Let there be mud on your clothes, nails in your boots, ink on your skin, pain deep inside you. Let it grow and don’t be afraid.
Start with your own story.
— Green Witch by Alice Hoffman (via kvtes)
I really love language. I love it for what it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and the delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.”
When an excellent principal is hired at a high-poverty school, time for teacher training and collaboration increases, student test scores rise by 5 to 10 points annually, and ineffective teachers begin to leave—yes, even under today’s often overly restrictive tenure policies. When a good principal departs, the progress unwinds and student achievement drops. In short, principals have a unique power to multiply the effects of good teaching and help close achievement gaps.”
Saw this and immediately thought of how grateful I was to have worked under such an amazing principal. Yes, it does make a huge difference. Even general employment happiness too
Here’s what storytelling can do for you
Lies I’ve Told My 3 Year Old Recently
Trees talk to each other at night.
All fish are named either Lorna or Jack.
Before your eyeballs fall out from watching too much TV, they get very loose.
Tiny bears live in drain pipes.
If you are very very quiet you can hear the clouds rub against the sky.
The moon and the sun had a fight a long time ago.
Everyone knows at least one secret language.
When nobody is looking, I can fly.
We are all held together by invisible threads.
Books get lonely too.
Sadness can be eaten.
I will always be there.”
Raul Gutierrez, “Lies I’ve Told My 3 Year Old Recently” (via 9047)
A good writing prompt..
I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.”
Wisdom from Madeleine L’Engle, quoted in her biography. Couple with Hemingway’s advice to aspiring writers and Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of keeping a diary, then revisit L’Engle on writing and creativity. (via mitochondria)
Powerful words. You should see my stack of journals… A cathartic collection of stories.
- A.C. Moore: Teacher Discount Program: mail in information to get discount card
- Academic Superstore: Discounted classroom supplies.
- Adobe: Heavy Discounts (25-75% off retail) via Adobe Teacher & Student Store.
- Aerosoles: 15% off for teachers who are members of The National Education Association. Aerosoles: Members of the National Education Association can get 15% off with proof of membership.
- Ann Taylor Loft: Loft Loves Teachers: 15% off.
- Apple Store: 5-10% via Apple.com’s Edu Store for Faculty, Staff, Students.
- AT&T: Offers a 15% teacher discount on monthly bills in most states. This discount, however, varies state to state, so be sure to call your local AT&T store to confirm. AT&T: Usually around 19% off your monthly bill. Varies by educational institution – need to enter work/school email address for discount eligibility
- Banana Republic: 10% off with employee ID.
- Barnes & Noble: B&N Educator Program: 20% off list price & up to 25% off during Educator Appreciation Days.
- Ben Franklin Crafts: 10% off every Tuesday with teacher ID.
- Best Buy: Will honor other manufacturer discounts; up to individual store.
- Big Lots: Teacher Appreciation Day on August 11, 2012.
- Book Warehouse: Educators’ Book Club: 15% discount.
- Books-a-Million: 20% off for faculty (in-store only)
- Bose: Educators Direct Group: special pricing for US Educators only on certain items; have to call the Customer Focused Development Team (1-800-353-4207).
- CampusTech: Discounts on software & technology products
- Crayola: Gold Star Teacher program: Discounts from CrayolaStore.com & opportunities to test/provide feedback on new products & lesson plans.
- Creative Teaching Press: Sales on various products
- Dell: Dell University – savings vary by college (offer high school discounts too).
- Discount School Supply: Discounted classroom supplies.
- Educators Bed & Breakfast Travel Network: Members can get discounted travel at $40 per night for 2 people; Home Stays with other members of the EBBN
- ETA/Cuisenaire: Outlet Store – up to 75% discount on classroom supplies
- Explorica: Book trips & join Extra Rewards program: chance to attend an international teacher convention for free
- FedEx Office: National Educators Discount Program: 15% off
- Gradware: Discounts vary, good for student or teachers, just online
- Half Price Books: Teacher & Librarian Discount Card: 10% off
- Hancock Fabrics: Show your school ID for 15% off.
- Home Depot: Teachers pay no sales tax with tax exempt paperwork. (in-store only)
- HP: Up to 10% off via Academic Purchase Programs.
