Applying a Book to Teaching

Well… my blogging goals have not been happening. I actually have been reevaluating my plate of “stuff”. I need to let a few things go. But that is not the point of this post. What is the point is the focus on a book I just finished. I am a little late to the game, but I just finished listening to Becoming by Michelle Obama. And I LOVED it.

I always thought Michelle was amazing, but this book has moved her up to role model on my list. I loved how she always tried to stay independent and true to herself.

One of my favorite take-aways is that our paths in life can swerve. She talks about how it is silly to ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. I started taking this perspective in a recent unit with my freshmen. We are looking at careers, but I am encouraging them to pick careers that are “maybe’s” to explore. Or careers that seem out of reach. They are not deciding but exploring.

3 thoughts on “Applying a Book to Teaching

  1. I adored Becoming! Now that you’re finished with it, may I suggest checking out her podcast on Spotify? You’ll get to hear about many of the people you read about in her book. Plus, she’s so insightful. It’s just wonderful!

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  2. What a brilliant idea! I, too, had a new appreciation for Michelle Obama after finishing her novel. I love this idea of having students explore their maybes — “They are not deciding but exploring.” is a wonderful idea and I think an important lesson about how the job we think we’re going to have isn’t often where we end up!

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