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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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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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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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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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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.
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Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

These are particular challenges and the like that I personally love. :)

(if you haven't figured out how much I love Tony by now...)
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Day 11
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

So, I don't know if I talked about this author before. (I mean, in the context of raving; I'm sure I've mentioned them before.) But really, honestly, the person who both influenced my career path into politics and definitely opened my world in terms of slash fanfiction - as a legitimate, okay field to be in, not a dirty secret (which is what I, as a super-religious kid, had seen it as before) - and really sparked my love for AUs is Lightning on the Wave.

This amazing, stunning author put so much goddamned effort into their stories. Like - I can't even believe. They wrote their own Harry Potter books, and I mean that one-hUNDRED PERCENT literally. They had stories that were just as long if not longer than the books, just as intricate and well-crafted as the real series. This is absolutely beautiful. There is nothing I loved better than those stories. I literally went to high school with no sleep at all because I was finishing another chapter of this story.

And the interesting thing is that it's not just politics - it's right and wrong, ethics and morality, light and dark. It's a real discussion into what is really 'evil' and what isn't. It portrays a lot of characters in new light, takes small characters and blows them large. As much as I love Sirius Black, this really turns his story on its head, turns the idea of what is "good" on its head, and I just - if you have hours to devote to this series, I highly recommend it. There is such a wealth and depth in this series - beautiful, Stunning.
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Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Okay so like I absolutely loVE A/B/O. I really really do. I think it has to do with the fact that werewolves are my thing, and the two are very close. I really like the porn aspect, obviously, but also - the casual intimacy, the nuzzling behaviors, the protective instincts and knowing you were valued to your alpha - all of that really presses all my buttons. You can often find that in Sentinel/Guide fics, too - which is also why I'll add a Sherlock and Losers rec that are just amazing.

Another beautiful trope is miscommunication/misunderstandings. I love it when two idiots in love just don't talk to one another. (I love it in my fanfic, and the angst that comes with it - not so much in reality or even in movies I watch, when talking about adults who are supposed to be adults) [Also most Steve/Bucky/Tony stories use this trope and it gets me eVERY TIME]
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DAY 9:

Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange (not us!), a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work.

This is so much better than the last challenge honestly. And since I'm trying to leave more feedback on stories I read anyway, here I go. Taking a break from trying to catch up on all of these challenges to go read.

(This will probably also be the last post about these challenges today, sorry. I'll finish the rest tomorrow. I'm almost done anyway.)
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Day 8

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Something I like about myself.

Well that's going to be harder since it seems like I just hate myself more as time goes by but here goes.

  • I'm a pretty decent writer.

  • I really do enjoy teaching and I think I'm pretty good at it.

  • ... I don't really yell at the kids? I mean, sometimes I have to shout students down, and I do use sarcasm with them sometimes, but I definitely don't harangue them the way I've heard other teachers do

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Day 7

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

To make something that's not excessively long but also can count... I'm really bad at this. At writing short stories (that make sense on their own, at least).

Title: Empty Houses
Word Count: 599 words.
Characters: Tony Stark
Pairings: James "Rhodey" Rhodes & Tony Stark
Warnings: n/a

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Day 06

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

I mean, I'm always open for someone reading my generic "will always want to read" page on tumblr, or going through my dear creator letters and making me something. I'm also one hundred percent aware that I'm a freak who can't ask for something normal or easy. But why not?

(I'm probably going to write these ideas myself eventually, if anyone looks at this and goes 'ooh, I wish I could but it's too specific,' since I'm aware that it's highly specific and there's like a 0.000001% of it ever happening)

  • An Avatar: the Last Airbender fusion with Avengers, with Tony an airbender who can fly, Natasha and Clint waterbenders, Bruce and Thor firebenders, and Steve, the avatar, and his friend Bucky (either a bender or not) as earthbenders.

  • A fic that protrays the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War in a way that doesn't have Tony forgiving Steve too easily but also acknowledges his own fuck-ups without excusing them away. And that absolutely does not have the avengers back as a team since honestly I'm still beyond pissed at Steve and I don't think there really can be any team unless he manages to bend somehow and realizes - without other people having to tell him what he did wrong - what he did.

