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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2010
This is a great book to soak in. After flipping through it in the bookstore, I immediately bought it and spent the weekend forming ideas for my classroom and wishing government, the powers that be, dictating educational practices would do the same.

This comment is directed at Martin Rayala's review. His comments that educators are only concerned with numbers, yada, yada, miss the point of the world's educational value, sadden, or rather - sicken, me. He goes on to say that teachers complain, and that designers don't - they just solve problems. Pompous anyone? Teachers have less and less creative control in the classroom, due to government's mandates; common curriculum, rote instruction, subject timelines / schedules and various programs. If teachers were allowed to use their professional skills, trainings and experiences, both in and out of the classroom, yes, we would be producing lovers of learning, of life and happy individuals with inquisitive minds, all of which procure academically strong students. Federal and state mandates prevent us from doing so. It seems that all on the OUTSIDE of education are the ones concerned with test scores. Teachers know the true meaning of standardized scores and their rather small and invalid assessment of students as a whole. Kids are dropping out, losing interests and opportunities to find out what might inspire them. Get the education coaches, those that have never taught!, out of the classrooms, lay off with the data this and data that, and let us do what we know how to do - inspire the desire to learn, which is THE key. All else follows, including scoring well on a fill in the bubble test. A student with rich experiences and an inquisitive mind will go on to care and live a meaningful life, but a student who only scores well on multiple choice tests, one who can only achieve with an a,b,c or d answer, will not be a "whole" person. It's sad. Please do your research, Martin Rayala. Visit your local schools and talk to the teachers. Don't believe what you read in the papers or what is coming from higher levels. We are in a rock and a hard place and are doing the best we can to continue inspiring amongst all the bull****, and beliefs and attitudes such as yours are ignorant, disrespectful and perpetuate lies.

Just like you, I love this book, and I'm a teacher who plans to squeeze it in as I'm able.

P.S. - Did you go to design "school"?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2010
The book itself has a captivating, web-type presentation that keeps you wanting to read more. Unlike many books, The Third Teacher offers real-life, implementable examples rather than "good ideas." If you want to create a 21st century learning environment that not only engages your students but also the community, you need to buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2013
I bought this book for my education methods class before student teaching. I love the layout of the book, very attractive layout! Easier to read, since the text is not in the typical textbook format. The only problem with this book is the binding. The pages started falling out before I was through the first chapter. I took the book to Staples, and they spiral bound it for about $6.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2010
As is characteristic of titles designed + published by Bruce Mao and the likes, this book is quite well executed and enjoyable to read. Attention to design really does make the world better. However, more than a pretty book, within are snap-shots of the state of education as we currently know it. From case studies to statistics to thought provoking concepts, it deals out open-ended ideas in a constant, unending stream. Recommended for designers, architects, interior designers, educators and anyone involved with or interested in how we educate.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
The large-print quotes from opinionated celebrities all very wise I'm sure but I expected a more technical book dealing with specifics of architecture/interior design/landscape architecture.
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on January 14, 2014
I bought this book for a final paper I had to do and let me tell you it was the best money I had spend all semester. GOOD BOOK. GOOD INFORMATION. AWESOME VISUALS. This book has from top to bottom DESIGN written all over it. From the lettering to the images everything is awesome and interesting. love it :)
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on February 23, 2015
This book was unbelievably insightful. As masters student in architecture working on my thesis I found it extremely helpful for classroom design and creative space design. I also greatly appreciated the strong graphics which showed there was a holistic design approach to the book in general.
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on March 29, 2014
The Third Teacher is an outstanding stand-alone work that is a complimentary and supplementary source to ABUNDANCE.It is a positive look in the present to address both education and educational facilities of the FUTURE. A unique example for integration of the whole!!
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on February 12, 2013
A good collaborative book to help teachers and designers work together to creat better environments for students. Highly recommend this for any architect working on learning spaces
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on November 4, 2014
Great content! Really formative and all encompassing. But the binding of the book is horrible. Cover started to peel away from the pages with the first opening of it.
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