Gotta love Gary V!
If you need any motivation to bring your A game the first week of school, just think of those horrific safety training videos we always have to endure.
Why do we hate them?
Oh let us count the ways:
They’re boring . . . honestly, when will we even need that information? They are about as interesting as watching paint dry . . . they’re cheap, uninspired presentations . . . they are not individualized to our lives or our school . . . they are so many other, more pressing things we could be spending our prep time on . . .
The list goes on . . .
But here is what is vital about that . . . every kid (at least that’s how I think about it) walks into our class thinking the same exact thing about us and our most beloved subject!
They think . . . “Oh Lord! 85 minutes of English. I have to write a five paragraph theme. When will I ever write one of those in the real world (they won’t)? I’m going to have to read some damn boring story about a minister and his black veil. When will I ever use that in the real world (they won’t)? And sweet mother of all things holy, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to read Shakespeare. I hate that damn guy. Why can’t he write in English!!!!!”
So it’s my job to prove them wrong.
I have to energize them. I have to connect with them. I have to be more interesting that Google or Facebook or Snapchat or Instagram . . . Good thing I am.
In other words, I have to teach my ass off.
So I prepare all my slideshows, lectures, writing topics, story selections and so on with that in mind.
Teach your ass off today!