Summer feels like it's ending. First, I had my initial "school dream" a couple nights ago. It happens every summer to teachers; it's just a matter of how long we can hold it off. I lasted until late July. I've done worse. I also have a week-long training next week. That's it. Summer's over.
A Fall to Earth by Chris Ballard
This is just one of the best articles I've ever read in Sports Illustrated. It's not a story about sports, but rather one of heroism, fate, and ultimately friendship. In a nutshell, Ballard tells the story of a 54 year old woman who decides to skydive for the first time and her skydiving instructor who was strapped to her to complete the tandem jump. Suffice it to say that things did not go as planned.
Article: 10 of 10
Ballard builds the narrative so well. As he is describing the action, I caught myself breathing quicker and wanting to skim ahead to see what happens. Superb writing and I cannot recommend it enough.
Teachability: 10 of 10
This is a seriously exciting story which will get kids involved. That's half the battle. The description of events is also done so well that it can serve as a model for deconstruction so the students can see what the author did to build suspense. I wish there were a companion video segment and that is my only complaint.