1. I have some wonderful and seriously generous friends.
2. My wife is an amazing woman and I don't tell her nearly enough. I hope she reads this.
3. My daughter is the smartest, most beautiful, funniest, craziest, most loving, and the overall coolest little almost-three year old I know. I am not biased. Not at all.
4. I love my job. Even when I have a challenging day, I love my job.
5. My students are pretty amazing people. I have one student who is in the hospital right now and she is the bravest kid I know. She's tough as hell too.
6. My wife's family is the best. I married into a group of the kindest people I've ever met.
7. I hope they read that too.
8. We have six cats and I really like one of them. There are two others who aren't that bad either.
A Speck in the Sea by Paul Tough
This article from The New York Times tells the story of John Aldridge, a lobster fisherman who went overboard 40 miles off of Long Island. It is a fascinating real-life survival tale that focuses on how Aldridge stayed alive and also how the Coast Guard finally located and rescued him.
Article: 10 of 10
Tough builds suspense by shifting back and forth from Aldridge and his thoughts and actions to the thoughts and actions of his rescuers. Aldridge is an interesting character, as well as his lobstering partner, and the reader really roots for him throughout the ordeal. Tough's style is excellent and I'd be surprised if this article doesn't win an award for journalistic excellence.
Teachability: 10 of 10
Students enjoy real-life drama and this is that for sure. The exciting writing ensnares the reader to ensure student interest and the subject matter is fascinating. There are also a lot of ancillary things a teacher could do with the topic of survival.