How to Lose Your Self of Steam & Other Teaching Lessons I Never Learned From Professional Development is Bellringers blogger Carol Richtsmeier’s light-hearted look at her years as a journalism teacher.
Her response to students who don’t turn in an assigned story, but claim they “tried” resonates with me as a former high school newspaper editor and mother of a former high school newspaper editor.
“Maybe you hadn’t noticed, but this isn’t the YMCA. We are not in the business of building your self of steam or making sure everyone feels good about themselves. We are a publication. Our goal is to put out the best publication we can. We can’t do that if we only try. We have to do. We have to publish. When you don’t do your story, are we supposed to run ‘ at least she tried to write her story’?”
While you’re buying books for holiday giving, don’t your friends and relations need a hardcover or paperback copy of Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea and the Charter School That Beat the Odds? Yes. They do.