So much of my job requires me to not think about how goofy/laughable/foolish/ridiculous I must look in front of large groups of teenagers nearly every moment of every day.
I recently tried to explain to my students that I am a different person when I leave the classroom. They didn’t believe me.
To explain the significance of the religious metaphors in Romeo and Juliet’s first conversation, I said something along the lines of, “He didn’t just go up to her and say, ‘GIIIIIIIIIIRL, you look GOOOOOD!’”
That’s high on the list of things I would never say/impersonate in real life.
Sometimes there are 6 days of school left and a student wants to check out a book you really, really love and also promised to loan out to a couple friends this summer.
And you say yes because this girl treats books the way people ought to be treated.
What’s the best way to thank a parent chaperone for guiding 4-6 freshmen through a day of Shakespeare and Steinbeck appreciation activities?
Also, living near Monterey and Salinas has its perks when one teaches Of Mice and Men.
OK, off to eat Ben & Jerry’s, watch Downton Abbey, and then sleep.
Hitherto Unexplored.: Why you should encourage "stick it to the man" behavior (sometimes): -
There’s a huge difference between a student not fulfilling requirements due to lack of effort than not fulfilling them because of a thoughtful and purposeful choice. My job is to create clear writers and effective communicators, right? Then when students progress to the point where their choices…
I *wish* a student said that to me. I *wish* they thought about it that much. Bravo!
- thinkbrit said: I feel the same about my name. Which is also your name. It’s never felt like it fits.
My brain has a hard time reconciling the fact that you’re both Brittanys. Maybe the problem is everyone else interpreting your name to be a certain something when really it’s perfect for you. :)
My name also screams 1983 (Sarah), but now that I don’t have to share classrooms with three to five other Sarahs every day like I did all through elementary and middle school, I actually like it. It took me a while to like it, but I do.
Ok like I’ve never read The Fault In Our Stars but I see it every where on this site and I want to.
Is it any good??
Too soon, John. Too soon.
I feel exactly the same.
This one was number 36,653.
Same. I’m a like-a-holic. And you know you love it. :)