The Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented

Kaleidoscope: Winter 2018

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A Message from the Co-Presidents


Over the course of the past year, CAGT celebrated a number of successes, the largest being the 40th annual conference, held this past October.  Attendees felt inspired and refreshed by the conference content focused on The Heart of the Rockies:  Elevating the Gifted Connection.  Our attendance numbers were commendable with over 800 conference participants, 85 administrators in the the CAGT/CDE Leadership Forum, and 54 parents for the the Parent Institute.  

To celebrate forty years of conference, Executive Director Nanette Jones curated artifacts from the past including photographs and programs.  This years’ attendees enjoyed seeing how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown.  Whether you’ve been with us from the start of have just recently joined us, we want to thank you for being a part of CAGT’s success and growth.  We count on our members and affiliates to keep us a strong and vibrant organization who can live our mission:

It is CAGT’s belief that all humans have an inherent right to develop their full potential. The Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented fosters an understanding of all gifted children and their exceptional needs, and advocates for appropriate education and affective support through partnerships with educators, families, students, administrators, legislators, and the general public.

As the state gifted advocacy organization, CAGT continues to provide the support, tools, and language to leverage the new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.  We appreciate the openness of our State Education Commissioner Kathy Anthes to receiving CAGT’s input on ESSA funding and allocations.  We  are working with our partners in the state legislature to fully fund the provisions of the Exceptional Children’s Education Act including full funding for the Universal Screening and Qualified Personnel grant.  

Full funding will allow schools to adequately administer their gifted programs and to cast a wide net to better identify talent in our underrepresented populations.  We have joined the Untapped Potential Project to improve our identification and services to a more diverse array of talented students across our state.  We will need all of our CAGT membership to engage in advocating for better funding of gifted education and for recognizing and developing talent in all populations in Colorado.

As we look ahead to 2018, we’d like you to save the date for our annual Legislative Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 22, 2018 and our 41st annual conference on October 22-23, 2018.  We couldn’t be us without all of you. Thank you for being members of CAGT!


Jennifer Barr and Roger Dowd, Co-Presidents

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Legislative Day!

Held the Thursday after Presidents' Day each February, Legislative Day allows students (grades 8 – 12) a unique opportunity to shadow a state legislator for the day. The application process for this year's event is now open.

Information, resources, and links 
can be found at CAGT's website.





Does your gifted student need a book list for the new year?
What’s New in Young Adult Literature: 2016 Edition

Dr. Bob Seney

Lakewood, Colorado

The Underlined Books are my personal Top Ten Reads of 2017.   [This year 18 novels were candidates. Five Candidates for The Top Read. [High Lighted] All books listed meet Halsted’s (and my) criteria for books most appropriate for gifted readers.

Alexander, Kwame Booked (ms) 2016

I may have found a new favorite author.  The Crossover was a heavy contender for my 2015 Top Ten Reads.  The underline indicates that Booked is under consideration for this year.  This time Alexander uses soccer for the vehicle of his story and again uses the poetical form to reel out a remarkable story of coming of age, dealing with bullying, first love, and the break-up of his parents’ marriage.  Pages 216-233 are a perfect example of the power of bibliotherapy.  Great Read!

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game Called Life (ms) 2017

Basketball provides the basis for rules of life.  Alexander lists the Rules of Life in succinct, precise statements. Using his own personal story, he develops the novel by relating stories of real people, mostly, athletes,

who have demonstrated the important Rules of Life and have scored success.  I was reminded of 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Brown’s Book of

Precepts from Palacio’s Wonder series.

Solo# (ms/hs) 2017 The Rules of Life this time are found in titles and lyrics of rock and roll music.  Blade Morrison is the talented son of a fading rock and roll star, but the family is dysfunctional and there are secrets.  When Blade discovers what they are, he is nearly destroyed until he sets out on a quest.  Many layered themes and subthemes and again told in poetical form.

Please see Bob's comeplete list of 2017 Books for more recommendations for your 2018 reading.


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Book Ends
Jerry Flack, University of Colorado

Teaching Is Great!

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.

Japanese Proverb

Teaching is one of the greatest professions. Yet, how many teachers of gifted, creative, and talented students urge their own students to consider teaching as their life work? Do teachers of the gifted share the love and glory of their profession with their students? Do they urge their students to acquire new knowledge and develop a strong work ethic to become educators as often as they provide the same challenges and encouragement of gifted youths to prepare for careers as doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other prestigious professions? Do they introduce students to significant teachers as role models? Architects, geologists, inventors, and CEOs of corporations are invited to speak to classes of gifted students. Are exceptional educators also invited into classrooms to share the glories of their profession? This installment of “Book Ends” examines K-12 books, both fact and fiction, about extraordinary teachers. Student extensions are included as are three figures that include quotations about the wonders of teaching, feature films about unique educators, and insightful answers to the question “Why Teach?”

