Friday, April 16, 2010
As I read aloud Freak the Mighty written by Rodman Philbrick, in Chapter 21, Max questions his future. He wonders if he too might become an accident of nature like his father. He wonders if he might become violent like Killer Kane. This brought out the discussion of destiny in Reading Workshop.
Students pondered questions like, do you control your fate? Is your destiny in your hands? Do parents and teachers have control? What effect does making decisions have on your destiny?
The benefit of making good decisions, and working hard is control. When students don't work, parents must get involved, and teachers are forced to discipline offenders. The more good decisions students make, the more control they have over their destiny. Good choices lead to success in school, which means a better and higher education. This leads to more career opportunities, and a higher standard of living.
This leads to the question, do you control your destiny? What are you doing to steer your life towards success?