Today, you are in for a treat. I have asked my blogger friend Larry, at Me Myself and Kids to be my guest writer. He is a gifted writer, father of two young boys and high school English teacher. When Larry recently asked me to write a post for his blog, I was a bit intimidated. I felt like I was back to high school writing a paper for English class. However, he was a good sport and only made a few minor corrections. Whew.
With school just around the corner (thank GOD), I asked Larry to write from the perspective of being a teacher. Today’s post is explains what it is like to be a parent/teacher and how he often brings his work as a teacher home to his boys. Enjoy and for more of Larry’s work, please check out Me Myself and Kids.
Dad English Teacher
“How did the setting contribute to the story? Sure the setting looked nice and was glamorous, but I don’t see how it added to the story in the least. You can have a marital conflict anywhere?”
My wife and I had just finished watching the movie Descendants. Everybody talks after a movie – some do during the movie (including me), but that’s another story. The actor/tress was great, I love the scene when …, that character was hilarious. However, I talk about conflict, symbolism, and plot development. After all, I am an English teacher.
My wife and I have been reading with the boys since they were born. Well, maybe we waited till they got home from the hospital. I don’t just read to the children or now listen to them read. I question them.
Why do you think the boy looks sad?
What does exhausted mean?
How would you feel if you were the character?
What do you see in the picture?
Reading with dad english teacher is a chance to teach a lesson.
We were packing up in order to go to the local pool/beach recently. Shovels, boogie boards, noodles, snack. Check, check, check, check.There was one more thing we needed.
“Just bring a book.”
“I don’t want to bring a book.”
“I want you to bring one.”
“Fine. I’ll bring one.”
No, I didn’t expect the boys to get out of the pool, so they could read just a few more pages. I want to instill in them the believe that they should always carry a book. You never know when you will have some spare time. So, why not have a book? Read, feed your brain, learn, and grow. Yes, my students, I mean children, this is what dad english teacher wants for you.
“Did he just say that word?”
“I think he did.”
“How does he know that word?”
“SY (5.5 year old) how do you know that word?”
“I don’t know.”
“Did you read it somewhere?”
“Stop asking me!”
Despite my displeasure with his tone, I hug him tight. Good vocabulary makes me happy. I am dad english teacher you know.
Common grammar mistakes make me cringe. I correct. I know I can be annoying when I do this. I try to hold back, but my brain shouts out “That is wrong. Make it right!” I’ve gotten many an annoyed look upon correction. It’s worth it. My children, on the other hand, are willing learners and when they use proper grammar… well, let’s just say that’s one of my simple pleasures.
As we walk in from a long day, BR announces,
“SY and I are going downstairs.” As they go downstairs, he adds to his little brother, “No were neither watching Thomas nor playing with Lego.” He put the other person first and used neither nor. How beautiful is that? I have to give him a high-five. It bring a smile to dad english teacher.
Yes, I bring the job home. I get excited over weird things. Literary elements, reading, and grammar make me happy. Odd. I can accept that. In my defense, I am an english teacher.