"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

14 December 2009

Success

Success: when your students quote Annie Dillard from memory in class presentations and in spontaneous reflection papers. Yes!

6 comments:

Mrs. Lawson said...

Yes! Yes!

Anna said...

Or when after their first semester they bring her book home and give it to their mothers and say "This is a wonderful book - you have to read it!" (what I did)

alaiyo said...

I don't think you told me that, Anna! How wonderful! Elisa has a weblog now (Days Inside-Out -- in the sidebar) and she is quoting and alluding to Dillard often. Happy sigh. :)

Marcy F said...

One of the sweetest gifts in life for a teacher is to know she has touched the life of a student in a significant, lasting way. I have a feeling that most students would be surprised at how very, very, very much they mean to us.

alaiyo said...

Amen to both those thoughts, dear friend!

GrumpyTeacher1 said...

Hurray!

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