Walking Cookie Dough

Just a couple years ago, I delved into the amazing world of children’s literature, due to my son’s love for reading.  I got introduced to a myriad of amazing authors, and we got enveloped in a so many creative stories and beautiful illustrations.  So, I decided-why not write a children’s book myself?  It didn’t take long to think of what to write about-I would dedicate this book to our Jack Russell, Cookie Dough.  He was adopted six years ago on a whim, while my husband and I were vacationing in Texas.  The animal shelter (The Humane Society in Harlingen) was right by the airport (ironic, isn’t it?) and we had some time to check it out.  And so, after looking at Cookie Dough’s adorable puppy eyes when he was just a few weeks old, we decided to fly him over to NY.  And our lives have changed incredibly ever since.

This book has been a labor (pun intended) of love for the past year or so.  I decided to put in a ton of mementos from my childhood, people who I look up to, and memories of my loved ones.  You’ll see a page alluding to Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” my fave motto “Carpe Diem,” a painting of a sheep since my son was born in the year of the sheep, a bear that my grandmother crocheted for me, and a photo studio my mom used to own.  There’s a lot more references (such as taking the “J” subway, which spells out “JOY” versus the “ACE” in NYC), and I love how this book is filled with so many inside jokes and love.

On another note, I will be throwing a book launch party at Boris & Horton, a dog-friendly café in the East Village.  This exciting event will take place on Thursday, April 19, from 6-8pm.  Buy a book, and get a drink on me.  I really hope to see you there!  You can also purchase the book on Amazon, here.  I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Building Rapport and Engaging Students

With years of experience in teaching English at the middle school, high school, college, and adult level, Lili Kim has put together a collection of team building exercises, journal entries, and classroom tips to build rapport with students and engage them in meaningful lessons.

Such activities include:

  • Team Building: Encouraging students to form genuine relationships with each other by participating in laughter yoga, asking open-ended questions, and sharing through diversity beads
  • Assessments: Partaking in assessments that evaluate students’ love language, strengths and personalities
  • Being an Advocate: Contributing to the community by participating in walks for a cause, initiating a benefit concert and raising awareness on social issues
  • Passives: Freely sharing students’ stances on various subjects through the One Word Project and Wall of Advice
  • Journal Entries: Connecting with others through creating a Last Lecture, Draw My Life piece, and by fearlessly seeking out rejection

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