3 out of 4 stars
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The Educator by Pamela Green-Nanni is a nonfiction book written about the career and practices of Pamela Green-Nanni’s husband, Bernard F. Nanni. Bernard Nanni was a teacher for more than thirty years and taught multiple school subjects to elementary and middle school-aged children. Mr. Nanni strove to be a personal and unique teacher that bettered students in all areas and compelled them to learn how to truly think and discover for themselves.
Within Pamela Green-Nanni’s book are many examples of what her husband did in the classroom to create an exceptional learning environment. These habits include interactive learning games, field trips, open discussion, and practical application of school curriculum with everyday life. Mr. Nanni’s lessons encouraged his students to work together, think critically, and reason independently. One of the stories that most stood out detailed a camping trip Mr. Nanni took his students on where he created opportunities for leadership, trust, and hands-on learning. During the field trips, students were responsible for keeping their cabin orderly, creating maps of the campsite, and overcoming obstacles as a team. These valuable experiences were what made Mr. Nanni a truly exceptional teacher that continued to inspire his students long after they had left his classroom.
What I enjoyed most about this book were the practical ideas and examples of lesson activities that could be included in the classroom to encourage specific attributes among students. Pamela Green-Nanni lists examples of activities, conversations, and displays created in the classroom to engage students and help them take charge of their learning. I love that Mr. Nanni had such a focus on practical education and did so much to relate learning to student’s lives. What I disliked about the book was the lack of educational psychology or scientific support for Mr. Nanni’s strategies. Some of Mr. Nanni’s techniques were outdated and none were substantiated with quantifiable evidence of success.
I would give The Educator by Pamela Green-Nanni a three out of four stars rating. This book is a valuable resource that contains many practical ideas that teachers could implement in their classrooms to encourage participation and creative thinking. This book could have been better organized and could have included a little more research and data to make it a truly reliable source for educational information and practice, but overall, the text was well done. The book was also very well edited and contained no spelling or grammatical errors.
I would recommend this book to educators who are looking for unique activities to implement within their classrooms. Most of Mr. Nanni’s activities are targeted at elementary and middle school-aged students, but some could be adapted for older students as well. The book contains ideas for math and science as well as for writing and religious classes.
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