lot of people have been buying and reading them. I have been trying to buy some books on this subject for a few days now but they had all sold out, so I bought some Kindle versions last night. I'm glad people are educating themselves. We have a duty to address our privilege in this way. 

 

I started Me and My White Supremacy last night. I'm glad it's a Kindle book because even the title makes me feel uncomfortable but this is exactly the point isn't it.

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5 hours ago, deftona said:

I'm glad it's a Kindle book because even the title makes me feel uncomfortable but this is exactly the point isn't it.

Mine is kindle as well (it was cheaper) but I'm not exactly hiding that I'm reading it.  I'm trying to be really open and share passages and insights and I'm really trying to get a teacher book club going (you know, where you actually discuss the book and don't just drink wine and talk smack about your significant other).

 

14 hours ago, Xena said:

Thanks from me too for the reading list.

 

ETA: I looked at the list and decided I'm going to read "White Fragility." The hard copy is out of stock on Amazon. I have no idea why it's out of stock, but I hope it's because a lot of people have been reading it.

Happy to help!  And I hope so too.  It's very much time that we all get a grip, accept our privilege as a weapon we can wield in the name of change (instead of a shield we can hide behind) and try to make the world equal and equitable for everyone. 

 

On 6/1/2020 at 2:50 AM, deftona said:

I like # 5 :)

Funny enough, when I picked that one, I thought of you.  I'm thinking I'm getting that one for sure, and I'm trying to decide between 1 and 2.  I can't get over how awesome my boobs would look in #1...lol

 

On 5/31/2020 at 10:40 PM, Salinger said:

1 & 2 are my fave there..... both lovely :)

 

Hoping you are ok Nova. Yes its a tough time right now. The murder of George has shaken the world. I cant even imagine how it feels for the black community :( i also am trying to do what i can but it feels not enough and a bit helpless. 

I'm feeling better now.  I'm trying to engage more and stop being scared of pissing off/offending my white friends whose views don't make logical sense (I'm not a racist but buildings are more important than people blah blah).  I'm also trying to decide how much energy to put into people I know are lost causes in terms of understanding the social/economic/historical implications of this fight and can't get past the "but I'm not a racist" stage. 

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15 minutes ago, Novaurora said:

Mine is kindle as well (it was cheaper) but I'm not exactly hiding that I'm reading it. 

 

I just worry the title "Me and White Supremacy" might be unfairly misleading 🤣

 

16 minutes ago, Novaurora said:

Funny enough, when I picked that one, I thought of you.  I'm thinking I'm getting that one for sure, and I'm trying to decide between 1 and 2.  I can't get over how awesome my boobs would look in #1...lol

 

Then I think you have answered your question my friend. #1 all the way. 

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1 hour ago, deftona said:

 

I just worry the title "Me and White Supremacy" might be unfairly misleading

Yeeeaaahhhhh.  That's like during my masters degree (gender, sexuality and culture) I did my thesis on the American justice system/public and the role they play in the perpetuation of pedophilia (through the lens of a play).  I almost accidentally put myself on watchlists constantly because my Google searches where things like, "child pornography in America" or "pedophile support groups"

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#2 is my personal favorite, but if your boobs would look awesome in #1 then that sounds like a winner :)

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On 5/31/2020 at 1:16 PM, Novaurora said:

Also, I decided that my prize for this challenge will be a bathing suit.  Help me choose!  I will probably end up getting 2.

 

I like the second one. :) 

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On 6/3/2020 at 11:04 PM, Maigs said:

#2 is my personal favorite, but if your boobs would look awesome in #1 then that sounds like a winner :)

I did end up getting that one.  I really wanted #2 but it was sold out in my size.  I actually ended up getting 2 that I didn't even show you guys due to that issue.  I really wanted 5 as well, but :( 

 

On 6/3/2020 at 11:31 PM, Jupiter said:

 

I like the second one. :) 

I wanted it, but apparently a bunch of people did as it was sold out in my size

 

So, with the challenge basically over,  I need to reflect on what I really wanted to accomplish: consistency and simplicity.  While I wasn't always present HERE, I made huge strides to be present and consistent in my relationship.  There are still areas we need to work on, BUT we haven't had forward motion like this in a long time.  I feel really good.  I am basing my next challenge on building on this one with the goals we have together.  It's awesome to know that we are moving forward.

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4 minutes ago, Novaurora said:

So, with the challenge basically over,

oops, there's a whole nother week.  I thought this was it.

 

Bathing Suit choices

 

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On 6/7/2020 at 9:07 AM, Novaurora said:

oops, there's a whole nother week.  I thought this was it.

I also thought the challenge was basically over this week. I saw there was like 5 days left and my brain said "that's zero days with rounding." 😛

 

But statistically I will not post on the weekend so I will take this chance to say — well done Nova!! I'm very happy for you. Great choices on the bathing suits, they look awesome. 😄

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