1. "If you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen."

    Conan O’Brien

    Happy 51st birthday, Conan O’Brien! Before becoming a host of late-night TV, O’Brien was a writer on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons.

    from Goodreads Quote of the Day

  2. rosalindrobertson:

One for my dog-people followers.

"Oh! You say you want a cute little puppy? Here! Have a totebag full of them!"

    rosalindrobertson:

    One for my dog-people followers.

    "Oh! You say you want a cute little puppy? Here! Have a totebag full of them!"

    (Source: awwww-cute)

  3. "We are each weird in a different way, but together, that’s actually normal. And even if there’s a lot that I can’t say to them, it feels good to belong somewhere."
  4. "The helpful thought for which you look
    Is written somewhere in a book."

    Edward Gorey

    Though creepy-cute pioneer Edward Gorey (died April 15, 2000) was not a fan of children, he did love the ballet, cats, and, perhaps incongruously, fur coats. He left his estate to a trust benefiting animals—his cats continued to live at his house after his death.

    from Goodreads Quote of the Day

    love Edward Gorey!

  5. Sing It With Me: Earworm of the Day

    I saw someone today wearing this shirt and then got the song stuck in my head. Argh!

    "Part of Your World" from Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty
    I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore
    You want thingamabobs?
    I’ve got twenty!
    But who cares?
    No big deal
    I want more

    Do you have an earworm you’re dying to share with the world? Tag it #sing it with me: earworm of the day or send me an ask and I’ll share the ones I like!

    What’s your favorite song from The Little Mermaid? And/or what’s your favorite Disney song?

  6. "It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding."

    Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)

    chocolate is always good …

    (via bkmuse7)

    (via brkteenlib)

  7. "If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way."

    Seamus Heaney

    Irish poet and Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney (born April 13, 1939) enjoys both critical acclaim and widespread popularity. By 2008, two-thirds of poetry books sold in the UK were by Heaney.

    from Goodreads Quote of the Day

  8. Sing It With Me: Earworm of the Day 4/14/14

    Not only is today a palindrome, it is also my grandmother’s 98th birthday! Happy Birthday Grandma, you spring chicken, you!
    Today’s song makes me happy no matter what mood I’m in when I hear it. May it bring you the same happiness.

    "Happy" by Pharrell Williams

    Because I’m happy
    Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
    Because I’m happy
    Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
    Because I’m happy
    Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
    Because I’m happy
    Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

    Do you have an earworm you’re dying to share with the world? Tag it #sing it with me: earworm of the day or send me an ask and I’ll share the ones I like!

    What song makes you happy?

  9. (Source: veganmenna, via jessehimself)

  10. "Common Core testing prepares our students for what they’ll face as adults: pointless stress and confusion."

    STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)

    Okay, I’m going to say this again.  And I will say it every time this appears on my dashboard because if you are tired of people speaking poorly of education and teachers than you need to stop also.  You need to understand the common core and the politics around it because it is your job to.

    There is no such thing as “Common Core Testing.”  The Common Core are learning standards.  A standard is a level of quality and is used to gauge learning by setting a bar that is the expected level a student should reach.

    To gauge learning you need to assess a student’s performance, skills, and knowledge.  An assessment is any way to collect information about students, curriculum, schools, etc. to help make a decision on things like effectiveness of lesson or how well a student understands a concept.

    (Kudos to you if you are still reading!)

    Thus, a standard is not an assessment. We need assessments to gauge student learning in relation to a standard.  If the assessment does not assess the objective or standard then that is an invalid assessment and the result will not be reliable.  Thus, the teacher can make no valid interpretation of the results.

    So, yes, standardized tests are going to assess the common core standards.  They have to.  The fact that these tests are standardized and have high stakes for teachers has nothing to do with the common core.  Programs such as Race to the Top are causing states states to push the standardized assessments.  Why? MONEY. They must adopt the assessments as well as the standards to get the money.

    Want the plain and simple?  Common Core Standards, don’t worry about them. Standardized state assessments on the other hand, we could do without.  

    (via aredhat)

    Common Core Standards are being PUSHED by text book companies to make a few more bucks with NOW ALIGNED WITH COMMON CORE STANDARDS textbooks, tests, test prep, RtI curriculum, etc.  

    Except they are mediocre standards at must and at least in the K-3 are always developmentally appropriate.  For example, they leave out patterning in K all together.  I know a few high school teachers that aren’t fans.   The new common core standard idea I think came about BECAUSE of this atmosphere of standardized tests we’ve come to know.  I don’t think if there wasn’t such an emphasis on the tests that Common Core would have been created in the first place.

    (via positivelypersistentteach)

    GO BACK UP AND READ THE COMMENTARY

    (via livewellandbehappy)

    (via jessehimself)

  11. orphanblack:

    There was a #Clonesbians meetup in NYC last night, and we sent #CloneClub correspondent Rory, who captured these highlights from the fan gathering.

    Speaking of meetups, if you live in or around NYC (or if you live very far and love driving cross country) come to our Season 2 premiere FAN SCREENING on Thursday. Click HERE for the full details. Helena-style snacks will be provided.

    Having an Orphan Black party this week to celebrate premiere? Please post your party pics with the #Orphan Black tag! We’ll be on a premiere week reblogging spree, and we want to meet each and every one of you.

    Six days, #CloneClub!

    Ohmygod! Look! I know the young woman in the last photo!!

  12. "We need to stop pitting girls against each other. We need to stop giving validation to novels and films that fetishize girls who say they “aren’t like other girls” as if there’s something inherently wrong with being a girl. We need to stop perpetuating the fallacy of the mythical “other girls” who all fit some made up stereotype that we teach our girls to be afraid of because “the right guys” don’t actually like “that kind of girl”. “That kind of girl” doesn’t exist, because girls are people and not objects that come in bulk."
    Megan Emanuel (via mjwatson)

    (Source: maytheodds, via teenlibrariantoolbox)

  13. "She was not a slowpoke grownup. She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next."

    Beverly Cleary

    Happy 98th birthday, Beverly Cleary! The creator of enduring characters like Ramona Quimby and her sister Beezus was a librarian who wanted to write books that reflected the lives of the children she grew up with and worked with.

    from Goodreads Quote of the Day

    Ah, Ramona! Such a beloved part of my childhood! And Beverly Cleary’s books in general!

  14. elkaydee:

500daysofevilexes:



Lol I don’t reblog much avengers stuff but this made me laugh

heh heh heh

    elkaydee:

    500daysofevilexes:

    image

    Lol I don’t reblog much avengers stuff but this made me laugh

    heh heh heh

    (Source: dauntless-sansa, via feiwynne)

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