Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mr. Terupt

Today is a late post for me. I've been attacked by the wicked virus that is floating around our town. The sore throat, achy body, and need to hold the couch down happened a few days ago. I love weekends at our house because we tend to lounge a bit and just relax. Today was beautiful outside but my head didn't want to leave the soft cushion on the couch. Today was a reading day.

I finished up The Lost Hero by Mr. Riordan. That man can do no wrong when it comes to writing. He is just a genius. Then I picked up Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. I've heard wonderful things about this book and it's been waiting in my stack for almost a month. I settled in with my furry blanket, glasses, and foot warmer (my cat). As I cracked the spine open, I became a bit jittery. Here we go....

Before I begin, I must state that I am a slow reader...I call it one who likes to savor every moment. I finished this book in a few short hours, it just pulls you right in.

What a wonderful story of a teacher who inspires students to be the best people they can be. I smiled, cried, and rejoiced throughout the story. The characters pulled at my heart strings as I become more acquainted with each one. This is a story that makes you want to be a better who is patient, inspiring, thought provoking, compassionate, and consistent. I hope that I am all of these things in the classroom, and that someone feels the same way about me as they do about Mr. Terupt.

Before I began writing this post, I checked my school email and was excited to find two letters from two of my past students. Asking how life was treating me and what book recommendations I had for them. We inspire students everyday and hopefully make their lives better. This book reinforced how much I love teaching and how influential one person can really be. We all have at least one teacher who we will always remember. Who is that teacher for you?


  1. I'm sorry it was a 'sick' day, but it seems that you enjoyed some parts of it. Thank you for telling about the book. I had heard it was good, but not much more, so I will put it on the wish list. You threaded the story well through the post, creating a cozy setting, telling us about you as a reader, giving good review of the book, & ending a bit about a teacher whose students still keep in touch - you! What a nice wrapping up of the day.

  2. I like how you move from the feeling sick to a reading day, then get us ready for a review of Mr. Terupt, get us hooked (I will certainly read the book after such a review), and connect it sweetly to your own teaching life. I need some more time to answer your question. You got me thinking.