What Happens When People Care

What Happens When People Care

I Wish My Teacher Knew. How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids, by Kyle Schwartz

One day, the third-grade teacher at Dull Elementary in DenverKyle Schwartz, asked her students to “fill in the blank” in a very simple sentence:

“I wish my teacher knew _____.”

She asked all for he children to write down one thing they wanted to tell her, but wouldn’t normally in the classroom situation. The first note that Schwartz shared on Twitter was from a student who said they didn’t have pencils at home to do their homework.

Some of the answers were humorous, others were heartbreaking –all were profoundly moving and enlightening, and opened her eyes to the need for educators to understand the cover87909-medium.pngunique realities their students face everyday. It all started with one simple exercise: Ms. Schwartz asked a question…and she listened for the answer.

In a culture of distraction -where we are increasingly disconnected from the people and events around us, often unable to empathize with the realities people face- it’s easy to ignore that our schools are more segregated by race and socioeconomic status than they were before the civil rights movements.

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to the latest data collected from the states by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The Southern Education Foundation reports that more than half of the children in our nation’s schools qualify to receive special education services. Today poverty and education are inextricably linked, and educators cannot shy away from this.

What would happen if we just ask -even the simplest question- and actually take the time to listen? What would happen if educators actively build communities and meaningful relationships with students?

Like Ms. Erin Gruwell -the Woodrow Wilson Classical High School teacher known for her unique teaching method, which led to the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them (1999) and also inspired the 2007 film Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey. images.jpeg

When she was assigned low-performing students in the school, Ms. Gruwell had to face a class  that seemed determined to make her life miserable. But behind those tough faces, she realized there was a burning need to be heard. By giving them composition books to record their diaries -in which they talk about their experiences of being abused, seeing their friends die, and being evicted- she gradually begins to earn their trust, and her students started to behave with respect.

The Freedom Writers journey began in 1994  in Long Beach, CA. With the use of Gruwell’s engaging teaching techniques, 100% of her students graduated from high school, and exceeded expectations by pursuing higher education and advanced degrees. In order to replicate the success she had with her students, Gruwell founded The Freedom Writers Foundation.

When Schwartz shared her experience online, #IWishMyTeacherKnew became an immediate worldwide viral phenomenon.  All teachers want to support their students, and #iwishmyteacherknew was a powerful way to do that.

I Wish My Teacher Knew is a touching portrayal of a teacher who brings inspirations to the lives of students, and cares to build meaningful relationships by giving them a voice in her classroom. Because all it takes is someone who really cares!

They say I gotta learn, but nobody’s here to teach me.

If they can’t understand it, how can they reach me?

I guess they can’t, I guess they won’t, I guess they front.

That’s why I know my life is out of luck, fool!

∼ Gangsta Paradise, Coolio ∼


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)

The Indie Corner

The Indie Corner

The Indie Corner

 

 Welcome to The Indie Corner!

As you may know, The Serial Reader (aka me) is open to receiving Advance Reading Copies and Review Copies of books. Soon after I’ve been listed on The Indie View, I got a huge amount of authors reaching me out asking for a shout-out on major platforms as Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter and every other “book-friendly” websites. As a matter of fact, I am overwhelmed with requests!

To be testimony of such creativity is definitely the best part of being a book blogger! If you are an Indie author, just let me congratulate you! I admire your talent and courage to go after your dream to become a writer!

Now, what’s The Indie Corner?

The indie Corner is a new section here on The Serial Reader where everyone can learn from each other and share their own experience in the publishing world. There will be interviews, tips and tricks and everything else you might want to know about being an independent writer.

I am not a professional reviewer. I am an avid reader and a newbie blogger. I love working with Indie authors, share my thoughts and help them promoting their work in the most effective way, and it is my sincere desire that The Indie Corner can serve as a catalyst to meaningful discussions about the perks of being a writer.

As always, feel free to comment and share your thoughts….and if you are an Indie author I really hope to see you around!

