After teaching for 10 year at a large public high school in New Jersey, Nick Ripatrazone has 55 Thoughts for English Teachers.
To start with, “you need to love words,” he writes. “You don’t need to love a certain type of book or a particular writer, but you need to love letters and phrases and the possibilities of language. You will spend most of your days dealing with words, and students can sense if words do not bring you joy.”
“Create meticulous plans for each day,” he adds, “but be alive in the classroom.”
“Teaching is performance, but not the performance of theater; there needs to be genuine interaction,” writes Ripatrazone. Students “can tell if you are putting on a show.”
Number 55: “For some students, you are their only light.”