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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Three Five Star Reviews for Teaching Vol. I at Amazon

I published this book one year ago, a time when I was approaching the last days of my career in teaching. A mellow mood colored those days of transition; thirty years of teaching behind me, and an unknown number of years ahead.

A  great deal of time that month was spent in sorting my collection of teaching paraphernalia into those three familiar piles: Keep, Discard, and Share. I'd done a lot of moving around in those thirty years, and the four years that I spent in this last classroom were the easiest to close out, materially speaking. In that setting, I taught only 8th grade US History. The teacher who would be in that room after me would bring his own collections with him, but might appreciate much of what I'd added to the room. And if not, he could sort them into his own Keep, Discard, and Share piles.

Publishing this collection of columns written for Phi Kappa Phi's Forum provided the closure I sought.  I am happy to share here with you the three reviews that were posted at Amazon:


Dave, a fellow middle school teacher who eased my transition to 8th grade, wrote:
This collection of essays presents key issues in education to both parents and educators in an approachable, easy going manner. Ms. Palardy's writing is grounded in her long career as an educator and a parent and this book is appropriate for both. She uses common experiences and dialogue to delve into topics ranging from education reform to the usefulness of homework and the rank book. The development of each child intellectually, socially and emotionally is a common thread. As an educator, I am familiar with the topics she takes on, but her writing led me to look more carefully at my own practice and approach. Though the pieces were written a few years ago, the ideas continue to be very relevant today.


Floyd, the principal of our middle school and co-author of "Questions Worth Asking", wrote:
As a parent, teacher and administrator, I found "Teaching" to be a thoughtful and insightful reflection of issues that transcend teaching and learning. Each article speaks to the social, emotional, and academic concerns facing students, parents, and teachers. The author, Terry Palardy, is obviously an experienced educator. Her understanding of young adult learners is to be applauded.


Jeff, a teacher and author whom I met on Facebook, wrote:
     In Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century, Terry Crawford Palardy writes with compassion, care and love for her profession and her students. They must have been lucky to have her as a teacher.
      In a series of essays, Palardy explores timeless educational issues from her experienced perspective. She asks pertinent questions from varying perspectives. In Pendulum, we get a subtle, yet painfully accurate warning that the educational trends swing to extremes. (The current top-down business model of education may have been avoided if those who create education policy were forced to teach elementary school for one year.) Her intelligent writing explores various methods, addresses the intricacies involved in grading and grade inflation, and ends with a discussion with the principal demonstrating educators concerns for more than just academics. I was reading Diane Ravitch's The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education concurrent with Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century, alternating between the two and on a couple occasions, I forgot which I was reading. That puts Palardy in very good company. Palardy is now retired and she is reflecting on her career in education. Let's hope she continues to shed light on an often misunderstood profession.
      I am always a bit apprehensive when a fellow writer has favorably reviewed my fiction and then later I review their own work. The task was made easier because Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century is nonfiction, and I write mostly fiction. Still, in this case, it's even more satisfying to enthusiastically give five stars.

~Jeffrey Penn May, author of No Teacher Left Standing


Please don't forget that this book in paperback format is available THIS WEEK at with a 40% discount (see the discount code in the upper right margin of this blog page). The Kindle is also priced lower, and the Nook will be on sale today through  Saturday midnight at Smashwords. the discount code for the Smashwords is EJ83S

 I like it when things come in threes, don't you?
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