Friday, August 3, 2012

My New Adventure Begins & Book #20!

Starting Monday I will be a full-time reading specialist! I am thrilled to begin this new adventure, and excited to see all that will come from having the opportunity to teach children to read, or in some cases, read well. My goal is to instill a love of reading in my students so that they will continue to read long after they exit my doors. I also finished Book #20 last week.
Inside Out and Back Again by Thannha Lai was a story about a Vietnamese family who flees the country during the war. A beautifully woven tale of a refugee family. It reminded me of a student I once had who refused to speak. I assumed he refused to speak because he was so traumatized (a complete assumption) by his experiences in a refugee camp in Cambodia. Reading this made me think of why some remain silent. If you have any English Learners in your classroom, it is worth a read. Written in a sort of free-verse, poetry/prose fashion. Very easy read. 
Have you heard of this one? It is getting rave reviews, so I decided to pre-read it in the hopes that I would use it for our GATE students as a book club. Wonderful book. I am not done with it, so you'll have to wait to find out my final verdict. 

It's the weekend, so enjoy! Be blessed.

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