Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Off Topic: A Good Day

Warning: This post is a sugar-sweet one. People with sour dispositions (like me before coffee) need not read further.

I've been crazy-hassled most of this week. Mother's Day put me behind, and then I've had lots of work to do with the paying job. But lots of good things happened today:

  • Finished proof-reading the kids' literary magazine. I started the Creative Writing program at the high school where I work, and for the past three years, we've been collecting student stories to put in a literary magazine. The first two volumes were slender and comprised mostly of the same handful of students who were in the club, but this year's volume was 70 pages, with so many different entries that three pages were the lists of students' names who contributed!!!
  • Got back students' writing test scores. And my students had a 90% pass rate. Freakin' A, man. (Full disclosure: my scores are bit a skewed in my favor because I taught honors students this year, but still....90% pass rate?! Personal best.)
  • Yelled at my third period kids. This doesn't sound like a positive thing, right? Trust me, it is. See, I was reading aloud "The Yellow Wallpaper" for the students and they were supposed to be following along in the textbook. I look over and see that three--three!--kids have some other book hidden in the textbook so it looks like they're reading the textbook, but they're not. So I start yelling...and then see that all three of them are reading the copies of the novels I'd assigned for homework: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. They liked Speak so much, that they were sneaking class time to read!! How cool is that?!
  • My friend gave me cake. How could that not make me happy?

So, yeah, none of these things have to do with my own writing...but it still makes me feel like this:

You don't have to comment. I'm just having such a good day I want to smile at the world. :)
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