I decided to get off of tumblr throughout my student teaching semester so I could put all of my focus and energy into that. And it was completely worth it.
My last day was Friday, and I am sitting on my couch with my dog missing the students terribly. I taught 9th grade on-level English at a school that is primarily focused on AP and IB students, so being able to give the on-level kids the attention and dedication they deserved was a rewarding experience to say the least. The notes on the cards I received last week brought tears to my eyes, as well as the personal thank yous and the hugs I got from nearly every student. One student followed me to my car on my last day and cried, which broke my heart.
I had a cooperating teacher so bad that she isn’t even worth mentioning, making the fact I was able to connect with the students so much that more meaningful. They kept me going, and I think that being motivated by their progress and success is a trait that will help me continue to be an effective teacher.
The nature of this job field is finding a job that starts in the fall, but I have a few leads that would start January 6th. So, fingers crossed as tightly as humanly possible that those leads turn into something. If not, I will sub at the school I student taught at until fall job postings are up.
I graduate Saturday, December 14th. I’m ecstatic about it. I get my gorgeous graduation ring that day, too. (I’m not sure if those are just a Texas thing - I’ve been told they were, but regardless, I’m the first person in my family go to to a four year college and graduate and I wanted a beautiful reminder of my accomplishment to see every day.)
In addition to graduating this week, Gwen, of alliterationandalcohol, will be coming to stay with me this Thursday. We haven’t seen each other since I flew to Alabama last April, and we already have all of our food plans made. She’s been through the ringer with me this past semester, and I’ll be there for her next semester as she completes college and graduates. We’re each other’s person, and I cannot express how glad I am she will be here with me this week, especially Saturday.
This past semester taught me a lot about myself and my chosen career field, which for those of you that are either in education or want to be, you will understand that this job is not something that is separate from your life, no matter how hard you try. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So, expect food pictures, dog pictures, and holiday pictures from now until I am forced to take my tree down.
Was sitting on a bench in Central Park yesterday afternoon, and I’ll be damned if this didn’t come walking toward me.
by Katie Daisy.
Dogs find hope in Shannon Johnstone’s lens.
The North Carolina-based photographer uses her picture snapping skills to help homeless dogs find forever homes. Johnstone’s photo project, titled Landfill Dogs, features beautiful images of hopeful pooches facing euthanasia at the local county animal shelter.
Each week, Johnstone visits the Wake County Animal Center in Raleigh, N.C. and brings one dog to the nearby landfill park where they spend a couple carefree hours playing and relaxing.
"The dogs are so happy when they get outside to the landfill park," Johnstone told Mashable. “It puts such a big smile on my face. They run, leap, roll in the grass and some just want to sit and enjoy the view.”
Sadly, dogs that do not find homes end up being disposed of at the adjacent garbage dump. And while this might seem like a tragic setting, Johnstone says that she hopes people will see it as a symbol.
"This landscape offers a metaphor of hope," Johnstone explained in her artist statement. "It is a place of trash that has been transformed into a place of beauty. I hope the viewer also sees the beauty in these homeless, unloved creatures."
Since starting the project, Johnstone has photographed 41 dogs — most of the pups in need (92 percent) have found new human friends. It’s these success stories that make the heart-breaking work a little bit easier. When asked about a story that stood out in her mind, Johnstone recalled a black pit bull named Carlos.
"His former owner was deported and he had to surrender his dog, Carlos, before he left. Carlos was well cared for. He knew commands, he was eager to please, and was very affectionate. The only thing not in his favor was that he was a black pit bull. Four days after his Landfill Dog photo shoot, Carlos got his forever home. He now goes for runs, hikes, walks and loves napping on the couch. I wish his former owner could know that what started as a sad story has a very happy ending.”
Johnstone posts the latest in the Landfill Dogs series on Facebook.
Watercolor paintings of wildlife, mostly aquatic wildlife, by Michelle Morin:
I’ve been eyeing these on etsy forever.
1. I can borrow all your clothes.
Anything in your closet, no matter how fancy is co-owned by me, your best friend. I can borrow it for as long as I want. One stipulation to my borrowing your clothes is that you have to have worn…
Please don’t go, please don’t go
I love you so, I love you so
Please break my heart