Teaching Day by Day: 180 Stories to Help You Along the Way

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How easy it is to get into an emotional rut. To get stuck in preparing lesson plans and tests. To mistake busyness for well-being. It's time to step back, reflect, and refresh. And there's no better way to do it than by reading master teacher and author Don Graves.

In Teaching Day by Day, Graves exhibits the same uncommon insight, unwavering support, and unbounded hope for the future that made his best-selling book The Energy to Teach such an inspiration to teachers. Filled with...

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Overview

How easy it is to get into an emotional rut. To get stuck in preparing lesson plans and tests. To mistake busyness for well-being. It's time to step back, reflect, and refresh. And there's no better way to do it than by reading master teacher and author Don Graves.

In Teaching Day by Day, Graves exhibits the same uncommon insight, unwavering support, and unbounded hope for the future that made his best-selling book The Energy to Teach such an inspiration to teachers. Filled with anecdotes, classroom events, and reflections - one for each of the 180 school days - each "chapter" is about a page long and ends with a simple statement to ponder. Open the book and find Graves at this best in:

  • stories, poems, and classroom situations that will make you laugh, cry, or question your own teaching
  • portraits of children, teachers, administrators, and parents
  • personal and professional reflections by Graves on his own teaching, his family, and major events in education, especially testing.
Read a Graves 10-minute story each day. Share a story with a good friend. Or use a selection of stories for group discussion. It's the perfect gift to yourself or your colleagues - a special reflective time-out for teachers.
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“At night, when Im exhausted from a teaching day, it will be a comfort to have Dons words as my last thoughts. In the morning, a shot of Graves will give me energy for the teaching day ahead.”–Nancie Atwell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325005980
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/12/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 5 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald H. Graves was involved in writing research for decades. His books Writing: Teachers & Children at Work (Heinemann, 1983) and A Fresh Look at Writing (Heinemann, 1994) are bestsellers throughout the English-speaking world and have revolutionized the way writing is taught in schools. Don was a teacher, school principal, and language supervisor, education director, and a director of language in bilingual, ESL, and special programs. He has also been a codirector of an undergraduate urban teacher preparation program and a professor of an early childhood program. He was Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire. Donald H. Graves 9.11.1930 - 9.28.2010 Heinemann is deeply saddened by the news that Donald Graves has passed away. We, and the entire field, have lost a giant and one of our greatest friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow, Betty, their family, and the many friends he made in his long career. We are honored to have been Don's publishing partner for more than three decades and over more than a dozen books-to have watched his research and vision become not only a classroom reality but the core of our publishing philosophy. His influence is so vast that we will meet him again and again on the pages of every book and resource we publish. His spirit pervades each of our books-in the conviction that children want to write and read if given the chance; in the flourishing of the workshop model of instruction that he pioneered; and in his abiding faith in teachers' ability to make sound instructional decisions. Don touched so many teachers' lives with his smile, his unflagging encouragement, and his generosity of spirit. We hope you will take a brief moment to remember how he touched your life. Watch a recent interview with Don » Remembering how Don touched your life » The Donald Graves memorial fund » Eight Children Teach Donald Graves Nine pencils break the surface of awareness, jutting into the air, slanted back like yellow, orange-tipped shark fins, entering chartless white, exploring hazy depths. Nine voices search a scent, suddenly lurch, lose the line, pause, pick it up again, and move from cloudy, roiling waters of new thought through warm currents of reception, straits of questioning, and tidal imbalances on to a clear, precise sea of meaning. - Tom Romano (Language Arts, 62,2 (Feb.) 1985: 142
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Table of Contents

In the Beginning

The Teacher Makes the Difference

Family Matters

Learning from Children

Supporting Reading and Writing

Getting Personal

Thinking About Learning

Thinking About Assessment

Full Circle

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