2nd September, 2014

haveyouheardtherumor asks:

Do you have any advice for someone who's calling the show? I've done it once before about 7 times for the same show, but I still get so nervous and I consider myself a novice at it. I stage managed all 4 years of highschool, and now at my college. And obviously it's a completely different environment (which I love) but calling all the cues in the show drives me nuts, (but I still enjoy) but makes me so nervous! Any advice?

allthingstechtheatre:

Some advice for calling cues? Well, I have a few tips:

1) Take a deep breathe. If your not calm, your crew won’t be. And when people aren’t calm bad things happen.

2) Give stand-by warnings one to two lines before each cue. This really helps.

3) Talk about the actually calling with the crew. My crew knows my call will go like this ” (type) cue (number) … GO”. They know to take the cue when I say go, not before, not after.

4) Don’t ever, ever say go over headset unless you’re calling a cue. Spell it out if you need to use the word.

5) Give warnings one to two pages before a cue if there hasn’t been a cue for that person in a while. Ex: if the last sound cue was 15 pages ago, give them a warning a page before.

6) Go over your cues with everyone. Do a paper tech or cue to cue if you can. These kinds of rehearsals can be really helpful.

7) Be prepared if coms go out. Have the crew on speed dial, and give ASMs cue lists in case they need to call in place of you.

8) Get into a rhythm. If you relax and submerge yourself in the show, you find calling is a lot like singing.

There you go! I really hope this helps! If anyone else has suggestions, go for it.

This is exactly what I tell my student SMs.

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1st September, 2014

borzou:

Borderlands photoshoot at Dragon Con 2014 (Friday Group)
Photograph by Silver Dragon Photography

You look amazing!

borzou:

Borderlands photoshoot at Dragon Con 2014 (Friday Group)

Photograph by Silver Dragon Photography

You look amazing!

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1st September, 2014

kungfupandahiya said: Does that come with practice or a skill I don’t know about?? Grading takes me ages!

I found grading essays became easier after a variety of things fell into place:

  1. A clear rubric to guide me in the process.
  2. Making essay expectations clear for better quality product coming from kids.
  3. Practice, over nine years of doing it.
  4. Grad school forced me to read a lot in a short amount of time.  I read, like, really fast.  (I also type faster than my brain can handle, and so anyone who’s followed me knows how delightful my typos are.)

1st September, 2014

shorthistorian asks:

I know you and the #education crew geek out about certain pen brands, but my searches aren't turning up any results. (Tumblr is weird that way.) Any recommendations?

Oh god, there goes the can of worms.

I like the Papermate Inkyjoy 550 RT for a ballpoint.  

Otherwise I like more “inky” fine pens like the Pilot v5 very fine, and I recently found the Paperment Ultra Fine Flair pens others geek about, and those are really nice.

I got the Pilot G2 retractable in a pen exchange and the colors are really nice on those, too. Very bright, but not as fine point as I’m used to.  I also find the ink smears on certain grades of paper.  

1st September, 2014

everyfiredies:

This week’s healthy lunches: seasonal veggie and chickpea salad!
Ingredients:
- 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans/whatever you call them
- 1 bell pepper (any color, or more than 1 if you really love bell peppers) In the photo I actually used gypsy peppers because that’s what came in our Farm Fresh to You box last week
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes or whatever other type of tomato you like/have
- 1 cup corn (I used frozen corn because I am lazy. If you have the time and energy, corn from the cob would be amazing)
- olive oil and vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar because I am currently in love with it)
- whatever seasoning you like (I used garlic salt and oregano, mainly because I couldn’t get the wrapper off the new bottle of thyme. Yeah.)
- any type of vinaigrette you like (We picked up a champagne vinaigrette today at the store. Because champagne.)
Directions:
Cut zucchini and bell peppers into similar sized pieces (so they cook evenly, yo), then saute with olive oil. Add vinegar here if desired. I desired. I love it. Add seasonings here.
Cook until all pieces are soft.
While veggies are cooking, dice tomatoes, thaw corn, and rinse chickpeas.
When veggies are done, mix everything together in a large bowl. If eating right away, mix in your favorite vinaigrette. If storing for lunches for the week, add some white vinegar or olive oil, then add the dressing in the morning before taking to work.
Can be served on fresh spinach or other greens for a more filling salad.

everyfiredies:

This week’s healthy lunches: seasonal veggie and chickpea salad!

