I recently spoke to a high school Latin class of juniors (11th graders). I had a blast. But ya know what really made me happy? Not a single kid fell asleep during my talk (hey, it was an early class, okay?
And we're talking teens).
Yesterday, I received a thank you note from the teacher along with a thick packet of letters and cards from the students. I sometimes receive sweet notes from younger
kids, but I had not expected this from the older ones. It completely made my day (thank you Ms. Burke!). I just had to share some of their comments:
I was worried that I wouldn't like [your Cleopatra book] because it's a children's book, but I ended up really loving it! I kept sharing all of the fun facts that I learned with my friends and parents. Who knew one person could be SO interesting?!
By telling us about the life of Cleopatra, you have renewed my interest in the ancient world...[your approach] actually leaves space for the individual to make his/her own conclusion about how and why things took place. Mrs. Shecter, your job might make you the coolest mom ever.
(My kids would disagree, but still.)
I really enjoyed the detail and depth of your story. I specifically appreciated your enthusiasm...I myself am a history buff and enjoy hearing from other people who have the same passion.
The young man who wrote the above added a PS regarding the replica Spartan helmet I brought in: The helmet was really cool. I cannot believe you own that. I am jealous.
Again, I love my job