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The Flood / Re: Graduating soon?
« on: May 08, 2021, 09:38:27 AM »
I graduated from UMass Amherst last Spring right as COVID started to fuck everything up, so I basically missed the last two months of my college experience, and never had a graduation ceremony. Sucks that I’ll never get those two months back, but I managed to find a job as a science teacher really quickly out of the gate, which was always my plan.

Teaching only 9th grade right now, but I was asked to teach a senior honors physics section next year, which I’m really excited for considering my teaching certification is in HS physics.

Being an “Adult” is kind of annoying but it has its perks.

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The Flood / Re: Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time; MAJOR SPOILERS
« on: March 12, 2021, 07:09:43 PM »
Is it worth watching the rebuilds? I only watched the original + The End about two months ago, and I’m still debating on whether or not these are worth it. Seems there’s quite a bit of mixed reception on them?

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The Flood / Re: math
« on: February 07, 2021, 08:32:52 PM »
College math courses were too condensed for my liking, so I understand the frustration. What always interested me was that calculus I and II only “Clicked” in my head like a month after finishing them (Calc III was nice because it had far less of a learning curve). I didn’t do spectacularly on exams, but think anyone could if they weren’t restricted by the rushed nature of math classes. 

Mathematics takes time to sink in, but you aren’t afforded that luxury often during college. Sometimes you have to take a step back and look at the big picture before diving into the computations so you can rationalize what’s happening on a conceptual level. But you’re always pressured to move forward even if you’re not quite ready.

Now that I’ve graduated I can revisit old math topics or explore new ones without anxiety because of the fear of not passing. Can just go at my own pace.

I don’t know if I dislike any one subject especially. Most things can be at least a little interesting to me if the delivery is passionate and informative.

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The Flood / Re: 10 days since 3.0+1.0 was delayed; 15 second drip feed
« on: January 24, 2021, 09:58:42 AM »
Just watched Evangelion (And The End), still processing it. Can very confidently say that a lot of it went over my head, but it was incredibly entertaining nonetheless.

Haven’t checked out any of the rebuilds, though.

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The Flood / Re: New Member Introduction Thread
« on: November 11, 2020, 12:11:08 PM »
Dutchy?

Holy blast from the past.

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: November 05, 2020, 04:19:43 PM »
Browsing the live thread on /r/conservative is an interesting experience.

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: November 02, 2020, 06:13:15 PM »
he said he's finishing up his next "body of work" when he posted Kliptown Empyrean. being optimistic i expect the album(s) he's kept alluding to sometime early 2021
Yeah I know, I'm really hoping we can get it within the next year or so. Man needs to come back and shake up the scene a little bit.

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: November 02, 2020, 05:39:32 PM »
Six goddamn years since Recess.

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: November 02, 2020, 05:39:11 PM »
so i voted for skrillex
That's an appropriate vote, I just want the fucking man to finally drop another album.

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: November 02, 2020, 05:32:56 PM »
It really should be sufficient motivation to get Trump out of office when you look at the scoundrels that rally in support of him. If your entire presidency is a magnet for poorly educated, racist dimwits, you might want to do some self-reflection if you genuinely think he's a force of good in the United States.
When siding with the alternative, how much progress do you think is really being made? Besides the base of support that you mention?
I don't believe Biden will make tremendous progress, because I'm aware that he isn't willing to push this country in the direction I ultimately think is needed to satisfy my expectations for a government. I'm voting for him because the alternative is a man who I genuinely think scrapes brain matter out of the population.

I'm not a politics-savvy person, my area of experience is in the sciences. Because I've dedicated a sizable chunk of my life to studying physics, I have a high level of respect for the input of groups such as climate scientists, virologists, and other researchers whose work has been needlessly politicized by laymen. People aren't capable of admitting they have no clue what the fuck they're talking about, and the dumbest of them just listen to right-wing complainers who are perturbed by the words of scientific consensus because it inconveniences them. They have no foresight or perspective.

As many (If not most) Biden supporters say, it's not because I love Biden, it's because I think Trump is genuine cancer.

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: November 02, 2020, 05:11:53 PM »
It really should be sufficient motivation to get Trump out of office when you look at the scoundrels that rally in support of him. If your entire presidency is a magnet for poorly educated, racist dimwits, you might want to do some self-reflection if you genuinely think he's a force of good in the United States.

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The Flood / Re: Halloween!
« on: October 31, 2020, 11:34:34 AM »
Going to a party, should be a good time.