Ingredients:

- 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans/whatever you call them

- 1 bell pepper (any color, or more than 1 if you really love bell peppers) In the photo I actually used gypsy peppers because that’s what came in our Farm Fresh to You box last week

- 1 medium zucchini

- 1 cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes or whatever other type of tomato you like/have

- 1 cup corn (I used frozen corn because I am lazy. If you have the time and energy, corn from the cob would be amazing)

- olive oil and vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar because I am currently in love with it)

- whatever seasoning you like (I used garlic salt and oregano, mainly because I couldn’t get the wrapper off the new bottle of thyme. Yeah.)

- any type of vinaigrette you like (We picked up a champagne vinaigrette today at the store. Because champagne.)

Directions:

Cut zucchini and bell peppers into similar sized pieces (so they cook evenly, yo), then saute with olive oil. Add vinegar here if desired. I desired. I love it. Add seasonings here.

Cook until all pieces are soft.

While veggies are cooking, dice tomatoes, thaw corn, and rinse chickpeas.

When veggies are done, mix everything together in a large bowl. If eating right away, mix in your favorite vinaigrette. If storing for lunches for the week, add some white vinegar or olive oil, then add the dressing in the morning before taking to work.

Can be served on fresh spinach or other greens for a more filling salad.

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1st September, 2014

So I’ve tried to write this post about being a teacher and my reactions/response to Ferguson about 15 times. Each time I do, it just comes across wrong to me. So I’m going to try to really boil it down.

positivelypersistentteach:

Things I do well:

  • finding diverse books especially books with characters that are of the same culture/race as my students
  • I stayed after school with a former who is often categorized as an angry black kid (but has a lot to be angry about and is actually an awesome kid) when his ride didn’t show. I stood up for him. Latino Police Officer was a total jerk to him and made fun of him for not knowing his dad’s phone number.  I calmed the kid down and had him stand up for himself once he was calm.  Police officer looked pretty embarrassed when the kid said the reason why he didn’t know the number was because they kept getting the account cut off and new numbers so frequently (common with families that don’t have a lot of money).
  • Trying to learn Spanish and use it with my Spanish-speaking parents.
  • Writing letters to representatives on topics such as stand your ground and militarization of police 
  • Encouraging my admin to hire people of color
  • Respecting parents’ decisions to opt out of the sheriff program that finger prints children to make identification papers if the child ever goes missing

Things I could do better:

  • be more involved politically - more letters, phone calls, letters to the editor
  • be a better listener
  • read more on race-related topics
  • donate to organizations that support equal rights 
  • I do stand up to white people making racist comments, but I could be better prepared for when it happens… I mostly just see red and my heart starts beating really fast
  • expose students to people from their race in different professions ie: field trips, speakers, and books
  • stand up to trends like an alarming rate of referrals for black boys within the scope of education
  • get more books reflecting Hatian culture or characters
  • attend protests

Questions I have as an educator (some are really just more frustrations that real questions):

  • In relation to the police, I teach pre-k.  We usually teach our students that police are there to help.  How do I continue to tell them that considering current events? I feel like a little bit of a liar.
  • As a white teacher of an entire class of students that are black or latino, what am I blind to that I should a) be aware of or b) be doing?
  • What can I do better in relation to my students’ parents?
  • What are the best ways to teach tolerance at a young age (we teach Conscious Discipline and the Hands are not for Hitting Series and I try to do it during teachable moments, but I feel like there could be more)

I’d love to hear your reactions as educators.  Anyone’s ideas or suggestions are also welcome.

In case you needed more reasons to believe PPT is a fantastic specimen of a human. 

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