www.johngile.com • 2018 by John Gile
Happiness is sharing the joy of Reading.
A 21st century version of a classic story
about the role our teachers play in our lives

     On the 200th anniversary of a Midwestern city’s founding, the mayor appointed a committee to select a group of luminaries from among whom he would name one to be honored as the city’s Greatest Treasure. The nominees’ table was front and center at the lavish dinner in the banquet hall where the mayor was to choose the winner.

     As desert was being served, nominee after nominee was paraded before the gathering while the mayor’s aide described each one’s achievements. First was the city’s wealthiest person, who was cited for having outstanding business acumen and success. Next was a physician renowned for innovative medical practices. A third nominee was a lawyer famous for exceptional accomplishments on behalf of clients. They were followed by an acclaimed athlete, an inventor, and an entertainer. All of them received extravagant praise for rising to the pinnacle of their chosen fields, and all of them displayed the demeanor and trappings of their success.

     While surveying the nominees at their table and pondering the obvious merits of each one, the mayor noticed a humble, simply attired person the nominees had invited to sit with them. He asked his aide who it was. “Oh, that’s a teacher the nominees had during their early school years,” the aide said.

     The mayor paused, reviewed the awe-inspiring achievements of each nominee, then stood and approached their table. Everyone in the surprised gathering jumped their feet and applauded in enthusiastic agreement when the mayor walked past the nominees and bestowed the Greatest Treasure Award on their teacher. -- John Gile, http://johngile.com/teachers.html

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Cheryl Sigmon
      for her kind words and classroom suggestion:
Oh, How I Wished I Could Read!
     "This is a wonderful book to use at first and second grade to introduce students to the notion that reading is for a real-life purpose.  www.johngile.com The main character dreams that he is unable to read and finds himself in funny, compromising and sometimes painful situations due to his readingless state.

Classroom Application

     "Read this to your children in the beginning of the year, and then take a 'field trip' through the school and around the school grounds to find the helpful signs in the environment that are important to us: restroom, boys’, girls’, library, principal’s office, cafeteria, stop, yield, bus stop, etc." -- Cheryl Sigmon, Sigmon & Associates, Inc., Columbia, South Carolina
When you want your children to want to read . . .

Very worthwhile book, M. J. Smith, Verified Amazon Purchase
     This book has an important message for every young person. The illustrations will draw the child into the story. With so many kids not reading a lot, this should be on the must read list. My hat's off to John for another great book.

A great wish can come true! Florence M. Smith, Verified Amazon Purchase
     Do wishes still come true? Well, the greatest wish does come true to a little boy. Unbeknownst to this young lad, he takes an imaginary journey one night into a world where he is unable to read. By the end of the story the the young child wakes up in his bed and heads directly to his bookshelf relieved to find out that he does indeed know how to read. This book will foster a love for reading to any reader, young and old.

A great read-aloud, Lisa D.
     This is a great book for elementary students. I read this aloud in my elementary library. Each picture is a gem for the kids to try and figure out why the boy wishes he could read as he heads toward different pitfalls of trouble. The kids love that if only he could read, he would be A-OK.
Then at the end there is the joy of knowing it was just a bad dream.
It's a great book.

A MUST for all Elementary Education teachers! Verified Amazon Purchase
     I really liked this book because it shows children, in a fun way, why it is important for them to know how to read. To be safe, children need to know how to read signs, to know where there is potential danger. That's only a small part of the importance of functional literacy, but a very important one.

Great read for your child, M Squared, Verified Amazon Purchase
     There is nothing as important as a child wanting to read. The fun story and beautiful illustrations make this story a treat.

• National Read, America! Selection
• Reading Is Fundamental Book List
• Teachers' Choice Award Winner
• Scholastic Book Club Selection
• The Perfect Book For Title I Companion books

     Review by Olga Gize Carlile: "makes children want to be readers"

     Secretary of State Literacy Office, Illinois State Library: "Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! is a book focused on the need to motivate children to read... We want you to be aware of a resource so specific to family literacy."

     Publishing Profile: "This light-hearted story with action-packed illustrations hits bull's eye on a glaring national need — motivating children to read. Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! produces laughs and gasps that make its "reading is vital" message a child-pleasing joy. Highly acclaimed and a national bestseller, it's a perfect book for fun-loving parents and high spirited teachers who laugh with their children and use humor to teach. Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! is used extensively in schools and even in adult literacy programs with its companion vocabulary development book What Is That Thing? Whose Stuff Is This?

Keeping First Things First

First impressions can be misleading.
Just ask this first grade teacher
and the student’s mother.

     When first grade students were told to draw a picture showing what they wanted to be when they grew up, one of the girls told her teacher, "I want to be like Mommy," and handed in this drawing. Her teacher gasped when she saw the drawing, but praised the little girl for her work and then put the drawing into the child’s packet of papers to take home.

www.johngile.com     The next day the little girl returned to school with the drawing and a note for the teacher from her very embarrassed mother — who had instructed her daughter to make certain the teacher read Mommy’s note.

     The note said, “I want to explain my daughter’s drawing. My friends say it looks like a drawing of me at a dance pole on a stage surrounded by male customers handing over cash, but it’s not. I work in a hardware store and told my daughter how much money we made during the snowstorm last week. Her drawing is a picture of me selling snow shovels.”

     Those kinds of incidents can go both ways, which prompted a teacher to quip at her school's Back to School Night, "If you won't believe without question everything your child says happens at school, I won't believe without question everything your child says happens at home."

Helping students write well
     is the key to helping students excel.

Motivation and foundational skill development in my programs and books provide students with enrichment that pays dividends for a lifetime. -- John Gile
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“He is about the best author that I've seen as far as teaching and speaking on what we teach. I'd like to see him here next year.” — Carolyn F., Vestavia Central, Birmingham, AL

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“John knew exactly what worked with kids . . . The students, as well as I myself, were eager to read and write. It excited them.” — Ann C., Teacher, Cascade, IA

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"I was especially pleased to hear our high schoolers state how interesting you were."— IL

“Wonderful program! Several children left the presentation and sat down to write a book! We really appreciated his reinforcement of things we teach — reading, rewriting. Thank you for a wonderful presentation!” — Gail M., Teacher, Austin Elementary, Odessa, TX

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“. . . Involved the kids and got them to draw on their own experiences and identify with the author. . . Wonderful for letting the kids know they are writers. . . John gave us ideas to reinforce with the students. . . I thought it was grade appropriate and kept the children thinking! . . . Motivation!” — Cindy N., Richards School, Whitefish Bay, WI

“What a wonderful presentation. The children were spellbound . . . For many of them this day will be a memory that lasts forever.” — Cathy G., Cultural Resources Coordinator, Normal, IL

“Excellent rapport with students . . . The students came away feeling good about their efforts to write. I think this was due to the warm, caring atmosphere that was created.” — Deborah S., Teacher, Hightower Elementary, Conyers, GA

     I'm an author and publisher (http://www.jgcunited.com/bio.html) in Illinois and I often present writing workshops for students, for teachers, for professionals who write for publication (http://www.jgcunited.com/enrichment.html), and for groups fostering personal growth and professional enrichment. I also do one-on-one coaching and counseling for individual writers on Skype or by phone and email. Click here to contact me.

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