1) One of my students just breaks into a flailing-arms move and says, "Jellyfish. J-E-L-L-Y fish."
2) Two students(and friends), one African-American and one extremely white, are talking about skin color and throwing around things like, "You are darker than a Cocoa Puff, but not by much."
3) A group of students deciding that Portland is a very scary place to go but at least it's not as scary as Chicago or Harlem.
4) Me to student: "Is this your paper? It has no name on it."
Student to me: "How did I do on it?"
Me to student: "Not so hot."
Student to me: "That's not my paper."
I have the best students ever. It's not even up for debate.
So I've been in this funk for a couple weeks where I feel incredibly unmotivated and kind of depressed but I've been starting to come out of it the last couple days. I'm noticing that I still have great patience with my students but my patience for adults is non-existent. In fact, even when I'm not in a funk that's kind of the case.
I wish I had more time to read. I love reading and I have five books at home from the library and I just haven't made much headway. I need more time.
Glaciers (excerpt) by Alexis M. Smith
This is an excerpt from one of the best books I have ever read. It is written by Alexis Smith, a Portland writer, and this book will survive for a long time. I don't know if it was a bestseller or if it made lists of Best Books of the Year (it should have if it didn't), but I can promise that in fifty years people will still be reading this book, it will still be in print, and it will be taught in schools. It is, quite honestly, the most beautiful book I have ever read. It is perfect.
Story: 10 of 10
Glaciers tells the story of Isabel, a young woman who collects postcards. I don't want to say anything else because this book is best read blindly. Let it surprise you.
Teachability: 10 of 10
I could take this tiny excerpt and use it to show students description and characterization. But what I want is a classroom set of the books so we can read the whole thing together.