She asked me two Friday mornings ago.
Brief review, I teach Chinese junior high students on Friday and the questioner is an 8th grade (Junior middle school year 2) girl.
This girl is amazing with languages. She’s a voracious reader and I’ve begun culling my library and giving books to her in an attempt to support her habit and so she won’t feel pressured to read them right away. Her parents aren’t happy with all of her reading since it is getting in the way of her being number one in all subjects.
Of course I said yes. I read the first chapter on her iPhone last Friday. All I can say is, “wow.”
Later I was circling the room as students were working on sentences using weather vocabulary we had gone over (frostbite, below freezing, heat stroke, scorching, that kind of thing). She was flipping through a different notebook that was filled with her writings and whispered to me, “I can tell reading The Book Thief has really impacted my writing!”
Again, um, wow.
Today I have the privilege again of being at Ed Cyzewski sharing three of my favorite non-fiction Christian books. I didn’t intend for three posts in a row to be about books (Shawn’s amazing road trip and my response to the shootings) because I know not everyone loves reading the way I do. But then my student reminded me of the power of words and ideas. The ways they can broaden us, challenge us, move us, leave us feeling empty or inspired, encourage or deflate us. Leaving me with no choice but to push books again :)!
p.s. if you’re visiting from Ed’s welcome! Feel free to poke around a bit and make yourself at home. Glad you’re here, Amy