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Meet Two of My Classes

Either you are thinking that the young people in today's pics are very very lucky -- imagine spending four hours with me every week for the next 15 weeks... or else you think they are very unlucky (for the same reason!!). In the first pic, you can meet my Journalism class. In the bottom pic, you can meet my Writing for Children students.

I was thinking that these could work as "before" photos (as in "before and after" photos in which a plain woman (or man) is transformed into a great beauty. As you can see, my students are already very good looking! I'm interested in a different sort of transformation... an internal one. You see, some of these young people are going to turn into writers. And for me, that's a very exciting process to be part of!

I have to admit I was just a wee bit sorry to return to teaching this week... there is, after all, something to be said for an eight-month sabbatical. (Think of snowy days when a stay-at-home writer can stay-at-home in her flannel PJs all day long!!) But you know what? All  my students this term (there's another group -- my Stuff of Nonsense class and I'll try to get their pic for you next week) strike me as bright and interested and interesting. And you know what I am? Lucky to be their teacher!

Happy Day at Rosemere High School
Back to School!
 

Comments

Guest - Tamara on Sunday, 23 January 2011 15:24

I know that you were wondering why students weren't posting anything on the blog; were they worried about being pets or over-enthusiastic? Although those might very well have been true guesses, those worries slipped by quite fast when you told us about your adventures in Resolute Bay. The journalist in my family spent last year working on a fabulous project involving the CBC. He reunited circum-polar countries in one URL which provided them with the space to share their news on the Arctic. Eye on the Arctic (http://eyeonthearctic.rcinet.ca/index.php) is - I'm pretty sure - the reason why posting something on the blog did not need planning or foresight on the world's reactions and opinions - I needed to share this! And so, I would like to welcome you back, and wish you well on finishing the book!
See you Monday,
All the best,

T.

I know that you were wondering why students weren't posting anything on the blog; were they worried about being pets or over-enthusiastic? Although those might very well have been true guesses, those worries slipped by quite fast when you told us about your adventures in Resolute Bay. The journalist in my family spent last year working on a fabulous project involving the CBC. He reunited circum-polar countries in one URL which provided them with the space to share their news on the Arctic. Eye on the Arctic (http://eyeonthearctic.rcinet.ca/index.php) is - I'm pretty sure - the reason why posting something on the blog did not need planning or foresight on the world's reactions and opinions - I [i]needed[/i] to share this! And so, I would like to welcome you back, and wish you well on finishing the book! See you Monday, All the best, T.
Guest - Monique on Sunday, 23 January 2011 16:07

Hi Tamara! That is really interesting about Eye on the Arctic -- I visited the site and found lots of stories that are right up my alley. Very cool, too, that your dad is one of the bloggers for the site. Now I really want to try and get him in for a class visit. Have a good rest of the weekend and thanks for posting your comment!

Hi Tamara! That is really interesting about Eye on the Arctic -- I visited the site and found lots of stories that are right up my alley. Very cool, too, that your dad is one of the bloggers for the site. Now I really want to try and get him in for a class visit. Have a good rest of the weekend and thanks for posting your comment!
Guest - Sarah on Sunday, 23 January 2011 22:24

there is one very special student missing in the writing for children picture, guess you will have to photoshop her in there somewhere!

there is one very special student missing in the writing for children picture, guess you will have to photoshop her in there somewhere!
Monique Polak on Monday, 24 January 2011 16:01

Gee, Sarah! We're definitely going to need to fix that problem. That "very special student" you mention is definitely very special to me!!

Gee, Sarah! We're definitely going to need to fix that problem. That "very special student" you mention is definitely very special to me!!:)
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