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  • By Don Barnes
    Mar 5, 2011
    Sharen McDonald’s book on classroom teaching is brief; its potential value to educators, both the novice and the experienced, however, is priceless. The book is comprised of two letters: the first, written to her son as he embarks on a career teaching English as a second language in Japan, contains her advice on classroom management; the second is a poignant end of year letter to her students, which reveals her philosophy of education as well as her fondness for her chosen vocation. Drawing on personal experience, initially she points out that teacher training tends to stress history and philosophy to student teachers, while neglecting classroom management. This is well-known in the education field. However, FIRST CLASS does not preach. It is full of wisdom gained from many years of experience in education. The author offers help and guidance through practical tips, humor and, most of all, by advocating caring and appreciation for students as individuals. Above all, her recommendation... More > is that a teacher must be firm, fair and friendly, the former being paramount. Parents, as well as teachers and principals, could benefit a great deal from reading this book. As we all know, teaching and parenting go hand-in-hand and some parents would gain much from the positive strategies McDonald discusses in FIRST CLASS. Quoting Carl Jung, the author concludes with, “Warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and the soul of a child.” That summarizes the spirit of this book perfectly.< Less
  • By Vivian Bruce
    Aug 15, 2007
    "Re: "First Class (What They Don't Teach You At McGill Education Faculty)" Bang on! Sharen McDonald doesn't mess around with namby-pamby platitudes. Motivated by her vast experience, devotion to teaching and recognition of the urgency of creating and KEEPING teachers in the field, she has written a handbook with answers. Humorous, inspirational and practical, this half-hour read should be in the back pocket of every aspiring teacher. I would have given an eye-tooth for such a clear understanding of approach when volunteer-teaching several years ago. Thank you for gently pressing a copy into my hands - top marks Ms. McDonald!
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Product Details

Sharen McDonald
August 25, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.22 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
7.5 wide x 7.5 tall
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