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Summer 2017

Hello Readers,
Summertime! And the living is so much easier, to paraphrase the song. Of course, that’s why teachers look forward to summer break just as much as students. So, enjoy your well-deserved break, teachers. And once you’ve rested, here are a few items to pique your desire to enter the educational fray once again:

The Bookshelf
Reaching the Whole Child
Parents and Education
Teacher Tips
Education Blog
Odds and Ends


The Bookshelf
This time around, the bookshelf contains three dynamic volumes focused on great pedagogy. Dr. Howard Hendricks’s Teaching to Change Lives is one of them. Premised on the power of teaching and reaching students through passion, excitement and excellence, it offers seven steps that have made this book a classic among contemporary educators.

Second on the shelf is Teaching with Love & Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk. Knowing the difference that love can make in dealing with students, and coupling that with logic, these authors base their suggestions and strategies on psychological theory, creating an engaging and energetic classroom environment while also making teaching a joyful experience.

Then, Michael Linsin offers The Happy Teacher Habits, an 11-step guide to the habits of the happiest, most effective teachers, based on research. For new teachers, it’s a blueprint and for veterans, a tool for reflecting on how much your techniques genuinely bring you happiness.

Great teachers continually want to be better. And while I don’t know these authors, their books certainly have the potential to help teachers do precisely that.

Reaching the Whole Child
The only way to genuinely teach students—not merely convey information—is to reach the whole child, filling in the gaps and caring about all aspects of who they are. For that reason, I created the Reaching the Whole Child page. Offering apps and links to resources, it provides teachers with ways to enrich students academically, socially and emotionally. Check it out and let me know if there are others worth adding.

Parents and Education
Did you know that studies show that saying “No” to your kids from time to time builds resilience, strengthens their ability to rise to challenges and sharpens their creativity in devising solutions? Well, a link to an article on this was a recent post on my Facebook page as was a link to a competition worth $50,000 in scholarship money and the details on New York’s new offer of free college tuition, among other topics. Just “like” the page for more information like this.

Teacher Tips
Meanwhile, my Facebook page offers tips for teachers as well, including a week-long tribute in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, and commentary on the difference between treating students with equality and treating them with equity. Once again, “liking” the page will bring you additional teacher tips and resources.

Education Blog
Although it’s summertime, the blog will continue throughout the summer, with intermittent breaks. Covering topics from education technology to social and emotional learning, among many others, the blog represents my take on anything that addresses the whole child. Stop by from time to time. I’d love to hear your opinions!

Odds and Ends
A Teen Summit at Georgia State University, providing workshops and guest speakers as well as tables with books and other resources for students, was an early June event I participated in. It was a worthwhile endeavor for teens that will be repeated this fall. If you have a high school student, perhaps you will consider attending with your child next time.

For teachers, Kennesaw State University will host an AP Summer Institute focused on AP Psychology, where I’ll present a workshop in July. Based on my book The Social Studies Helper, the workshop is filled with hands-on activities that teachers can use to engage students. Please check the Events page for details.

Savor summer before it’s gone!

Denise