Actually, it’s more than one request.
Officially, pre-planning for the 2017-2018 school year starts next week. And yes, I am looking forward to it. I love what I do and where I get to teach.
In the nineteen years that I have taught, I estimate that I have taught upwards to 3000 students, graded tens of thousands of essays (AP Lang will do that), taught over a 200 different novels, plays, and longer works of nonfiction, and written hundreds of unique college recommendations. There is not a grade level that I have not taught – remediation to advanced.
I would do it all again. But I am in a place of reflection and I would like some perspective from those who have been in my classes.
So I want to see if any of my former students would let me know the following if you are willing to offer your answers in the comments of this blog post or on Facebook or any other means.
What work of literature or nonfiction was your favorite that you have never forgotten its impact?
What assignment still stands out as one that really made you think and extend yourself?
What skill did you learn from class that has served you well?
Do you remember where in the classroom you sat?
I am thinking of posting on my blog the “Items of the Week” every Sunday night for those who know what they are (AP Lang students). Do you think that would be a good thing?
Again, do not feel you have to answer but I would like to know. And if you would be so kind to share with others that you know who might have had me as an English teacher.
I sincerely appreciate your help, feedback, and time.
But mostly, I am grateful to have been a part of your lives.