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Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!

As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget).  Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby.  Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.

Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies.  In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped.  I am in awe of the teachers in this community.  After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year.  If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist.  If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.   

So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.

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Thank you PPT for putting this together again this year. I love supporting other teachers.

Why yes you can, author/tumblr that I adore.

Why yes you can, author/tumblr that I adore.

There’s a humming in the restless summer air
And we’re slipping off the course that we prepared
But in all chaos, there is calculation
Dropping glasses just to hear them break
You’ve been drinking like the world was gonna end (it didn’t)
Took a shiner from the fist of your best friend (go figure)
It’s clear that someone’s gotta go
We mean it but I promise we’re not mean

And the cry goes out
They lose their minds for us
And how it plays out
Now we’re in the ring
And we’re coming for blood

You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But we’re the gladiators (Oh! Oh!)
Everyone a rager (oh-oh)
But secretly they’re saviors
Glory and gore go hand in hand
That’s why we’re making headlines (Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But victory’s contagious

Delicate in every way but one (the swordplay)
God knows we like archaic kinds of fun (the old way)
Chance is the only game I play with, baby
We let our battles choose us

No-one round here’s good at keeping their eyes closed
The sun’s starting to light up when we’re walking home
Tired little laughs, gold-lie promises, we’ll always win at this
I don’t ever think about death
It’s alright if you do, it’s fine
We gladiate but I guess we’re really fighting ourselves
Roughing up our minds so we’re ready when the kill time comes
Wide awake in bed, words in my brain,
“Secretly you love this do you even wanna go free?”
Let me in the ring, I’ll show you what that big word means

"Glory and Gore" - Lorde

I am at the point I always get to where everything in my life is connected to the book I am reading.  I heard this song on the radio this evening and my brain went straight to California.


California - Chapters 9-15

So, while reading this section I took notes on post-its and placed them directly on the section that inspired the idea/question/connection/etc. The book ended up looking like this.

Then, I went through and took out all of the post-its (while doing so I wrote down the page numbers they had originally been connected with. That looked like this.

The post-its did not like being on the wall so as I looked through them and found connecting ideas I put them in groups in a notebook.  I was able to come up with a few themes: author purpose, the idea of family, the relationship between Cal and Frida, questions about the Land, and questions about our own society. I then regrouped each larger group (I took these pictures using the placemats my almost 3 year old picked out yesterday…because she has good taste and was super excited about them. And I took these pictures while the sun was still coming up so that is why there are some changes in tone).

Author Purpose


  • The overwhelming theme here is the use of capitalization.  It is something that easily distinguishes important items, but why are they important? I think there are some religious connotations and possible the idea that Micah is a godlike symbol.
  • I am always fascinated by the use of synesthesia and I loved the use of it here.



  • What the hell happened to the children?
  • Everything else seems like fluff compared to the question above, but I think this question also questions readers about what really is a family? Is the Land family? Or is family only your bloodline?

Cal and Frida


  • The set up of this section is based on the fact that I think the divide between our couple starts with their reactions to seeing Micah.  They are so different and tell us a lot of each of them.
  • If you follow the post-its in page number order it shows how their relationship is breaking down. I thought that was pretty cool.

The Land?


  • I ended up being able to put these thoughts into three separate columns.
  • What is Cal’s connection to the Land going to look like?
  • Frida does not get all of her artifacts back, but the other items are never mentioned.  What does this say about Frida? What does this say about the pull the Land has over the inhabitants?
  • The big picture? We are slowly given more and more information about the connection Frida and Cal has always had with the outside world. Does it make them part of them problem if they didn’t know they were a cog in the machine?

Our Society?


  • What is property? Is it what we create, or what we lay claim to?
  • The five squares in the top left all deal with the relationships we build in modern society.  None of it seems very positive. What do we individually need to reexamine?
  • The bottom three deal with government and our connections to ideas we don’t fully understand.  How much of a role should we be playing?

Alright, there is a lot going on here, but what do you think?

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My post-its from my Ch.9-15 note taking numbered and put up on the wall. Now to figure out some patterns, so I can group them together.

My post-its from my Ch.9-15 note taking numbered and put up on the wall. Now to figure out some patterns, so I can group them together.


I made my first .gif for the second section of California

Why I Sometimes Don’t Tumbl…

Today was absolutely gorgeous (before it rained this evening), so we did ALL of the things:
-Farmers Market
-Pick Your Own farm (plums and peaches)
-Lunch at a local brewery
-Popped in on a friend and at her house we picked blackberries, fed horses, and ate fresh banana bread she just happened to be baking
-Watched Cinderella for the first time with my daughter (I cried during the first song because it was grandmother’s favorite cartoon)

A day well spent!


I have not read today because I finished the second section of California and I don’t want to taint my posts with future knowledge.

1. Create posts now and schedule them to post later.
2. Say “F it!” and keep reading.


The world was already going to shit, but it had been going to shit for countless generations before her. Overpopulation, pollution, drought, disease, oil, terrorism: all of that existed in the background, in the distance. Frida never read the news. She was fifteen and stoned, and it didn’t matter if college wouldn’t be there because she could bake her way to adulthood. She would run a shop or be the head pastry chef at a restaurant, or she would have her own cooking site. The future existed, especially for her.

California - Edan Lepucki, p.58

This is how I think my students view the world.  They are coming of age during a difficult time and it has been like this their entire lives.  They are going to college with the knowledge that they may not actually get a job when they are done.   They have to selfish.  It is one of the only ways they can be positive about the future.