It's happened again. The summer has ended, and I'm back in the classroom, molding the minds of impressionable youth. Scary thought, right?
This is my 18th year teaching, and while it can be challenging at times, I wouldn't trade it for any other profession. Except maybe bestselling author. Or penguin wrangler. As it is, I often feel like I'm a full-time teacher and a full-time writer. If it wasn't for that great deal I got on 48-hour days a while back, I don't know what I'd do.
Seriously though, I feel blessed to be able to teach English. It goes hand-in-hand with my passion for writing, which I hope to pass on to my students. And working only 9 months of the year leaves plenty of time for my noveling and other writing projects. As long as I don't get too distracted by the beach...
So I'm back at it. Teaching my students to read critically, use proper grammar, and express themselves in ways that will make people sit up and take notice. In this age of social media and gnat-sized attention spans, it's more important than ever for young people to learn to be effective communicators.
And maybe write some crazy sci-fi stories while they're at it.