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Book Review: Notes on Teaching: A Short Guide To An Essential Skill by Shellee Hendric , Russell Reich

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Notes on Teaching: A Short Guide To An Essential Skill by Shellee Hendric and Russell Reich is an important primer for anyone in the teaching field looking to succeed. The authors explain a plethora of things to do to improve your work and how to go about handling students.

According to the authors, teachers must enter the classroom prepared but not over-prepared. Teachers must be respectful to students without talking down or ignoring important concerns. Lectures should be varied, employing technology, group discussions, lecturing and critical problem analysis.

The book sets out how teachers should assign relevant homework that is challenging but not too difficult. Tests should be fair and teachers should present students with the good news first while introducing criticisms later.

Most importantly, teachers should take notes on highlights of the class so that they can improve their communications with students over time.

The authors also spend some time discussing the dynamics of teacher-parent communications. Here, teachers can gain a wealth of pertinent information and perspectives that may not be ascertainable in a classroom.

According to the authors, teachers should let the parents discuss the needs of their children initially. After teachers become fully aware of the concerns of parents, then teachers can offer their opinions and observations usually based upon classroom observations, participation and student performance in exams.

Notes on Teaching  is an important book for both novice and experienced teachers. The authors are offering good advice on the pitfalls and joys of teaching.

This book would be very useful for teachers, parents and school administrative staff. The presentation is concise; easy to read and understand.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.