I feel as if I have neglected my blog a little…or perhaps a lot but switching student teaching placements is not that easy. Especially when you show up and another teacher wants you to teach two classes of seniors and the school wants you to interview in a week! I was super pumped about that interview though :).
So a lot has happened since I lost blogged and as a result not a lot of reading has happened. I did however start another three books since I last finished one, which brings up my current total of currently reading on my Goodreads account to 9. Which in theory I am only actively reading like two of those books. One for school and the other for pleasure.
I finished listening to the audio book Wonder and loved it! I cried at the ending which again I was driving to school when I finished so I was desperately trying to make sure my mascara wasn’t running. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Wonder simply because when the book first came out I read a few negative reviews and as a result of that wasn’t really interested in the book. Mainly the one complaint logged against the book was that it didn’t portray being a kid with a disability as having a happy easy life. Which, if I’m being honest life probably isn’t easy when you don’t look like everyone else. If you are reading this and have absolutely no idea what I am talking about I will explain. Auggie or Augustus Pullman was born with a rare genetic deformity that basically makes his face look not normal at all and severely deformed. However, this is the only problem with Auggie as this hasn’t effected him in any other way except he just looks different. He’s just like any other normal fourth grader about to go into the fourth grade.
Auggie’s face is very noticeable and therefore he does get picked on and the book doesn’t shy away from that fact. To me that was refreshing. The book didn’t sugar coat the cruelty of kids and it didn’t sugar coat Auggie’s reaction to the bullying. Bullying happens whether we like it or not and not talking about it doesn’t make it go away. This book is honest about what kids do in fifth grade to each other especially when one is different than the rest. Another great example of this is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Another great book about a kid who is different and it doesn’t shy away from how her classmates treat her. It really is a great novel and would make a great read aloud and spark some really great conversations on how to treat classmates.
On the way to my brother’s wedding (St. Patrick’s Day! I did not wear green :)), I listened to the novel The Same Kind of Different As Me. I had bought the book years ago and it sat on my shelf for years. I had always wanted to read it but I never found the time to and since I was going to be stuck in the car for nine hours I decided to borrow it from the library and finally read/listen to it. It was not what I expected at all and in fact I still don’t really know the point of the story. Turns out it is a true story about a man from down south who ended up in Texas and being helped by a Christian man and his wife. The description on the book in my opinion is really misleading because this book again was not what I expected at all but it was interesting. If I end up finding the book in my boxes I probably won’t keep it but it’s not a bad book.
That brings us all the way to this last week. After my brother’s wedding I interviewed with the school where I am currently student teaching. I breathlessly awaited a answer to whether or not they hired me because I had another interview with a school as equally close to where I want to live. Well they had good and bad news. The bad news was I didn’t get the position I initially applied for but they really wanted me to work there so they were working really hard to make a position for me. This should have been flattering and it was somewhat but when they first offered me the job it was part time and the principal wasn’t sure if they would be able to get me to full time until Friday, the day of my next interview. So I was told to wait until Friday. Well I interviewed in the morning at the other school and as soon I got back into my building that morning the principal called me down to offer me a full time position! Needless to say I wanted to accept right away but I needed some time to think. I was really torn because if I stay at the school I am currently student teaching at I can work with one of my best friends but the other school has a great speech and one act program headed by another one of my great friends. I thought long and hard Friday and I will tell everyone my decision on Monday (even if it has already been made). Let’s just say one school has a lot more going for it then the other one :).