Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Is anyone out there? HeloOOOOOO???; also, upcoming curriculum possibilities
I haven't gotten many comments on the blog lately and am wondering if the entries are just too long or if there really are more than a handful of people going on? Of course, I'm very happy to write for the esteemed handful! Don't get me wrong!
But, if you do read the blog, please leave a comment and let me know you're there. I'd love to hear any questions you might have from watching Molly and McGee at theowlbox or anything you might want to know from reading Wesley the Owl. There is no such thing as a dumb question, remember that!
Someone asked if I have a press kit for schools. Not right now but i'm going to talk to Simon and Schuster about just that very thing this week.
I have had amazing experiences with Wesley the Owl being part of a curriculum for special needs kids and adults. Recently a day school for special needs adults did a big study of Wesley the Owl. The teacher either helped people read it or, in some cases, read it to them (there is an auditory form of the book on CD for blind people and anyone else who would do better hearing it than reading it, and it's unabridged). It was the first book that many of them had read and they took their time. They brought in a naturalist and someone who could bring in a live owl. We started out by me having a discussion with them via speakerphone, moderated by their teacher, then at the end a few months later, we had another speaker phone discussion where they asked questions they had about the book and about my disability. Many of the autistic adults could really relate to some of Wesley's attributes such as hating me to change at all. Wesley didn't even want me to change my hair. They could relate to why Wesley was so stressed by new people. I thought it was an interesting insight. There were a lot of good insights from the class and I enjoyed participating.
So, from that, I started thinking about a curriculum for special needs people, and then that morphed into thinking about a curriculum, period.
So I'm going to try to come up with something with Simon and Schuster, and I'm going to ask the teacher of that original class to participate in putting together something for other teachers, based upon her experience. She said that the book brought up a host of issues for people, including getting in touch with their own grief over losses they'd had, that they had never really dealt with. It also talks about coping with a disability and doing what you can within the confines of that disability - in my case a brain tumor and symptoms that cause me to only have a few hours of wakefulness a day. Sometimes only 15 really productive minutes in certain cases. And yet, with that 15 minutes, you can still move forward and have hopes and goals.
Anyway, a curriculum is in the works.
In the meantime, we do have a guide for book clubs if you're interested. There are questions in the back of the paperback that are conducive to book clubs as well.
I am available for book club and class discussions via speakerphone, which works well for clubs in other states, etc.
I hope this helps!