Half a world a way – through the eyes of a damaged child.

Half a World AwayHalf a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Powerful insight into the mind of a young boy battling with the trauma commonly suffered by adopted children who have experienced many separations and broken relationships before finally having a permanent family. . His difficulties in ‘connecting’ to his family and others, the significant effects of his lack of trust and poor attachment, are particularly challenged when his parents decide to adopt a second child from overseas – this time from Kazakhstan.

From an Australian perspective, the ‘process’ of the adoption is far removed from what would happen here, and parents may need to explain differences in what would be permitted in this country – and the very tight regulations that monitor all inter-country adoption. However the dynamics of a challenging family life, and the difficulties experienced by both child and adults are sensitively explored without masking the problems. This makes it a story that is powerful to share between parent and child readers.

The reading level is suitable for middle primary to lower secondary, but for those where this could be a very ‘real’ issue, I would recommend a more emotionally mature 11 year old+ as it will raise some potent conversations.

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My new favourite book!

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13BThe Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very easy FIVE STAR book – absolutely loved this. Take a group of socially dysfunctional teenagers – trying to control their OCD issues – add in a romance, major family dramas, and an honest (though he battles with being a ‘liar’), warm and empathetic superhero – and you have some surprisingly superb ingredients for a fabulous novel. This deserves a few awards – loved it!

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Solution Fluency-Style Blog Writing: The Basics

Here is a step-by-step pathway for using Solution Fluency to write a blog post, courtesy of the GDCF writing team!

Source: globaldigitalcitizen.org

Would you like to have a go at Blogging with a class? ‘Global Digital Citizen’ shares the planning and processes they use to publish their own excellent Blog.  They even provide a very useful template that you could use. (Define / Discover / Dream / Design / Deliver / Debrief).

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10 Secrets About Emotions and Learning – Brain Centers NW

10 Things Every Teacher Needs to Know About Emotions and Learning Originally Posted on Sunday August 12, 2012 by BestCollegesOnline.com By this point, it ought to be common sense that one’s emotions certainly hold influence over academic and…

Source: www.braincentersnw.com

"Anxiety-Confidence, Boredom-Fascination, Frustration-Euphoria, Dispirited-Encouraged, and Terror-Enchantment all hold sway in their own unique ways, and savvy teachers would do well to recognize their respective roles in shaping the (learning) process."

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Teachers Observing Teachers: A Professional Development Tool for Every School

Typically evaluative by nature, teacher observation is usually linked to classroom performance. More and more schools, however, are using observation — teachers observing teachers — as a form of professional development that improves teaching practices and student performance. In this article, Education World’s Michele Israel talks with experts about the benefits of this emerging professional development strategy. Included: The benefits of learning by observing — for the teacher, administrator, and school, plus five observation models. 

Source: www.educationworld.com

An article focusing on the principles and advantages behind peer observation to enhance professional development.

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