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T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte



Official Summary: “It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town. As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing, a priest comes to her family’s door with an offer to shield Paula from an uncertain fate. When the sanctuary he offers…

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[Author of the book is also Deaf.]
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Just got done reading this with a student.  Perfect addition to the school’s Holocaust unit!

The reason I get nothing done after school:


Random thoughts enter my brain and I follow those instead. One hour spent adding children’s books with non-traditional gender roles to my Amazon wish list, 30 minutes spent looking for new fun landforms games that don’t involve play dough, 30 minutes cleaning the math center, 15 sharpening pencils.

Actual things I needed to do? 0 mins spent writing the reading test, writing next weeks plans, making copies of the math test, or grading.

At some point you will realize that you have done too much for someone, that the only next possible step to do is to stop. Leave them alone. Walk away. It’s not like you’re giving up, and it’s not like you shouldn’t try. It’s just that you have to draw the line of determination from desperation. What is truly yours will eventually be yours, and what is not, no matter how hard you try, will never be.
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One of the best feelings is knowing that you’re wanted. Knowing that someone wants to talk to you, wants to know how you’re doing, wants to se you. Whether they pick up the phone to send you a quick text or stop by your house to catch up, someone or something reminded them of you specifically. It just feels really nice to know that you’ve been on someone’s mind and that they care enough to let you know that.

Other people are not here to fulfill our needs or meet our expectations, nor will they always treat us well. Failure to accept this will generate feelings of anger and resentment. Peace of mind comes with taking people as they are and emphasizing the positive.
From a book….
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