On the first day of sixth grade, students at Rydal Elementary stood on the blacktop, waiting as three teachers took turns calling out their class lists. It was a well-known fact that you wanted to be "an early draft pick". If you were part of the last 24, you didn't even have your name read aloud.
You had Ms. Gesler.
The lucky 48 would look over their shoulders as they moved to the safety of their new classrooms. Most of them snickered, but no so overt as to be caught by Ms. Gesler. She was a professional snicker slaughterer.
A trio of seemingly impossible personality traits about Ms. Gesler, but all true:
- She was an uncool Bobo Fett.
- She made Yertle the Turtle look altruistic.
- She could make Chuck Norris cry.
- Think about a noun that was a part of their summer
- Think about an adjective that described a part of their summer
- Think about a verb that conveyed an action they engaged in over their summer
- Write a personal narrative that told the story of the noun, adjective, and verb they had selected
- Use Flickr's Creative Commons pool to select poweful, appropriate images that helped convey the nouns, adjectives, and verbs they had chosen
- Import those pictures in PowerPoint and use their chosen words as the text for each slide
- Rehearse presentations based on their personal narratives and slides, focusing on delivery and other rhetorical devices
- Present their slides and stories to their classmates while those in the audience would provide feedback and ask clarifying questions
But even if she could, she wouldn't.
But you could.