Welcome to The Indie Corner!

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The Power of the Hashtag

The Power of the Hashtag

American Babe. A White Girl Problems Book, by Babe Walker

Hidden amid more useful punctuation, the hash tag is now the most popular button on the keyboard. The idea of grouping by using the fancy symbol was first trialled in 2007, in a blog post by Stowe Boyd. And since then, it has been enthusiastically embraced… and sometimes abused.

What started off as a Twitter account –which now counts more than 825K followers– among two brothers and a friend has turned into big business for authors David and Tanner Cohen and Lara Schoenhals, the talented writers behind the mega successful “White Girl Problems” books.

#whitegirlproblems started off along the lines of rich girl problems, and Babe Walker is the voice behind it -a wealthy girl living in Los Angeles whose “problems” landed her in retail rehab after spending $246,893.50 one afternoon at the luxury department store Barneys.

In the third book “American Babe“, Babe Walker faces her most daunting challenge yet: suburbia.

cover86772-mediumBabe thought she had done it all.  After all, she’s survived the highly exclusive social hierarchies of Bel Air, traipsed around Europe in true white-girl fashion, and left her mark on several of the best rehab facilities in the United States. But now Babe is about to enter a terrifying new world: Middle America.

After a freak accident that was definitely not Babe’s fault, her estranged mother offers her the perfect escape from LA: an invite to her grandfather’s eightieth birthday party in Maryland, of all places. Babe’s journey throws her headlong into elementary school classrooms full of small, unfashionable people and pizza buffet restaurants that will haunt her nightmares and eventually back to Los Angeles, thank goodness. Tossed together with her cousins—basic preteen Cara and mature and preternaturally stylish Knox—Babe learns that connecting with someone on an intimate, familial level might be the most rewarding experience.

Unapologetic and unfiltered Babe Walker is light and entertaining. If you aren’t in the mood for serious literature but pure satire, that’s the book. Enjoyable and easy to read.. American Babe is #perfect!


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)

Also from Babe Walker:

  • White Girl Problems (Book) – (eBook)
  • Psychos: A White Girl Problems Book (Book) – (eBook)
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Are You Up For A Challenge?

Reader of the Month – May –

The reader of The Month Challenge is officially open! Join us!

Rules are simple:

  1. Read a Book…

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*read as much as you can. The more you read, the more chances you have to win!

2. Be subscribed and be an avid reader!

3. Be an active member. Don’t be shy! The more active you are the more chances you have to win the challenge!

4. The Serial Reader Book Club is all over the internet: TwitterFacebook and Goodreads… go check that out! 🙂

 

PRIZE :

1. Book of your choice ($15 max)

2. The Serial Readers Tote bag

If you have any question feel free to ask 🙂
May the best reader win..Good luck and happy reading!

 

TGIF and What’s New at the Book Club (Goodreads)

TGIF and What’s New at the Book Club (Goodreads)

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Today is the first day of April and it’s time for some changes for the Book Club on Goodreads. We gained around 31 new members over the last month and we have a lot of ideas! Let’s see what’s new:

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A well-worded  question is the quickest way to connect with other readers and also a good conversation starter. Poll Wednesday will be online every week 🙂

Follow the link on the main page and you’ll be redirected to the group page on Goodreads.

Vote and share your thoughts with other readers!

READEROF THE MONTH

Make a comment, vote on a poll, share what you’re reading at the moment and join us on Twitter and on our Facebook Page,
you have an entire month to show me how a good reader
and active member you are. There will be a new Reader of the Month Challenge every other month, next one will start May 1st.

Sign up and try your luck..win the title and the prize!

P.S. We have our first winner for the month of March! Congratulations Cheryl!!

Book Talk aka The ArenaBOOK

Is there a book you’d like to read and discuss with other readers? Book Talk is a “group reading” made by genre, you can join the one you like the most -history, YA, business, fiction, true crime,…- write the title and ask other members to join you into the arena 🙂

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