New teachers are eager and passionate. They are also extremely scared and delicate. They need someone that they can trust. They need someone that they can celebrate with and also someone who will let them express their fears and concerns.Advice from Mentor Teachers for New (and Experienced) Teachers (via gjmueller)
How can anybody not love Lafayette on True Blood? He’s one of the few gay characters on tv today, that isnt a complete stereotype… like some screaming queen on a musical show that shall remain nameless. Yes, he wears make-up, and can act feminine, but he is tough, and can kick the shit out of any redneck!
Let’s change that line to “he can BE feminine AND kick ass.’ I’m feminine and I honestly pity the fools who mess with me.. Also, I’m not down with calling anyone a screaming queen unless they are a royal and in fact, screaming. But yeah, Lafayette is such a wonderfully complex character.
King of his Mountain.
Whew. I’m back in the ATL, and if possible, the weather is even better here than it was in San Diego. Call me a swamp blossom, but even the balmy 70’s of San Diego felt chilly to me; I’m thrilled that we are hitting the 80’s in Georgia. I had SUCH a blast at my first NAEA Convention. I’ve put together two lists that will help you to understand my joy!
Top Ten Best Parts of My NAEA2014 Experience:
10. Like, OMG, just getting to go to NAEA. So, blessed!
09. All. of. the. presentations. I’m still marinating.
08. Getting to support students from my alma mater whom were making their first presentations too. Can you imagine being an undergrad and presenting at NAEA?! Yup, they’re pretty impressive people.
07. Taking my mentor out to breakfast at the Hilton. I felt like such a grown-up, y’all. She is the reason I ever think critically about my practice, ever.
06. Presenting at a national conference. I think I did okay.
05. Getting to be a in a picture with these ArtEd blogging giants. Seriously, I’m small-time; I felt very humbled! And, isn’t The Art of Ed’s booth killer-cool? Plus, Jessica Balsley is a super nice.
03. Not realizing I was in a picture with one of my heroes, Ian Sands, until it was posted on social media. I didn’t even get to “meet” him. Ian- if you’re reading this- OMG I’m fangirling all over you in NOLA. Advance apologies.
04. Meeting Cassie Stephens. She’s even cooler in real-life, y’all.
02. I met Phyl of There’s a Dragon in my Art Room. No words. She is beyond cool and awesome.
01. Meeting and then getting to present with Cheri Lloyd. Cheri is a rockstar, and I’m pretty much humbled by just how kick-butt her art department -which she made- is. Also, I’m not sure if you noticed or not (was my screaming about it across social media sites not enough for you?!), but Cheri was featured in Tricia Fuglested’s visual notes from NAEA2014.
Top Ten Most Hilarious Things I Did/Happened to Me at NAEA2014:
Oh, wait. I shouldn’t share that online. Nevermind. But, if you didn’t make it this year…I hope to see you in NOLA.