Examples of great teaching should be shared often and throughout the school year. Traditionally,  spring is a very special time to celebrate teaching as a profession. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to declare March 7 as National Teacher Day. In 1985, the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week in May and National Teacher Day as the first Tuesday in May. However, any time of year is a great opportunity to honor teachers.

This author wishes to thank three great teachers for their contributions to this edition of “Book Ends.” Dr. Barbara Swaby and John and Carol Stansfield are all Colorado educators of great distinction.

Books About Great (and Unique) Teachers

Polacco, Patricia. An A from Miss Keller. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015.

Patricia Polacco has created more books about extraordinary teachers than any other living author-illustrator. To date, she has written at least eight picture books about great teachers, counselors, librarians and administrators. The “Book Ends” column in the February 13, 2013 issue of The Kaleidoscope featured five of her most famous autobiographical picture books about her learning disabilities and the very special educators who helped her overcome obstacles and succeed beyond her wildest childhood dreams. Those books include:

The Art of Miss Chew (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012), Thank You, Mr. Falker (Philomel Books, 1998), The Junkyard Wonders (Philomel, 2010), Mr. Lincoln’s Way (Philomel, 2001), and The Lemonade Club (Philomel, 2007). See also Patricia Polacco’s more recent picture book tributes to librarians, Aunt Chip and the Great Tripple Creek Dam Affair (Philomel, 1996) and The Mermaid’s Purse (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016). Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014) is a celebration of the performing arts and the lifelong impact of a great teacher.

Polacco’s newest tribute to a great teacher is An A from Miss Keller. Miss Keller is a writing teacher whose alias is “Killer Keller.” Miss Keller is so demanding that young Patricia accepts the community belief that Miss Keller has never, ever given a student an “A” grade on a narrative writing assignment. She is the meanest teacher in the entire school.

Fortunately for Patricia, she has an elderly and beloved neighbor, Pop Schloss, who is not just her confidant. He is also a man of kindness, he is ever-cheerful and understanding, and he is wise. As Patricia struggles in Miss Keller’s writing class, readers are not just entertained; they are learning how to become better writers themselves. Both Miss Keller and Pop Schloss teach Patricia the value of a thesaurus and how to best use it as a writing tool. An A from Miss Keller is a great student mini-course in composition. The picture book treasure is also a multicultural gem plus a super inter-generational story. Tragedy enters Patricia’s life just as her term project from Miss Keller is due. But, Patricia has learned more than just rote academic skills. She has learned how to write AND how to live. Similar to Thank You, Mr. Falker, Polacco has written and illustrated a poignant story celebrating a master educator and a wonderful mentor.

Readers who want to learn more about Patricia Polacco’s life will profit from reading her photo-autobiography, Still Firetalking (Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 2014).

Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Is Missing! Illus. by James Marshall. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977.

Miss Nelson is the nicest teacher in the school, but the naughty children in Room 207 do not appreciate and respect their wonderful teacher. Then, one day Miss Nelson is missing and her replacement, Miss Viola Swamp, is the meanest teacher any of the children have ever encountered. There is no story time and Miss Swamp piles on the homework. Each new day in Room 207 grows worse. The students wonder what could possibly have happened to the kindly Miss Nelson. They take their concern to Detective McSmogg. Can he find the missing Miss Nelson? Just when all seems lost, Miss Nelson suddenly returns to the classroom. The students have never been so happy. Their previously rude behaviors disappear. Only one concern remains. Detective McSmogg has a new case. What has become of Miss Viola Swamp?

Students who appreciate the return of Miss Nelson will also enjoy further adventures with her in Miss Nelson Is Back (Houghton Mifflin, 1986) and Miss Nelson Has A Field Day (Houghton Mifflin, 1988).

Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy. New York: Viking, 1955. Caldecott Honor Book.

Crow Boy is proof positive that a great children’s book is never out of date. Taro Yashima narrates and illustrates the story of a shy, disadvantaged Japanese boy, Chibi, who is constantly teased and ridiculed by his school mates who fail to recognize the innate genius of Chibi and the incredible sacrifices he makes just to gain an education. One day a wonderful new teacher, Mr. Isobe, begins to discover Chibi’s gifts and encourages the youth to participate in the school’s talent show vocalizing the many and varied voices of crows. Both the school children and their parents are ashamed of how little they have appreciated Chibi’s gifts. Ever after they call him “Crow Boy,” a name of honor.

