Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hey. Remember me?

It's shamefully hard to write that first post after an absence of ... holy crap, 18 months??!  In my defense, it has been an 18 months of life on full-tilt, brick strapped to the acceleration pedal, who the hell put speed in my coffee, fast-forward madness.  On the other hand, when is it not?

In brief:  I went back to teaching high school full-time.  I also agreed to produce three school plays a year and head up the drama club.  My own kids suddenly morphed into teenagers with full social calendars and activities rosters.  I realized that sleep is precious and coffee is not only delicious, but completely freaking necessary to my existence.  Oh, and just for fun, I decided that I'd take 40 high schoolers to New York City over spring break next year.  Why the hell not, right?

It's been wonderful.

I had no idea how much I'd missed teaching and coaching drama until I dipped my toe back in in 2011. Then a position opened up, the school health insurance sang its alluring siren song of co-paaaaays!  looooooower preeeemiums!  and I realized that teaching full-time would obviously require a snappy new wardrobe and cute accessories.  You know, FOR THE CHILDREN.

And did I mention that I am an English teacher?  Translation:  can impulse-buy books with impunity.  ALSO FOR THE CHILDREN.  Tom has a slightly different take on this.  Something along the lines of, "Just because you now earn a salary does not mean you need to spend that salary in total every week."  I'm confused.  Why, then, do people work?  Also, those new grey suede wedges I'm eyeing will make me a much more dynamic and effective teacher.  Why would the students take me seriously about appositive phrases if I'm wearing last year's shoes?  It's all about credibility.  (I don't think he even bothered to roll his eyes at me).

Yesterday my students and I discussed how the grammar book obviously hires the most boring people in the world to write the sample sentences.  Together, we rewrote them, changing sentences like, "Susan happily handed the textbook to John." to things like, "The bald llama menacingly tossed the grenade at me."  As they packed up their books at the bell, one boy said, "This grammar is actually fun."  I didn't bother to tell him that it's the same old grammar; only the words are changed.  And language SHOULD be fun.  "Grammar" and "laughing yourself wheezy" are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

I've missed you guys.  It's good to be back.










12 comments:

Jen on the Edge said...

I actually did a double-take when I saw you in my GoogleReader feed.

I'm delighted you're back. I've missed you.

Cute shoes are ALWAYS a top priority in household budgets.

unmitigated me said...

Me, too! Welcome back...and I totally agree, re: working. What's the point if you aren't going to use the money FOR something?

smalltownme said...

Well, hello there! Welcome back!

Rose said...

Glad you're back! I need to steal some of your ideas for teaching grammar. I switched from teaching science to 8th graders to teaching English to high risk 9th graders this year and I'm still finding my way with the curriculum. Not as easy to make it hands on but seems more relevant, what with the focus on nonfiction in our district. Still, English is a total snooze fest for some (most) of my students and I need to spice it up. Any and all help would be appreciated. You know, in your spare time, hahahaha!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Books and snazzy wardrobe? I bet you're the biggest hit at that school!

Meg said...

Wow GOOD FOR YOU! Sounds like you are LOVING teaching which is fabulous. So glad to get an update!

Cha Cha said...

I would have paid cash money to learn grammar via sentences about llamas and grenades. Your students are so lucky to have you!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Love it and welcome back!

I too, love the shoes.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Love it and welcome back!

I too, love the shoes.

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Susan said...

Late to the comback! glad you are enjoying the new phase of your life so much. And work=new shoes!