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Official Review: Highly Effective Teaching Strategies

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 20 Aug 2018, 10:23

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Highly Effective Teaching Strategies" by Marc Hoberman.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Highly Effective Teaching Strategies: Winning in the Classroom is an informative and inspiring guidebook for teachers written by Marc Hoberman.

In addition to the Foreword, the book has eleven interesting and very helpful chapters and a list of websites for lesson plans. The first three chapters deal with the act of teaching including attendance taking, record keeping, lesson planning, classroom management and classroom observation by the chairperson or principal; the next five are all about interactions such as working with parents, dealing with the administration and working with colleagues; and the last three feature the important factors in the education and learning process which are the students and the teachers.

This is a great book about teaching and teachers. With only 74 pages, it is a very short but very concise book. I am a teacher myself and I have read several books about principles and strategies of teaching but I still learned a lot from this book. It is organized, comprehensive and sincere. Apparently, the author wrote this book out of his love and passion for the noblest profession in the world.

The book emphasizes the importance of taking attendance, keeping records and assigning learning targets. The author even includes a model lesson plan in this book and discusses the value of data, audio and video in the classroom, interactive teaching and note taking. Moreover, the book offers very important tips on how to manage student behavior and gives advice on how to handle classroom observations.

Admittedly, I love this book from cover to cover. It is unlike other books on strategies of teaching which are usually written in academic style with formal tone. It is an easy-to-use guidebook for new and old teachers alike. It offers practical and practicable advice such as taking advantage of modern technology to impart knowledge and helpful suggestions like the use of Socratic Seminar as a method of teaching and Check System to manage student behavior. Furthermore, the book openly recognizes the various types of learners (audio, visual, kinesthetic and tactile), something that some traditional educators fail to do. In addition, the author generously shares his experiences giving this book a kind of personal feel.

While the most important part of this book, for me, is that which features great master teachers who willingly share words of wisdom, helpful advice and valuable tips on how to be an effective and respected teacher, what I like most in this book is the passion of the author not just in writing this book but to the teaching profession.

Except for errors (like also knows as and should be able to given the student) which are thankfully very few, I like everything about this book.

I, therefore, rate it 4 out of 4 stars. It is informative, helpful, inspiring, encouraging, easy to read and easy to follow. I recommend it to all teachers regardless of nationality, gender, political affiliation, religious orientation and years of service. I sincerely hope that they take some time to read this book and other books on teaching strategies.

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Post by AmySmiles » 23 Aug 2018, 09:42

Sounds like a great book for teachers and a great time of the year to be reading it. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Alicia09 » 23 Aug 2018, 12:53

As a teacher, it sounds like this author does a good job of giving helpful advice without taking on the dry, formal, highly academic tone I have encountered in many other education books. I also appreciate the fact that this book gives advice on how to deal with parents and administrators, because those are two of the most difficult people that I have encountered in my profession. It also sounds like this book is very straightforward and concise, given the fact that so much information is put into a little of 70 pages so I imagine that reading this would be a welcome break from the lengthy, wordy text I have read in other education books. Thanks for the review!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 23 Aug 2018, 21:18

AmySmiles wrote:
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Sounds like a great book for teachers and a great time of the year to be reading it. Thanks for the review.
You're welcome. It, sure, is a great book!

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 23 Aug 2018, 21:19

Alicia09 wrote:
23 Aug 2018, 12:53
As a teacher, it sounds like this author does a good job of giving helpful advice without taking on the dry, formal, highly academic tone I have encountered in many other education books. I also appreciate the fact that this book gives advice on how to deal with parents and administrators, because those are two of the most difficult people that I have encountered in my profession. It also sounds like this book is very straightforward and concise, given the fact that so much information is put into a little of 70 pages so I imagine that reading this would be a welcome break from the lengthy, wordy text I have read in other education books. Thanks for the review!
You're welcome. I hope you get a chance to read it.

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Post by Allyseria » 30 Aug 2018, 08:57

This sounds like the perfect book for me! I'm going into teaching soon and I'm sure the book's practical advice and strategies would be useful for me. Thank you for the review!

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 30 Aug 2018, 20:36

Allyseria wrote:
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This sounds like the perfect book for me! I'm going into teaching soon and I'm sure the book's practical advice and strategies would be useful for me. Thank you for the review!
You're welcome. I hope you get a chance to read it.

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Post by bruin » 30 Aug 2018, 23:34

Thanks for the great review. I would like to read this book, especially after you mentioned the part about classroom behavior management. I would also like to know more about the modern technology that is talked about in this book.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 31 Aug 2018, 06:42

bruin wrote:
30 Aug 2018, 23:34
Thanks for the great review. I would like to read this book, especially after you mentioned the part about classroom behavior management. I would also like to know more about the modern technology that is talked about in this book.
You're welcome! I hope you get a chance to read it.

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Post by topdan30 » 07 Sep 2018, 07:33

This is a book i can boldly recommend. As i know teachers will sure gain from this. Thanks for the great review

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 07 Sep 2018, 22:14

topdan30 wrote:
07 Sep 2018, 07:33
This is a book i can boldly recommend. As i know teachers will sure gain from this. Thanks for the great review
You're welcome. It is a great book.

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Post by Oulababe » 18 Sep 2018, 15:50

This sounds like an interesting guide for teachers. The fact that the author adds a model lesson plan makes the book sound very detailed and insightful. Great review.

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