I had a huge heartwarming surprise today during Club READ!
I've been reading Kelly Gallagher's book, Readicide: How schools are killing reading and what you can do about it, and in it, one part talks about finding 'the reading flow'.
Page 61 in Readicide: “Csikszentmihalyi
describes the flow as ‘the state in which people are so involved in an activity
that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that
people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer safe of doing it.’
is where we want all our students to be when they read, …the place where young
readers have to ‘come up for air’."
This section of the book goes to say that many students have never experienced this flow with a book. Kelly Gallagher asked her students, “Have you ever watched a
movie that was so good you actually forgot for a moment that you were sitting
in a movie theater?” and most of her students raised their hand as a 'yes'.
But when she asked, “Have you ever read a book that
was so good that you actually forgot for a moment where you were?” many have
never experienced the thrill of becoming utterly lost within a book . They have
never experienced reading flow.
WELL... this brings me to my heartwarming surprise today :D
I asked the 24 students in Club READ the same two questions... I got a lot of heads shaking 'no' to the first question about being really into a movie. I was surprised!
I then expected to get more stares and head shaking when I asked the second question, about getting lost in a book... BUT instead, every single student's hand went up in the air! There were comments saying, 'Yes! I've felt like that!'
SO cool. This made my day. I knew the AIS Middle School had great students... but seriously, these kids rule. They love to read... these 24 students have chosen to join Club READ as their weekly after school activity. I am SO glad to hear that our students have experienced The Reading Flow!
We then went into some examples of books that we've gotten SO into that we forget where we are and how much time goes by...
The Terry Fox run is coming up on the 25th of November in Ho Chi Minh City.
The AIS Middle School has a number of things going on around school to help gear up for this great event! Ms. Donna began the shoe activity... posting paper sneakers on classroom doors that teachers, staff, and students have written their dream on...
Some homerooms and Language Arts classes are showing a video about Terry Fox and the incredible challenge that he put himself up to...
The library also has a couple books about Terry Fox available for checkout!
The 2012 Middle School Spelling Bee took place Tuesday and
Wednesday, 13/14 November, and went very well. Throughout the week it was
wonderful to see so many students dedicating themselves to studying the word
lists and testing one another around school.
Each student in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th
participated in a Class Spelling Bee in their Language Arts class. The top
three students from the Class Bees went on to compete in the Grade-level Bees.
The top three students from each grade then went on to compete in the Final
Spelling Bee, held in the Canteen. The entire school was there to cheer on
The final nine competitors did very well and we are proud of
their encouraging and respectful behavior towards one another. It can be
nerve-wracking trying to spell a difficult word in front of a large audience
but each of the finalists did a fantastic job.
The final three competitors really gave each other great
competition and it took quite some time to get down to the final two and then
decide first and second places! In the end, 7th-grader Leena (Le Que)took the title of2012 AIS
Middle School Spelling Bee Champion! Congratulations Leena!
8th-grader, Tony (Nguyen Hao), placed second and
7th-grader, An (Hoang An), took third place. Each of these three
students received a trophy, a certificate of excellence, and a dictionary.
Congratulations to all of those who qualified for the Grade-level Bees as well!
Each of these 27 students received certificates of excellence for a job well
Making a Difference and
Moments that We Will Never Forget
Once again the AIS Middle School students demonstrate what
amazing kids they are.
The Middle School held a Grace’s Cookies fundraiser in early
October, as well as donating money from Casual Days. We were able to help
sponsor Bui Quang Sang from the Long An Province to have lifesaving heart
surgery. Sang is 12 years old and was born with a congenital heart disease.
Lina and Wendy, two 6th grade girls participating
in the Dressing Room Project (and sponsors of the cookie sale), went with Ms.
Elizabeth and Ms. Stacia to see Sang in the hospital after his surgery. The
Trieu An Hopsital is in the Binh Tan District. We brought Sang some
get-well-soon gifts and it was great to see him looking healthy and feeling
well! (A thank you goes out to 7th grade Susie for the thoughtful
gift for Sang that she sent along with us too.)
favorite sport is football…
hopefully he will enjoy wearing the AIS sports
shirt we brought to him:
holding up his two new books:
shot! …Ms. Elizabeth, Wendy, Sang, Lina, Ms. Stacia:
and Wendy introducing themselves to Sang and his mother:
and his mother:
going through the Get-Well-Soon gifts we brought to him:
describing to Sang what AIS stands for:
Stacia making muscles at Sang…
him that now he can grow strong and play his favorite sport – football!
is probably when we all laughed at Sang when he jokingly said
he did not miss
his mother’s cooking!
Elizabeth with Sang’s father…
Ms. Linh from the VinaCapital Foundation
(who helped us set up this wonderful
We will never forget Sang and our visit.
How amazing what a
difference a few cookies can make.