Monday, August 29, 2011
What You Wish You'd Learned in High School
So tomorrow is my first official day of teaching. I'm super excited and incredibly nervous. I am so excited that my job is essentially discussing and practicing my favorite thing in the entire world, and it will be amazing to try and get the kids to see the joy in writing. I am nervous at the weight of responsibility. Its a big deal to have even a tiny portion of someones education in your hands.
That's why I'm polling you guys. I want to make this class valuable to my students. Something they will look forward to, and a place where they learn things that are applicable and interesting to them. So, what, in terms of creative writing, do you wish you'd learned in high school?
Whether you had a high school creative writing class or not, I want to know. What kinds of projects and exercises would have been helpful? What advice and knowledge would have saved you years of grief, if only yo had learned it from the beginning? If you were able to write a letter to your high school self, what would you tell yourself as far as your writing is concerned? That kind of thing. I definitely have ideas, but I want to try and miss as little as possible.
So, our high school selves. What do we want to know?