Category Archives: Reading

0190_New book: My Favorite Life-Changing Stories_by Dr. Joe L. Wheeler_great book of encouragement

Donna Jack
March 16, 2017

Yesterday morning I bought Dr. Joe Wheeler’s latest book of true stories:   My Favorite Life-Changing Stories. I read the entire book today. You can see and order the book at:  http://joewheelerbooks.com/

My Favorite Life-Changing Stories

My Favorite Life-Changing Stories

My Favorite Life-Changing Stories

This is the fourth book in “My Favorite” inspirational story series.

2017: Tradepaper. Short, true, life-changing epiphany stories.

Which story was my favorite?

This evening I called Dr. Joe to tell him I had finished reading his newest book.  He asked me which story I liked best.

Where could I begin, except to say that I loved them all.  They were all vivid in my mind.

Then I decided I should talk about one of the stories, and chose the last one in the book, since I had just completed it a few minutes earlier.  The message that stood out to me in that story, was that we should stop brooding over our failures of the past.  Instead we should analyze our mistakes, and figure out how to do better next time.

Then I shared with him messages I remembered from six or seven other stories.  Then I told him things I learned from his introduction to the book, introductions to the stories, and the Epilogue.  In those sections Dr. Joe shares some of his insights, struggles and victories.  One of the struggles he speaks of is the temptation to forget and take credit for success, when it is actually God who provides the abilities and opportunities.  That is a common human struggle.

Some characteristics emphasized within this powerful collection of stories:

Within My Favorite Life-Changing Stories are found displayed many different important characteristics.  Among them are:  honesty; compassion; forgiveness; repentance; perseverance even after repeated failures; patience; verbalizing expressions of appreciation; bravery; kindness; self-control; reliability; generosity; determination; and reverence and obedience to God.

The stories encourage us to realize that no matter what our condition in life, we need to look ahead, and trust God.  He holds our lives in His hands. Continue reading

0188_Local Kiwanis Club had a celebration and distributed money, books, and gift cards to children and schools

Donna Jack
March 6, 2017/updated March 15, 2017

Numerous studies confirm that if a child hasn’t learned to read well enough to enjoy reading by the end of third grade, there is a good chance that child will never learn to read well, or may never learn to read at all.  It was because they learned of these studies, that the Conifer Kiwanis Club decided fifteen years ago to come up with a way to help third grade children learn to love reading.

For 15 years, Conifer Kiwanis has stepped up to the plate
to help children enjoy reading
See  Dr. Joe Wheeler’s books at:
www.joewheelerbooks.com

Dr. Joe Wheeler is a member of the Conifer Kiwanis, and a local author with 95 titles in publication.  He, along with other Kiwanis members and friends, have for the last 15 years, set up his books on tables at the Conifer King Soopers store each December.  Three Thursdays and Fridays during December his books have been put on display, to be looked at and purchased.  Dr. Wheeler always signs each book that is purchased.  Members of the Kiwanis Club, and supporters,  have set up, manned and taken down the tables, and helped people choose from among his many books, while Dr. Wheeler has signed his books and answered questions.

Dr. Wheeler generously contributes all profits from the sale of his books, to the Conifer Kiwanis Reading Program.

Come join us in December!

Come join us next December and buy books: for yourself, your family and friends — and at the same time help the reading program for the school children.  In order to expand this program, we need to have more people in the community purchasing books next December at King Soopers.  Until then, you can find enjoyable reading at Dr. Wheeler’s website:   www.joewheelerbooks.com

Kiwanis International’s Fifteenth Annual Reading Celebration Day – March 4, 2017
at The Barn, in Evergreen Memorial Park
on North Turkey Creek Road

The Key Club at Conifer High School is associated with Conifer Kiwanis.

Three members from the Conifer High School Key Club helped us set up the event; sold Dr. Wheeler’s books to people who wanted to purchase more of his books at the event; spoke to the assembly; and helped clean up afterwards.

2017-03-04 13.59.24_3 Key Club members from Conifer HighConifer High School – Key Club Members
Brenna Nease, Key Club President; Angie Truong, Key Club Vice President;
Audrey Dilgarde, Key Club International Trustee Continue reading

0168_Dr. Joe Wheeler_Professor, Writer, collector of stories_His December 2016 blog on elections

Donna Jack
January 5, 2017

King Soopers in Conifer, Colorado annually lets the local Kiwanis Club set up tables to sell Joe Wheeler’s books – with all proceeds going to the local elementary schools and home schools in the Conifer area.  This year we were able to raise $3,468.59 for the project.

