Pre-AP Eng 9 & AP Eng 11
Ms. Een Rm 248
Welcome Back!! It's going to be a GREAT YEAR!
OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION:
Parents please use the Zoom link on your student's Google classroom page. It is located on the "Classwork" section under the topic "Attendance." I can't wait to "meet" you!
On Taking Risks:
This is a different beginning of year for all of us. We are NOT accustomed to being 100% virtual entities. We are going to make errors. We are going to mess up sometimes- and this makes us nervous and uncomfortable.
I have already messed up some videos. On the sixth take. Or I noticed later that I weirdly rolled my eyes throughout a video. Or I scratched my face nervously. Or the phone rings. Or I mess up a sentence. I'm an English teacher and we are ALL about the editing. However, in these strange and uncertain times, I don't have time to edit everything. For a split second I thought I just wouldn't use the botched videos- I could replace a less than perfect video with written word. But, I want you to see me. I want to see you. I want to be engaging. I want you to be engaged. So, I am taking some risks. I hope you will take risks too. And forgive me my errors, my scratching, my weird expressions and all of my foibles. Grace all around is needed. It really is going to be a great year!!
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
And the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
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