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Apr 21

Second Anniversary

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in General, Life

Today marks the second anniversary of maintaining this blog.

Recap of the last two years:

  • Moved back to Georgia.
  • Lost 100 lbs (was reunited with 10 lbs. this semester, oy.) Figured out I like to exercise.
  • Rediscovered who I am. Oh yeah I used to be cool!
  • Made new friends. Love them!
  • Started grad school.
  • Stressed the fuck out.
  • Divorced.
  • . . .

What now? I want the following to happen in the next two years:

  • Get my teaching certification and find a teaching job in a school I like.
  • Finish my master’s degree.
  • Run a 10k and then a half marathon.
  • Go to a French speaking country (or province) for the summer.
  • Learn to speak Spanish or German.

What do I need to do to get there? Hmmmmmmmmm we shall see.

Apr 4

Religious Diversity Must Include Nonbelievers

Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in General, Teaching

Students who don’t adhere to the traditional religious views of their community are met with hostility, both in the community and in their own home. Atheist teens list the many repercussions of "coming out" as a nonbeliever. Some have been kicked out of their parents’ homes. Most lose friends and find their traditional support groups viewing them with apprehension. And when these teens begin to speak up for their rights as citizens in a country where the freedom of religion is codified in the Constitution, they are met with open hostility.

via Religious Diversity Must Include Nonbelievers | Teaching Tolerance.

I think this is a great point. In my community being an atheist is akin to having two heads. I keep myself quiet so I can have friends. I feel like I will lose friends if they find out I don’t believe in a God. What can we do as a society to step back from the prevalence of black/white no shades of gray thinking that is so perpetuated by political rhetoric?

As a future educator, or as we are known, a pre-service teacher, how can I make my classroom a safe environment for students of all walks of life? Gay, straight, trans, Christian, Muslim, Pagan, Atheist, I want everyone to feel confident that they can talk to me. It forces me to explore my own prejudices against religion and respond by saying whatever judgement I make about a religion, I will need to be a humanist and focused on the human souls these students have and not what they believe in.

Apr 3

Stunning portraits

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in General

“Our ignorance was the greatest hold the South had on us.” — former slave John W. Fields.

This story with some absolutely fascinating pictures of former slaves taken in the 1930’s is a must read. Taken some seventy years after the Emancipation Proclamation, time was of the essence to capture some of these people’s stories, as they were elderly, most in their 80’s and 90’s. I think looking at these amazing portraits of former slaves is a chilling reminder that our history is less than stellar and can prompt us to examine the current racial issues still plaguing our society.

Apr 1

Words per minute?

Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in All Things Geek, Teaching, Web

I read 644 words a minute on this test the second time I took it. I got 438 the first time. I wonder what results would be from a study researching the improvement the second time taking such a test.

Take the test: Staples eReader interactive infographic.