Before I get too far into my post today, I wanted to take just a second to say something about education. This is my 11th year of teaching. When I started back in 2000, teaching and teachers were really respected. The tide has changed a bit and it makes me sad. I understand that it's in reaction to falling test scores and achievement, but an article I ran into on Yahoo News this past week had me frustrated, "7 Ways to Get Your Kid's Teacher to Like You." Really? I get that they were trying to be an advocate and suggest respectful ways to interact with teachers, but the assumption from that title is that we DON'T like you or your child before we like them. That's just silly! I just wish that the media would think about the way they write their articles or report on things so that they can be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Trust me when I say that we're geared up to work hard this year.
Okay. That's just a bit about school and that whole side of things. As everyone knows, work and other things that dominate your life impact what and how much you're reading. Now that I'm getting back into a normal routine again, I can see that the reading slump is about over. Yay! My friend Heidenkind, over at Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books pointed out to me one day that my reading slump was probably just because it's something I use for escape. Now that school is back in session, I'd much rather shut off the television and extra noise and escape into a book. Finally.
Here's what I'm just finishing:
And here's what I'll be reading more of this week:
What are you reading this week?
In conclusion, I wanted to send all my best wishes to those who were impacted by Hurricane Irene. All my best to everyone! Have a great week.