Reblog if you’re doing camp nanowrimo in April
if you dont know what it is, its a spin off of national novel writing month but instead of writing 50k words in the month of november you can chose a word count goal between 10,000 and 999,999 (some crazy people do get to a million) If you missed it in november you can do it know or theres another in july.
The November website: http://nanowrimo.org/
Camp Nanowrimo website: https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in
To The Women Who Choose Not To Have Kids
To the women who choose not to have kids, I have one thing to say: thank you.
You probably don’t hear it enough. In fact, you probably don’t hear it at all. What you do hear is an array of pro-childbearing responses, such as, “You’ll change your mind someday,” or, “Doesn’t your mother want…
Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly, and then send it to ten of your favourite followers.
- I am a hardworking teacher.
- I am willing to learn things.
- I am willing to do some things that nobody else really wants to do (aka sometimes I take one for the team).
- I am blunt, but learning to be tactful when being blunt.
- I am creative, and have various outlets for my creativity (writing, drawing, etc).
My new favorite thing to say to my kids is “I don’t need to explain what I do to you” in terms of classroom management. I said it three times in class today and one kid says, “Is that just a new phrase you learned or something?”
Whatevs. Works for whenever they ask me questions like “Why did you send so-and-so out?” or “Why don’t we watch more movies in class?”
Fug u dat why
Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators
The psychological origins of waiting (… and waiting, and waiting) to work
This is a great article that one of my students from DYWC, lightlingss, sent me! It continues the conversation about intelligence and the way people think about it. For those of you who need a TL;DR, basically it says three things:
1) Intelligence is not just talent. It’s also effort and hard work.
2) Failure is part of the learning process. People who accept failure are better at challenges.
3) Procrastination comes in when there’s fear that you might turn in something bad (so not only are writers the worst procrastinators, but you had better believe that *perfectionists* are really the bottom of the bottom.
I’ll start off with saying that this is pretty much what they teach you at teacher schools. It’s really difficult to actually influence students to think that hard work is what pays off, not talent, because students see other students who can finish their work in 3 mins and still get a better grade—so why would they even try? It’s basically like fighting an entire belief system, just like my good fight against students’ and parents’ (and basically the general public’s) obsession with grades.
The article mentions that these students who did so well in grade school usually find themselves at a loss in college or in their careers when talent alone doesn’t help you. I’d like to bring into play this little idea of mine called humility. At some point, students who have talent do need to be broken down and made to believe that someone will always have more talent than they do, can finish work better and faster even. At some point, students who do not have talent to begin with also need to be broken down that self-defeatism will get them nowhere either, and that in order to pull in that gap between themselves and others, then they do need to work hard, not just settle for even more lackluster work.
You don’t have to be well-rounded to be intelligent. If you can choose one thing that you really like, and you work hard on that one thing, then the world is basically your oyster. It’s something that you like—why care about how others are doing it? Life, at its simplest, is not a competition with anybody else but yourself. Again. Humility. External competition is good, but beating your own elitism or defeatism is even better.
One more thing, quoted from the article, “A shocking number of successful people (particularly women), believe that they haven’t really earned their spots, and are at risk of being unmasked as frauds at any moment.” I think a lot of women are often told that they are nothing more than “study smart.” It’s time to debunk that study smart is not the same kind of intelligence as “real smart.” When did we allow ourselves to play the patriarchal game that knowing study skills, being better organized, and generally being “good at school” somehow make us inferior? That’s just another way for men to make excuses, that their being “bad at school” is a flaw of the school system, that school is not challenging them. There’s plenty wrong with the American school system but here’s the thing: if you can subvert it by taking initiative and figuring out how to learn on your own, without resorting to dumb tactics of putting it down, then you are going to be someone who is a living, breathing model that hard work does pay off.
Can we talk about how wonderful Rapunzel’s life on the tower was. Girl, your life had already begun: a beautiful view, only having to clean for like 15 mins a day and then whole days of just painting, reading, and stuff. Sounds like a vacation people pay for.