July 22, 2003

Shelby Kicks Butt

I had my first session of teaching for Kaplan last night and I have to say, I kicked butt! The first hour was a little nerve-wracking. Out of nervousness I sped through an hour's worth of curriculum in 1/2 an hour. But my students all followed very well, and I filled the rest of the time working with them on the "try these at home" questions. The second hour I was on a roll. Of course the subject was essay writing, a particular favorite of mine :). Anyway I'm on a Monday/Wednesday teaching schedule so I'll be up again tomorrow. It's nice to be back in the classroom and I know it will get easier as I gain experience. As it is now I spent over 2 hours prepping, but that time will be cut down as I get more familiar with the material.

Finished another book: Lucky by Alice Sebold. This is Sebold's memoir of a brutal rape and beating that happened to her as a college freshman. The story is told unapologetically and with courage as she outlines her recovery and the trial and conviction of her rapist. An empowering read. If you haven't read Sebold's novel The Lovely Bones, you need to get yourself to a bookstore or library ASAP.

Posted by Shelby at July 22, 2003 09:56 PM

Great job, Shelby!!!! I nominate you for Teacher of the Year!

Posted by: Peggy at July 23, 2003 11:21 AM
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