A Path to a Brighter Future
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Hello everyone! I would like to introduce, Deborah Heal. Please give her a warm welcome to the blog. She is a fellow author and she decided to pop in and give us a guest post! (I hope you can see it. It is definitely smaller print than I am used to posting, but with the html it is difficult to resize.) As you know, I post quite a bit about great teachers. It sounds like she had a "Be Great" teacher. Please read her story here!
If You Can Read This, Thank Your Teacher This fall the constant back-to-school sales hype hasn’t been as annoying as usual. Instead, it got me thinking back on my own school days. I hope and pray that all children everywhere have at least one teacher as great as my eighth grade English teacher Ruth Fite. She was not the smiley, gooey-sweet sort that gives stickers to everyone one no matter how slipshod the work. She was tough. She didn’t allow any slacking. We WOULD learn how to diagram sentences if it killed us. And you know what they say about that which doesn’t kill us—yes, it made me a stronger writer. But the trade-off for all that hard work came when we got to write stories. I actually wrote my magnus opus there in Mrs. Fite’s class. It was a story about a person being wrongfully incarcerated in a mental hospital. (The author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest stole my idea or I would be a rich and famous author today.) I felt pretty good about how my story turned out, and that was its own reward. But I also got a red star at the top and Mrs. Fite’s words,
“Be sure to give me a signed copy of your first book!”She probably didn’t realize how important those words were. For all I know, she wrote them on dozens of papers. But those words changed the way I thought about myself and gave me the courage to try. They ignited a dream I never forgot. And so I dedicated my first book to her. Unfortunately, Mrs. Fite was no longer with us when Time and Again came out. But I think she knows. If you have a great teacher like Mrs. Fite in your life, be sure to thank him or her. For after all, you never know how inspiring your words might be to them as well. Deborah Heal, the author of the Time and Again time-travel mystery series, was born not far from the setting of Every Hill and Mountain and grew up “just down the road” from the setting of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy. Today she lives with her husband in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. She has three grown children, four grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout. She loves to interact with her readers, who may learn more about the history behind the books at her website www.deborahheal.com and her Facebook author page. Her books may be purchased in paper and ebook formats at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com. (Pssst! Unclaimed Legacy is on sale for your Kindle--only 99 cents until the end of September. [caption id="attachment_1616" align="aligncenter" width="300"] These are my literary babies. I'm expecting another due in the winter.[/caption]
I hope you all take a moment to check out Deborah's books and see how her English teacher inspired her. Deborah, thank you for popping in and sharing with us!
"If your actions inspire children to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are indeed worthy of the title "Teacher." - Robert John Meehan
This week is teacher appreciation week! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teachers who have taught me, all of the teachers who have taught my daughter, and all teachers in the world. You are often under paid and under appreciated. Yet, there is at least one who really appreciates what you do!
I hope everyone enjoys the quote I have chosen. I believe it is so appropriate for teacher appreciation week! That is a great way to describe and honor teachers! Great teachers really do all of those things.
In Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week... Giveaway!
In honor of teacher appreciation week, I am going to do my first blog giveaway event. Here is how it works: Any teachers who sign up for my blog via email subscription and post a comment will be put into a drawing. The comment must include what level you teach and what you would like to see in an educational blog, educational site, or educational product..... For example... you might say... "hi my name is ..... I teach.... and I would really like to see more workbooks on fractions that specifically address....." Share whatever you would like to see to help you teach... and to help us teach.... and so we can learn and help others learn. I will draw a name next Tuesday! The winner will receive a signed copy of one of my books. (Sorry, this is limited to United States addresses only at this time... as I do not know the mailing costs or limitations to other countries.)
Giveaway Prize Choices
Here are the choices the winner will have to choose from:
There is another giveaway I would like you to know about. In honor of Mother's Day some other wonderful authors and I will be offering a "Mother's Day Giveaway." My give away will be these books on Kindle. So... these books will also be available on Kindle this Sunday for free. (Links to the softcovers, which will also get you to the Kindle link, are available when pressing on the images above.)
I hope that you will take advantage of my books free on Kindle this Sunday. And, as I said, there are other wonderful authors who will be giving books away on Mother's Day as well. Please go to my other blog site for more information. You can get to SmallReads Book Corner... and more specifically Little Chatter Box by following this link: http://smallreadsbookcorner.weebly.com/little-chatter-box.html.
For those of you who take advantage of my Mother's Day Giveaway: First of all, thank you! Secondly, sign up for this blog by email commenting that you took advantage of my Mother's Day Giveaway... and stay tuned. There will be further details on how you can win a signed copy of one of my books as well.
Please Explore the Site and Please Share!!!
For all of you who are new to this site, please feel free to explore. Also, please feel free to make comments or contact me in anyway. This site is devoted to create a network of resources for people who want to learn, to teach, and to share. It is to empower others to succeed! This site is based not only on my thoughts of education and learning, but also on the needs, ideas, and comments of others.
Today I listed some giveaways. Sometimes I offer thought-provoking blog posts, teaching tips or ideas, etc. Please share this site with others... so our teaching and learning site can grow. I welcome you all! Thank you!
Jodi Desautels is a wife and mother. She is a life-long learner, educator, author, illustrator, crafter, creator, and photographer. She lives by two rules: "The Golden Rule" and "Live. Laugh. Love."