I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Because of Mr. Terupt, I am recommending this book

Just finished Because of Mr. Terupt - wow.


The fifth grade students (and their families) are transformed in this novel...all because of Mr. Terupt. (Um, just guessing, but I think that's how the book got its name.)

Hands down, this is one of the best upper elementary/early middle school books I have read in a long time (except for The One and Only Ivan). The chapters are short, and they trade off points of view among the 7 main students in the book. (In fact, the way the story is written almost makes it seem like there are only 7 students in the class - that might be its only downfall.) The voice in the writing is superb, and it is specific to each student. And each student carries baggage. And each student needs some kind of reassurance and reconciliation...and...and...

All right, I'll stop there.

HOWEVER, if you teach in the 4th-6th grade range, you NEED to read this book. (And then, more importantly, pass it on to your colleagues and students.)

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