Yeah, it’s just a $10 t-shirt (when you buy two of these charmers), but clothing has power.
Is this shirt supposed to be funny, Kohl’s? Because it’s really just mean.
Did you know that back-to-school should be a time of building students up, not tearing them down? “Nobody cares” has no place in an environment structured for emotional growth and learning.
Do you realize the clothing you sell affects the social climate? Sure, maybe we don’t read and reflect on messages like the one on this shirt, but I think our minds do absorb its spirit.
Do you know this shirt also says “You don’t matter”? It extends the “Whatever!” attitude with an added dose of disdain and egotism.
Do you know how a message like this can harm someone who’s having a bad day? I’m a middle school teacher. Messages like this are the last thing a middle schooler needs to see.
Could you sell this shirt without the wording? Because it appears to have a nice fit and I like the longer length.
You paid a designer to design some new back-to-school fashions, and this is what they came up with? And then you put it on the cover of your catalog?
Do you know that the world doesn’t need this shirt? We’ll all get along better if we don’t cover our bodies in snarky comments.
Do you realize that people actually do care about other people? In fact, I contend there is a greater capacity for compassion among humans than there is for scorn.
Do you really want to associate your brand with such disrespect? I didn’t think so. You’re better than that, Kohl’s.
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I drove the twenty minutes to my classroom today to . . . start. There’s always a day or two (or three) before the big day when we’re required to return to school for in-service training. On days like today, when I’m often working alone, I just begin. Here’s what I did, with the help of my husband for the heavy lifting:
returned all the furniture that had been moved to one side of my classroom by maintenance staff to its approximate place in the room
untangled a giant wad of electrical and computer cords that had also been moved
connected my computer back to its dock
set up the sound system
tested the speakers; played Ed Sheeran for a sound check; yep… sounds good
tested my smartboard
connected the document camera
put the desks into loose rows that will probably change before it all begins
helped a new teacher across the hall begin to get settled
made a mental note to purchase an oil diffuser like the one used by the same new teacher
rearranged my small black bookshelves
put the carpet down
uncovered the big bookshelves
stared inside my closet. (But that’s all I did because it’s packed too tightly. Once I start unpacking it, there will be no going back.)
put some new stickers in my sticker drawer. (Never underestimate the value of a sticker.)
resolved to buy a new poster or two for my big poster wall
looked at some boxes of supplies and books I requisitioned last spring
decided to leave those boxes for another day
Now, I’m off to start a draft about Contest #4 That Works for My Students. Look for it tomorrow! Here’s a post about Contest #3. I love using writing contests in my ELA teaching.
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