Notes on Teaching: A Short Guide to an Essential Skill

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Notes on Teaching delivers utterly relevant guidance, lucid explanatory commentary, and helpful examples that will help anyone become a better teacher. Like its siblings in the Notes On series (Notes on Directing and Notes on Cooking), the book’s clear, accessible, and practical insights into the art and craft of teaching invoke the spirit of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style and Sun Tsu’s The Art of War, giving its audience the information they need in the way they want it: brief, efficient, direct. The...

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Overview

Notes on Teaching delivers utterly relevant guidance, lucid explanatory commentary, and helpful examples that will help anyone become a better teacher. Like its siblings in the Notes On series (Notes on Directing and Notes on Cooking), the book’s clear, accessible, and practical insights into the art and craft of teaching invoke the spirit of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style and Sun Tsu’s The Art of War, giving its audience the information they need in the way they want it: brief, efficient, direct. The notes are designed to provoke strong reactions—either in agreement or dissent—that will guide anyone who teaches to acknowledge, test, and debate their own beliefs. By turns provocative, funny, and unerringly blunt (#166 “Steer clear of the grumblers”), the authors understand that HOW the information is delivered is as valuable as the information itself. The book's afterword is by Taylor Mali, a teacher and one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement, famous for his poem, "What Teachers Make." Notes on Teaching is endorsed by: Wendy Kopp, Founder, Teach for America. Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone. Michael Thompson, PhD., co-author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys and The Pressured Child. Jack Covert, Founder and President of 800CEOREAD and co-author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Marc Tucker, President, National Center on Education and the Economy. Leon Botstein, President, Bard College. William Durden, President, Dickinson College and Former President of Sylvan Learning Systems.

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"I can't believe how much teaching wisdom is stuffed into this short (and beautiful) little book.  So much truth and inspiration!"  —Wendy Kopp, founder, Teach For America

"This deft little book gives professionals—new and old—a quiet moment to ready themselves for the rollercoaster ride of teaching—and will spark great ideas for the classroom."   —Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

"Notes on Teaching, with its comprehensive collection of pithy and perspective-altering advice, is the perfect reminder to leaders that to teach is to lead and to lead is to teach."  —Jack Covert, founder and president, 800CEOREAD, and coauthor, The 100 Best Business Books of All Time

"[This book] is the help you had hoped to get from your teachers college but didn't. It is the mentor you wished for but never had. It is pithy, funny, practical and—mainly—wise." —Marc Tucker, President of the National Center on Education and the Economy

"Notes on Teaching is like eating potato chips: You can’t read just one note. What really makes me mad is that so much of what I regard as my special knowledge as a school consultant is right here, available to everyone, almost for free. Damn!" —Michael Thompson, PhD, coauthor, Raising Cain and The Pressured Child

"Chock-full of incisive advice and words of wisdom presented in numbered (184 to be precise), easy-to-digest suggestions, this book is a source of inspiration and guidance that teachers can turn to again and again."  —School Library Journal (August 2011)

"In the face of the immense criticism teachers have been getting as public employees and scrutiny they are under in this country, now is the time to rally around teachers, to help them succeed in their never-ending quest to reach each student in some small or big way. Notes on Teaching can do just that." —www.800CEORead.com (July 2011)

"This work is best for beginning teachers . . . but even veteran educators may stumble upon new ideas or find reinforcement of their current methods of teaching." —Library Journal (July 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972425544
  • Publisher: RCR Creative Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Notes On
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Shellee Hendricks is an international educator who currently teaches at the Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona. Russell Reich is a writer and the creative director and coauthor of the Notes On series. He lives in New York City. Afterword by Taylor Mali, a teacher and one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement, famous for his poem, "What Teachers Make."

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