- Paperback: 115 pages
- Publisher: Under One Roof (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965625400
- ISBN-13: 978-0965625401
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Bill McBride has worked in a variety of public school and university settings. In middle and secondary schools, he has served as a Reading Specialist, English and Social Studies teacher, Drama teacher, and Gifted and Talented instructor. On the university level, Bill assisted in the training and evaluation of middle and secondary Language Arts interns. He holds a Masters in Reading and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Though he grew up in the South, Bill has lived in places as varied as Germany, Illinois, and California. He is a former Department of Defense teacher during which time he won sustained superlative performance awards. After leaving the classroom, he became an Editor and National Reading Consultant for McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin publishing company for fifteen years. Bill now works independently. He is well known both nationally and internationally as a humorous and inspirational speaker and engaging presenter of innovative teaching methodologies.
Top customer reviews
Sometimes teachers who have been teaching for many years can continue holding an idea or teaching strategy that is not very effective without noticing it. Sometimes these experienced teachers can build an ego that does not enable them to accept that they could be teaching in ineffective ways. This is a call for all teachers (especially experienced ones) that they too are subject to mistakes, and should accept other people's suggestions or critiques no matter how painful they could sometimes be.
I was surprised at the negative reviews for this book. It seems like these reviewers may have well identified themselves with Mr. Reaf (protagonist in the book), who was not willing to accept the school janitor's advice even after he knew it was effective.