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The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom

The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom

The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom

The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom


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“When a teacher gives anything other than glowing feedback, it's tough to keep from slipping into a defensive stance. Enter The Overly Honest Teacher...written by seasoned educator and administrator Meredith Essalat, M.Ed. The Overly Honest Teacher is filled with tangible advice from how to best communicate with your children's teachers to how to start your kids' school day off on the right foot.”

–Amy Lupold Bair, Founder of Resourceful Mommy Media, LLC

All parents want their children to have the tools to vocalize their emotions—to own their opinions, their fears, and their views of the world. But parents don’t always feel prepared to take on the role of model adult. 

As both a teacher and a school principal, Meredith Essalat has lived the daily challenges of helping children navigate through their young lives. She has seen the struggles that parents have as they balance long working hours with the demands of home life. She sees that it’s the teachers who are often caught in the middle. In an effort to stop pointing out each other's flaws—and instead letting kids know they are supported—Essalat offers hard-won pointers that enable parents, teachers, and students alike to encourage one another with accountability. 

Combining humor with straightforward, practical advice, The Overly Honest Teacher educates  parents on how to embrace everyday parenting gracefully. The results will be well-adjusted, positive, enthusiastic young adults ready to work hard and learn vastly.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951412050
Publisher: The Collective Book Studio
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,139,624
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Meredith Essalat is an elementary school principal in San Francisco, California. With a career in academia that has spanned more than 17 years, she has spent 9 years in middle school education as both teacher and Dean of Middle School Curriculum. She possesses a B.A. in Mass Communication, a California-Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and two M.Ed.: one in Curriculum and Instruction, and the other in Educational Leadership. Meredith resides in California with her husband, Cameron. Sheryl Evans Davis is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC). Director Davis previously served as Commissioner between 2011 and 2016, including a tenure as Vice Chair of the Commission.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Prologue 2

Chapter 1 The Starting Line: First Year, Out of the Box 4

Chapter 2 Keepin' It Classy 9

Chapter 3 The Thin Red Line 16

Chapter 4 Prepare to Pivot 27

Chapter 5 Not Another Face(book) in the Crowd 32

Chapter 6 Get. A. Hobby. 40

Chapter 7 Eyes Wide Open 47

Chapter 8 Say "No" 52

Chapter 9 Who Wore It Best? 59

Chapter 10 Pull Back the Curtain … 63

Chapter 11 Boring Is the New Black 72

Chapter 12 Something to Believe In 76

Chapter 13 Friend Request 80

Chapter 14 Yes, Virginia, There Are Losers 82

Chapter 15 The Basics 88

Chapter 16 I Repeat, The Football Was in the Toilet 92

Chapter 17 Would the Real Emily Post Please Stand Up? 96

Chapter 18 It's Time to LOG into Life 101

Chapter 19 Burst the Bubble 109

Conclusion: The End Is Only the Beginning 114

References 118

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