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February 24, 2007

Something Else to Do

Lemire (skim Ch 2-7) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

Chapter 6 - Books (As Opposed to Literature)

"'I spend most of my days talking to teachers and writers about the joys and challenges of the classroom'" (131).

At first I thought the idea of publishing textbooks would be more boring than publishing novels and other fictional forms of literature. But, I could definitely see myself someday doing something like this and even being good at it since I will have had my own personal experiences in teaching to draw on when it comes to meeting the needs of teachers and students with a good textbook.

"'There can be a lot of details to worry about - sometimes things the people in other industries can't believe we have to care about - so it helps to be someone who notices misplaced commas, wrong shades of red, and reverse photos'" (134).

Having some experience in publications already (as the layout editor of the Setonian as well as having been an editor for my high school yearbook) I know this to be incredibly true. I am so grateful for this book (and I suppose even more grateful that we are being required to read it) because while I do very much want to teach I have a hard time seeing myself teaching forever. Eventually I will need a change of scenery. But, I had no idea what I might want to do afterwards. I never really thought I would be good at or enjoy something like publishing, but then I never really knew much about it. So I get excited about the mention of certain skills that I feel I actually possess and would enjoy utilizing on a daily basis such as this attention for detail because it makes me feel that there will be “life after teaching” or perhaps instead of teaching if I have trouble find a teaching job. I like the idea of having a few options available to me.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at February 24, 2007 4:29 PM


I also had the same reaction to reading the chapter. I wouldn't mind going into publishing or do what my cousin did and proofread textbooks for a living. Would that be something that would interest you?

Posted by: MacKenzie Harbison at February 28, 2007 10:04 AM

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