Apparently I suck at teaching poetry. Though I failed this year, thankfully the student who shared my shortcomings and his poetic discovery, also provided the solution for next year. In my Creative Writing class, we spend the month of November participating in NaNoWriMo. Then in December, we take a break from cranking out hundreds or … Continue reading Lessons in Free Verse
It was the last class. The last day of school. Spring 2011. The kids were done with their final and sat in small groups, chatting, glancing at the clock, waiting for the empty, long, lovely days of summer to begin. One group sat clustered around my desk discussing their writing. One student had written a … Continue reading An Idea Becomes Reality
Graduation at my school happened last Friday evening. I sat next to a cooler on the track, sweat dripping, and gauged sold water bottles to all the unprepared poor souls who didn't bring any in with them. My Forensics kids scored with the unseasonably warm 90 degree weather as our water bottle sale was the last fundraising effort before … Continue reading What is it about Pomp and Circumstance?
Faced with the daunting task of raising thousands of dollars to take five kids to the Forensics National Tournament in Indianapolis this summer, I have spent the last several weeks enconsced in fundraising activities such as sending kids out in their professional business attire to solicit (beg) for donations, running concession stands, and supporting parents who held a … Continue reading McWhat?!?
As they say, anticipation is half the fun. We get to imagine perfect outcomes for any experience we may dream up, but when the job, book, vacation, or even the restaurant I've just tried doesn't live up to my expectations, disappointment ensues. Expectations make me focus on the outcome, not the journey, and I wonder what opportunities I have missed … Continue reading On Expectations
Whenever I take my Forensics/Speech & Debate team on a trip, the kids somehow manage to go on "epic adventures." Sometimes I hear about their shenanigans during the event or just after, but most often, I don't hear about them until much, much later. They're good kids, so they never get in trouble (as far … Continue reading My Next “Epic Adventure”
Think back to your freshman year in high school. You lived through moments that defined your life . . . at the time at least. Now, you probably can't recall what they were. Think back also to your English class. Do you remember what you read? Do you remember your first introduction to Shakespeare? As … Continue reading Shakespeare and Freshmen – Good Times