Makes My Heart All Mushy

For those that don't know, I'm an English teacher at a low-performing, low-socioeconomic high school in California. One of the courses I teach is "normal" English (normal = unmotivated) for sophomores. For the last two weeks we've been reading Ray Bradbury's science fiction classic Fahrenheit 451, which the kids don't seem to hate too much.

One kid came up to me today and said, "I actually like this book, it like has a good story. This is rare, I pretty much hate reading." This was also the kid that yelled, "Holy fucking shit!" when the fire alarm was pulled during class a few weeks ago (which was the exact same thing going through my head).

When my days normally consist of complaining, followed by a little more complaining, it was nice to hear.


  1. What a nice comment to motivate you as a teacher! Awesome!

  2. If only we could hear a comment like this EVERY day of our teaching career. Not the Holy Fucking shit part (that was fun to type) but the whole hearted interest of the students. Maybe then we wont be so burnt out. Blaaah!