Today I had to say goodbye to my class of 9 teen seniors, as we held our final class today. I spoke a little on the realities of publishing, showing them both my rejection letters and my edited manuscript that is now Pyre. Then we played one final game of Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow, and it was time to celebrate.

Sometimes students offer their mentors gifts from Starbucks, or bookstores, or some other gift certificate. To me, these presents are fleeting and often disappear quickly (especially those from Starbucks!). This group of students presented me with something that I will hold dear for the rest of my life.

After we had our “show” for the parents, where each student read their work, two of my students mentioned that they had something for me. Packaged in a ribboned stack of papers, they handed me their final thoughts saved forever in their writings. This was the kindest thing that anyone could have given me.

5 Responses

  1. hey James~its Jinho~~thank you for everythingthroughout the year and leading our class through all the classes and the writings. You really are a great teacher and i hope for the best for you in the future~~!!!and I hope to see you again soon!!

  2. Wow, what a great year we’ve hadi completely agree with everything that Jinho has said up there, absolutely no doubtI’m glad that our words have touched your heart. it’s all from your teaching.Thank you so much and hopefully we’ll keep in touch!

  3. hey jamessss..!great year!sorry didnt write one in the letter… i just saw the email on saturday night -0-;;great year though,.. thank you.. i’ll really miss you and your classes and you games xD >_<hope i see you again soon

  4. It’s JohnHey James, Thank you for a great year and you were a great teacher. It was an amazing year and I can’t believe I’m saying this but you guys were a great class and James you were a really good teacher… Keep it up and I hope to see you again soon, hopefully.

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