I posted this photo on Facebook already, but here it is again for my blog. I was invited to give a talk about The Portal to the sixth-graders of the Gateway Regional Middle School in western Massachusetts — maybe about 60 kids in total. A bunch of them had already read the book, and were really enthusiastic. Yikes, I have some fans in western Massachusetts! Here are a few of them after the talk, along with some of my show-and-tell items:
They were all great — funny, curious, and friendly. I was going back to a classroom after the talk, and those two girls on the right offered to carry my books for me! I was honored. I’m always a little skeptical about people asking for my autograph–who, me?–but these kids honestly seemed happy to have me sign a scrap of paper for them. Glad to oblige!
Here, by the way, are their current learning objectives:
How would you do on those? Maybe I could write a persuasive five-paragraph essay, but I’d probably be pretty cranky about it. I’ve got nothing on brook trout. I can’t do those conversions, but I know how to get Siri to do them for me. And that last one–create a replica of a famous monument–would make me hang my head in despair.
Still, I’d happily be part of that class.