Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Please welcome Guest Author, Terry Crawford Palardy
While there, I didn’t sit idly by and watch the changes occurring in my profession; rather, I wrote about them, and noted the repetitive cycle of such changes… phonics to whole language back to phonics; arithmetic to modern math back to basic algorithms… science text books to collaborative experiences back to individual multiple choice standardized tests … because I was there for thirty years, I was able to witness and participate in the full cycle of educational change, from beginning to the extreme opposite and back around to where we had started.
Every three years throughout these changes, I listened as budgets were debated and contracts were negotiated. And I realized that the sways of the economy had a different effect on teachers related directly to whether they were young, or confidently established, or peacefully finishing their careers. And I took note of those differences, and arrived at a rational assessment of how the budget fluctuations impacted public education.
Of course, while all the financial arguments and educational reform requirements were evolving, students were moving through the system with their teachers. One receives only one year of first grade, and one year of second, and so on, regardless of where the budget swings land. And so I wrote a second book, lighter in tone and featuring the teachers and students, the social side of education, and collected those in a book titled Teaching Volume II: Stories Reflecting the Classroom. A little prose, a little poetry, a bit of humor and some of sentiment make those pages lighter reading and a pleasant counterbalance to the serious tone of the first book. Friends who have read them have suggested that they be available to new teachers, to parents sending their oldest child to school for the first time, and to school committee members as required reading. While I’m flattered by the idea, in reality, the likelihood of that happening is slim. But my role in recording the cycle of education and some of the stories is fulfilled. My books are there for the reading, for those who are looking.
If you, as a parent, or taxpayer, or local advocate want to know from the inside what those changes have brought to the classrooms, please look for these two books. They are each available at Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble online, in print (see links below)
In an effort to make them available to the next generation of teachers, they are also on Kindle for $.99.
Teaching I - Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Education-Academics-century-ebook/dp/B006I19D3K/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
Teaching I - Print: http://amzn.com/1463526571
Teaching II - Print: http://amzn.com/1463683421
You can find some of the reviews for these two books on Amazon.
I’m planning to step out of the non-fiction genre for my next book. I’ve been reading and reviewing a number of mystery novelists, in an effort to better ground myself in that genre. To see those reviews, visit me at http://terrysthoughtsandthreads.blogspot.com/ I’ll be back to let you know when my school-based murder mystery is close to completion. Meanwhile, please take a look at these first two books … they cost less than a cup of coffee, and offer you so much more!
You Can Visit Terry at: http://www.beyondoldwindows.com/
Find Her Books at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00580PJ9Y
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