19 7 / 2014
to deal with this break up. On the outside I may seem fine but on the inside I feel like I’m dying. I think the hardest part is letting go of the hopes and dreams…accepting that the life I had imagined will never be.
08 7 / 2014
Although many grammar snobs think that “myriad of" is for amateurs and commoners, "myriad" can be both a noun and an adjective. This has always been the case.
Therefore, both “myriad things” and a “myriad of things” are correct.
I was actually just wondering about this last night.
08 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: Were you a child prodigy?
I was a reasonably good elementary school student (although certainly not the best in my class), and then a not-very-good middle school student, and then a poor student for much of high school. (I failed my junior English class, and had to write essays about The Bluest Eye and Twelfth Night over the summer to get a D.)
Some of this had to do with intellectual challenges: I was a bit behind the curve when it came to abstractions. Like, I could not handle the idea of the equation x + 2 = 4, because x is not a number, so how is that even possible? My struggle with abstractions was also seen in my study of literature and anything that couldn’t be, like, memorized. (I’ve always been a pretty good speller, for instance.)
Some of my troubles in school also had to do with what in retrospect were social and mental health challenges. But I was very lucky to have teachers who saw a lot of potential in me and refused to give up on me, even when I was defiant and annoying and set off fireworks outside their bedroom windows. (Do not do this. It is not cool. It is just annoying.)
That said, I think it’s an oversimplification to say that I was a “troubled child” or whatever. By college, I was engaged and interested in many of my subjects and became, as my favorite college professor once called me, “a solid B+ kind of fellow.”
I don’t think it’s fair to see some kids as merely smart and others as merely troubled, or to think that kids who are performing poorly in school are simply miscreants/stupid/whatever. (It’s also unfair to portray kids who perform well in school or who have expansive vocabularies or whatever as inherently untroubled.)
Of course, none of this should be an excuse to give up. It can be really hard to try to stay engaged in school/learning/anything, especially when you don’t have the kind of support I was lucky to enjoy. But it’s also worth it. Learning is hard, and learning how to learn is hard, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It really is something that we have to do for a lifetime—or, more optimistically, that we get to do for a lifetime.
The fact that John Green was called “a solid B+ kind of fellow” in college makes me happy because honestly, that’s what I’ve always been. and that’s good.
Why I love John Green
21 6 / 2014
21 6 / 2014
Anonymous said: The Perks of Being a Wallflower isn't too mature for 9th grade, kids know more than you think. Also as a rising senior, I would recommend The House on Mango Street and Life of Pi as the outside reading books. Good luck!! And try to be the teacher you always wish you had
Thanks! I really want to give Perks since I love it so much but it’s a brand new school (Its first year ever) and there are a lot of people that want it to fail. So I worry that people will take hold of any little thing to try and cause problems. (They are already trying to!) I was thinking of holding off for one year and then incorporating it next year just to avoid problems. My principal said he would read it and let me know if it was ok. I’m pretty sure he’ll be fine with it (he’s very open minded), but just in case I have Mango St as a backup.
20 6 / 2014
So my 9th grade outside reading list includes the following:
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Lord of the Flies
and The House on Mango Street (I wanted The Perks of Being a Wallflower but I thought the content was a bit strong and explicit for 9th grade)
For my 10th grade world literature class I have:
Life of Pi
I will work with ESL students and the content from the world literature course is quite demanding so I didn’t want to burden them with the additional readings.
Honest opinions anyone?