Wednesday, February 9, 2011

If Holden Caulfield Were In My Classroom by Bernie Schien

If Holden Caulfield Were In My Classroom by Bernie Schien. was a book I recently picked up at Girlfriend Weekend after hearing him speak about his successes in the classroom.  Funny, charming, heart-warming Bernie seemed to make learning fun.  Reading his book I learned how challenging his teaching philosophy is.

What would you do if you had Holden Caulfield in your room?  Would you send him to the principal’s office or would you strive to discover who He is?  What makes him tick? Why he behaves the way he does?  What is happening in his life?  What have been his disappointments and joys?  These are the kinds of questions that master teacher Bernie Schien asks (if only in his mind and heart) of each of his students.  He gets to know students as persons and then helps them to relate to each other in meaningful ways.  His grasp of group dynamics is inspiring and his implementation brings out the student.

As a tutor and former teacher, I understand his development of the individual for I have seen this evolve with my own students.  It is impossible for students to learn in hostile environments, which could be playground bullies, boyfriend/girlfriend issues, racism and prejudice, abusive home life, etc.  Bernie Schien helps the student to face the issues, to confront the problem and work to a solution.  All in a loving caring challenging manner.  My hat is off to Bernie, wish I’d had a teacher like him!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Scrapbook Pages

Thank you to all who have helped with our scrapbook.  There are still a few pages that haven't been turned in and I've lost the List!!  You know who you are and you have the only copies of some of the stuff.

The ones missing are:

July 2008  The Unlikely lavendar Queen - Jeannie Ralston
Aug 2008 Same Kind of Different As Me
Septe 2008 The Flawless Skin of Ugly People
July 2009 Bride Most Begrudging
Aug 2009 Saints in Limbo
Sept 2009 Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
April 2010  Lake of Dead Languages
June 2010 What Difference Do It Make
July 2010  Man of the House
August 2010 Heart of Lies

Please let me hear from you if you have one of these pages to do, maybe bring it to our next meeting, finished or unfinished  (we'll get you some help on it)

Thank you!

Stay Warm!

GFW Reservations

Looks like Kathy will be waiting til later to accept reservations for GFW  here is the message I received from her this morning:

Kay Huck February 2 at 7:56am
Is it time to send in reservations for GFW? I know we have several who are eagerly awaiting the time to send in - don't want to be left out!
Kathy Louise Patrick February 2 at 9:03am Report
Kay, we will fill The Fred McKenzie Storytelling Book Festival first, then Books Alive before we post Girlfriend Weekend. The next one is going to be very similar to Girlfriend Weekend only instead of Hair Ball, it's 80's PROM PARTY. I'll let everyone know when that goes up later this year

Kay Huck

Reminder for GFW Tickets

Just a reminder that GFW tickets will go on sale tomorrow 2/1 at Kathy's website  tomorrow.  This year it's $250 for the full package from Thurs night author dinner through Sun afternoon film festival.  All registrations will be made online this year so each person will have to make their own reservations.

Laurie we will need to send a reminder email to Kathy that you are a roll-over and find out how you will register.

Looking forward to it   The Theme is "The Greatest Book Show on Earth"  need to be thinking about our costumes

Stay warm these next few days

Love you

Kay Huck

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Thank you!