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:
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