I've always loved to read. Ever since I could pick up a book, I would walk into the living room, jump up on my dad's recliner, and demand that he read to me the large stack of books I brought in. I remember a particular one, Bear Mad, that was enjoyable to me on successive repeat. Once I could read myself, I would spend most of my time absorbed in one book or another. My tastes are as eclectic as my music, but I've always subscribed to National Geographic and have a fondness for David Sedaris and other pseudo-memoirs. I have a long commute, too, and while it's not my dad's voice anymore, I take advantage of audio books and depart from traffic and immerse myself into the world of another story, far far away.
Student Services exists to aid students in becoming the best that they can be. There is no way that we could accomplish this without READING! Reading professional journals, magazines or books helps us keep up-to-date on the current trends and best practices in student services. We strongly encourage you to keep up with your professional literature also, so that you can be even more successful in your chosen field.
To me, the best books are those that ask the question "what if?" If the writer has done his or her job, the answers will come in the reader's imagination. There is nothing more beautiful, more hideous, more hopeful, more devastated, more reassuring, or more terrifying than our own minds. That is why movies based on books are never as good. We can see the zipper running up the monster's back, the string suspending the actor as he flies away into a computer-generated world. With a good book, we are the hideous monster and we are the superhero who saves the day. Words create special effects, and they are far greater than anything Hollywood will ever produce. Because these dreams are yours. Because they are mine. Because they are ours. Before you know it "what if?" has led us down the path—a yellow brick road, a bread crumb trail, an infernal passage—to the greatest question of all: and then what happened? It's 2 a.m. Just one more chapter. One more chapter. One more. Only this, and nothing more.
I chose the Language of Medicine because of the importance of understanding the language in my chosen health field and what I teach. You can’t very well interpret what a physician is asking you do, if you don’t understand his language. I stress medical terminology to every student interested in a health career, whether it be medical assisting, nursing, therapeutic massage, surgical technology, or sonography.
However, when I am at home or on vacation, I love to escape in a good book. My favorite author is Doretha Benton Frank. She helps me to escape to the low country and also adds humor to her books.
In her book, Practicing History, journalist and historian Barbara Tuchman wrote that “the best book is a collaboration between author and reader.” I couldn’t agree more! Long before there were computers and gaming systems, good books were (and still are) designed to require interaction between the reader and the book. Imagination is the key—the reader has to question the book, and be open to what the book has to say. My favorite books tell the drama-filled stories of good history: Men and women facing impossible odds, life-or-death situations, making decisions that will affect the lives of dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of people. Books are indeed a magic carpet ride, taking you anywhere in the world--and beyond! Yeah, I’m a geek, and proud of it—books will do that to you.
“If you can read this, thank a teacher.”
In addition to all of my teachers, I want to thank my mother. She is responsible for my love of books. Some of my earliest memories are of her ironing clothes after dinner, and listening while I diligently read my Dick and Jane book aloud three times every night. Our weekly excursion to the library was very special, indeed. Mama made reading seem like a treat and it is! I chose the book in my poster because it pertains to one of my hobbies. I love to go to flea markets and yard sales to search for a discarded item (such as an old chair), and then give it a “makeover” so that it looks even better than the original!
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who can't read.”
Need I say more?
“Teaching reading IS rocket science.”
Louisa Moats, Ed.D Reading and Human Development, Harvard
Reading is a complex task. Students have to learn the words, and then learn how to use strategies to improve their comprehension. Are they activating prior knowledge and identifying key points? Do they know how to analyze and evaluate? Can they apply these skills to their college textbooks? Do they understand inference? According to a Swedish proverb “in a good book, the best is between the lines”.