The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom

The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom


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All parents want their children to be able to vocalize how they are feeling—to own their emotions, their opinions, their fears, and their views of the world. To achieve this, parents need to be models, showing their kids the importance of honest dialogue and effective listening. But parents don’t always feel prepared.

As both a teacher and 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 longer working hours with the demands of home life. And how 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—Meredith offers hard-won pointers, enabling parents, teachers, and students alike to encourage one another while holding everyone accountable for their actions.

Combining humor with straightforward, practical advice, the Overly Honest Teacher shows parents how to welcome everyday parenting gracefully. The results will be well-adjusted, positive, enthusiastic young adults ready to work hard and take on the world. And isn't that what we all want for our children?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951412050
Publisher: The Collective Book Studio
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 765,908
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (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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