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Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] performance of a novel

From: Whitehead, Gertha P. <>
Date: Tue May 30 2006 - 19:03:20 EDT

Forget boring. Breathing is boring to most kids. Enlighten them with knowing that the word "boredom" is the state that only a human being can assume. Therefore, boring means: you have done all, seen all, and if you stop running, the grave diggers will cover you up, because you are already dead and refuse to die!! That usually ends that in my room.
Woo your students with your knowledge of the author(little secret tidbits, that only some research will divulge) and your enthusiasm with reading whatever novel you choose and you will see a difference. Set the stage of the novel: find films on the time period; look at the writings of other authors who were contemporaries. . .
Doesn't it make you sick when you find that the most critical colleague on campus is barely doing a thing in their classrooms? Be a rebel. Don't succumb to mediocrity! I didn't. You don't have to either!!!
Enjoy yourself!


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You are so correct. I teach in an urban district where many of my fellow English teachers do not teach things, because the students say the books are "lame" or "boring." Next year, I am planning to add another novel to the class, and I know it will be successful - I can get the students to relate to it.

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