Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to school!

I love this time of the year. The back-to-school rituals of finding the perfect outfit for the first day and shopping for school supplies. (I was obsessed with Trapper Keepers when I was a kid.) 

But mostly I like remembering teachers who changed my life. Like the second grade teacher who read aloud The Boxcar Children. And the high school teacher who became the coach for the debate team (we took second in states thanks to our coach -- I'm still proud of that one.) And, of course, the college professor who encouraged me to write poetry even though I was an International Studies major. These were my teachers. 

Even though I'm out of school now, teachers are still inspiring me. Especially a certain fourth-grade teacher in Michigan who has a blog called Sharpread

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Mr. Colby Sharp:

And what does he do to get kids fired up about reading? Well, check this out:

So I can't be more excited to be going back into the classroom again this September ... Mr. Sharp's classroom, that is. Because he's one of my teachers.

Now I just need to find the perfect outfit. Hmmm ... 

I think this will be perfect.