Mary Kay Groth
- Grapevine, TX, USA
- member since April 1, 2010
Mary Kay Groth’s last login was Friday, February 15, 2013.
My first novel, Full Circle, is now available on Amazon.com as paperback and Kindle and B&N as NOOK. I invite you to pick up a copy and if you choose, post a review. Good or bad I am interested in your opinion.
~michael "hawk" spisak
ABOUT FULL CIRCLE: This land now known as America was once the home of a proud and valiant People. Many of these Tribal People continue to exist but are a broken shadow of what they once were. Thousands left their Tribes by choice or by force, never to return. What happened to their discarded descendants three and four generations later?
Jackson Themal is one of these lost children. Raised from infancy by the deviants and predators of dominant society to become a deviant predator. As a boy becoming a man loathing what he is devolving into. Finding peace within himself as he completes his journey back to the source of his blood. That peace shattered unceremoniously as he is spiritually and emotionally abused as he ever was physically.
Learning the truth of Indian Country as a mix blood urban breed, the final catalyst will tear this young man apart. Through vision and dream convinced he is the wrath of the Ancestors. That he is born to reap Their revenge on those who so callously decimated the First Nations Peoples, created to traditionally inflict Their vindication.
This is going to get interesting.
I just finished reading" A Faraway Island". Marcia recommended it as a companion to "Number the Stars". I really enjoyed this book and would like to read the others in the series, but it looks like they haven't been translated into English. It is the story of two German Jewish sisters who are relocated to safety in Sweden during the early days of WW II. You would love this book! I am going to recommend it as a great book for my 6th grade girls.
I just finished reading Eric Jensen's "Teaching with Poverty in Mind" which is one of the required books for the online book club I signed up for. I had to read his first book on brain research as part of my classwork at DBU during my first semester. His observations are pretty much what we have observed working in a title 1 school. He makes a lot of sense in what he proposes as sound teaching practices for children of poverty, but I had to think about his assertion that we, as teachers, need to carefully consider how we react when confronted with behavior that is not what we could expect - for example a student smirking or being otherwise disrespectful when an apology was expected for behavior that disrupted a lesson. Jensen says that often the students who exhibit this type of behavior are disengaged from school because of their home circumstances or other factors. The student is further disengaged if removed from the classroom. That may be true, but a teacher has to do something to maintain order and be able to teach the other students who show up every day to learn. They have the same equal rights to a quality education. Teachers, for the most part, do not remove disruptive students as an act of superiority but do it to make their classrooms a safe learning environment. Jensen is correct in his assertion that forming positive relationships with all students significantly cuts down on discipline problems. This book is easy to read and will give you some great information.
Mary Kay, Has school started yet. Keep thinking about you and your new grade. I guess you won't have much time to read with that coming up. I have read some of your suggestions. We are taking the January cruise to Hawaii with Holland America. It is 14 days, should get some reading done.