No costume, though (I’m lame).

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: October 31, 2020, 12:17:55 AM »
There are freedoms and rights Americans enjoy no matter who you are like freedom of speech for example. People use freedom of speech to say various things and disagree with what other groups use that freedom for. So much so that they'll try to write into law banning opposing views.

The purpose of American institutions is to protect fundamental rights for all sides to use. When one group tries to change these institutions, it threatens the equal use of rights. I just think Democrats under Biden are more likely to push (and most importantly), succeed in changing American institutions for their gain
What is the "Grand plan" of Democrats? Because all I see for the "Grand plan" of Republicans is depriving racial minorities of civil rights, oppressing sexual minorities on account of religious bias, and devaluing the public appreciation of scientific consensus. You are literally a service to continuous stupidity if you vote for a Republican candidate. Trump's entire presidency has hinged on his abuse of the distribution of information. He literally thrives off of your own intellectual incompetence. Neither party actually will properly service humanity, but Republican values are truly pathetic.

You have a right to speak your mind, but there is a greater value in being able to accurately demonstrate a particular viewpoint is just stupid or unethical, and to stop them from spreading their corrosive viewpoints. Freedom of speech has limits, at some point you have to actively make attempts to prevent people from saying things that ultimately harm people- Which is what Trump supporters do.

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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 30, 2020, 11:25:43 PM »
Isn't that why some courses have a direct course required afterwards though? For example, I have to take Film Production 1, 2, & 3. Three separate courses because one semester isn't enough for all the information? I don't see how Math would be different in that regard (and I recall in college there was Calc 1, Calc 2, etc.).

Personally, I just don't think that the amount of time allotted to you during a semester is usually appropriate if the goal is genuine mastery of the topic.
I have no idea how film classes work, but I’m not sure you’re understanding the issue I have with math/physics course leveling in college. The point is that passing Calculus I does not even remotely imply that you’re fully prepared to transition to Calculus II, and passing Calculus II doesn’t imply you’re ready for Calculus III.

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: October 30, 2020, 10:59:36 PM »
I remain unconvinced that Donald Trump's long-term influence on the United States has been (And will be) anything more than intellectual erosion of the population

I think it's the other way around
If the population was anywhere near smart, he wouldn't have risen to prominence in the first place

At least Trump hasn't written into law anything to change the institutions of America. You could argue his presence has been bad for the image but for all his talk, he hasn't changed any fundamental part of the government. I'm more concerned Democrats will try to change the structures of government to meet their agendas especially with the court packing talk lately
I don’t care about “Institutions of America,” there isn’t an ounce of patriotism in my body. Topple the system. The current structure of the United States government intrinsically operates on effective raping of the poor and disadvantaged. Voting for Trump is admitting intellectual deficiency and ethical vacancy. Trump supporters have defunct perspectives foresight or empathy, and I honestly pity them.

It's not so much changing the institutions I have a problem with. It's changing it to fit your agenda. There's no limiting principle when you go that route
What do you think “That route” is?

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: October 30, 2020, 10:36:54 PM »
I remain unconvinced that Donald Trump's long-term influence on the United States has been (And will be) anything more than intellectual erosion of the population

I think it's the other way around
If the population was anywhere near smart, he wouldn't have risen to prominence in the first place

At least Trump hasn't written into law anything to change the institutions of America. You could argue his presence has been bad for the image but for all his talk, he hasn't changed any fundamental part of the government. I'm more concerned Democrats will try to change the structures of government to meet their agendas especially with the court packing talk lately
I don’t care about “Institutions of America,” there isn’t an ounce of patriotism in my body. Topple the system. The current structure of the United States government intrinsically operates on effective raping of the poor and disadvantaged. Voting for Trump is admitting intellectual deficiency and ethical vacancy. Trump supporters have defunct perspectives foresight or empathy, and I honestly pity them.

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The Flood / Re: How Do You Feel About Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils
« on: October 30, 2020, 06:13:36 PM »
I remain unconvinced that Donald Trump's long-term influence on the United States has been (And will be) anything more than intellectual erosion of the population, so I'm obligated to vote for whoever prevents him from being president. Bear in mind, I still think Trump's going to win this election, but that just goes to show how stupid people in this country are.

He's a stupid man, with stupid followers, and has no comprehension of the consequences of his actions. Biden is the less offensive of the two candidates.

