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Children, Period, and Run: İAL Phillip Timothy Yesterday at 03:22 Next Tuesday we will have an "active shooter" / intruder drill at our school and I will hunker down behind flimsy wooden cabinet doors with my students You see, we open the cabinets and hide behind the doors so that anyone peering into the classrooms will not see us, and maybe think it is an empty room. Maybe we will be unnoticed, which just means maybe he will go to another classroom In preparation, I will remind my students tomorrow that our hallway doors should always be locked, so IT an intruder shows up we can just pull the doors closed without fiddling with keys. I have assigned students whose job it is to check those doors every period to make sure we don't forget I wil try to keep the children quiet during our drill on Tuesday. It's hard. They're packed in tight behind those cabinet doors, and they talk and giggle. Because they're children. They look like young adults, but they're children I will try to keep them quiet, because we hope that this will give that illusion of an empty classroom.I will try to keep them quiet because even though I know it's a drill, they do not, and they need to treat each drill like the real thing. They must have the procedure driven in by repetition Inevitably some children will be sure that it is real, and they will be terrified Two years ago, one boy - a big hulking kid turning into a "tough guy" - broke down in tears when the administrator jiggled the doorknob to our room while we hid behind the cabinets. I will sit down and process feelings of fear and panic with at least a few students. How do we process the panic we put them through? Every time we run through these drills, we violate their trust - their trust in us and their trust in a safe, secure world. We violate their trust in the name of safety Two years ago, a PE teacher wasn't informed that the intruder drill was a drill. He panicked, and screamed at the kids to "Shut the fuck Up!" while they were laughing and joking Who could blame him? He was terrified Afterward, some of the children will talk a big game. How they would jump on a shooter, how they would climb out a window instead of staying in a classroom How they'd be a herd A few of them ask if l'd do anything to save them in the event of an active shooter. I can't answer, because although I want to reassure them I really don't know, and I don't know how to express all those complicated feelings A few will scoff and say, "Of course Mr B wouldn't do anything. He doesn't like us And I don't know what to say to that, either, other than to go back to my lesson plan. I strive to be honest with my students, and the honest answer is that l'd do all I can I hope - but the human body isn't much match for gunpowder and lead At home I will replay the drill. Did we get it accomplished quickly? Tightly? Efficiently? Are my children safe? Will they be safe? Can I keep them safe? (No.) How would I ever live with it if I lost one? What about seventeen of them? Each of these kids, awful and irritating though they can be, is a magical world in and of themself. Four years and one hundred sixty kids in, and they're still all different and wonderful and fascinating. Every day, if I am very very careful and very very patient and very very lucky,I get to unlock just a little more of one of those fantastic inner worlds. A chunk of lead, hurtling through the air, thrown by a little explosion triggered by one man's finger, can destroy that entire world. I still don't understand why I am expected to teach my children how to survive in a violent world, but my country isn't expected to make the world less violent None of these questions are academic. None of these questions are distant or political. They are meat and blood and gristle, and they are lives lived in fear for so long that my children don't know anything that isn't fear. So I really don't give a damn how important owning a gun is to you. awed-frog: The time for gun control is now.
Children, Period, and Run: İAL Phillip Timothy
 Yesterday at 03:22
 Next Tuesday we will have an "active shooter" / intruder drill at our school
 and I will hunker down behind flimsy wooden cabinet doors with my
 students
 You see, we open the cabinets and hide behind the doors so that anyone
 peering into the classrooms will not see us, and maybe think it is an empty
 room. Maybe we will be unnoticed, which just means maybe he will go to
 another classroom
 In preparation, I will remind my students tomorrow that our hallway doors
 should always be locked, so IT an intruder shows up we can just pull the
 doors closed without fiddling with keys. I have assigned students whose job
 it is to check those doors every period to make sure we don't forget
 I wil try to keep the children quiet during our drill on Tuesday. It's hard.
 They're packed in tight behind those cabinet doors, and they talk and giggle.
 Because they're children. They look like young adults, but they're children
 I will try to keep them quiet, because we hope that this will give that illusion
 of an empty classroom.I will try to keep them quiet because even though I
 know it's a drill, they do not, and they need to treat each drill like the real
 thing. They must have the procedure driven in by repetition
 Inevitably some children will be sure that it is real, and they will be terrified
 Two years ago, one boy - a big hulking kid turning into a "tough guy" - broke
 down in tears when the administrator jiggled the doorknob to our room while
 we hid behind the cabinets.

