A Synopsis of Materials and Teaching Process:
Values-based stories, grades 5–22, three stories each level, address interest categories of adventure, biography, children/family, church history/religion, cross-cultural stories, history, problems/challenges, human relations, and missions. The first class session offers an inventory of each student’s reading experience, interests, and felt needs. Students indicate story preferences within the categorized stories. A graded story list aids teacher planning. In daily free class discussion, students use questions generated while reading and the thought questions provided with each story. “Appendix C: The Daily Class Discussion Assignment” helps thinking flow. The teacher assigns the Final Written Reflection for that day’s story and begins process on the subsequent story.
“Dr. Nance did not see a ‘truck driver’ who could not read or write well—she saw potential. I cannot really comment on the technical side of what she did, and I cannot tell you how or what she did—but whatever it was—it obviously worked. She transformed a truck driver who had done little reading into someone who finished his bachelor’s, master’s, and has now completed a doctoral degree! What I do know is that her kind spirit and gentle encouragement spurred me onwards toward a thirst for reading and learning all I can. The simple reality is this: the work Dr. Mary Nance has done … works! I am living proof!” —Dr. Ashley Olinger, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Williston, North Dakota
Bullying affects one out of every six children in school today. The effects can be long-lasting and painful. Acts of Courage is a tool to teach needed skills to kids before they encounter bullies. It can help you increase your students’ abilities to stay safe at school and in their community. In one-act plays, they will rehearse new ways to show confidence, kindness, and empathy. Acts of Courage can be another tool in your kit to reduce bullying.
There is no greater adrenaline rush for an undercover narcotics officer than purchasing a bag of black tar from a heroin dealer and then walking to the street to signal the crew to make a mad dash for the front door, Halligan tool in full swing, shouting, “Police, everybody on the floor!” The malefactors are arrested, and another community can begin to heal.
What is rarely seen is the preparation that went into the final bust, and the untold stories of those forced to live in the shadows because a short walk to the corner store could result in violence.
AirTight demonstrates best practices to reduce and prevent these scenarios, by presenting contemporary, practical strategies to increase safety and security that are just as effective as iron bars, locks, and gates. AirTight explains how to work within the natural environment to create beautiful, secure spaces that encourage interaction, which promotes healthy communities. In addition, learn the strategies for preventing crime and potentially dangerous situations before they erupt.