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Amy Reilly

So Boring...

“Boredom is the luxury of those who have time to realize it” - I’m sure I heard that once as a bored teen along with “There are no boring ideas, just boring people” and “Go do something”. As a high school teacher and parent of school aged children, I have become very well acquainted with the lament of boredom. For example:

One of the Million Things that Teaching has Taught Me: Listening

Adolescence is ridiculously difficult. I should know; I’ve spent at least 30 hours a week for the past 13 years desperately trying to teach teenagers to write. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. I am not some sadist that chooses to work with them because I get some weird thrill from being hated or ridiculous martyr who is seeking praise for the “burden” I carry. I genuinely enjoy their company and find their energy, excitement and ability to grow and adapt enlivening. And, I have no desire to return to adolescence. Zero.

Dear class of 2013

 

A note from me to you, the class of 2013