BOOK REVIEW: "Ma'am May I Go Out?" by Nio Calonge1:51 PM
I believe that the world is a huge classroom. In my short stint as a pre-school teacher, I made it a point that my pupils have an activity outside the classroom where they can also learn the same lessons written in the textbooks we use. Not everything can be learned inside the confines of the school, especially the practical lessons that an individual needs in life. This is basically the message of "Ma'am May I Go Out?" written by my friend and brother in The FEAST Rizal District, Nio Calonge.
Being an educator himself, it's not at all surprising to see that his book follows a special format which makes it somewhat like a workbook of sorts. The STAR format that's applied in the book has the following components:
- Scripture - Each chapter starts with a related Bible verse. It was actually amazing how he was able to relate Genesis 1:27 to his stories of Maskman, Bioman, Shaider, and the other Super Sentai heroes that made a mark in my younger days. You gotta read the book to know what I mean. *wink wink*
- Tale - Here, Nio shares his colorful experiences as a student from pre-school to college. It was through his stories in this book that I've come to know him more. And since we're of the same age range, I was able to have the ultimate throwback and travel down memory lane. Makakar-relate sigurado ang mga batang 80's and 90's.
- Activity - After telling his story, Nio challenges readers to do something related to the chapter. For example, "List down five people who served as your inspiration while growing up." As I said, the book is very interactive.
- Reflection - A reflection question is posted at the end of each chapter. At this point, readers are encouraged to think and reflect on their own stories.