all that & a cup of tea

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broke a couple of sticks of chalk on this one

Oh, shit.

AHHHH! #soreal

those shoessss!

Did some apple tasting and opinion work with the firsties today! September fun 🍎🍂🍏 #missnickell #ESLshenanigans

Good evening. Welcome to the six o’clock news. I’m your anchor…

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oh my god haha

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US students will be able to shield themselves during school shootings with the latest in body armour, the Bodyguard Blanket

Are fucking kidding me? I have been sitting at home and constantly watching the news after the events of yesterday. For those of you who are wondering, I am a junior at REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOL! I was there when the shooter kept running in the halls trying to open the doors and get in. I was there in the dark praying and crying while my librarian kept saying ” they’ll have to kill me before they touch my kids” I have known her for three years, her determination to keep us safe broke her heart. Seeing this, that little children need protection in school. Are we sending kids to a battlefield? I have three little brothers ranging from 5-10, and still people have the nerve to speak about the second amendment? Really? I can’t even type anymore. I’m so disgusted and frustrated. When will you realize that it’s important to have gun control? When a shooter is pointing a gun at your child? Is that when you’ll realize that guns aren’t something to be kept around. People say it’s a free country but honesty, this country is more oppressed and diseased than any other country.

Show me ONE instance where gun control and gun free zones prevented school shootings.


Let me tell you guys a story.
In 1996, in a little town in Australia called Port Arthur, a gunman killed 35 and injured 23. This place was a tourist attraction, with plenty of visitors and locals going about their business. 
35 people died.That’s 35 marriages, anniversaries, birthdays or uni degrees. 35 people left Port Arthur in body bags.
At the time, we had a pretty conservative government, and the Prime Minister at the time (in hindsight) was kind of a dick. But within two weeks of the shooting, Howard instituted a massive reform and buyback of all firearms. 

But it must be a statistical flaw, you say, there weren’t that many massacres before 1996, right? No, WRONG. 
In the eighteen years leading up to Port Arthur, there had been 13 mass shootings. 

But April, you ask, this couldn’t possibly have worked could it? Wouldn’t it only have reduced the mass shootings? WRONG.
Since 1996, there have been ZERO mass shootings. That’s right, ZERO. FUCKING ZILCH. There have been scattered homicides, however:

How many schools have been raided and children murdered? NONE.
How many film buffs have been murdered in their seats? NONE.
How many innocent lives have been lost to the barrel of a gun? NONE.

On top of this, homicides involving the use of guns, and youth suicide involving the use of guns has declined dramatically, by up to 60%

Australia, however much the environment tries to kill you, is a safe haven, and you can walk the streets with 99% assurance that you won’t fall victim to a drive by shooting.

Your move, America.

in 1987 a lone gunman killed 16 people, wounded 15 and then committed suicide. within six months the uk government passed an amendment to the firearms act effectively outlawing all high calibre, high frequency, high capacity rifles and shotguns.

in 1996 another lone gunman killed 16 children and their teacher, and then committed suicide. again within six months the uk government outlawed all handguns. special dispensation had to be issued in order to hold shooting competition as part of the 2012 olympic games, and british hopefuls had to train overseas.

you can legally own certain types of shotgun, .22 calibre rifles over a certain barrel length, and antiques. that’s it.

in the nigh-on twenty years since the uk has had one mass shooting. one. and we’re down to about 30 gun-related deaths annually.

there is not one example of gun control laws reducing mass shootings and gun-related homicide. there are dozens. it literally works every time. the usa is the anomaly not because it didn’t work but because it hasn’t tried.

Good commentary here.

"it literally works every time. the usa is the anomaly not because it didn’t work but because it hasn’t tried."

I just don’t get it at all.

children shouldn’t have to practice this kind of drill alongside earthquake and fire drills, where the causes [often] aren’t preventable. Especially when we haven’t exhausted all our options towards finding a solution.


This bonfire should be nice and bearable for 5 minutes!

Print & Play —> A Handy Bingo Card For All The Dumb Shit You’ll See This Fall

A kid ate hand sanitizer today

calling poison control is not the best way to start the day, lemme tell ya.

Halfway Through Week 2

(Ooo that rhymed!)

So this week has already been C-R-A-Z-Y. Dealing with kinders is such a trip, especially in the beginning of the year when they are still babies and aren’t used to a full day yet. Lucky me I get a group at the(ir) beginning of the day, but unlucky me, I get a second group at the end of the day. Those lil guys are rolling on the ground, bothering each other and worse of all telling me they’re bored. 

On a lighter note, my first grade groups have been going relatively well. We haven’t gotten to the actual content yet, more of “keep them busy” activities while I try to finish testing them (one by one of course…all 24 of them). But it’s been really fun to get to know them, and see their faces light up when I walk into their rooms to get them, or even when they see me in the halls. That joy is why I do what I do.

Hopes before the weekend begins:

  • Convince my coworker to utilize his space wisely so I can fit a carpet meeting area in the room.
  • Finalize plans for my SpEd ELLs
  • Get through at least one day where I actually get into the classrooms and do some push-in support

How I’m winding down tonight:

  • Earl grey
  • Candles
  • Netflix

Bring it on Thursday!





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Reacting to Blue Ivy

Lorde looks like an alien who is desperately trying to replicate human emotion so her cover isn’t blown.

reblogged for that comment. RIGHT ON.