Day 3 – Tips for Teachers from Author Ardys Reverman
Thank for your following me on Day 3 of my 6-day virtual tour for my books, heart2heart and Turning Points.
Turning points is a journey of self-discovery. We’re all connected and we are all different. We are a part of something larger than ourselves. What works! Messy Diversity! All children learn differently, yet we tend to treat them as if they are the same.Good thinkers aren’t born, they just love learning. Some people are thinkers and others are talkers. Some are guided by their feelings while some see the way things work. These ways of thinking are available to all of us.
Obviously, heart2heart and Turning Points were designed for classroom use as a way to supplement the regular learning styles textbooks. The books help students learn about root cause and their own personality puzzle and how we make good fit working together. But I wanted the books to do more than that. I wanted them to also tell an interesting story that even kids today could relate to in many ways.
HERE”S THE FRIENDLY UNIVERSE SOLUTION:
As we deepen our circle of friends we learn to think thoughts that make us smarter. Playing and laughing together we get far greater creative results.
One of those ways involves bullying. And while bullying can be racially motivated, that isn’t always the case. When we make our differences work together. That’s synergy.
One student said:
“I’m actually paying attention to my brain, because thinking is good for you.”
As a former teacher myself, I also wanted to help teachers and students see how they can use these books to study all sorts of different subjects and issues, providing ways for the brain based content of these books to be used across the curriculum to teach math, science, language arts, social studies, and even home economics (cooking). An intro video is available as a free download at my web site at www.friendlyuniverse.com. I think students will enjoy the discussion questions the guide provides as well as the various activities it outlines.
I love to visit schools across the country to talk about my writing and my books. I particularly enjoy helping teachers and school librarians see how they can use nonfiction to help students write better fiction. Teachers and librarians can find out more about this at my web site, too.
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