- Izzit.org: Free educational DVD to teachers grade 6-12 on their birthday.
- J. Crew: valid at outlet locations as well: 15% off with employee ID.
- JoAnn Fabrics: 15% off with Teacher Rewards membership. JourneyEd.com: Faculty pricing – varies by school
- Kmart:Various teacher-exclusive savings.
- Lakeshore Learning: Teacher’s Club Members can save 15% and monthly specials.
- Lenovo: 5% off.
- Life’s Little Favors: Call customer service at 1-800-406-9985 to find out how you can get 10% off at this online favor boutique. (in-store only)
- Lowe’s: Teacher’s pay no sales tax with tax exempt paper work (in-store only).
- Magmall.com: Educator Subscription Discounts: up to 50% off regular magazine subscription rates.
- Marriott Hotels: Discounts vary. Show your ID and say you’re a local government employee.
- Michael’s: 15% off with school ID
- MPM School Supplies: 10% off for teachers on their first purchase.
- My Corporate Logo: 15% off custom logo design (code: bWNsMDAx)
- National Geographic: Teachers are eligible for discount on Geographic Project kits; Have to email info to receive additional info about discounts.
- National Park Service: Show a valid school ID to receive 15% off park purchases. This is not valid on park entry fees, camping fees or Smoky the Bear Petting Zoo fees.
- NEA (National Education Association): Various NEA member benefits & discounts
- NY & Co.: 5% off with employee ID.
- Office Depot: Star Teacher Program: 10% back in rewards on ink, toner, & paper; 1% back on almost everything else; 15% off copy & print orders.
- Office Max: MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers: $10 reward for every $75 spent.
- PBS: PBS Teachers program: sign up to receive 10% discount on next purchase at ShopPBS for Teachers
- PETCO: Free aquarium for select teachers with application (PETCO only gives this aquarium to a set number of teachers each year)
- Pets in the Classroom: Teachers of pre-K-8th grade students in both public and private schools can apply for a hassle free grant that will refund them the costs of having a small classroom pet (Up to $150).
- Pizza Hut: 10%-20% off depending on the store with a teacher I.D. (in-store only)
- PrintPal.com: School sales & discounts: 10% discount on all orders over $100
- Raymond Geddes: Take 10% off any order with code WEB1 at checkout.
- Regal Theaters: in-theater only, *depends on theater, usually 25% off
- Replace My Contacts: 5% off an order of $100 or more
- Room Store Furniture: 10% off with school ID (in-store only).
- Schlotsky’s: 10% off with school ID (in-store only)
- Software Express: Discounts of up to 75% from a variety of publishers, requires a teacher ID and email from the principal
- Sony: Eye on Education Program: various pricing discounts, financing solutions, & trade-in programs.
- Sprint: Up to 18% off for teachers in participating schools.
- Staples: Teacher Rewards Program: 10% back in rewards on most purchases.
- Student Universe: Discounted group airfares for students & faculty members (groups of 12+)
- Teacher Deals: Teaching supplies at 20-50% off everyday
- Teacher eBooks Now: Features a “deal of the day,” discounted downloadable e-books
- TeacherDisCount.biz: Various discounts for NEA members/AFT members/Non-Union teachers
- Teachers Travel Web: B&B and home exchange for members worldwide
- Teachers’ Discount: Discounted classroom supplies
- Teachers’ Insurance Plan: Special savings on car insurance for active & retired education professionals
- TeacherStorehouse.com: Gain credits toward future purchases, get 2% of all purchases made by people you refer to the site.
- The Container Store: Organized Teacher Discount Program: 10% off.
- The Limited: 15% off with pay stub or teacher ID card.
- The Teacher Store at Scholastic.com: Up to 50% off deals and sales
- ThinkEDU: Teacher discounts on software, hardware, textbooks, Apple products and more
- Time Magazine for Kids: School-wide volume discounts (from 10-99 to 300+)
- Vacations To Go: Cruise discounts – vary by cruise line & availability
- Verizon: Employee Discount Program: varies. Visible Changes: 10% off with school ID. Just show your ID the first time you get your hair cut there.
- Western Digital Store: 20% off all products when you create an account with a school email address.
What questions are we asking our kids when they come home from school?
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”
— Benjamin Franklin (via un-exotic)