A small benefit to my profession is the joy that comes from going to school on your birthday. Now I completely understand how many people would respond, “Me? Go to work on my birthday? Are you insane?” And while in some circles I am more than a bit “eccentric” who wouldn’t enjoy going to school on their birthday?
Funny enough it’s the same excitement as when you were a high school kid yourself. There’s random people showing up sending well wishes your way with the threat of actually singing in the halls. There are various treats thrown in your direction like candy, chocolate and cake. And of course one major benefit is the fact that the kids will actually make an attempt to behave themselves a little more than normal. But the truth of the matter is that after working with teenagers year after year I would gladly use my Birthday wish hoping that they would remember…
I hate bookmarks.
Someone, somewhere just let out a book loving gentleman let out a gasp and a literature loving lady swooned into an over-sized chair. I love books, but absolutely abhor bookmarks, which for some reason kids associate English teachers lives as being filled with only 3 things: books, caffeine, and bookmarks that we inadvertently need for when we leave our books in search for fresh sources of caffeine.
I guess the biggest problem is that I don’t understand the point of them. Yes, they are meant to save your place on a page but why? A newly purchased set of pages will pop open with a cracking noise to greet you right at the last page you left off. A more collected piece of literature, possibly one that had passed hands more than your own, will flutter its pages to the exact paragraph you need to start. A hardback somehow finds its groove, if you lay the spine on the table it opens effortlessly. Why would anyone want to bother with the annoying addition of a bookmark?
I know they are pretty and I know they can be an easy token from a trip you’ve taken to bring back home but I can’t see the benefit. What do you do with them when your’e reading?
Do you leave them lying on the table next to you?
Risk them being left behind at the coffee shop?
Save your money people. Stop buying bookmarks, especially for English teachers who don’t use them.