I explained that our contact, Rob Dodson, had contacted me last year after reading my class blogs, and that he was a military officer stationed in Afghanistan. I had invited him to become a part of our discussion this year, and he immediately accepted the invitation.Kristin goes on to describe the interaction Rob had with her class, and the effect it had:
For the first time in my teaching of The Kite Runner, students were genuinely, authentically interested in the cultural background of this book.Go read her post for more details, and here's one post on her class blog where Rob addresses some student questions.
. . . Ask any of my 4th hour students how they liked The Kite Runner, and their faces actually light up as they respond with an enthusiastic, “It was amazing.” And it was.
As I've said many times before, why aren't we doing more things like this?