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Never too late

Class: Writ 210 Grade: College/University Subject: School/Institution: Lansing Community College Brighton, MI After two months of my three month stay at a Men’s substance abuse facility in Lansing Mi I walked to The Lansing Community College and told them "I have no...

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Never too late

After two months of my three month stay at a Men’s substance abuse facility in Lansing Mi I walked to The Lansing Community College and told them "I have no diploma, no GED, and would like to become a substance abuse counselor. Can you help me do that? The pleasant...

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Tuesday’s with Morrie and aging

Mitch, I'm originally from North Tonawanda, NY but now live in Ontario. My graduate training and degrees are in Lifespan Human Development and Gerontology. I have been at University of Guelph since 1999 and this past fall I was finally given the chance to teach the...

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5th Graders Love 5 People

I am a school librarian who has been sharing your book with my fifth graders for the last 8 years.  I am presently teaching in an urban, high poverty district in NJ.  Translation: poor minority population.  I want you to know that your book speaks to the inner life of...

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Tuesdays With Morrie a Big Hit!

I am a former Detroiter now living in Atlanta, Georgia.  I was hired in last year as an adjunct teacher at the Mercer University Atlanta Campus where I teach courses in philosophy, religion, and history. I am now finishing up a philosophy course (PHIL 201) called, The...

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Heroes and Role Models

I am a Librarian/Literature Teacher for a small Catholic School in New Jersey. This year my theme is "Heroes and Role Models." I have chosen my 7th graders for a special project. It is a "Rocky Program." In September they will choose a goal to work on until April....

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The Joys of Summer

Dear Mitch, As a graduate student working towards an M.A.T., I recently wrote a lesson plan designed to teach the young adolescents the importance of "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" (one of my favorite songs) and how 'wasting time' should be encouraged in today's...

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Changing School Culture

This is not directly a story of how your books have affected a class but rather an attempt to use you to impact the future of our school. I teach high school science, biology, chemistry and college level anatomy and physiology.  In an attempt to increase literacy I...

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Mondays with Mitch Albom

Dear Mitch, I teach English in Sochi, Russia. Once a week on Monday we have a homereading class where my students are supposed to discuss one of the books we currently read. Since March 2011 we've been reading "Five People You Meet In Heaven" and my students have been...

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Students Share Revelations

Dear Mr. Albom, I am a English teacher at an urban high school in Harrisburg, PA. My students are currently reading and analyzing "Tuesdays With Morrie." Your book has enlightened my students and has given them an outlet. Some topics are not discussed in a high school...

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Tuesdays with Morrie

Dear Mitch, I am a teacher trainee from Berlin, Germany. I have read Tuesdays with Morrie only in December last year. It made a great impression on me, so I decided to teach it to my class, since it matches the topic of the semester so well (Individual and society -...

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Thank You So Much

This year, I returned to school after a short sabbatical to stay with my mom who was dying of brain cancer. Each year, I try in vain to find the money to teach the novel Tuesday's with Morrie. Our school is in the crunch of budget cuts and as an inner city school, we...

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Getting Students Interested in Reading

Class: Reading and Conversation I Grade: College/University Subject: School/Institution: Universidad Francisco Gavidia San Salvador, El Salvador I was assigned the Reaqding and Conversation class over the summer term. In El Salvador most people don't have the habit of...

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What is the spell?

Class: Lit I Grade: High School Subject: English School/Institution: Clarendon Hall School Summerton, SC I read For one more day over the summer. I enjoyed it greatly. As a literature teacher I am always trying to get my students excited about reading. I have tried...

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Meridian High School, Meridian, ID

Class: Reading Grade: High School Subject: School/Institution: Meridian High School Meridian, ID I teach reluctant low readers and I asked if I could teach The Five People. It was approved. We began and the kids got hooked, when we stopped, they asked for more. At the...

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Glenview Christian School, Ft. Worth, TX

Class: English II Grade: High School Subject: World Literature School/Institution: Glenview Christian School Ft. Worth, TX I took Tuesdays with Morrie and assigned certain chapters per week for the students to read. Next, I assigned each student a mentor for him/her...

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All Saints Catholic School, Bangor, ME

Class: Grade: Elementary Subject: School/Institution: All Saints Catholic School Bangor, ME Back in 2002 I had the privilege of long-term subbing at Bucksport High School. Unfortunatley, we lost one of our students quite unexpectedly that December. I chose to use...

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Rogers High School, toledo, OH

Class: Senior Composition Grade: High School Subject: English School/Institution: Rogers High School Toledo, OH I have been teaching "Tuesdays with Morrie" for as long as I have been teaching (9 years). It is always a roller coaster of excellent discussion, deep...

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Hatboro-Horsham High School, Horsham, PA

Class: Communication Strategies Grade: Elementary Subject: English School/Institution: Hatboro-Horsham High School Horsham, PA In our Communication Strategies course we were looking for a public speaking assignment to assess our students and I came across Mitch...

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