 I will sit down and process feelings of fear and panic with at least a few
 students. How do we process the panic we put them through? Every time we
 run through these drills, we violate their trust - their trust in us and their trust
 in a safe, secure world. We violate their trust in the name of safety
 Two years ago, a PE teacher wasn't informed that the intruder drill was a
 drill. He panicked, and screamed at the kids to "Shut the fuck Up!" while they
 were laughing and joking
 Who could blame him? He was terrified
 Afterward, some of the children will talk a big game. How they would jump
 on a shooter, how they would climb out a window instead of staying in a
 classroom
 How they'd be a herd
 A few of them ask if l'd do anything to save them in the event of an active
 shooter. I can't answer, because although I want to reassure them I really
 don't know, and I don't know how to express all those complicated feelings
 A few will scoff and say, "Of course Mr B wouldn't do anything. He doesn't
 like us
 And I don't know what to say to that, either, other than to go back to my
 lesson plan. I strive to be honest with my students, and the honest answer is
 that l'd do all I can I hope - but the human body isn't much match for
 gunpowder and lead
 At home I will replay the drill. Did we get it accomplished quickly? Tightly?
 Efficiently? Are my children safe? Will they be safe?
 Can I keep them safe?
 (No.)

 How would I ever live with it if I lost one?
 What about seventeen of them?
 Each of these kids, awful and irritating though they can be, is a magical
 world in and of themself. Four years and one hundred sixty kids in, and
 they're still all different and wonderful and fascinating. Every day, if I am very
 very careful and very very patient and very very lucky,I get to unlock just a
 little more of one of those fantastic inner worlds.
 A chunk of lead, hurtling through the air, thrown by a little explosion triggered
 by one man's finger, can destroy that entire world.
 I still don't understand why I am expected to teach my children how to
 survive in a violent world, but my country isn't expected to make the world
 less violent
 None of these questions are academic. None of these questions are distant
 or political. They are meat and blood and gristle, and they are lives lived in
 fear for so long that my children don't know anything that isn't fear.
 So I really don't give a damn how important owning a gun is to you.
awed-frog:
The time for gun control is now.

awed-frog: The time for gun control is now.

Beautiful, Cats, and Family: lord-kitschener Obviously I want you to take care of your pets and make sure they get food and fresh water on a regular basis, but cats being huge drama queens and screaming hysterically at you and acting like they're tragic famine victims who haven't eaten in weeks and are about to drop dead from starvation right mcfuckin now because you're 10 minutes late feeding them is always going to be one of the funniest things to me artaeum the cat who lives at the vet clinic i volunteer at was mad yesterday because his dinner was half an hour late due to a busy day. he proceeded to go to all the (empty dw) garbage cans and tried to knock them over and started desperately scavenging for scraps of food because obviously no one loves him or cares about him and if he must eat garbage to survive then so be it instructionsfordancing not food related, but one time my cat cried at me for 20 minutes before i worked out that the reason why she was upset was because there was a coat hanger on her favourite cushion lord-kitschener This is absolutely beautiful and changed my life, thank you so much. Please protect her from hangers at all costs catsuggest wow. am STORVING and humaines here making joke laugh at cate honger ?! goldenmeme My cat is a social eater who is not food motivated at all, so I was baffled when I first got him because he didn't seem to care about food but he would SCREAM at me for hours when I knew his bowl was full. Any time l went to double check that he did indeed have food, he'd book it to the bowl and snarf like his life depended on it, but as soon as l walked away he'd follow me screaming again. Eventually I figured out that he just wanted a dining companion and was screaming about how we're a family and families eat together, god damnit! I moved his food bowl under my computer desk and it fixed the problem. But if I'm ever out for more than 12 hours I'll come home to find him in a passive-aggressive kitty huff because dinner has been ready for hours but he's been trying to be considerate (unlike some humans) and waiting for me to eat it. teashoesandhair Things my cat has cried at: I wouldn't let her jump on top of the burning hot stove .I moved my coat so that she couldn't scale the kitchen chair and jump on people's shoulders when they walked past I didn't scratch her cheek firmly enough She ate her entire meal allowance for the day in one sitting at 9am and was famished by 10am I didn't let her sit behind me on the toilet seat I wouldn't let her eat toothpaste I wouldn't let her eat the cork from a wine bottle I wouldn't let her eat the straw that my rabbit had pissed on . . . Cats are inherently ridiculous creatures and this is why they are perfect. wishyroses Cats are like two year olds but sharp Source: lord-kitschener 122,537 notes Mine would bang on the mirror every morning for his breakfast. It was just leaning against the wall and pretty flimsy so it was LOUD
Beautiful, Cats, and Family: lord-kitschener
 Obviously I want you to take care of your pets
 and make sure they get food and fresh water
 on a regular basis, but cats being huge drama
 queens and screaming hysterically at you and
 acting like they're tragic famine victims who
 haven't eaten in weeks and are about to drop
 dead from starvation right mcfuckin now
 because you're 10 minutes late feeding them
 is always going to be one of the funniest
 things to me
 artaeum
 the cat who lives at the vet clinic i volunteer at
 was mad yesterday because his dinner was
 half an hour late due to a busy day. he
 proceeded to go to all the (empty dw) garbage
 cans and tried to knock them over and started
 desperately scavenging for scraps of food
 because obviously no one loves him or cares
 about him and if he must eat garbage to
 survive then so be it
 instructionsfordancing
 not food related, but one time my cat cried at
 me for 20 minutes before i worked out that
 the reason why she was upset was because
 there was a coat hanger on her favourite
 cushion
 lord-kitschener
 This is absolutely beautiful and changed my
 life, thank you so much. Please protect her
 from hangers at all costs
 catsuggest
 wow. am STORVING and humaines here
 making joke laugh at cate honger ?!
 goldenmeme
 My cat is a social eater who is not food
 motivated at all, so I was baffled when I first
 got him because he didn't seem to care about
 food but he would SCREAM at me for hours
 when I knew his bowl was full. Any time l
 went to double check that he did indeed have
 food, he'd book it to the bowl and snarf like
 his life depended on it, but as soon as l
 walked away he'd follow me screaming again.
 Eventually I figured out that he just wanted a
 dining companion and was screaming about
 how we're a family and families eat together,
 god damnit! I moved his food bowl under my
 computer desk and it fixed the problem. But if
 I'm ever out for more than 12 hours I'll come
 home to find him in a passive-aggressive kitty
 huff because dinner has been ready for hours
 but he's been trying to be considerate (unlike
 some humans) and waiting for me to eat it.
 teashoesandhair
 Things my cat has cried at:
 I wouldn't let her jump on top of the
 burning hot stove
 .I moved my coat so that she couldn't scale
 the kitchen chair and jump on people's
 shoulders when they walked past
 I didn't scratch her cheek firmly enough
 She ate her entire meal allowance for the
 day in one sitting at 9am and was famished
 by 10am
 I didn't let her sit behind me on the toilet
 seat
 I wouldn't let her eat toothpaste
 I wouldn't let her eat the cork from a wine
 bottle
 I wouldn't let her eat the straw that my
 rabbit had pissed on
 .
 .
 .
 Cats are inherently ridiculous creatures and
 this is why they are perfect.
 wishyroses
 Cats are like two year olds but sharp
 Source: lord-kitschener
 122,537 notes
Mine would bang on the mirror every morning for his breakfast. It was just leaning against the wall and pretty flimsy so it was LOUD

