Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Powerful Ideas in Teaching

It's here! It's here! Waiting in my mailbox a day earlier than I expected. I was able to pick the photo for the cover, and I love how it came out. The publisher offers a beautiful web page with table of contents information and reviews. You can purchase it there or through Amazon (at the same price). Amazon has already sold some copies (I don't know how many they started out with).
This is the third book I've written (after a poetry manuscript and a novel) but the first one to come out in print. It was a pleasure to draw upon one of the things I love--being in the classroom--and my insightful co-author Dr. Mickey Kolis was great to work with. He's the perfect combination of energetic, focused, and down-to-earth.

Here's what teachers are saying so far:

Powerful Ideas in Teaching has real life examples, thought provoking student profiles, and practical advice for the classroom. There are stories and advice here from which every reflective teacher can benefit—insight into our students, our methods, and ourselves, with ideas to create the positive learning environment for which every teacher is looking. Bridget Dick, fifth grade teacher, Webster Middle School, Webster, Massachusetts

No matter where you are in your teaching career, this book offers up something for everyone. The ideas presented here range from those that will have an immediate impact on your classroom, to those that will influence your entire outlook on your profession. [Powerful Ideas in Teaching guides you through the process that will help you reflect upon your philosophical views and envision the type of learning that you want to take place in your classroom. There are practical examples of effective strategies that are applicable in all classrooms.] This book should be required reading for all teachers.
Stephen Johnson, Science Teacher, Sterling High School, Sterling, IL, 2005 & 2011 Dr. James Garnett Effective Teacher Award (SHS Teacher of the Year)

Powerful Ideas has 19 clear ideas that uplift the art of teaching while standing strong in the belief that teachers teach people and the best teaching comes when we teach who we are. I left this book encouraged and challenged to be the best I can be for the students I teach and reminded of the many ways to succeed in helping students reach beyond their highest potential
Jason Collins, 8th grade Language Arts, Menomonie Middle School, Menomonie, Wisconsin

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