The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Find a quote from page 56.
Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest, or most intellectual books, they just use the one they are currently reading. This is the book I'm reading right now:
Title: Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach edited by Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner
It is a serious matter to ask. Why do I teach? We don't come to teaching to punch the clock or count the dollars. Most of us come to teaching to answer a summons or bidding that commands us to do this work. (From the section called Hearing the Call.)Friday 56:
When I began teaching, I started a "Feel Good" scrapbook. Inside are notes, cards, letter, student reflections, and awards---items that shield me from negativity and serve to lift my spirit. Occasionally, when I am having one of those days where I have lost sight of the reasons I'm teaching, I pull this book out of my desk and read. "The Gift" is the one poem in my scrapbook. (Kelly Gallagher, District English Curriculum Specialist, California.)Comment: This book is a collection of poems selected by educators. Each poem is accompanied by an explanation from the educator as to why the poems has helped, inspired, or spurred them to action. My blog post, Melancholy and Springtime was picked up and reposted on their website, Teaching with Heart, Fire, and Poetry this week. I'd be honored if you would take a look. Follow the link to Finding Solace with Poetry. This is my second time through this volume and I find it so inspiring every time I pick it up and I just order the 2nd volume, Teaching with Heart. Can't wait to find out what treasures it holds.