It has been almost two weeks days since my last entry and I've missed you. Things have changed so much since last we spoke. Softball is done and we won a game so that was cool. The girls were a blast and they improved throughout the season. I take no credit for the improvement actually. They just all really enjoyed each other and liked being together so of course they got better. My daughter turned three a week ago. She's still cute and smart and brilliant and has me completely wrapped around her finger. The AP test happened. Almost all of my students took and the majority of them feel pretty good about it. I don't know what that means in regards to how well they did but I guess it's better than them saying that it was hard and there is no way they passed it. That's how some of them felt on other tests so I'm feeling pretty good about things. I was informed that I have to present the Freshman Academy to the School Board next week, as well as the Rotary. Part of me thinks that's kind of awesome but part of me thinks that it will be stressful and I hate stress. I had my final teacher evaluation with my principal and it went well. It makes me realize that I've come a very long ways from my first few years of teaching.
It's starting to hit me that school is almost out. Again, I have mixed feelings about this. I am excited because who doesn't love the end of a school year?? I'm also looking forward to spending more time with my family. The negative is that I feel like I have a stellar group of classes this year. My AP kids are just a blast to be around and they make me laugh on a daily basis. There is also a group of seniors who are graduating that I feel particularly close to and I will miss seeing them every day. My freshman classes have become very tight and they both have a classroom personality that will be hard to duplicate. They have grown exponentially this year and being around them every day has been fun and rewarding. That said, I still have a month with all of my students so there is still lots to accomplish.
It's nice to be writing again.
Rapture of the Deep by Gary Smith
Gary Smith is probably the greatest living sportswriter and he just retired from Sports Illustrated three weeks ago. To say he is a sportswriter is actually false. He writes about humanity found in people who happen to be athletes or involved in athletics. He wrote 3-4 articles a year for Sports Illustrated for years and won numerous awards for his efforts. I discovered him in 1993 when I first came across this article, Rapture of the Deep, and I've been a giant fan ever since.
Article: 10 of 10
This tells the story of Pipin Ferreras, a Cuban freediver, and his girlfriend/protege' Audrey Westre. It details freediving as a sport (The diver basically dives down as many feet possible in the ocean without oxygen tanks.). Ferrera is the most famous and best in the world and he meets Westre and immediately takes her under his wing and into his bed.
Teachability: 9 of 10
The length would be a drawback because it's fairly long for these short-attention span children we have created today. They would enjoy the love story, the awesomeness of the sport, the horribly stupid decisions, and there is also intrigue involved.