Mine would bang on the mirror every morning for his breakfast. It was just leaning against the wall and pretty flimsy so it was LOUD

Advice, Children, and Cute: THE METAPICUN Each morning, like clockwork, they board the subway, off to begin their daily routine amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. But these aren't just any daily commuters. These are stray dogs who live in the outskirts of Moscow Russia and commute on the underground trains to and from the city centre in search of food scraps Then after a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night. Experts studying the dogs, who usually choose the quietest carriages at the front and back of the train, say they even work together to make sure they get off at the right stop-after learning to judge the length of time they need to spend on the train. Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia's new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city centre to the suburbs. Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: "These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway to get to the centre in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people." Dr Poiarkov told how the dogs like to play during their daily commute. He said: "They jump on the train seconds before the doors shut, risking their tails getting jammed. They do it for fun. And sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop. The dogs have also amazingly learned to use traffic lights to cross the road safely, said Dr Poiarkov. And they use morsels of shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular in Moscow. ing tactics to obtain tasty With children the dogs "play cute" by putting their heads on youngsters knees and staring pleadingly into their eyes to win sympathy- and scraps. Dr Poiarkov added: "Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists." you should probably go to TheMetaPicture.com These Aren’t Just Any Daily Commutershttp://advice-animal.tumblr.com/
Advice, Children, and Cute: THE METAPICUN
 Each morning, like clockwork, they board the subway, off to begin their
 daily routine amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
 But these aren't just any daily commuters. These are stray dogs who live
 in the outskirts of Moscow Russia and commute on the underground
 trains to and from the city centre in search of food scraps
 Then after a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop
 back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night.
 Experts studying the dogs, who usually choose the quietest carriages at
 the front and back of the train, say they even work together to make sure
 they get off at the right stop-after learning to judge the length of time
 they need to spend on the train.
 Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union
 collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia's new capitalists moved industrial
 complexes from the city centre to the suburbs.
 Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said:
 "These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs
 had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for
 food is in the city centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the
 subway to get to the centre in the morning, then back home in the
 evening, just like people."
 Dr Poiarkov told how the dogs like to play during their daily commute. He
 said: "They jump on the train seconds before the doors shut, risking their
 tails getting jammed. They do it for fun. And sometimes they fall asleep
 and get off at the wrong stop.
 The dogs have also amazingly learned to use traffic lights to cross the
 road safely, said Dr Poiarkov. And they use
 morsels of shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular in Moscow.
 ing tactics to obtain tasty
 With children the dogs "play cute" by putting their heads on youngsters
 knees and staring pleadingly into their eyes to win sympathy- and scraps.
 Dr Poiarkov added: "Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists."
 you should probably go to TheMetaPicture.com
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