Watching her presentation made me reflect on a teacher's role in the lives of students. It is a big responsibility and it's one that some teachers don't recognize. We can completely screw up a student by one misplaced comment that we don't even realize we made. I had a student who told me about his fifth grade teacher who told him that he better practice basketball more because his brain sure wasn't gonna take him anywhere. I had another girl whose sophomore English teacher wouldn't let her read out loud when the class was because she's just slow everything down. These comments happen too often and I think it's because we (teachers) don't realize the power our words and our opinions have with our students.
Swans by Kelly Link
It's a fantasy story which isn't usually my bag as a teacher but let's take a look at this story. First off, the author, Kelly Link, is an award-winner in the fantasy genre which lends some credibility.
Story: 8 of 10
It begins with, "My name is Emma Bear and I am eleven years old," and the entire second paragraph is here: "Yesterday my stepmother pointed her pinkie finger at my brothers and turned them all into swans. They were being too noisy. I’m never too noisy. I don’t talk at all." It's a good read as it combines fairy tale elements and current life.
Teachability: 8 of 10
I think some students would absolutely LOVE it and some would absolutely HATE it. I could maybe see using it as an option when the students had a choice as to which story they wanted to read. I think that would definitely work for a handful of kids.