Lorbiecki, Marybeth. Sister Anne’s Hands. Illus. by K. Wendy Popp. New York: Puffin Books, 1998.

Sister Anne’s Hands is set in the early 1960s in a small American town. The two central characters are a young white girl, Anna, and Sister Anne, the first black teacher to teach in Anna’s small Catholic school. Anna’s exposure to people of different races is virtually nil. When she overhears her parents speak of a new “colored” teacher at Anna’s school, she imagines teachers who are purple, green, or orange. Just as Anna discovers Sister Anne’s brown coloration, her teacher notes her many fine freckles that mark her own skin coloring. Just as Sister Anne welcomes her new students to the second grade, a classroom bully pens a racial slur on a paper airplane and soars it to Sister Anne’s desk. The next day the second-grade classroom is filled with pictures that depict racism in America. There are also photographs of peace makers such as the young Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sister Anne gently speaks to the students of fountains that say “Whites Only” and other injustices that remain in the tapestry of America. She tells the students about opening their hearts to embrace all people who are different. A few parents pull their children from Sister Anne’s classroom, but the students who remain learn amazing new things from Sister Anne and fall under the spell of a truly great teacher. In the story’s moving ending Anna and Sister Anne say farewell. Sister Anne has been transferred to a school in Chicago. Anna remains behind as her classmates flee for summer vacation. She has made a special card of leave-taking to give to Sister Anne. Anna’s hand print is colored white with many orange polka dots while Sister Anne’s hand is filled with hues of pink, white, and brown. The hands are holding each other. Lorbiecki’s narrative is poetic and Popp’s illustrations have a kind of reverence about them. Sister Anne’s Hands is a beautiful book.

McCully, Emily Arnold. My Heart Glow: Alice Cogswell, Thomas Gallaudet, and the Birth of American Sign Language. New York: Hyperion Books, 2008.

Alice Cogswell became deaf at the age of two as the result of having Spotted Fever in the early years of the 1800s in America when there was virtually no method for teaching the deaf. A young neighborhood man, Thomas Gallaudet, had studied for missionary work among the Native Americans of the West. He had learned Indian sign language. He recognized that Alice had a bright mind and wanted to learn. Her father convinced Gallaudet to travel to Europe, especially England and Scotland, to learn how to teach the deaf. Unsuccessful in the British Isles, the young scholar traveled to France where he met with much greater success. Indeed, he returned to America with Laurent Clerc who helped create the first American Sign Language alphabet and the first school for the deaf in the United States. Education for the deaf flourished and in 1864, Thomas Gallaudet’s son Edward founded the first and only university for the deaf in Washington, D. C. Emily Arnold McCully uses American Sign Language on the cover, end pages, and in her beautiful watercolor illustrations for this true story of one brave student and her teachers.

Layne, Steven L. & Layne, Deborah Dover. T Is for Teachers: A School Alphabet. Illus. by Doris Ettlinger. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2005.

Reading, music class, field trips, principals, dictionaries, P.E., history, art class, science, librarians, and school nurses are just a sampling of the topics explored in T Is for Teachers: A School Alphabet, a 26- letter salute to teachers and education. This special book is a colorful and informative addition to the expansive ABC book collection from Sleeping Bear Press.

T is for teachers,

forever sowing seeds.

Their hope and prayer will always be

that every child succeeds.

The trademark format of Sleeping Bear books is found here. In simple words printed in a large font, a simple definition of a topic is printed for young readers. Sidebar prose panels go into much greater detail about each given subject. The more mature copy for the “T is for teachers” entry speaks to the many tools teachers use to help their students learn well and notes all the extra hours teachers put in grading papers, meeting with parents at conferences, and supervising extracurricular school activities.

The same authors and illustrator team meet up again in Number 1 Teacher: A School Counting Book (Sleeping Bear, 2008).

A dedicated teacher

is truly number 1.

Igniting a desire to learn.

And making school great fun.

Popp’s illustration is a double-page spread of students making and trying out airplanes they are creating by hand. The more mature side bar provides a fascinating history of how teachers in the USA came to be associated with receiving apples from their favorite students. The number four finds students studying Mount Rushmore as they learn more about history, geography, and sculpture. Eight stands for the parts of speech students use to communicate. The number fifty is a salute to the flag and the equal number of states its stars represent. Seventy trombones hail the seventy-six trombones – to be exact – that play a part in school bands. One hundred represents the special day primary teachers often use to celebrate the century of days their students have put into a school year.

DeLano, Marfe Ferguson. Helen’s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s Teacher. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2008.

