Thursday, February 2, 2017

For the Love of Books!

Have you seen the movie Hidden Figures yet?   It is based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions in the 1960’s.  The three women overcome many challenges to fulfill their dreams.  Katherine Johnson’s life served as the basis for the non-fiction book titled Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.  Katherine Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the age of 98.  As a young girl she would stop at the library on a daily basis and has said “I could have read more than one book a night if they would let me.”  She has advised young girls today to find what their dream is and work at it because if you like what you are doing you will do well.    When assisting students to find stories or topics that they love to read about it is not always easy.  Students may struggle to find their passion.  Books that may be interesting stories may be difficult for them to read because of hard vocabulary or unfamiliarity of the language.  Once that love is found the passion follows.  Obstacles make life extremely difficult. Sparking the interest can give children a love of reading.  Once they find a book that they like encourage them to read other books by the same author.  After spending some time with a few fifth graders struggling to find an appropriate book for each of them to read we found success!  Both girls love the books that we found together in the school library.  Embrace the challenges, find what you like and you will do well. 

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