...and it has nothing to do with the tests.
Yesterday, we finished a read-aloud of The Circuit, the autobiography of migrant-child-now-noted-SCU-professor, Francisco Jimenez. My kids loved it. Following the cliffhanger ending, they unanimously voted to read the sequel Breaking Through.
This morning, I couldn't find my keys and had to take a $30 cab ride to work. I was grumpy and self-loathing and was worried about being a bad teacher because of my mood. The universe intervened.
Ten minutes after I arrived, two students, neither of which are the most involved in the class, came up to me bearing the book. Last night, apparently, they went to the public library and checked it out. They wanted to start reading it TODAY. And so we will.
I guarantee you I'm the happiest teacher in the state right now.
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