Helen’s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan is one of a series of first-rate photobiographies of notable Americans that include Amelia Earhart, Alexander Graham Bell, Annie Oakley, Thomas Alva Edison, and John F. Kennedy. Author Marfe Ferguson DeLano focuses on the 50-year relationship between the teacher, Annie Sullivan Macy and her famous student, Helen Keller. She admits that even the title of this biography of Annie Sullivan begins with Helen’s name. No matter the accomplishments of Sullivan as a great teacher, she was always secondary to her famed pupil. Sullivan’s life was never easy. She was born into poverty and suffered the abuse of an alcoholic father who abandoned her at a young age. She suffered from partial blindness herself caused by untreated trachoma. She was a highly gifted student who was forced to struggle at virtually every turning point in her life. Despite multiple setbacks, she succeeded where no one believed their was any hope for her. She gave Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf, the world. Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), both of whom were close friends of the two women, particularly hailed Annie Sullivan’s virtues as a brilliant teacher. Today, more than a century after she became the “Miracle Worker” for Helen Keller, her teaching methods remain in use. The period photographs in the biography are plentiful and valuable in helping today’s youth enter a world more than a century past. There are plenty of surprises among the photographs such as one taken with Charlie Chaplin while Annie and Helen were in Hollywood during the making a film about Helen’s life. The book features a valuable chronology and lists of print and electronic resources for further investigations. See also Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (The Center for Cartoon Studies, 2012), a graphic novel approach to biography by Joseph Lambert.

Herrera, Juan Felipe. Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes. Illus. by Raul Colon. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014. “Jaime Alfonso Escalante,” pp. 53-57. Pura Belpre Honor Book, 2015.

Jaime Alfonso Escalante was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1930, the son of parents who were both teachers in Quechua Indian villages. As a youth he was fiercely competitive at both sports and academics, especially mathematics. As a student at a prestigious Jesuit high school in La Paz, he devoured books on physics and excelled in higher mathematics courses. He earned his teaching credentials, but he did not believe his career path should remain in Bolivia. He moved to Pasadena, California but his Bolivian teaching credentials were not accepted. He worked day and night jobs for a decade to support his family and to earn his teaching credentials. He began a career as a high school mathematics teacher at East Los Angeles’ Garfield High School. The school was situated in a neighborhood characterized by poverty and low expectations for its students. He continually fought an uphill battle to even convince school administrators to purchased advanced mathematics texts for its students. He continually challenged students to excel and by 1982 convinced the school to offer AP Calculus, the most difficult high school math course in the United States. AP Calculus culminated with a year-end standardized national test. All 18 of his first cadre of students passed the very demanding final exam conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Sadly, ETS officials voided the results. How could every single student from such a poor Latino barrio pass one of the most elite and demanding tests in the nation? With virtually no warning at all for preparation time, the students were re-tested. The results were the same. Every student passed the final AP Calculus exam. Escalante and his Garfield High School calculus students became a legend and the subject of a highly praised Hollywood feature film, Stand and Deliver (Warner Bros., 1988). Jaime Alfonso Escalante inspired students to have ganas, the desire to make their dreams happen. See also Escalante: The Best Teacher in America by Jay Matthews (Henry Holt, 1988).

Juan Felipe Herrera concludes Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes with a “Sestina for Victoria Leigh Soto,” pp. 88-91. (A sestina is a verse form consisting of six stanzas of six lines each that dates back to the 1200s.) Beginning at the age of fourteen Victoria Leigh Soto wanted to become a teacher. She was a great teacher for five years at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. She died protecting her students when a gunman burst into her classroom on December 12, 2012. She was one of six staff members and twenty children who died that day.

More Books About Extraordinary Teachers

Conroy, Pat. The Water Is Wide: A Memoir. New York: Dial Press, 2002.

Crane, Carol. The Handkerchief Quilt. Illus. by Gary Palmer. Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2010.

Havill, Juanita. Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher. Illus. by Anne Sibley O’Brien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Konigsburg, E. L. The View from Saturday. New York: Atheneum Books, 1996. Newbery Medal.

Levy, Debbie. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. Illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

Mann, Jennifer K. I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2017.

Pinborough, Jan. Miss Moore Thought Otherwise. Illus. by Debby Atwell. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2013.

Specht, Robert. Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1976.

Standing, E. M. Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work. New York: Plume, 1998.

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2014. Jane Addams Book Award, Pura Belpre Honor Book, and Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, 2015.

Wells, Rosemary. Yoko. New York: Hyperion Books, 1998.

Wickenden, Dorothy. Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West. Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2013.

