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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
VERY well written book! I typically do not enjoy "how-to" books as I find them laborious, overwhelming, and ...honestly? boring. With this book, I literally just had to force myself to stop reading because I was neglecting other things I was supposed to be doing this evening! Linda's writing style is captivating and entertaining! She will have you laughing at times, cringing at the stories of what NOT to do, and then she will challenge you with a biblical truth or an action item. I wish I had a book like this when I was a teacher. I've taught both 4th grade and high school, and the principles found here can be used across the board. If you are a teacher or know a teacher, INVEST in this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
If you desire to improve but feel as though taking on a book about teaching during your time off seems burdensome, this book is for you. It is formatted in 50 quick readings designed to be read one-a-day to take you through most of the summer. This is an invaluable resource for beginning teachers who have had a rough year and need a mentor to share strategies to help them get back on track as well as veteran teachers who need motivation, inspiration, and perhaps some new ideas to implement in the classroom this fall. If you have a desire to excel as a teacher, this is a fabulous resource to help you do just that. I have been out of the classroom for a few years, and after reading this book, I was fired up and ready to go back!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2014
... even though grace isn’t specifically mentioned.

Create Your Dream Classroom contains fifty four short lessons aimed at helping teachers take control of their classrooms and turn it into a place where grace abounds. The lessons are very clear and concise and each provides the reader a time to stop and reflect about what they have been doing in their classroom. It has encouraging tips for applying the lessons in your classroom and for connecting with a community of like-hearted peers. Reading Create Your Dream Classroom is much like sitting down with a great master teacher and listening to them give you their hard-earned wisdom one day at a time.

Create Your Dream Classroom is a must read for new teachers… if I were an administrator it would be required reading for all staff. The insights it provides are priceless for new teachers and much needed refreshment for seasoned veterans.

If you’re looking to improve your teaching, to disciple your students faith, to make a lasting impact or their lives (or even just to survive this year), this is a book you must read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
As a retired teacher of 25 plus years, I have read many books and articles on effective classroom teaching but never one as practical as this book. I believe Linda's book will be an extremely valuable addition to any educator's library and should be moved to the top of your reading list. For the new teacher, it will provide excellent input on every aspect of teaching, most of which are not covered in college curriculums. For the seasoned teacher, it will provide fresh, new ideas when the time tested and proven seems to be failing in the classroom. For the discouraged teacher, it will provide encouragement and a fresh renewing of purpose. The book is written in such a way as to easily become a part of a daily devotional reading. Read one chapter, think on it, incorporate the ideas, let it inspire you...

I plan on having several copies available as gifts for educator friends and family!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
As a veteran teacher with 27 years in Christian education,I honestly believe that there is great value here for the beginning teacher and the veteran teacher as well. The beginner will find many, many things that will help them to find direction and organization in their classroom. The veteran teacher will find encouraging reminders to get back on track in multiple areas. Linda has written a very encouraging book that will be used to inspire many. I think it's also an excellent book for principals. They can use it as devotional material for their staff, as staff in-service training or as simply food for thought concerning some of their own policies and perhaps learn how they can better support their staff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2014
Even though I have taught school for 14 years, I found so many new ideas. I appreciated the Christian aspect of the book as well as the respect shown towards teachers who have chosen to teach in the public school system. I chose not to educate my own child in the public schools but that is where I choose to teach. This book had me look inside and make purposeful decision in regards to my classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
I wish I had read this book when I was teaching. It spoke to many questions and problems I had when I was in the classroom. If you are striving at all to do more for the kids you teach, to care for them and their education to the best of your ability, this book is a great tool toward accomplishing that goal!
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on June 27, 2015
Soooo I guess I missed where it says this book is extremely religious. I got to page 21 and had to stop. She infers evolution is a lie and says things about how "unfortunate" it is that secular humanism is being forced down children's throats. We have a responsibility to them to "show them truth??" Oh my god....what? A child may have reacted a certain way because they have "an unbiblical view of the situation?" ARE YOU FOR REAL? There's good tips for new teachers and good reminders for veterans, but all of it is tainted with pray on this and biblical that. Nope. Got my money back from Amazon. Even Amazon doesn't want the book back. How ridiculous to think we can impose religious ideas on our students. Not everyone believes in this stuff and to assume they do is narrow minded. This book needs to be clearly labeled as a Christian book, not a teaching book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2013
I've found that so many "teacher books" are high on theory, low on practicality. Not so with Linda's book. She describes situations that I've seen playing out in my classroom time and again, and then applies a Biblical principle to that situation. But the great thing is, she doesn't stop there. She goes on to give very practical advice about what to say, what to do, and how to follow through. I read this little book through quickly once already, but I'm planning to read it again this summer as I seek to improve my classroom for the fall. I'm also going to give a copy to my younger sister, who will be graduating in two years with her History Secondary Ed. degree. I wish I could have read this after my student teaching!
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on February 22, 2014
This was a refreshing read. It's excellent for first-year teachers who are needing the encouragement and strength to make it through their first year without giving up. It's also full of good reminders for veteran teachers to re-examine their methods and ideologies and make necessary adjustments to our "comfortable" routines. I would definitely recommend it to those in their senior years of college getting ready for their internship or who have completed it and need some extra prepping before they have a classroom of their own.
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