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10 1/2 Inclinations by Ben Okri

Today is Poem in your Pocket day. I will have two. This is one of them. I dare you to tell me it’s not a poem.

Just Like That

BEN OKRI (10½ Inclinations)
There is a secret trail of books meant to inspire and enlighten you. Find that trail.
Read outside your own nation, colour, class, gender.
Read the books your parents hate.
Read the books your parents love.
Have one or two authors that are important, that speak to you; and make their works your secret passion.
Read widely, for fun, stimulation, escape.
Don’t read what everyone else is reading. Check them out later, cautiously.
Read what you’re not supposed to read.
Read for your own liberation and mental freedom.
Books are like mirrors. Don’t just read the words. Go into the mirror.
That is where the real secrets are. Inside. Behind. That’s where the gods dream, where our realities are born. 10½) Read the world. It is the most mysterious book of all.
© Ben Okri 2006. All rights reserved.

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The Things I Did That Stopped A Love of Reading

Things I did that stopped a love of reading…

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I have always had good intentions, my heart and mind has always been in the right place whenever I have done anything “to” my students.  I don’t think any teacher sets out to destroy, I don’t think any teacher wants to harm a child’s love of reading.  And yet, they say that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and nowhere is that more visible than when it comes to our reading instruction.  When I look back upon the things that I have done, the things that I did because I thought they would help, but now know the results, oh boy. Well, let’s just say I am lucky that I have had amazing students that have helped me see the wrong in my rights.

So what did I do that was so wrong?  Over the last 7 years as a teacher, this is how I have changed…

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