Blood of Olympus: A brief, non-revealing, review

BLOOD OF OLYMPUS

a.k.a The Story of Leo Valdez’s Sassiness

Or How Nico Broke all of Us

Or How Jason Became Distinguished

I think you get the picture.

First off, I would like to say that I am heartbroken.The series is done. I grew up with that series. It has brought me immense happiness. Now it is finished.

Sigh.

On a happier note, it went out with a boom.

Literally.

It’s a fantastic book. As always, cleverly written with heart-wrenching detail and fulfilling witty banter betwixt characters. The plot was genius, naturally and the last chapter made my soul smile.

But did anyone else feel it was a little easy? I mean, someone DIED but still….

Oh oh oh!!!!! PEOPLE!!!

He finally said it. Percy finally said it.

*Fangirls with no shame*

Anyways the ending was spectacular, but I honestly expected a little more. It’s like it wasn’t big enough or something. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t know.

To wrap things up, I loved the book and recommend it and the entire series to anyone looking for something fun to read.

And by fun I mean emotion-shredding, soul-lifting, tear-inducing, laughter-producing fun.

Enjoy your heartache.

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Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Teaching

I adore teaching. It’s fun, it’s rewarding, it makes me happy.

It’s also hard, frustrating and, at times, depressing.

Oh, but how can it be both?! ***Confusion***

Here’s how; children.

Okay, so I teach both taekwan-do and ballet. At TKD I help with an after-school program as well as teach evening classes.

The after-school program consists of around 40 public schooled children. A handful of them are really wonderful kids. A different handful are really difficult.

At ballet I teach intermediate class, and an after-school 8-12 class. Same deal there.

So how do you teach a diverse group of people?

1: Find out how different people learn. With some kids, you talk to them and they get it. Others, you have to physically position and they remember what it feels like. Sometimes you have to yell, other times it’s the worst possible thing you can do. You have to memorize which way the kids learn best.

2: Patience, grasshopper. Kids don’t like to listen. This is a law of nature. They will blatantly disregard everything you say if they feel like it that day. It’s beyond frustrating at times. But if you blow up, kids cry, kids complain to parents, parents blow up. So careful there.

3: Set a good example. The kids that actually like you, will look up to you. Watch what you say, watch how you act. It will have an impact on their lives.

4: Choose to see the progress. You can’t be negative as a teacher. Your students will be miserable, you’ll be miserable, the parents will be unhappy, and that’s no way to live.

Teaching is hard guys. But it’s so awesome. It’s definitely not for everyone, however.

Any teachers out there want to add onto this? Any parents with questions or comments? I’m desperate for conversation. Comment below!