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Educating  America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms is the best resource I've seen on this topic...One of the most remarkable things about this book is that its advice applies equally well to teachers, parents, volunteers, para-educators, and other classroom assistants.
                                Angela Watson, The Cornerstone, thecornerstoneforteachers.com

...This book provides the resources for effective training. I don't have to do all the thinking about what I should include. Paddy Eger has done it for me. She has honed in on those skills most necessary for improving students learning. I highly recommend this book!
                                      Marilyn Melville-Irvine, consultant

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Inviting adult assistants into classrooms is a great opportunity for teachers to expand their ability to reach more students more often. I know when I taught had and their help I felt as if each day's possibilities expanded. When they were not there our classroom felt as if an important part of the day held a void.

Not only do classroom assistants (paid as well as volunteers) provide support for teachers and students, they reinforce the idea that learning extends beyond the walls of the school. Their enthusiasm shows that we're never too old to learn something new, to work on skills or to share our expertise. Whether you are a gardner, astronaut, history buff, author, or stay-at-home parent, YOU have something important to share. We need and want your assistance
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tendril Press; Original edition (June 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983158754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983158752
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PADDY EGER is a veteran teacher from the Edmonds School District 15, Edmonds, Washington. She has participated in classrooms as a community volunteer, a parent volunteer, a parent trainer as well as a teacher in primary and intermediate grades. Her years in the Parent Cooperative Education Program (PCEP), as teacher and trainer created the foundation for this book. All practices, suggestions, and examples come from actual implementation by Paddy, parent helpers, and other adult assistants. Educating America has received several awards. Paddy continues to spread her passion of adding adults in classrooms through her blog (www.paddyeger.com on the Educating America section), speaking engagements and training volunteers.

PADDY EGER also writes fiction. Her award-winning debut novel, 84 Ribbons, shares the first year of a young dancer's career, complete with her success and obstacles. The book has a broad appeal beyond dancers and their families and effectively recreates the late 1950s. 84 Ribbons audience age range is 13 to 90. Follow Marta's first love, ballet plus her journey to adulthood. Read Paddy Eger's writing blog on her website: www.paddyeger.com and an additional blog related to Marta on Paddy's Goodreads site.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Melville-Irvine on July 13, 2011
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This book is a godsend for those of us who know that the job of the classroom teacher is too big for any one person. We know that parents and other adults could be useful in the classroom, but often we often don't have the time/resources to do the training we need to. Parents are no longer satisfied with chaperoning and providing treats; they want to be involved in improving student learning.

This book provides the resources for effective training. As the classroom teacher, I don't have to do all the thinking about what I should include in training. Paddy Eger has done it for me through her years of training and utilizing adult volunteers in her classroom. She has honed in on those skills most necessary for improving student learning.

I highly recommend this book. I've used it myself and have found that the practical information helps parents and other adults feel more comfortable and be more effective. Teachers can use the book; para-educators can use it; parents can use it. All readers will find the book very reader-friendly and immediately applicable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda B. on October 8, 2012
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Wow, I just learned that there is a desktop flip book to accompany the previously written classroom help book, "Educating America." This addition makes an already excellent aid for teachers and volunteers in our schools even better. Ms Eger's understanding of the support needed in classrooms is apparent in both of these publications. Her strategies and hands-on ideas in the flip book are one more tool I wish I had had managing volunteers and professional educational assistants when I started my teaching career.
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This book is the best resource I've seen on this topic. It's based on the principle that one teacher cannot (and should not) meet the needs of an entire classroom full of students alone. Community and parent support are needed now more than ever, and school workers as well as corporate and community groups need to know how they can be most useful in the classroom.

One of the most remarkable things about this book is that its advice applies equally well to teachers, parents, volunteers, para-professionals, and other classroom assistants (the first part of the book contains more general strategies, with separate chapters written "mostly" for each type of classroom worker.) "Educating America" tackles tricky topics from setting expectations to monitoring student progress. The advice goes far beyond common sense stuff and provides genuinely useful tips that you can tell are effective in real classrooms.

Paddy provides realistic examples of how classroom assistants can be truly valuable in helping meet the needs of students, explaining in plain English how they can use questioning strategies with kids and help them develop thinking skills. There is an entire chapter on how assistants should handle misbehavior, and the appendix includes helpful checklists and planning worksheets.

I think this book meets a big need right now in providing practical resources and advice on incorporating adult assistants in the classroom. Paddy's website also has full-size worksheets that can be downloaded, with new resources added weekly. If you are looking for tips from an educator who's been there, I highly recommend Paddy's book and website!

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Educating America ... is most valuable to me as a retired volunteer who works directly with first grade students twice a week. Among the many things I learned from Eger's book was how to give "genuine" praise, to carry a pocket activity, and how to handle transitions. My only warning is that the book can be very scary, too, because there is so much I did not know when I first started helping. I worry that if I had had the book prior to naively committing to help and actually doing so, I might have been frightened off (not by any error in the book) from trying.

Because of my background I was asked to work on math tasks provided by the teacher (mostly with 3 or 4 students at a time). I have never been in an elementary school classroom as an adult, and have no formal education training. So this book was extremely valuable to me but it does not cover everything. For me, the common core curriculum is/was new and I needed to research CC elsewhere online.

My teacher is often unable to prepare me in advance of the task for each day and that is the most challenging aspect for me. Having worked with this class for most of a single year I have gained a great appreciation for how hard my teacher's work is and I can see why she may not be able to give me such information. I really like working with her and she has told me repeatedly how helpful I am. My teacher has also been an excellent listener when I have given feedback on individual student performance and on tasks I have suggested. I look forward to continuing and repeating this volunteer work.
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Paddy Eger's book - Educating American 101, Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms - is an excellent hands-on source not only for adult volunteers and parents helping in a classroom, but for all elementary and middle school teachers as well. Garnered from her years as a teacher and trainer of adult assistants in the classroom, Ms. Eger provides in her book 101+ ways for adults to assist the classroom teacher. She also explains strategies for engaging students successfully in everything from developing thinking skills to correcting inappropriate behavior among students.

This easy to read book with its wonderful graphics, planning charts, inventories, lesson plan forms, planning worksheets, classroom guidelines, and how-to checklists is a must for every teacher, volunteer, parent and school district. And the table of contents and index direct the reader with ease to specific information they need.

From starting the school day to progressing successfully to its conclusion, Educating America 101 is the book to rely upon.

Paddy Eger's successful years as a classroom teacher, director and trainer of adult volunteers reveal themselves in this attractively formatted book - an excellent source for any classroom.
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