I currently have five tattoos. I have my first baseball tat. Then I got a Picasso rendition of a bullfighter on my left upper arm. I got that one because when I was hired for my first teaching job, my mother gave me the Picasso print. My third one was an African symbol for perseverance on my chest that I got done about a month after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my stomach. The fourth was the Greek key which wraps around my right forearm. It represents my heritage and also unity and togetherness. My fifth and most recent is on my left shoulder blade on my back and it's a paragraph from Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger. It's one of my favorite books and it's a great passage.
Why am I bringing this up?? I'm really in the mood for more ink. It's been about four years since I've had something done and I think I'm overdue. I was thinking about getting, "Don't hate the player, hate the game." across my chest but I'm not sure if I could pull it off. Kidding. Of course I could pull that off. In all honesty I have no idea what I want next but I'm thinking something to do with my daughter. My wife has a beautiful tree tribute to Frances on her arm and I'm pretty jealous. It will happen soon.
Do You Know Me? The Voice of a Disgruntled Student in a Boring Class by John Hardison
I saw this on Twitter today and it is hilarious. It's written in letter form directed as, "Dear Boring Teacher," and it is pretty much right on.
Essay: 10 of 10
The letter describes the seemingly stoned student in the back who is not really stoned but rather bored out of his mind. The descriptions are excellent and actually depressing because I know teachers like this. Not many, but there are a few. Favorite part: "...those dang worksheets you drop on my desk every day don’t inspire me too much. Nope! Probably won’t ever hear me say, “That worksheet really changed my life.” Truthfully speaking, I stare back at those sheets with enough anger and frustration that it’s a darn miracle they don’t spontaneously combust." There's some serious truth in that quote.
Teachability: 10 of 10
I think students would really enjoy reading this. It would almost feel subversive to read it in class. It'd be almost like poking fun at the system and they'd love that. There is a nice use of repetition in the question, "Do you know me?" at the beginning of every paragraph.