Booking Through Thursday

School Days, Golden Rule Days

Since school is out for the summer (in most places, at least), here’s a school-themed question for the week:

1. Do you have any old school books? Did you keep yours from college? Old textbooks from garage sales? Old workbooks from classes gone by?
2. How about your old notes, exams, papers? Do you save them? Or have they long since gone to the great Locker-in-the-sky?

1. Yes, I have lots of school books; it's kind of a requirement.
At my college, we paid 45 dollars per semester to rent our books; I think that is one of the best ideas ever. We had the option to buy them if we wanted to keep them, and the only one I bought was my volume of Shakespeare. It had all my good notes in it, and I use it when we read Shakespeare in my theater class.
I've bought several textbooks and workbooks online. Mostly theater textbooks, when I was trying to work out the curriculum for the class. I've also supplemented the curriculum for my reading class with workbooks from Jamestown Publishing. My kids really like the stories; they're nonfiction, so I can also link some research skills, as in, when a student asks me, "Ms. Flower, what happened after that?" I can say, "I think that's an excellent topic for a research paper."

2. I still have things I've saved since ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, essays or stories I wrote for classes. I used to have all the notes my friends and I wrote during classes too, but I threw them out when I turned 30.
I've got almost everything I ever wrote in college, thanks to computer disks. I have lots of handwritten stuff, too, just little poems or ideas I wrote when I was bored. I am a packrat, yes, but I mostly kept the stuff that I would reread and think, "I can't believe I wrote this!" (in a good way)


Barbara H. said...

I wish I had some of the things from childhood -- it would be fun to revisit the little girl I was then. But I do have several things from college.

Dreamy said...

$45 a textbook! I am envious... simply envious. Of course, I am still smarting over paying $150 for my french book and getting only $2 back because I used the workbook(a separate entity) and they are now shrinkwrapped together... (That is criminal, btw) :) This is a pretty interesting meme... No, I haven't read that JTR book, but I will put it on my list. I'm planning on emailing you today or tomorrow...

Mei said...

Barbara - My mom saved most of it, but when I moved out she gave it to me.

Dreamy - I don't mean to make you jealous, but it was $45 per semester TOTAL. Yeah. I think every college should do this. (I'm sure the fee has gone up now; this was 10 years ago).

Trish said...

Oh goodness, I still have notebooks with notes passed back and forth. I'm not sure why I keep these things--I just do. I don't have any notes left from high school or undergrad (I don't know if I even took notes in HS!), but I do have all of my papers still.

I wish we had the option to "rent" our textbooks. Some of those science books were expensive!! Pay $100 and only get $30 at the end of the semester IF there wasn't a new edition published.

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