Good Moments

Things that are pretty dang cool:

  • You ask a class full of male IT and engineering students what they thought about the end of Great Gatsby. There is a moment of silence before the entire class erupts into outrage, underlined by one student saying that he threw the book across the room the night before.
  • Juniors arguing over whether Gatsby’s swimming pool should have been ringed with daisies instead of roses, or whether that would have just been overkill.
  • As you read “When I Have Fears” (John Keats) to a class of seniors, you look up and see a young woman listening with tears standing in her eyes.
  • In between scribbling down notes about William Blake, a student looks up at you and says, “I have a feeling that I’m going to be obsessed with this guy.”
  • Being asked if the green light installed in the corner of the classroom is for Green Lantern.
  • After discussing Daisy’s culpability in the car accident, and why Gatsby would have let her drive, a student remarks that Gatsby shouldn’t have let a woman drive… at which point the one girl in the class, who sits next to said boy, hauls back and slugs him.
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One thought on “Good Moments

  1. You are an amazing young lady. You go through a personal hell, and still give of yourself to your students and those around you. Life does have it’s ups and downs, sometimes the downs seem to have it. Thanks for giving of yourself when you did not feel you had it to give.

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