So I've always been a bit of an English teacher manqué. I’ve never actually taught English, but I’ve often exercised the English teacher impulses by such activities as:
- sharing literature with my kids
- editing my friends’ documents (upon request)
- writing scenes where an English-teacher-cum-superhero teaches literature to a bunch of mutant adolescents (see a lesson on Huck Finn and one on John Donne for examples).
I also can’t stop myself from mentally correcting the grammar on signs, commercials, and even song lyrics. This morning, for example, I found myself singing along to a song on the radio:
One fewer bell to answer
One fewer egg to fry
Well, now in my new job I have a whole new venue for enacting the English Teacher Tendencies: editing adoption summaries. ( Read more...Collapse )
In addition to the above, I insert a well-known quote in my email notice of our weekly adoption conference call and promise a prize to the first person who guesses the source.