Who has tattoos?

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  1. Been There

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    I think members of this forum are often waaaaay too sensitive when it comes to judgemental comments. No matter what kind of post is submitted, it is virtually impossible for responders not to express their personal opinions whether the OP asked for it or not. I've been openly accused of "criticizing" others when I was merely expressing my point of view - ironically, the responder was openly criticizing me for making critical comments! With the exception of the moderators, I don't think it's necessary or appropriate for us to point it out when we sense that a post is "a touch judgmental". Since it can be easy for a person to be a little touchy about how an opinion is phrased, must we all tread so lightly that spontaneous, dynamic, stimulating dialog becomes mere milk toast discussion? Give me a break! Mathmagic astutely pointed out that the OP didn't ask what we thought of tattoos. Txbelle and others were quick to state their opinions about tattoos even though the OP's question simply required an affirmative or negative response - so what? It's all good!

    Here's my point: Using contemporary vernacular, everyone should just "chill". We don't have to respond to what others may write simply to prove a point. Regardless of whether a comment is offensive, critical, positive or negative to you does not mean that it's your duty to set the person straight - even if you think you are right and the person is wrong. We have no clear idea what the writer's situation is or what life experiences have molded the expressed comments. Does it really matter if a stated generalization is applicable to an OP's experience or workplace and not the entire field? We should all make an effort to see things from the writer's perspective, even if they are diametrically opposed to our own. It would also help for us to apply critical thinking and reflection before spouting off or scolding others. Of course, there may be instances when a thread becomes so convoluted and repetitious that it's hard not to wonder if we are being "duped". It should be OK to express that sentiment as well without being scolded for doing so - after all, isn't this an open public forum?

    In a field that is known for its lack of innovation and creativity (with the exception of your classroom/school, or course), we should encourage divergent thought, provocative ideas and yes, critical dialog. Those who seek to restrict, limit or otherwise censor what some may deem to be "offensive" are in fact stifling the free exchange of personal opinions, imaginations, and potential solutions to real problems. Why should we continue to hobble ourselves?

    I personally would hope to see more individuals using reflective questioning to promote introspection to help others here, instead of always doing the thinking for them. A common practice of effective teachers is to ask reflective questions such as: Why do you think . . . ? What might have caused . . .? What could you have done differently? In this way, those seeking help would learn new coping skills that could be generalized to future problem situations.

    "Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others." - Confucius, 551 BC​
     
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  2. futuremathsprof

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    :agreed::anyone:
     
  3. txbelle

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    Boy, it is quite amazing how a post can just go off the rails.

    Soooo...tattoos?
     
  4. Ima Teacher

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    I love mine. No regrets. :p
     
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    You're right, but sometimes going off the rails (I prefer to call it a technical adjustment) is needed to help us get back on track. It's just a simple matter of consciously clicking Resume. :)
     
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  6. ready2learn

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    I don't have tattoos, but teachers with them need to be covered in my rural South Carolina district.
     
  7. teacherintexas

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    It’s the same in my district. My former partner had one on her ankle and used a bandaid to cover it.
     
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    I have 2 tattoos currently. I have an infinity with a heart on my foot and a bracelet with my husband and my initials on it. Both are visible at times and my district doesn't care. I will be getting 2 more next month. I will get one combining the logos of the colleges where I got my undergrad and master's degrees from on my ankle and the other will be a mother/daughter design (we haven't decided what we are getting yet).
     
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    It's a complete non-issue in my district as long as you don't have anything offensive. I've got several, a few of which are visible. Let's see, upper right arm there's "To infinity and beyond!", right shoulder blade has my kids' birthdays, left shoulder blade has my dragon, upper left arm outside there is "Never forget to learn and be inspired", over the heart I've got the 82nd Airborne's unit patch (I earned my wings dang it), legs are pretty much covered in everything from dragons to swords to geeky things.*

    *I should probably clarify this maybe a little. So my left leg is my prosthetic leg which I lost just above the knee cap but it was basically covered in ink before hand. So where it stops there's still tattoos. Also my prosthetic leg the people who make it stretched a Harley Davidson t-shirt over it and clear coat sealed it on.
     
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    I have four tattoos. I placed all of them in areas that are easily covered. I have one on my ribs, one on my hip, and two on my ankles (one per foot). My ankle tattoos occasionally peak out, but it's not a big deal.

    I love my tattoos and am also happy I had the insight as a young 18/20 year old to put them in places that I could hide!!!! Tattoos aren't a big deal in the last school where I worked (I also had blue and pink hair...), but the school I am moving to I think would be a larger issue. I'd hands down get more ink if I came up with another good idea :)
     
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