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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 30, 2020, 04:08:28 PM »
(FUCK how math classes are taught)
You have my sympathy, my frustration with the ways that math and physics instruction are generally carried out was part of my motivation to become an educator. I'd felt that way for a long time, but college cemented my drive for teaching because I wanted to rectify the issues I saw in normal instruction. I trudged through many classes and constantly reflected on them to develop an understanding of why the methods used by professors were or weren't helpful to me. Personally, I just don't think that the amount of time allotted to you during a semester is usually appropriate if the goal is genuine mastery of the topic. But I suspect a lot of people end up feeling that way.

There are also simple issues of blanket assumptions about students' comprehension of prerequisite courses, badly-worded or needlessly verbose explanations, and a bunch of other little issues that compile to make absorbing information difficult for any student. It's a frustrating situation to be forced into, and often leaves people with the incorrect view that they're just stupid and aren't wired to comprehend the material.

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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 30, 2020, 03:24:36 PM »
Maybe you should let people respond and not make assumptions yeah?
sometimes assumptions are fair; that was one of those times
Don’t know man, if me “Exaggerating my accomplishments” is related to a brief and pointless disagreement from several years ago over a fitness-related colloquialism (Which is the only thing I could possibly imagine you’re talking about), then using that as a justification for suspecting I’d outright lie about my job is kind of unjustified.
that's super funny to me that you even remember that

anyways yeah, i'm just saying, i'm going on my 14th semester at college right now, and i've NEVER seen a teacher who was younger than like, 28-30

i didn't say you were lying, i was saying it was possible that you might've been a TA or a sub, which wouldn't necessarily be a lie—it would just be kind like calling yourself jacked when you're just fit
Are you still in computer science? Sorry, I honestly just don’t remember that well, but I think that’s what you were in last time.

And to be fair to your doubt, I’m the youngest person in my department, but only by a handful of years. I think the next-youngest is twenty-seven, but at least a few new hires during orientation were near my age (But they’re elsewhere in my district so I don’t know them well). I might’ve started even younger, but I took a semester off because of my deteriorating mental health Sophomore year, and withdrew from all but one of my classes at the start of Junior year following my cousin passing away in the Spring. My grief was delayed and I eventually broke down halfway through the Fall semester.

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The Flood / Re: The Mandalorian: Season 2
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:50:45 PM »
I hate to say it, but I’m probably gonna open my subscription back up exclusively to watch this. I really enjoyed season one, I only got around to watching it over the Summer.

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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:35:49 PM »
Maybe you should let people respond and not make assumptions yeah?
sometimes assumptions are fair; that was one of those times
Don’t know man, if me “Exaggerating my accomplishments” is related to a brief and pointless disagreement from several years ago over a fitness-related colloquialism (Which is the only thing I could possibly imagine you’re talking about), then using that as a justification for suspecting I’d outright lie about my job is kind of unjustified.

Doubting it based on my age is strange, too. Many first-year teachers are fresh out of college, my mother began her teaching career at twenty-one. Granted that was in the eighties, but still- Do you think all prospecting teachers just swim around as substitutes or paraprofesisonals for years until they can land a job? It's not totally unheard-of to be this young as a teacher, but I'll admit I'm extremely fortunate to end up where I did. I worked very hard to get to this point, though. I deserve it.

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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:01:04 PM »
That's a good mindset to have
I thought about becoming a teacher when I was younger but I don't think I could connect with students very well
Are you having any trouble with them or are you the cool teacher?
My students seem to like me, I've had a couple tell me I'm their favorite teacher. That being said, I still want to make sure I don't get the reputation as "The cool teacher," as in, somebody who just doesn't teach and lets the class go wild. I'm willing to have fun with the class and make instruction casual, but ultimately they need to complete the work and behave themselves. I recognize I'm not too distant from them in terms of age, so sometimes interests do align and that can help to form connections with them.

I only have a handful of "Problem" students, the majority are respectful. The particular ones I have in mind are just disruptive and sometimes try to be wise-asses, but I've learned quickly not to entertain them. They're not bad kids, they just don't know when to shut up. Discipline is something I've yet to master, if only because I barely ever have to even consider it with my classes.

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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 30, 2020, 12:35:02 PM »
Not to speak for him, but he probably graduated in the spring and started this fall.
Yep, finished my college career right at the start of COVID, now I get to teach during it. It’s a pretty bizarre year to start and it’s come with a lot of challenges, but I’m lucky to have two very kind and helpful mentors who’ve helped guide me through a lot of it.