In the process of helping people purchase Joe’s books, I purchased many books for my own friends and family — and was able to work with Joe and get to know his work.  You can discover his books, and other things he offers, on his website:     www.joewheelerbooks.com

Below is the text of Joe Wheeler’s December 2016  blog about election 2016.  If you go to this printable link you will not only see the text of the article below, but a Norman Rockwell picture within the article, depicting the division between a husband and wife over the 1948 election in which Truman won over Dewey.  As always, Norman Rockwell beautifully and accurately captured a real piece of life in our county.

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Joe Wheeler’s Blog #50, Series 7_Election 2016
From Joe’s “Wednesdays with Dr. Joe” articles

 WEDNESDAYS WITH DR. JOE
ELECTION 2016
December 14, 2016

What a relief: the long almost unbelievably contentious election is finally over! For most of us, it couldn’t come soon enough. Reason being: now, at long last, normal life can resume again. Continue reading

0120_Summary of education issues in the 2016-2017 school year_Bond and Mill Levy Override (taxes) to be on November ballot__Data-gathering video and transcript_PERA — by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
July 26, 2016/edited July 27, 2016 10:30 PM

THIS IS A SUMMARY BLOG OF MANY EDUCATION ISSUES.

School Board meeting Thursday, July 28, 2016.

July 22nd, Helen Neal sent out a notice of the first 2016-2017 school year Jefferson County Colorado School Board (Jeffco BOE) special meeting – study/dialogue session.  Helen is Chief of Staff Superintendent/Board of Education.  Near the end of this blog is a link with more information and information about the meeting.  There you will find information telling you how to get on the notification email list concerning all school board meetings (three or more a month).
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Because of what public schools have become, I am sad

to see the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in Jefferson County, Colorado.  I have witnessed this mess progressively developing since I became aware of the problems in the 1960s.

Some of you may not be aware that schools are not what the taxpayer thinks they are paying for.

Some things that sadden me:

Parents, once again, will be told how great their children are doing (or how miserable they are doing, and that they need to be put on drugs, and fixed by the system).  Parents  will be told how wonderful the schools are, and how excellent their school district is, compared to other school districts (but not told that all school districts keep declining every year).

Most students will be stressed because of all the pressure to “perform” — caused by the lack of tools they have been given to succeed in school (like reading!).  A huge percentage of students are put on mind-control drugs to make them more docile/compliant.  Most kids don’t want to  hurt their teachers and their school, so their own failures to perform will put more pressure on them — they will miss the chance to experience excitement in learning and the adventure of exploring and discovering — they will not enjoy school — they will be dumbed down.

Teachers will be overburdened and discouraged by the controls and requirements that will be forced on them.  They will use their teaching skills less this year,  and they will increasingly be relegated to being “room monitors” while “experts” and computers will individually “school each student.”   They will continue gathering every bit of information they possibly can, on each of their students, and coordinating with every person who has contact with each student.  All the information on a child will continue to be gathered and placed on a dashboard, to make it easier for each child to be analyzed by more people.

The public will be told that the schools must have more money, in order to better teach students.  It is not true.  Increased amounts of money keep being poured into the schools — and the results are:  more social experiments and social engineering — less education — less morality — and more poorly-educated people.

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0117_Another Teacher Vents About Guided Reading_forwarded by Donna Garner 2016-07-14

Donna Jack
July 17, 2016

“Another Teacher Vents About Guided Reading”
From Donna Garner
7.14.16
 
 
After I posted the Texas classroom teacher’s comments about the misguided Guided Reading curriculum (by Fountas and Pinnell) being used across the country, I received the following from another reading teacher who is totally disenchanted with Guided Reading. I am also keeping this second teacher’s name confidential to protect her from any retaliation from her local school district.  
 
[The link to the first teacher’s complaint is posted at the bottom of this page.] 
 
FROM ANOTHER DISENCHANTED READING TEACHER:
 
As a middle school reading teacher in a district that has used Guided Reading in elementary school since 2003, I can agree 100% with that letter!  If your reading program is strong, you shouldn’t need a reading intervention program at the middle school level; yet the administration doesn’t seem to make that connection!
Each year, the building I teach at receives about 120 incoming 6th graders who are testing from 1.5 to 3 grade levels behind in reading vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension!  We have four middle schools in our large district and the others receive even more students!