“Too many writers think that all you need to do is write well—but that’s only part of what a good book is. Above all, a good book tells a good story. Focus on the story first. Ask yourself, ‘Will other people find this story so interesting that they will tell others about it?’ Remember: A bestselling book usually follows a simple rule, ‘It’s a wonderful story, wonderfully told’; not, ‘It’s a wonderfully told story.”—Nicholas Sparks (via amandaonwriting)
I received a thank you card in the post, at work, from Pearson. Two pupils in my y12 group had nominated me for a ‘thank a teacher’ award. I won’t win, with only 2 votes, but it really touched my heart.
Their comments weren’t about amazing lesson plans, activities or topics - but that I was supportive, funny and that they always left my lesson feeling ‘cheered up’.
“There is no reason that teaching U.S. history in the 21st century cannot be an amazing experience for all involved. Kids need to make a personal connection with the people they are studying. Kids who ‘hate history’ are the ones who never were exposed to the human side of the people they are studying.”—A history teacher’s brilliant idea (via gjmueller)
1 Have humility. Older/more experienced/more convincing writers may offer rules and varieties of advice. Consider what they say. However, don’t automatically give them charge of your brain, or anything else – they might be bitter, twisted, burned-out, manipulative, or just…