Today we had Day Two of parent conferences at school form 7:30 to 10:30 and then we were off the rest of the day. Conferences were fun because I saw some parents, chatted with some teachers, and got some grading done. Then I went home, played with the kid for a bit, and then promptly took a big fat nap. Woke up, played with the kid, read some, and here I am. On the really bright side, I came up with a good idea for my AP classes that has me excited. I'll even call it an epiphany. And no I'm not sharing.
Cathedral by Raymond Carver
I have to start this by saying that Raymond Carver is my favorite author. I've read everything he has ever written more than once and I swear that when I read his words, I am transformed into a better person. There is something about his writing that rings so true and it is so damn accessible. He just makes writing seem so easy. It makes me jealous. In my classroom I have multiple framed 8x10's of Carver hanging on my walls alongside pictures of Tommy Smith in the 1968 Olympics, Malcolm X, and my wife and daughter. It's an eclectic wall.
Story: 10 of 10
It's not my favorite Carver story but it's still amazing. It tells the story of a man whose wife's good friend comes to visit. The good friend happens to be blind and the man is not too excited that there will be a visit. When the blind man arrives, the man and he bond and share a moment or two. It doesn't sound like much but if you've read carver you know that his specialty is taking a seemingly mundane moment and making it seem momentous. Kind of like real life can be. This story is no exception,.
Teachability: For most people: 10 of 10. For me: 0 of 10
There is much to work with in this story for most teachers and I hope carver is taught forever. For me, sadly, I can't teach any carver to my students. I've tried. I stopped trying to do it because the students invariably don't like carver nearly as much as I do and it hurts too much. That may sound stupid but it is so true. I get personally offended when someone doesn't appreciate or love Carver like I do so I just can't use any of his work in the classroom. I don't even like discussing his writing with people because if they don't think he's the best writer ever, I view it as a character flaw and lose some respect for them. I may sound flippant but I'm being 100% honest. It's weird, I know, but I honestly can't help it.