Classroom as Microcosm
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Siobhan Curious teaches English literature at a CEGEP in Montreal.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Why You Should Fall In Love
With Abed Nadir
February 25, 2013 09:33AM
- Betraying Elmo
November 13, 2012 07:48AM
- Buying My House #2: Money
Really Doesn't Grow On Trees
October 01, 2012 01:03PM
- Things I Learned From Buying a
House #1: I Can Do It
October 01, 2012 01:01PM
- Who's to Blame for the Mess in
May 23, 2012 09:43AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Lyn: be my guest! Next
time you're in Montreal, come
February 25, 2013 10:18AM
needs not one but four English
credits, and at this
January 31, 2012 02:21PM
- “GD: see today's post for
January 23, 2012 10:47AM
- “GD: Well, thank you, and
I'm sure I'd feel the same
January 17, 2012 02:35PM
- “Thanks Alysa! I think
just walking in with the
at least some of
January 16, 2012 12:33PM
Siobhan Curious's Links
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I want my students to believe that it's good to fall in love with fictional people. But I may be wrong.
My English course for Child Studies majors is called "A Question of Character." We've spent the last few weeks discussing what "characterization" means in literature, and what… Read full post »
Just a few days ago, I spent an evening weeping with joy over the documentary Being Elmo. The subject of that documentary, Kevin Clash, is now facing accusations of "sex with an underage boy." No matter what the truth of the story is, it will be disheartening. Which… Read full post »
If it did, I'd have a lot more than I used to, because I didn't use to own any trees, and now I own six. Well, three trees, and two lilac bushes, and a cedar shrub. Nevertheless, money doesn't grow on any of them.
I have gone through periods… Read full post »
For most of my adult life, I said that I didn't want to own a house. It was too much responsibility. I was willing to "pay someone else's mortgage," as people kept describing it, if it meant that someone… Read full post »
Until now, I haven't commented on the madness happening in Montreal streets concerning tuition hikes. I haven't commented because my feelings about the tuition hikes, and the resulting student strikes and protes/… Read full post »
If you haven't yet discovered Tavi Gevinson and her webzine Rookie, it's time you did. If you know any teenage girls, you need to send them a link to Rookie, because every teenage girl needs to think about the stuff Tavi Gevison and her writers think about.
In her original… Read full post »
I know what some of you are thinking. Never! Sacrilege! No such thing! &nb… Read full post »
A couple of years ago, a reader named "Viceroy" left this baffling comment on a post that had nothing to do with his observation.
I notice that your students, who appear to be 17 & 18… Read full post »
The Husband and I have just finalized a deal to purchase a house. (To read about one of the more dramatic adventures of our search, go here.) In the process, we've had to do all sorts of things that we've never had to do before. We didn't… Read full post »
Are you burnt out? Or are you demoralized?
A colleague passed this on to me yesterday, and it fits nicely with my series on teacher burnout that wrapped up last week: sometimes what we call burnout is actually demoralization. The difference is in the cause.
I have been… Read full post »
The Husband and I have been on an adventure. We have been looking for a condo for the last couple of months - mortgage pre-approvals! Real estate agents! Notaries and house inspectors! We feel like grownups - and two… Read full post »
In the summer of 2007, my burnout reached its peak. I’d taken some steps to deal with it (and you can check out the… Read full post »
I have a confession to make. I’m a bad meditator.
Meditation is incredibly boring. Everything in me resists doing it, and… Read full post »
One advantage of being a teacher is that it’s easy to keep learning, and learning, and learning.
I got my education degree years… Read full post »
When I first started teaching, I was scared. Terrified, in fact.
I’d taken a job as a Second Language Monitor – a… Read full post »
Teaching can be lonely. We spend a lot of time with our students, but our relationships with them can feel adversarial and/or… Read full post »
… it is utterly impossible for over-worked teachers to preserve an instinctive liking for children; they are bound to come to feel towards them as the proverbial conf… Read full post »
This is the second post in a series on how to overcome burnout and love teaching again. For the introductory post, go here.
On Monday, I introduced my career crisis. After teaching joyfully for many years, I was tired, discouraged and ready to quit.
But I paused before throwing… Read full post »
I’ve been a teacher in some capacity for twenty-three years. I fell in love with the profession when I was a college student and landed a part-time job as an assistant language teacher in… Read full post »
I've received some comments and missives recently from discouraged teachers who have stumbled upon my blog and have found it helpful. This makes me very happy. However, there's a place I want to send them, and I can't. So I'm going to try to fix this… Read full post »
This week, I am working on essay structure with my post-intro students. After 22 years of teaching essay structure in various forms, I am, as you can imagine, sick of it. But then I came across this little analogy: how to bake your essay like a cake! It's… Read full post »
On Monday, I brought you the story of Penny, who failed my course last term and is repeating it, and has transformed from a diligent and cheery student into a discouraged and sullen one. There were lots of thoughtful suggestions about how to help Penny, and several people asked to… Read full post »
Penny was in one of my courses last semester. She failed. Her basic skills - reading comprehension, written and oral expression, logical organization - were all very poor. However, she was motivated and hardworking, and didn't seem discouraged throughout most of the term, even when she fail… Read full post »
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