  • A fic where one of the partners (normally the sub or the bottom, but you can make it whoever you want) is ashamed of what they like/want, and the top picks up on that and uses derogatory language but does not mistreat their partner. For example, the sub is needy and the dom calls him ‘my needy slut’ and says things like ‘just gagging for it’ but during aftercare the dom reassures the sub that it’s fine for the sub to be needy, that he doesn’t think any less of the sub for it. (this is normally coupled with a parental/authority figure or society treating subs as if they’re helpless/sluts and the sub is trying to get over this kind of thinking mentally while still liking/craving such treatment)

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Day 5

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

There's so many things I read that I love so much, and so many authors. So, honestly, I'm going to rec author instead of works (but I'll mention one of their fics that I love too so it's kinda still the same).
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Day 04

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

So I'm gonna be trying to leave one comment on every fic I read, but I also engaged (once, I know, because I'm horrible at engaging) with someone's absolutely lovely fic here.
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Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

There's a lot of stuff I should be doing. x.x And I'm not exactly - okay, I'm a procrastinator, and I'm completely useless at actual goals. And I also have some highly personal ones that I won't put out here. But the ones I can share...

  • Get some effing data for my effing dissertation.

  • Finish a decent prospectus (only 2 years late, yay) by May.

  • Hopefully have a decent (100pg or more) start by December on the actual dissertation.

  • Find or get a job where I make at least $30k a year.

  • Finish my Teen Wolf story and my shifter!Tony story by December.

  • Complete any challenges I sign up for on time.

wow look at how unrealistic I am.
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Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

So there were quite a few things that really influenced me, but I'll pare it down to the top 3:

  • Harry Potter (specifically, if I'm going to be honest, Lightning on the Wave's retelling of the books)

  • Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series (because, if I'm honest, all my A/B/O ideas originate from here)

  • (because this was what really started me reading fanfic and specifically slash fanfic)

There's a lot of other things - movies and universes that I love reading, that influenced my ideas or my plots or honestly a bunch of different things regarding my life.

Though I will give a special mention to Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (the movie). It gave me chills and literally the entire afternoon after I watched it I was sure all the clouds looked like dragons and I was floating around silent and just... stunned, I guess.
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So I'm going to try out the snowflake challenge again!

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I have a few stories I really like, and that I enjoyed writing a lot!

The Animal Within - my first really, full-length story. I really tried to weave the movie almost perfectly into my story, and I think I succeeded. Pairings: Carlos "Cougar" Alvarez/Jake Jensen, Jolene/Linwood "Pooch" Porteous, Aisha al-Fadhil/Franklin Clay. Word count: ~174,000. Chapter count: 42. Summary: Chosen to receive an experimental injection, Jake Jensen manages to screw up the whole program. Rejected by the rest of his fellow experiments, he finds his way to Col. Clay's unit and lives his life as something... other.

A Broken World (Can Be Rebuilt) - this was a really fun story to write, and I have a bunch more ideas in this universe... if I ever get around to writing it. Pairings: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Clint Barton/Phil Coulson/Natasha Romanoff. Word count: ~42,000. Chapter count: 1. Summary: In the final battle, the portal to the Chitauri homeworld was destroyed, Gabrael fell, and all the upper members of the Host - and no few lesser members as well - retreated to the High Plane, leaving two thousand lesser members of the Host to try and rebuild the ravaged, post-apocalyptic Earth, as well as hunt down the remaining Chitauri. When Michael loses his sword and ends up running into Sabrael and Sabrael's initiate, Coulson, it sets forth a chain reaction that will either tear the earth apart or lay the firm foundation for Earth's healing. Or, the AU where the Avengers are members of the Host, SHIELD are all actually Initiates who handle the Host through metnal connections, and the Chitauri are an evil sweeping through the dimensions that the Host are sworn to protect.

You Were Always Ohana, You Stupid Bastard - I really like space stories. I really do. Gen. Word count: ~1,700. Chapter count: 1. Summary: He crashed into her life over fifteen years ago, stayed for three months, and abandoned them. She's been searching, all this time, and finally, Lilo, captain of the pirate ship O, has finally found the last piece of her ohana. On a ship that's transporting prisoners from one maximum security prison to another.

Starships (were meant to fly) - again, I really love space stories. Pairings: Carlos "Cougar" Alvarez/Jake Jensen. Word count: ~4,300. Chapter count: 1. Summary: Kugar was part of the Imperial Navy, but it wasn't until he got assigned to Roque and Clay at the same time Zox did that he really felt like his decision was worth it. And then, well, and then they got Jensen, and then MXCorp blew up a planetary system, and it's just... It's been a while, he's saying, but the waiting - the waiting is what kills him sometimes. That, and sometimes it gets so grokking hard to breathe.
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Title: Countdown
Word Count: 750~
Characters: Steve Rogers
Pairings: Implied Steve/Tony, Implied Natasha/Bruce
Warnings: N/A

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Fandom: Daredevil
Character: Wilson Fisk
Word Count: 350~

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Title: His Day Off
Word Count: ~1200
Pairings: N/A
Characters: Phil Coulson
Warnings: N/A

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