Happy Monday to everyone!
This past weekend was Drew’s birthday weekend — Saturday, April 8th. My baby boy is not so much a baby anymore for sure. While my other boys are 27, 25, and 24, my Drew is 13! Yes, I said, “WOW,” too! So, we headed down to the beach house and just had a great time! This morning I put some finishing touches on an e-book that I believe most all of us can relate too extensively. How many of you have read, A Fish in a Tree? It is authored by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and it is one of the greatest stories that I have read thus far. It is narrated from Ally, the main character’s point of view. Ally, as well as her brother, are dyslexic. Each chapter is presented from the standpoint of how Ally views her world and offers such a profound glimpse into the world of hugely bright children yet huge challenges await them daily in a place called school! Ally finds a whole new world when her newest teacher, Mr. Daniels, enters her world, and she discovers quickly that “he gets it” and that’s when things begin to change. Please go and get this book; it’s worth its weight in gold in terms of reflecting on how one might go about his/her classroom a bit differently after having read this piece of work! Kudos to Lynda Mullaly Hunt!! What I decided to do as I read it was to create a professional development book study that can be used a multitude of ways. The following is a description of the e-book product:
dealing with dyslexic tendencies/characteristics 24/7.The opportunities are limitless for how one might utilize this product best! You make the decision!
This novel is written around the infamous quote: “everybody is smart in different ways. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”Do you see them as “your children” before you see them as “your students?”
Do you foster the importance of standing out rather than fitting in or just satisfying the status quo?
How do you think these students “find their grit” to face challenges such as the
ones Ally did?
Ponder and reflect as you read ahead…