Sunday, February 22, 2009

I've Made the Newspaper!

About a week ago, I got an email from someone who writes for the local newspaper about writing a book review. I gave him one and then kind of forgot about it. Apparently, a lot of my colleagues and students read that newspaper, because I started to hear a lot of comments about it on Wednesday. So, I went and checked it out, and I was amazed to see the stellar company I was in. Here's a link to the article:

Saturday, February 21, 2009

This Is Why I Do What I Do

By the end of last semester I was feeling a little burned out. I had one class in particular that was driving me insane and making me feel like a failure at teaching. So, I have been more than a little thankful for a few teaching compliments that have been thrown my way lately. I have found out that at least a few of my students do appreciate all the effort I make to have even things like Chaucer and Shakespeare fresh and relevant for them. I've heard feedback about three different events that let me know that I have made a difference, at least for three of my students. I guess that will be enough to keep me going for 3 more months now!