TWITTER IS NOT YOUR DIARY:Teacher tweets she wants to ‘stab some kids’

A teacher is reprimanded by her California school district after tweets that mentioned her trigger finger was “itchy.”

hodges.pngThe tweeting teacher.NBC Bay Area screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Twitter and humor have a difficult relationship.

There’s always the hope that people will grasp a tweeted joke. There’s always the despair when they don’t.

It may well be, though, that Krista Hodges misjudged her audience to a painful degree.

A teacher at Newark Memorial High School in the Bay Area, she chose Twitter as her medium of expression. What she had to express was frustration at some of her students.

As the Oakland Tribune reports, Hodges tweeted some gems in June. For example: “I already wanna stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days.”

Twitter, is by its nature, slightly public and Hodges might have known that not everyone would grasp her dry wit.

For example: “So happy to be done w/school for 10 days, but especially to be away from the ones who truly try my patience and make my trigger finger itchy.”

In some school districts, Hodges might have been fired. Instead, she was reprimanded by her school’s district and continues to teach.

She told the Oakland Tribune: “Everyone knows I’m one of the most liked teachers on campus. And that’s because I form meaningful and long-lasting relationships with my students.”

Oh, being liked can be so temporary. Still, Hodges has deleted her Twitter account. She said one of her fellow educators saw the tweets and reported her.

She also explained: “I never expected anyone would take me seriously. If I had thought for one moment that someone would read anything I said on Twitter and take me seriously, you’d better believe I would have been much more careful with what I’ve said.”

Not everyone gets the joke. Ever.

Her treatment by the schools district is, however, a marked contrast with how some people — educators and the young — have been treated by authorities.

Two years ago, a Tennessee kindergarten teacher was suspended for allegedly suggesting on Facebook that she might “shoot ‘em up!” Yes, she meant her students.

Another teacher, this time a first-grade educator from New Jersey, was suspended for allegedly describing her students — also on Facebook — as “future criminals.”

Contrast this, though, with the case of Justin Carter. This 18-year-old from Texas was arrested and thrown into jail for posting on Facebook: “Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still beating hearts.”

This was during an argument with other online gamers who accused him of being insane. Like Hodges, Carter said he was joking. The authorities weren’t impressed. He still may face felony charges.

Carter says he even posted “jk” after his comments. Ultimately, though, it is always a matter of judgment. Social media now contains so much commentary and instant utterances that corralling them all is impossible.

NBC Bay Area says that, in Hodges’ case, police are currently investigating.


Write Down Every Time You Spend Money to Trick Yourself to Save More

Write Down Every Time You Spend Money to Trick Yourself to Save More

Saving money isn’t easy; in fact, we’re wired not to do it. So little mental tricks like forcing yourself to document when you spend money could handily prevent you from overspending.

Why Saving Money Is So Hard, and How to Trick Yourself to Save More

It’s not just lack of self-control that keeps many of us from saving as much as we should.…Read more

This advice comes from psychologist Dr. Ryan T. Howell, who studies the psychology behind spending, and tipped the Muse on how to spend money more wisely and happily:

There are things you can do to limit the pleasure of buying in the moment. For example, people report that shopping is often an emotion-fueled experience. But what we found is that there’s something about tracking your spending that takes the emotional, addictive quality of shopping away—and makes it rational.

So one way to train your brain is to instill a rule that, any time you spend, you have to write it down. We found that just the knowledge that you have to track a buy makes it more difficult to make those spur-of-the-moment purchases. You’re much more likely to spend your money in wise ways.

Check out the full interview for more tips on making better spending decisions.

How to Train Your Brain to Make Better Money Decisions | The Muse





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Nick Reboot Streams Old Nickelodeon Shows 24 Hours a Day

by Patrick Allan

If you’re feeling nostalgic for the shows of your childhood, Nick Reboot streams shows like Rocko’s Modern Life, Are You Afraid of the Dark, and Hey Arnold! 24 hours a day, for free.

All you need to do is head to the web site and the stream will start. It will determine where you are and optimize the streaming quality depending on whether you’re closer to the East or West ingest server. You can even chat with other streamers while you watch and reminisce about the good ol’ days.

If you’re wondering if this is all legal—it is—and it’s actually pretty simple. Nick Reboot is anon-commercial and non-profit website, dedicated to providing a medium for commentary, criticism, educational review, and research of the TV network Nickelodeon during the 90s and early 2000s. By operating under the doctrine of “fair use” codified in section 107 of copyright law, they’re able to stream classic Nickelodeon shows as much as they want.

The catch is that you don’t have any control of you want to watch. Everything is cued up and streamed as if it were a real TV network—classic toy commercials included! To travel back in time and watch the ongoing stream, check the link below.

Nick Reboot Stream | Nick Reboot


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