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Lesson #003 I've Learned as a Teacher

This was honestly something I've never once thought about. It's something I never was good at, and honestly, I'm still bad at being on time.

But you know what teaching has given me? A healthy respect of sticking to the god-heckin' schedule!

Who doesn't, you might ask? Well, that's the fun thing about being in a) a private school, and b) a pandemic.

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Snowflake Challenge, 2021

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Man, it's been... so long since I've been on this platform. So long since I've actually written, or even tried to put my thoughts together. With the pandemic, it's been just... running from one fire to another.

Anyway, I'm AngeNoir on archiveofourown, and outercorner here and on tumblr. What do I do? Well, I write for many different fandoms. I am also a teacher, and let me tell you, switching to virtual has been a horrible pain.

But I guess to be more direct — I write, mostly in the MCU fandom (pre-Civil War, because Civil War was terrible), with some dashes of The Losers (2010), Overwatch, and other miscellaneous fandoms. I am a big reader, and I hop from one fandom to another. I'm not as active on tumblr anymore, just because... pandemic.

Will I be active here? Ahmmmmm... I dunno. I honestly don't. Writing this is actually a lot calming, but do I have time or energy to do so? I'd like to say yes, but I'll be honest, I don't know and I don't want to promise. I can try to at least try to post once a month for this year, just to have this outlet.

To the nitty gritty — she/hers, cis, white-passing (Arab-American)

Writing: AngeNoir

Fandom connection: tumblr

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Lesson #002 I've Learned as a Teacher

This was something I developed over time, and I wish someone had mentioned this to me at the very beginning as a teacher. (Maybe teachers learn this in school, and my just jumping into the field sans appropriate degree is the problem.)

Document, document, document. I'll get to behavior documentation later; I am talking about grades.

Who doesn't document grades? says most people, me among them as I started teaching.

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Lesson #001 I've Learned as a Teacher

Okay, so this is both extremely common sense, but also really important to remember because it's EASY to forget. Don't ever, ever, get into a battle of wills with a student. Your job is to be the adult in any situation. This means no matter how stubborn the student, no matter how frustrating, getting into a fight — it can be physical (as I did accidentally, when trying to take away a toy a student was playing with) or verbal, as I thankfully have never done but I've heard other teachers do - is a surefire way to lose control of the classroom.

When teachers are in a classroom and a student decides to defy your authority, don't get into a 'I'm the teacher, you have to do it.' For me (with private school kids, who are waaaay more concerned about their grades than normal kids, or so I've heard, but I have no real experience with), I make it very clear that they are responsible for their own learning. If I have a student who's refusing to write, I simply say, "Don't be surprised if your grade suffers; this is what I'm grading today. You must get it done before class is over. You may not take it home as homework."

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100 Lessons I've Learned as a Walk-On Teacher

I'm trying this - trying to post, like, tips and tricks and things I've learned as a teacher. For this, though, there needs to be a bit of background -

When I graduated from college, I had two degrees that were fairly useless: Creative Writing and Political Science. Eventually, I chose to go to graduate school, but when the classes part of my graduate schooling ended and the scholarship ran out, I needed something. At the exact same time, my mother, who worked at a private religious school, had been mentioning that they were looking for teachers. I decided to try, with no teaching certificate and no training beyond watching (and aiding) my mother as a teacher since I was in 3rd grade.

Now, the thing about religious schools (Muslims ones, at least) is that they pay crap. Like, easily less than half the starting salary for a teacher. But it was a salary, which was more than I had. They also accept almost anyone. (Almost.) So I got the job, and that was 3 years ago.

I love teaching, but I came in with nothing but what I watched my mom do, and what I call 'common sense.' I've gone to countless seminars on teaching, and in all of them they all seem to be just... reminders? Like, they're things we should already know and that make sense to do, but they're good reminders.

So, that being said, I'm going to try and compile a list of 100 things I've learned as someone who just, very literally, walked into teaching. This year, my goal will be to get my certification, and I hope by the time I have it, I'll have finished this list.
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Snowflake Challenge, January 15th 2017

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Day 15

In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so

So. A love letter to fandom. Here goes.

Dear fandom,

And it is all fandom, in general. I mean, from the first dirty stories I started reading, which led me to find X-Men slash fanfic, which led me to try Harry/Draco slash fanfic, which led me to Lightning on the Wave -

Which seriously led me to see that fanfic is, is more than just dirty stories. It isn't something hidden underneath the covers and shameful. I mean, I'm still not going to go crowing to the rooftops I write soft (and hard) core porn - but that there was something more there. It led me to practice my writing, and it improved my creative writing. It helped me better my ideas, hone my plots. The stories I read became a part of me, and I loved it. They taught me more and more about the wider world, and it led me to tumblr, which opened many more doors for me. Became a lot more knowledgeable. A lot more understanding. A lot more aware.

So thank you, fandom. Thank you for all that you've done for me, and for making me a better person, and for giving me my greatest escape. Thank you for introducing me to many different genres, to different plots. For introducing me to many different and amazing and interesting people. Thank you.

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Snowflake Challenge, January 14th 2017

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Day 14
Go forth and commit an act of kindness. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it, tell us about it if you’re comfortable doing so.

An act of kindness... well, leaving comments or interacting with people? It's sad to say that I think that's the only way I'm actively kind. I mean, my mom came in with groceries and I did nothing... I can text that fellow teacher, send her that link to those free online resources. Act of kindness.
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Snowflake Challenge, January 13th 2017

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Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you.  Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

A moment in fandom... I mean, there's so many different moments with (surprise, surprise) Tony Stark. But I have to say, the one sticking out to me most is Tony, holding Rhodey on that ground.

If there's one thing I love, more than anything else, it's the family aspect of Tony and Rhodey. It's the way Tony yells at Ant-Man to 'let go of my Rhodey' - it's the way that Rhodey hugged Tony tight to his chest after finding him in that desert. It's the way that Tony and Rhodey stood back-to-back to defeat those drones; the way that they interacted with each other in just a few glances at the congressional hearing. And so to see, in Captain America: Winter Soldier, Rhodey plummeting to the ground, Tony trying to pour on speed to catch him before he hit, Sam also heading for Rhodey, both of them loving this powerful, dedicated man who stood by his convictions.

That one moment - Tony hitting Sam in the gut, dropping him, huddled over Rhodey's still, silent form, staring out into nothing, realizing how much he could lose right now...

I love Tony Stark. I never loved him more than in that moment. That moment is the biggest out of - out of every MCU movie, every moment. That one stands the clearest and brightest in my mind.