Even veteran teachers are struggling this year because of how hybrid models need to be conducted, so I’m having a lot thrown at me all at once. I have some great support systems, and honestly after this year (Assuming things die down), teaching will be comparatively easier.

I’ve begun to settle down and adjust, though. The first few weeks were horribly stressful.

Do you notice any difference between you and the older teachers when it comes to implementing online teaching?

You might actually be situated better to build online classes because of your age
I certainly can empathize with my students about the difficulties of online instruction, knowing first-hand what it feels like to be forced to adjust to an entirely new, disassociated scheme for education. Although a number have managed to deduce it, I try not to he too obvious with my age and how recently I graduated form college, just to help keep that professional barrier between my students and I. While I consider myself pretty casual in the way I present myself in school, I don’t want them to just see me as a “Friend” they can mess around with. But they seem to be responsive enough, so I think I’ve struck an okay balance.

The thing is, being the newest of the team, I’m trying more so to adopt the work from my mentors and only occasionally will make any kind of modification to lesson plans, because I’m still new at the end of the day, and try to respect my mentor’s structure of assignments and presentation. I don’t want to walk in acting like “Nah, I can do this my own way.” I have to use what materials and methods are given to me and will always remind myself that this course has been taught successfully for many years before me, and my mentors know what they’re doing (Even if occasionally I don’t particularly like what I’m being asked to do). I will eventually earn the right to add my own twists to things, but for now, I want to watch and learn from the masters.

We have to keep a cohesive narrative across our different classes.

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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 30, 2020, 11:17:00 AM »
Not to speak for him, but he probably graduated in the spring and started this fall.
Yep, finished my college career right at the start of COVID, now I get to teach during it. It’s a pretty bizarre year to start and it’s come with a lot of challenges, but I’m lucky to have two very kind and helpful mentors who’ve helped guide me through a lot of it.

Even veteran teachers are struggling this year because of how hybrid models need to be conducted, so I’m having a lot thrown at me all at once. I have some great support systems, and honestly after this year (Assuming things die down), teaching will be comparatively easier.

I’ve begun to settle down and adjust, though. The first few weeks were horribly stressful.

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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 30, 2020, 11:10:31 AM »
Still teaching, but I‘m hoping to at least be doing a few physics classes considering that’s what my certification is in. I love teaching ninth grade science, but I want to do more advanced material a lot of the time.

My school has offered astronomy classes as electives before, but COVID kind of strangulated the range of things we can teach. But I think I’ll be able to put that together in the next few years.

You're a teacher?
How old are you
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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 30, 2020, 11:09:59 AM »
Not sure why you’d be so skeptical I became a teacher, that’s what I think I’ve been saying I’d do with my life for the better part of the last decade. I spent a sizable chunk of my time in college tutoring or being a TA, did an Education concentration for my Astro/Physics requirements, passed my MTEL certification test for secondary-level physics, and then landed a job in August from a very nice district in Massachusetts. Working on my Master’s in Education at the moment.

I was originally a 0.8 but was bumped up to a full-time position fairly soon after, before the year even began. I was well-prepared for entering the career- You have to start somewhere as an educator. My department head was originally hired after working in industry with no teaching experience.

While there are a lot of technical aspects to the profession (I learn new things every single day I teach), a big chunk of effective instruction is just being amicable. Pedagogy and sections of unfamiliar curriculum can he learned, your personality is hard to spontaneously change and make approachable.

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The Flood / Re: Where do you see yourself in five years?
« on: October 16, 2020, 08:04:02 AM »
Still teaching, but I‘m hoping to at least be doing a few physics classes considering that’s what my certification is in. I love teaching ninth grade science, but I want to do more advanced material a lot of the time.

My school has offered astronomy classes as electives before, but COVID kind of strangulated the range of things we can teach. But I think I’ll be able to put that together in the next few years.

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The Flood / Re: What's Your Favorite Candy?
« on: September 20, 2020, 11:26:37 AM »
I'm a big fan of chewy, fruity candy, so there's a lot that appeals to me. It's hard for me to pick one favorite but the best ones for me are Airheads, Mentos, Sourpatch, and Haribo gummybears.

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The Flood / Re: What is the worst emoji?
« on: September 11, 2020, 01:30:39 PM »
I legit see no purpose to that surprised blushing emoji. I don't think there's any conversation you can have where another one wouldn't be more relevant.
It’s mainly for the memes.

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The Flood / Re: What other forums do you go to besides this one?
« on: September 09, 2020, 07:04:54 AM »
Free Dave while we’re at it

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