Activities and Extensions

Parents should take note that National Teacher Appreciation Day is the first Tuesday of the first full week of May 06-12, 2018 and National Teacher Day will be celebrated on May 08, 2018. Teachers should be honored all year long. For example, parents might celebrate gifted teachers, one for each month of the school year.

Direct the attention of students to Figure 3. “Why Teach?” a list of ten positive reasons for being a teacher. As students observe and recall their current and past teachers, what are ten more statements they can add to “Why Teach?”

Families can pop some corn and then all gather to watch an age-appropriate film about a great teacher, coach, or mentor such as “The Karate Kid.” A family discussion should follow viewing of the film. What teaching tools and techniques did the starring educator display in the movie?

Students can honor a favorite teacher using any verse form from simple haikus to more advanced poems such as sestinas. See Juan Felipe Herrera’s “Sestina for Victoria Leigh Soto,” in his book Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes.  

How might a recipe for a super educator read? First, do the ingredients include a cup of patience, a tablespoon of humor, and a quart of praise for lessons well learned. Next, what are the directions? Add one energetic teacher and 25 eager students? Stir in a spoonful of creativity? Students can both write and illustrate their favorite teacher recipe.

Secondary students may want to investigate colleges and universities that are known for their superb teacher education programs.

Students of all ages can utilize print and online resources to write about some of the greatest teachers of all time. These religious and historical teachers might include Jesus, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, Aristotle, Sir Isaac Newton, and Henry David Thoreau. “Google” the subject “Great Teachers” to learn more about these great teachers and also discover the names of many more extraordinary educators.

Students can create a drama of a great teacher interacting with one or more pupils. Such dramas may be based on information learned in the recommended books about great teachers above. One example may be found in Joseph Lambert’s Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (The Center for Cartoon Studies, 2012). In his graphic novel approach to biography, Lambert accentuates the moment when Helen Keller first understood the meaning of “water” as Annie Sullivan Macy’s finger spelled the letters on Keller’s wet hands. For humor, have older students read and then dramatize Miss Nelson Is Missing! for a classroom of younger children.

Invite students to read the quotations about teachers in Figure 1. Encourage them to focus upon a quotation that describes one of their favorite teachers. They can use the quotation as the introduction to an essay about the teacher they wish to honor.

Make 2017-2018 “The Year of Teachers” in schools and homes of gifted, talented, and creative students all across Colorado. Celebrate Teaching Is Great!

Figure 1.

Great Teacher Quotes

The teacher is like the candle which lights others in consuming itself.

Giovanni Ruffini

There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.

Robert Frost

They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it.

Nicholas Sparks

A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.

Ruth Beechick

The Master said, “A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.”


Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be.

Eric Michael Leventhal

The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life.

Pat Conroy

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.

Karl A. Menninger

I think [my teacher] Mrs. Westvessel is probably over 100 years old...Probably about 120.

Lois Lowry, Anastasia Krupnik

For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.

Oprah Winfrey

Figure 2.

Exceptional Teacher Films

The Miracle Worker (1962)

Dead Poet’s Society (1989)

Stand and Deliver (1988)

Remember the Titans (2000)

October Sky (1999)

To Sir With Love (1967)

Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)

Music of the Heart (1999)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939, 1969)

The Karate Kid (1984)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Hoosiers (1986)

Figure 3.

Why Teach?

1. Next to parents, teachers are the adults who spend the most time with children in their formative years. Thus, the possibility of making a significantly positive difference in their lives is extremely great.

2. Being a teacher allows one to become aware of critical societal factors that affect the development of a very large number of children.

3. Teaching allows one to keep a youthful perspective on life and provides daily, multiple opportunities for laughter..

4. Teaching allows one to observe the magnificent resilience of the human spirit in children.

5. Teaching allows one to practice human virtues such as kindness, forgiveness, empathy, generosity and patience on a daily basis.

6. Teaching allows one to be willing to see and to find the best in human beings.

7. Teaching provides the opportunity to develop one's creativity.

8. Teaching results in discovering a sense of curiosity about the world by trying to awaken it in one’s students.

9. Teaching allows one the opportunity to help children discover their unique gifts and talents.

10. Teaching provides the opportunity to see "the lights go on " in a child's eyes when a concept has been learned.

“Why Teach?” are primarily the words of Dr. Barbara Swaby, Professor Emerita and Endowed Professor of Literacy and Community Service at the College of Education at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Dr. Swaby created Literacy On The Go (LOGO) in 2006. LOGO has given 190,000 books in 19,000 book bags to students in Colorado as well as in South Korea and Uganda. LOGO additionally provides books to both mothers and fathers who are in Colorado prisons so that they may read to their children when they visit. The prisoners are also able to give their children books to take home following visitations.






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