Wonder by R.J. Palacio

(9/10) The story of August Pullman (aka Auggie), a 10-year-old boy born with a rare craniofacial disorder and his experience of attending a school for the first time. The book is based on the themes of kindness, identity, bullying, acceptance and friendship.

Nancy Pearl’s Rule of 50

School has taught us to finish every book from the start. Students feel that it’s necessary to read every single word of the material because of its possibility of showing up on a test. However, this is one of the most unhealthy habits associated with reading. We need to change our mindset about quitting books. QuittingContinue reading “Nancy Pearl’s Rule of 50”

The Tongue and Quill

For decades, “The Tongue and Quill” manual has been used by the U.S. Air Force to improve their written and verbal communication skills. The Air Force communication is required to be exceptionally clear and direct. Unclear messages can cause expensive mistakes. Simplification of information and making each word count is vital in the military environment.Continue reading “The Tongue and Quill”

When Taking Advice

The thing about advice is that it just tries to make you well informed. In the end, you will have to make the decision yourself. You don’t get all the details you need, You don’t get it from the people who have the same perspective as you. Advice just tries to hint you towards theContinue reading “When Taking Advice”

Describing the block

I recently came across an interesting piece of writing advice from author and essayist Kiese Laymon. In an interview with Literary Hub, he says, “With my head down, like I’m trying to concuss myself. I try to describe the “block” and once it’s described I decide what I need to go through it. Then youContinue reading “Describing the block”

Opinions and Observations

Opinions come from a very personal point of view, They portray a judgement I have formed about something or someone which may not necessarily be based on facts or knowledge. The opinions of two individuals are usually distinguishable. They might be based on assumptions that lead to changes in them over time. However, observations areContinue reading “Opinions and Observations”