Your evaluation … is a wonderful method of getting student feedback, and, quite frankly, the best method we have seen. J. N., Hanover, MA, U.S.A.
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"For parents who want advice on how to become involved in their child’s schooling, this 207 pager can open the door. The book would also be a valuable tool in the hands of educators who want to do some self study." Beverly Brenna, The StarPhoenix
♦ Describe the general workings of educational systems ♦ Offer insights into possible issues and problems, and ♦ Arm parents with practical tools to effect change when necessary ♦ Benchmark for educators to evaluate the quality of their own teaching. In other words, teachers could use its information to become even better - if possible - at what they do for a living. HISTORY Published in the fall of 1996, Grading the Teacher became a bestseller featured by regional and national media. The book was added to resource centres at educational institutions (from elementary schools to faculties of education) and public libraries. Copies eventually found their way into the hands of thousands of parents and teachers worldwide.
"I ordered your book a few weeks ago. I have read it and loved it. I loved the way you were able to support both students and teachers. …The more we work on this the more we realized what an excellent tool your questionnaire is." L. G., Norwell, MA, U.S.A.
"Formerly, I was a Special education teacher, Guidance Counsellor and Chair, Student Services and Special Programs. Over the years, I have recommended Nellie Jacobs’ Grading the Teacher for several reasons. Nellie provides the parent advocate with essential tools that lead to greater student success. Her comments on recognizing good teaching and understanding teachers provide helpful benchmarks for both teachers and parents. Student success results when there is a partnership between parents and teachers; Grading the Teacher provides parents with tools to enhance such a partnership. Particularly useful is the chapter, “Understanding Teachers”. The parent who is able to be objective about a teacher’s performance will be more effective in bringing about a desired change. Grading the Teacher is a useful tool not only to parents, but to teachers as well." Judy Winberg, Education Consultant in private practice, Toronto, Canada Read your book with great interest, and have used it …to support my arguments not only to BCCPAC but also to the press and to the local school board and others. … I do sense a growing concern to evaluate teachers as one of the best means of improving public education ...keep up the good work. Peter Buitenhuis, former chair, English Department, Simon Fraser University, vice-president, DCPAC, West Vancouver, B.C. "I must say it provides some clarity and objectivity and insight into what is often emotional, subjective and incomplete analysis from a parent's or student's perspective and I should add the school system ...I am writing to make you aware that someone has appreciated your book. …Thank you for the commitment to writing this book." B. R., Ontario, Canada "I obtained a copy of your book, Grading the Teacher, through OISE [Ontario Institute for Studies in Education] as my husband and I were searching for a way to deal with a very difficult Grade 5 Teacher. We found your report card to be clear and easy to fill out. It also gave us an objective means of evaluating this teacher rather than just saying "Our kid can't stand her and neither can we." As a result, we are making some progress with how the Principal is dealing with her." S. W., Toronto, Canada
"Jacobs consciously pursues a fair, balanced approach …greatest appeal may be to administrators." Marsha Heron, Quill and Quire
SOME RAVE MEDIA REVIEWS of ORIGINAL PUBLICATION
"A fresh angle to something that's taxing the minds of talk radio hosts everywhere."
Lisa Brandt, Entertainment Editor, CHML 900
"Former Toronto Elementary school teacher Nellie Jacobs, a mother or four, examines the profound effect teachers can have on children.. The book offers common-sense advice for evaluating teachers - and what to do when they don't measure up."
Featured book, bestseller list, Maclean's magazine
"Former teacher Nellie Jacobs …instructs parents how to become more involved in their child’s education. … Throughout the book Jacobs describes the roles and responsibilities of teachers, principals and bureaucrats, but also insists that students and parents assume their share of responsibility in the educational partnership …Grading the Teacher is a valuable handbook for parents, teachers and administrators alike." Sheri Henderson, “CEE Best in Print” Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federatio
"Over four years of research, she questioned educators at all levels of the system, collected horror stories from teachers and parents alike." Ellie Tesher, The Toronto Star
"This is a plain-talking book …Jacobs tells parent show to get involved with their children’s school affairs without going overboard." Susan Schwartz, The Gazette, Montreal
"At the heart of Grading the Teacher is a catalogue of the attributes Jacobs says make a good teacher. She reduces this material to a simple, bulleted report card that parents can use to grade a teacher’s performance."
Winnipeg Free Press
"Her practical easy-to-read guide explains … how to look after your child's best interests." Profiles, York University Magazine
"Get Jacobs going on how teachers can improve and she’s hard-pressed to stop." Marilyn Linton, Lifestyle Editor, Toronto Sun
Your presentation was attention-grabbing. Your humour terrific! A very constructive, refreshing, inspirational motivation presentation. F.R., attendee, BCCPAC Leadership Conference, Vancouver, BC. Canada
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS Nellie would be delighted to speak on these and other topics in the coming year to your parent or teacher association.
Nellie Jacobs was the plenary speaker. She spent four years writing a book called Grading the Teacher. Handy little book too … Lots of practical advice on making mass schooling not seem so massive. …She also touched on the theme that came back again and again throughout the three day conference. She said parents must move from an advisory role to a decision-making role. Amen sister! The Parent Network Newsletter
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