The Latest Happenings
I have just finished my first year at a new position. It is in the same school system, the same “job” as the 4 years before (ESL assistant), only at a different location and age group. It has been wonderful. Our staff had its year-end meeting yesterday in which we each shared the highlight of our year, and along with most staff, I shared about a particular student.
A boy in my small group started the school year by struggling to read out loud; he would mumble, practically in a whisper, and stop after every third or fourth word to figure it out. He ended the year speaking in a normal volume, reading much better, sharing his great sense of humor with us, and generally a happier and much more confident person.
I also shared about the entertainment value of working in an office across from the restrooms! I had the fun of listening to the kindergarten teachers’ variety of character-building moments during whole-class bathroom breaks!
As in the year before, I had the joy of being invited to write another children’s educational book for Red Line Editorial during my Christmas holiday. (I should say “started during my Christmas holiday and then kept working for a couple more months.”)
This one was about immigration. It was such a thrill to learn so many details about immigration that I’d never known, and as I researched, my admiration grew exponentially for the immigrants that I read and wrote about. The new book should be out in the winter. My post on the first book, Respect Our World: Sustainability, is here.
If you have any interest in writing children’s education books, I recommend Evelyn Christenson’s website, which not only has a list of organizations to contact, it also has tips and more.
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