Apple for the Teacher

November 6, 2013-Dalaine Hodge

dalainecroppedToday’s Apple for the Teacher Award recipient is Dalaine Hodge from Trumansburg Middle School nominated by Elizabeth Dawson.

Every day I looked forward to Mrs. Hodge’s ELA class in fifth grade. We got a lot done, but part of why I loved it so much was her sense of humor. She would make it feel like we weren’t learning, but instead just having a lot of fun.

When she read to us it would sound like she was putting herself in the story and sounding scared when the characters were scared. We were expected to read 75 minutes per week, and record our minutes in our planner. If you read 75 minutes you would get a ticket. Every 7 weeks, you would put your tickets into the jar and we would have a raffle for prizes. She would always make us try to guess who she had picked by reading clues about the person aloud until we were bursting with curiosity trying to figure out who she was calling.

She has a great sense of humor and is a fabulous teacher when it comes to getting us to remember things. She made up a song about conjunctions that I still haven’t forgotten to this day!

I was in her first period class so I was excited to go to school. I had her class first, and it was so fun, I felt like school didn’t really start until after her class was over.

After 5th grade I kept seeing her at school and saying hello. She and I had a few things in common; one of them was that we both like to play golf. She and I went out after her summer book club at the library to golf at the golf course. Last year we entered a tournament together and we had so much fun! After fifth grade, what started out as a student/teacher relationship became a life-long friendship.

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