Words, words, words! My students keeping commenting how chatty, talkative, voluble I am. ”You are Too Wordy!How on earth can we be like you?” My reply ”Well, you have to read books, kids, let’s make it a habit, listen to the power of the words,” makes them wonder, being ready to leave class, in seconds! Greek kids and teens consider books unimportant and that’s because School doesn’t promote reading at all. The truth is there are the school libraries, very limited in numbers and books available, there is a number of events dedicated to books even writing contests but the majority of students show indifference. Having a Reading Club is something I secretly was wishing to find time having, but now openly declaring of working towards it!
My everyday life seems to be a journey with pieces of baggage, full of manuscripts and endless hours of reading, studying, correcting papers, teaching, cooking and daydreaming when unexpected breaks happen.My students and my friends who either write or enjoy listening to my writing péripéties are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. I missed writing on my blog for more than a month but when reality surpasses fiction or other times fiction anticipates reality, then there is too little time to deal with everything. Nevertheless, I have chosen to present some books which I stumbled on while searching for Mentor Texts, for my stories.
- Number One wish for my Students would be the following fantastic book:
Did you know you can stretch and grow your own brain? Or that making mistakes is one of the best ways your brain learns? Just like how lifting weights helps your muscles get stronger, trying new things without giving up―like finding the courage to put your face in the water the first time you’re at a pool―strengthens your brain. Next time, your brain will remind you that you overcame that fear, and you will be braver!
- Number Two enjoyment is being in class, having my hands full of books, like ”Miss Malarkey”, that’s another great book:
Principal Wiggins has promised to dye his hair purple and sleep on the school roof if the students read 1,000 books this year, and Miss Malarkey is determined to find the right book for every student, including this story’s reluctant-reader narrator. Winning her students over book by book, Miss Malarkey will have students loving to read in no time. As the best-selling series continues in paperback, no teacher, librarian, or parent should leave this book behind!
- Number Three I worry, I have too many Students who bring chaos, in a nutshell, the following book seems to be written for them:
Third-grader Braden loves to be the center of attention. His comic genius, as he sees it, causes his friends to look at him in awe. But some poor decision-making, like ill-timed jokes in class and an impulsive reaction during gym that left a classmate teary-eyed and crumpled on the floor, forces the adults in Braden’s life to teach him about impulse control. But will the lessons shared by his teachers and his mom really help Braden manage his impulses?
- Number Four, I care for too high Decibelllas, both Primary and Junior High School, Gals, you are Awesome but TOO High Pitched!
Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much; it’s earned her the nickname, Decibella! Young readers will be entertained as they see how Isabella learns the five volumes of voice and discovers that different situations require a different tone.
- Number Five concern, I still wonder how to help my Students overcome their Fear and Apprehension on reading books on a regular basis, this book seems really cool!
Everyone feels fear, worry, and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability. This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety.
- Number Six Dream, have Unstoppable Students! Unique ideas to pass on, thru this enjoyable book!
In Unstoppable Me! Dr. Dyer teaches children how to hold on to the no-limit thinking he believes they were born with, rather than just trying to “fit in.” In doing so, they can learn to truly enjoy life and become unstoppable as they strive to attain their dreams.The 10 important lessons in this book include the value of taking risks, dealing with stress and anxiety, and learning to enjoy each moment. Each point includes an example showing how a child might apply the concept in his or her everyday life!