Monday, September 12, 2011

Teachers Teaching Cool Books

So this past week, school went back in. Not for me -- I'm a disillusioned university drop-out at the moment -- but for my siblings. My little brother is now in grade 11, doing an alternative program because high school didn't work out for him. My little sister, however, has just entered high school in grade 8.

Beyond this being totally mindblowing (omg my little baby sister is going to be 13 soon!!! When did this happening?!!), it's exciting. She's growing up, yay! She's also a complete brat, but that's besides the point. She's always been a brat, heh.

It's also worrying. She's attending the same high school I went to, and she has the same Phys Ed teacher I had. I'm worried because that teacher bullied me and utterly obliviated my self-esteem in grades 8 and 9, and my sister's a little chubby like I was at the time. I'm crossing my fingers that either that teacher has changed, or that my sister is a hell of a lot stronger than I was and will fight back. She's a really tough kid, so I'm hoping she'll be okay.

Today she came home from school with a huge smile on her face, brimming over with excitement to tell me something.

"OMG, Becca, guess what book we're reading for English?!?!?!"


"The Hunger Games!" she squealed. Literally squealed. "Right away I told the teacher that I've already read it and that everyone else was going to love it!"

What a little busy-body. It's so her to jump up and blab any fact that makes her look cool for already knowing something.

But it made me so happy. A teacher who teaches The Hunger Games instead of the dry and dull things some teachers choose?

I think my sister will be just fine.


  1. That's so exciting. I found out through a teacher I'm close with that my old school district has Hunger Games as required reading. I think I nearly squealed too. lol.

    <3 Gina Blechman

  2. WOW. That's really awesome that that's on the reading list. The h.s. me would have been so jealous lol

    BTW, I gave you a blog award on my blog today


  3. What?! The Hunger Games for English class? That makes me almost wish I was still in high school. Almost. I can't express my gratitude for the end of those four years. Though now that they're over, I'm allowed to remember the good times and feel nostalgic while pushing the less fun memories to some distant corner of my mind, never to be remembered.

    My nephew just started high school so I'm feeling the same giddy excitement and worry that you are. I had to call him after the first day and make sure he was still alive. I swear, I sounded like my mother: "Did you find all your classes? Did you eat lunch? Did you make friends?" I remember my first day of high school as being this nerve wracking experience that bordered on traumatic. But my nephew must be a lot more well adjusted than I was because his reply to all my questions was this: "I wasn't nervous. It was fine, great. I like my teachers."

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  5. That's awesome! What a cool teacher. That's the way to get kids excited about reading–include an exciting contemporary novel in the lesson plan! Hope your sister and her classmates have fun with it. :)

  6. Oh man, I wish books like The Hunger Games had been around when I was still in high school. Yay for forward thinking! :D

  7. Wow, that sounds like a great class. I think your sister will have a good time even if the gym teacher is a bully (grrr that makes me mad).