It’s Okay to Dislike a Book

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I finally finished The God of Small Things. Spoiler alert: I did NOT like it. I tried to be very gentle in what is a strongly negative review, because apparently, a lot of people really, really like this book.

Since I’m an English teacher, there’s often this assumption that I like books and I like reading. Well… it’s kind of like music. I like some music. I would guess that I might even like most music. But there’s some that’s repetitive or dissonant and I just don’t like it.

And that’s okay.

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Community Blogging – Day 4

I finished Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation earlier this week. It was really helpful for me as a teacher, and particularly important in light of the school closures. Students are working individually and independently, and so self-motivation becomes even more important than it is in a classroom setting. Continue reading

Student Writing Prompt – “Prediction”

Reflection 01 – Prediction: Based on your previous experiences in English classes, what do you think English I will be like? What would “being successful” in this class look like for you? Do you think you will be successful? What will you do to work toward success?

I’ve been teaching English II almost exclusively for several years. For the past two years, I’ve had English II Honors. So returning to working with freshmen is going to be interesting. I’m familiar with the course material, and I have some new ideas that I’m really excited about trying out.

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