By an anonymous sophomore
The age-old high school social dilemma of where to sit at lunch has finally been solved—it only took a global pandemic.
I am a sophomore who attends a private school in Manhattan. My school has recently announced that they will be switching to an optional hybrid model after previously stating that they would remain remote until mid-January. I was extremely happy and proud of my school when they initially announced they would be remote for at least five months, and I was shocked and upset when they declared their decision to switch. Upon receiving the news, my parents informed me that the decision to attend school in-person or remain in my pajamas was mine.
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The last pieces of writing I see from students
each year are reflective in nature. Some celebrate areas of literacy growth and
proudly exclaim, “I am a writer!” Others share classroom routines, like
creative writing and poetry, that have stuck with them throughout the year.
There are a few students who are gracious enough to thank me for enlivening a
love for reading and writing that they had lost over the years. These
reflections would brighten any teacher’s soul.
Continue reading “Summer Reading: The Freedom to Choose”
When I was a kid,
I always kept a novel on my lap during class, hidden (I thought then) from teachers’
eyes. Between math problems and history lessons, I’d sneak-read a few
paragraphs. Summer was, for me, a chance to binge on books without interruption
or subterfuge. It still is.
As a teacher I’ve purposely overlooked the lap-reading of my book-obsessed students, though I do insist that they keep up with the actual classwork, as I did when I was on the other side of the desk. Indulging them isn’t an exercise in nostalgia but rather a chance to learn about the genres and authors they treasure, which I then explore during the gloriously free hours of summer vacation. Some works have become part of my teaching strategy; many have given me a connection to students I couldn’t reach in other ways.
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