Monday, September 12, 2011

Best Parts

Here are my very favorite things about teaching.
  • Talking about reading and writing all the time.
  • Being consulted by boys about their plans for the big dances. It's cute how much it means to them to impress their dates.
  • Getting little thank you notes in journals and emails and Digimon cards and yearbook pages.
  • Having opportunities to help people every single day.
  • Seeing the smiles on the faces of kids who have been struggling but who finally get it.Link
  • Doing service projects with my National Honors Society kids.
  • Hearing about how students apply what I teach them (semi-colons in text messages, research papers about family vacation destinations that win them parental pride and money for the trip, etc.).
  • Going to pep rallies and assemblies.
  • Seeing someone I recommended a book to read it and love it as much as I did.
  • Working with other English teachers; they are kindred spirits.
  • Watching my seniors walk at graduation.
  • Knowing that, if I do it right, I can make a difference in the world.
Sometimes it's hard. But mostly it's great. I love what I do, and I'm glad that I get to do it.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Nerdy Friends Will Be So Jealous

You guys! I'm breaking my incredibly long streak of not posting anything at all to tell you something awesome!

There is this book club in my district cleverly disguised as a professional development workshop. It's such a ruse though. I mean, how can this be work? Here's the deal. I pay $65. I get 7 YA books to keep. I get to go to once a month meetings to talk about books and eat treats with smart teachers, including at least two of my teacher friends from school. I get some college credit. And, the real kicker for me, the authors of the books we read will be at the meeting for their book!

Want to know who I'm going to get to meet and have literary discussions with? Here's our book/author list.

September- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
October- The Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah Eden
November- Possession by Elana Johnson
December- Beyonders by Brandon Mull
January- Mark of Royalty by Jennifer Clark
February- Candy Bomber by Mike Tunnell
March- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I'm really, really excited. I haven't read any of these books yet, and I'm pretty much the nerdiest when it comes to meeting authors.

Actually, that's a good story... The first time I met a real life author, it was Dean Hughes. I got paid an "allowance" in books (which was totally awesome of my mom to do, I think) when I was a teenager, and his Children of the Promise books were the ones I remember being the most excited about. He was a guest speaker in my very first English major class, and it was so neat to meet him, but I was way nervous about it. I guess I was worried that he'd be mean or egotistical and my ideals would be ruined. But, then he was just super nice and smart so all was well. I've met a few more authors since then, but it's still way exciting to me.