Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I Demand That You Shoot Me Now!

There are a number of things that I love about teaching. High on the list is the freedom I have to teach in way that excites me and engages kids in the content matter. I absolutely love the fact that I have a high degree of autonomy to perform my job. I love teaching because it is something that I want to get better at and wake up at 5:30 each day so I can be at work by 6:30 (the earliest I can get into the building), and try. I love that I make a difference. Not every student, every day, but I try. I don't make a lot, but I make a difference. The 26 stories that bring students to our door each morning matter to me. They are my purpose. I didn't understand why I was so happy until Dan Pink and RSA explained it to me a while back.
Anyway, I was preparing for a lesson this week on understanding the narrator's point of view and their role in fiction, omniscient limited/objective etc. Included in the lesson was how the use of pronouns are a key to determining the narrator's role in the story. I thought I would reinforce the teaching point that improper use of pronouns can have disastrous results. Pronoun trouble indeed.
And with that short introduction, we were off on another learning adventure.