HealthI was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer with sub-1,000 recorded cases since 2010. I am adjusting to life with 50% facial paralysis. AMA!
Jan 1st 2018 by MyersParsec • 14 Questions • 235 Points
What movies did you watch in the hospital ?
Who is the best batman in your opinion ?
There’s always that kid showing up in your office multiple times a week. What does this adorable human say?
No movies in the hospital for me. I was extraordinarily uncomfortable during the first part of my hospital stay and didn't do much other than sleep. I was hospitalized for 5 days. The last few days, I spent a lot of time watching NBA games and reading /r/NBA.
I am a Christian Bale Batman fan for sure. The Dark Knight is definitely the best Batman film, maybe the best superhero film. I also have watched Batman Begins maybe more times than any other movie. Though I do appreciate the goofy 90's films. Robin's plastic lips scene never ceases crack me up. Of those, Tim Burton's is the best of them IMO. Best Batman book is Killing Joke or Court of Owls - toss up.
I have a handful of "frequent flyers." When it comes to these kiddos, I try to play the long game. I chat with them in the hall and cafeteria, and make sure I get on a first-name basis with the parent(s). I see it as banking karma for when it comes time for tough conversations.
I spent my career in middle schools prior to this position, and I can say I was completely unprepared for the sheer quantity of birthday cupcakes and treats I get on a daily basis. Kids drop by my office all the time to give me a birthday treat. I have a few birthday presents (free book, bookmark, and pencil) that I hand out. I also ask about their birthday plans, gifts, meal, etc., to try and make them feel special on their special day.
Most of my coworkers did not even know what net neutrality was. I was trying to educate everyone but I think I only reached a few people. There's a lot of internal propaganda about the subject which is the biggest reason why I left the company. We were literally asked to hand out fliers to customer with a little statement from Verizon with a header saying "Verizon supports a free internet" written at the top. That was the last straw for me.
That's what I call hamburgers. It's a regional dialect.
I don't understand what you're asking.
Did you have another job lined up, or are you just completely lacking impulse control?
Peanut butter wins in a tight race. Peanut butter has a much better value : deliciousness ratio. Peanut butter is more versatile. While Hazelnut spreads are a treat and are extremely tasty, they arn't enough better than peanut butter to make me want to splurge at their price point. I also really dig a PBnJ with crunchy cheetos. Good question, it was a tough one.
Also, shout outs to apple butter.
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Great question. Generally, money either comes from local taxes or state funding. The state releases its budget in early spring and that gives districts a head's up on how much they will receive. The remaining balance in the projected budget for the next school year either needs to be made up via an increase in local taxes, or it needs to be reduced. I'm over generalizing, but that's the jist.
At the district level, each building has a budget for supplies, equipment, etc. I have to meet with the superintendent in January each year to walk through how I plan to spend money. He primarily pays attention to the bottom line - my annual budget is around $85,000. If I want a big ticket item (like musical instruments, for example), I can budget for that but it means I may have to go light on another area. Costs for personnel, health insurance, buildings and grounds, maintenance, etc, is handled at the district level.
There are some years when the state funding comes up short and we simply don't want to put up a high local tax increase to vote. This is when programs and staff start getting cut. A few years ago, NYS passed a bill called the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, that caused havoc and decimated schools. We're finally now starting to get back to where we were before the GEA.
In addition, school receive special aidable funding for certain things like textbooks and communication services (this is a federal thing called E-Rate).
I have an interview coming up but nothing solid. I have a big chunk of savings lined up though so I can get by for a month or two.
Wow. $85k is literally nothing. Based on NY averages that's <$150/student for the entire year! And, it sounds like the GEA hands NY public schools the short straw by law in budget negotiations.
Keep up the good fight and thanks for sharing! I had no idea (at least NY) schools were in this dire of straits.
Hello friend! I was a Retail Sales Consultant for AT&T for 3 years! A recruiter from Verizon contacted me on LinkedIn recently about a solutions specialist job. I left AT&T because of Wells Fargo type management and pressure to make unethical sales. I hear Verizon is similar so i turned it down. What was your experience like with Verizon?
I know this wasn’t what your AMA is about but I would like to know lol.
My advice to you is to compare either side of your neck to the other. Everyone is different, but both sides should be roughly symmetrical. If there is lump or raised area on one side but not on the other I would take note. You shouldn't really be able to FEEL your lymph nodes normally, so if a lump persists for an extended time and seems firm to the touch I would consult your physician.
I'm old enough to remember when principals still spanked kids at school. How would you feel if that was still a thing today?
how many people quit with you? Do you think your quitting made a difference or was it just to show that you are pissed.
Corporal punishment breeds resentment and doesn't address the root cause of the negative behavior. There is growing support for restorative practices (that's a fun Google search if you're bored) and it's something I'm starting to build into my routine when dealing with behavior problems. It requires a culture shift though. I have some teachers who want me to be the hammer - they don't understand the concept of using a negative consequence as a teaching tool. They just think I'm being "soft" on the kids.
I was the only one in my whole district that quit to my knowledge. In the grand scheme of things it probably won't make a difference but I have to stand up to my beliefs.