“Begin with the end in mind.”-Dr. Stephen R. Covey Is a great quote I have used often when talking about school improvement, goal setting, lesson planning, taking a trip, or anything to do with a destination. Have you ever used it for Reading?

I am curious to ask if anyone begins reading a book by reading the end first. I recently read that some people like to read the end of the book first before they start. What?

If you are reading a suspense and mystery book, why would you read the end first?


If you are writing a book, do you think about the book's ending first? Do you plan it out, wanting it to end in a certain way? Do you write the last chapter first?

I have never thought about the end of the book being the beginning of my reading. The end of the book is the end of the story; if I begin with the end of the story, why do I begin the story? It seems like a scene from Alice in Wonderland. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.


Please let me know if you begin with the end or begin with the beginning. Do tell me the why behind your reasons for your choice, because I am curious. I am really seeking to understand this reading backward if it exists.

Telling a Story

Inside each one is a story to be told. The author of our story should be ourselves, but how often do we allow others to take the pen to try to write in our story?

Storytelling is an art. It is so engaging to listen to a true storyteller who can hook you in with their tone of voice, placement of words, and passion in their expressions.

Stories bring facts to life, make the abstract concrete, and, through meaning-making, walk the listener through the mind of the scientist or mathematician (Ellis, 2005) to understand the value and application of such concepts. Wells (1986) argued that storytelling is a fundamental means of meaning-making.

Do emotions affect or effect?

All of us work hard to make sure our emotions do not interfere when making decisions. As educators, a rubric is created to follow to apply a non-biased look at the work you are evaluating. As a judge of essays for a scholarship each year, our committee utilizes this process of checking essays with a rubric. However, not all of the essays seem to be following the same guidelines from the rubric. We always ask if everyone is receiving the same rubric and information.

Affect is usually a verb, and it means to impact or change. When we think of effect, we are thinking of the result. The product is a noun and is a change that results from the action.

Engaged or Involved-What do parents need to be?

As a retired educator, I continue to be involved with education through coaching actively, mentoring, writing, reading, and supporting educators and my family (daughter, special education teacher, three grandchildren in High School, Elementary School, and Pre-School.). During my entire career, I can not think of a year I was not actively working to engage, involve and work with parents in many different ways. Parents are an essential piece in the success puzzle for every child in education.

The Gift of Time

Each morning the sun rises to bring a bright ray to brush warmth across our cheeks, reminding us of the gift to open; time.

What to do with the gift of time?

"I only have 2 rules!"
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