YOU CAN DO ANYTHING by George Anders: A Review

Literacy and Me

This 2017 publication turned my attitude and my life around this summer. Anders, a NY Times best selling author, spoke directly to me and changed a ton of negative self-talk into positive action. After a “retirement” after 30 years at the university, I had convinced myself that I was to old to teach any more, was totally irrelevant to anything that would appeal to or help a 22 or 23 year old college junior or senior, and that my teaching days were officially over. I even told myself that when my boss assured me if I changed my mind, there’d always be a place for me, he was just being kind. I was totally miserable all spring semester even though I volunteered in a modified teaching capacity twice a week, and even taught fifth graders every other Sunday at church, I was discouraged and depressed. When I finally decided to…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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