Jules on Schools: Teaching, Learning, and Everything in Between

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Clover Valley Press LLC, 2008 - Education - 201 pages
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Teachers and Parents: This timely collection of essays addresses the demanding but also rewarding work of supporting schools and nurturing the learning of schoolchildren today. Author and educator Julia M. Williams is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she prepares tomorrow's teachers. In writing this caring, funny, and lyrical commentary, she draws from a deep well of professional knowledge as well as the personal experience of having raised six children as a mom and a stepmom. Beginning with the idea that all of us are trying to do the right thing for kids, she shares with readers some of the wonders that are being discovered about how children learn, and she illuminates how schools and parents can use what the research is telling us. As Williams says in the book, "We all need to learn and grow and go forward in our roles, holding hands and reaching out to embrace the opportunity that surrounds us and the children we love."

 

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A Delightful and Inspiring Read

User Review  - Rachael - Borders

The essays read like a breeze and made me laugh as I related to so many experiences and feelings written about. Even more importantly, the book provoked me to think about schools in a new light and asked difficult questions. Both enjoyable and very interesting!! Read full review

She's a great columnist; I bet the book follows

User Review  - Arielle33 - Borders

As a student in Duluth, MN, I have read many of Julia's articles in The Reader, the local alternative paper. They've always given me a different perspective on the education system here in MN. I had ... Read full review

Contents

On Deciding Whos Above Average
95
Tis the Season
97
Data That Matta
101
Grades Effort and Packing the Horn Away
103
Pain Enlightenment and New Mats
107
We All Have Tests
109
PIPs and Big Planets and Problems
113
Laundry the Afterlife and Evaluations
117

The Child Is the Parent of the Teacher Too
19
Bells Bells Bells Bells Bells
21
Questioning Things We Know for Sure
23
Dancing Snowmen and Everything Else Thats Wrong
27
Consternation and Christmas China
31
Tournaments and the Real Game
35
Facing the Faces and the Facts
37
They Are All Around Us
41
Fledglings
43
RAISING OUR CHILDREN HERE
46
Frost on Pumpkins and All
49
Classrooms and Cataclysms
51
Filling Them InSending Them Off
53
Watching the Boy
55
Action Justice Jefferson and Clayton Jackson McGhie
57
A Theory of Crabbiness
61
Walking Uphill in the Dark
63
Too Cold
67
Red Lake
69
Brave Hearts and the Boardwalk
71
Robins and Coffee Spoons
75
Latin Lessons and Lift
77
Knowing Enough
81
Its Too Bad about the Bagpipes
83
IMPROVING
86
Weve Got to Know Where We Are Going
89
Lights Pucks and Standards
91
Separating the Ballou from the Ballyhoo
119
MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT SCHOOLS
122
Spitting Downtown and Paying Attention
125
Throwing Darts and Money
127
Tulips Two Years and Too Many Promises
131
Nice Catch
133
Deciding Who Wins from a Distance
135
Opryland and Opportunity Oh My
139
Mods and Pods and Hanging Out
141
Trouble Trends and Taking Action
145
Darn Paper Darn Topic Darn Potholes Everywhere
147
Rummage Sales and Rumblings
149
Numbers and Fear
153
Fire Wines and the Sounds of Music
157
LEADING
160
There Was Only One John Wayne
163
Does Anybody Else Remember April Dancer?
167
Making Hay While the Sun Shines
171
Newbies and Not Paying Attention
173
Potshots Dreamers and Hiring Superintendents
175
The Forever Conversation
179
Relationships Responsiveness and Keeping It Real
183
Shoes and Still Waters
187
References
190
Index
192
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About the author (2008)

Julia M. Williams, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She works in the field as a grant evaluator and leads strategic planning and school initiatives throughout northern Minnesota. Her research centers in the areas of professional development for educators, leadership and systems of leadership in schools, shared decision making, and effective assessment. She brings a lifetime and career as a mother, stepmother, high school teacher, Minnesota State Department of Education specialist, licensed principal and superintendent, staff developer, and professor of future educators to her writing and to her thinking. Dr. Williams received the 2013 Minnesota Excellence in Education Award. The award notes her unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education.

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