I am beyond blessed. I not only have found a vocation that I truly enjoy, but this year, I am only teaching my two favorite favorite classes: Brit Lit and English Comp. My schedule is a dream as I only teach Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the last class ending at 12:20pm. All the students are delightful with not a single behavioral issue. Some days I have to pinch myself to be sure that this is real.
While I enjoy teaching the literature side, and hearing the students analysis of classic works, my real passion is to teach writing. And of all the writing I teach, I absolutely adore creative writing. In this case I think the adage is true, in that, those who can't do... teach. I am more an academic writer than a writer of fiction, but I LOVE engaging young minds to write out of their imaginations. It is invigorating and inspiring to me.
But alas, as much as I love teaching writing - and as much as I love reading their creative masterpieces - I absolutely abhor grading them. I feel such pressure and responsibility to quantify the final draft with a letter grade. Writing is subjective - and as much as I try to be objective by using rubrics and such, it is impossible to be completely unbiased. And so, I stress.
On this day I finished grading Brit Lit's Knightly Tales that they wrote in conjunction with reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. We discussed the ten characteristics of a knight, which means that a true knight is not only a manly man wearing a suit of armor. In fact, it can be argued that Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz is a knight. And students were asked to develop their own knight and write a story that involves a quest where their knight either succeeds, or dies trying. It is amazing to me the creativity these students hold... and their willingness to share it, when encouraged.