Sometimes it's more like brooding.
I taught English for a long time, so I witnessed many changes. I stopped teaching English about six or seven years ago and started teaching about technology. I did this for many reasons. One of them was because teaching the way I was born to became increasingly difficult.
Teaching is in my DNA. I always knew I would teach, and I always knew I would write.
I remember when I started teaching I could actually use my own judgment. I loathe textbooks. I used a college anthology without boxes of worksheets and crap. I used classroom sets of good books. I spent three days one year on the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I draped myself in black and put a cardboard bird around my neck and we turned out the lights and all kinds of magic happened. It was fun and creepy and the kids got it. Which is the point. And periodically one or more would randomly shriek "Shrive me! Shrive me!" in the hallway and I would laugh and laugh. Good times.
You can't spend three days on much of anything anymore.
I had to start writing standards on the board so the kids would know what they were learning.
That was stupid.
Telling a kid she's going over Reading Standard 2.1.3 isn't going to light any kind of zeal for learning.
I started to feel like education was something I was doing to kids instead of with kids. And that made me sad. And really, really pissed off.
And you know all those inspirational quotes, the ones that teachers live by and believe in because we must? Because without hope the job is impossible?
This one: "It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
We've got the kids cursing the candles and the darkness, and it's our own stupid fault.
And this one: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Most juniors in high school look like they dine on human flesh by June. SAT's and ACT's and Advanced Placement and state mandated tests. I warn my 9th graders to be kind to the juniors, and buy them cookies, and refrain from making sudden movements around them. Kind of like Zombie Apocalypse survival advice, right?
Books are one answer. Good books.
I'm working on the Revolution.
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From the Bookshelf of T.B. Reviews Middle Grade and YA books. I've started heading over to T.B.'s to check out what to read. And T.B.? You'd never guess her age.Yeah, she's that good. Keep getting down with your bad self, Tessa.
Clear Writing with Mr. Clarity Okay, so the title made me laugh, which got me to the blog. Crisp? Clear? Mr. Clarity is writes speeches and marketing stuff. He would probably scold me for saying "stuff." But he's so cool I wouldn't mind.
Kid-free Living Humor This blog is remarkably easy on the eyes and well-organized. I like humor. I am kid-free once I turn my students loose for the day. Oh, and the content about writing is really good.Thank you to Matthew MacNish and Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting the Blog Hop. In case you don't know what that is, the explanation is here.