I have been wanting to start professionally blogging for some time. It, of course, gets shuffled to the back of the long line of things to do. A fellow teacher sent me this 20 Day Blogging Challenge designed by Kelly Hines. I am going to use this Blogging Challenge as a jumping off place for my personal blog on education.
I would like to share a book that I have used in class as a connection to genetics. The book, The Spirit of Lo, is a wonderful read and a true story written by Terry and Don Detrich. Terry and Don are Lauren’s or Lo’s parents. Lo has cystic fibrosis. You will definitely need a box of tissues as you read this book. The book was a great addition to the science classroom as it gave a face to a genetic disorder discussed in class from the science viewpoint. Now, students are learning about genetics, but they are getting a real vicarious experience from the viewpoint of the parents, Lo’s sister and Lo. What is also really neat about the book, is it is written when Lo was my student’s age, 13-14. They can directly relate to her experiences. The book also does a wonderful job of defining the cause of cystic fibrosis and the related symptoms and toll it takes in the body and family. I believe any activity in English with their freshman reading list can be done with the nonfiction book, The Spirit of Lo. A social connection can be made about the cost insurance and the red tape that families deal with to navigate medical costs. In addition, a service learning connection can be made as Lo herself is a wonderful fundraiser for cystic fibrosis from a young age. The sky is the limit with this book and the relative connections the classroom can make to the world in which we live.