Sunday, October 27, 2013

But on the other hand...

French, French, French and teaching French and the students I teach--talk about these topics fills my head and shoots out of my mouth. Just below this post is info about some serious looming problems. Just to level out the talk, I have positive things to say.

1. On the same day that I became a "hag, bag, nag," I was working with French II students in translating, especially showing an easy way to translate long sentences. They were simply spewing out the correct words. I said, "Oh my gosh, do you realize you are reading AND understanding French?!" One girl responded, " That's because we have a good teacher." So there, Nag-man.

2. One of the hostile jeune hommes (young men) broke down and let me help him work through some French issues. He went from hostile (putting his head down and not even attempting the work) to compliant and doing all his work for the day (this was Friday). He scored full points on both activities. And I am proud of him!

There, now I feel better---

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Books on my very ambitious TBR list (*denotes read)

  • *Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox
  • The Odd Women by George Gissing
  • The Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson
  • How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell
  • The Cod Tale by Mark Kurlansky
  • In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  • *Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
  • Dag Hammarskjold by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery
  • The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Rabbi Michael L. Munk
  • Children of Strangers by Lyle Saxon
  • Spiritual Writings by Flannery O'Connor
  • Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O'Connor and the Catholic Grotesque by Gilbert H. Muller
  • The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
  • Flannery O'Connor's South by Robert Coles
  • Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  • Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
  • *Vincent de Paul by Margaret Ann Hubbard
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
  • Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
  • *Ruined by Paula Morris
  • Say You're Not One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  • Wandering Star by J.M.G. Le Clezio
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • *The Assault by Harry Mulisch
  • Kari's Saga by Robert Jansson
  • *The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal
  • Western Skies by Joseph Conrad
  • *The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • *Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski

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A semester course in one book about the Soviet Union. Click on image for my review.