August 1, 2022 — Get ready for back to school with this great new book by award-winning teacher Phillip Done: “The Art of Teaching Children”

Monday Morning Magic, August 1, 2022 — Back-to-school month officially starts today and I can’t think of a better way to prep than by checking out Phillip Done’s new book, “The Art of Teaching Children,” available now on Amazon.

I have been a fan of this award-winning teacher for decades, and I’m not alone. Phil has received prestigious awards for his ability to get kids to not only learn, but to love doing it. He is the recipient of the Charles Schwab Distinguished Teacher Award, was a Teacher of the Year in California, and has been nominated for Disney’s Teacher of the Year, to cite a few of his achievements.

He has turned his ability to bring magic into the classroom in several books, starting with his first: 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny. This charming tome will make you laugh until you cry, as we learn how Phil fixes staplers that won’t staple, zippers that won’t zip, and pokes pins in the caps of glue bottles that will not pour. He has sung “Happy Birthday” 657 times. A witness to the joys of learning, Phil inspires readers with the everyday adventures and milestones of his 32 third graders in this irresistible collection of bite-sized essays.

From the nervous first day of school to the hectic Halloween parade to the disastrous spring musical, Phil connects what happens in his classroom to the universal truths that touch us all. 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny is for anyone who has ever taught children—or been to third grade. It is a testament to the kids who uplift us and the teachers who make a difference. With the perfect mix of humor and insight, he reveals the enduring promise of elementary school as a powerful antidote to the cynicism of our times.

Phil’s latest book: The Art of Teaching Children

Although Phil decided to retire after three decades in the classroom, he knows that “a teacher’s job is never truly done.”

So he set out to write the greatest lesson of his career: all he learned working with kids. The result is his delightful and insightful teaching bible, The Art of Teaching Children.

From the opening-bell jitters to the last day’s tears, Phil writes about the teacher’s craft, classrooms and curriculums, the challenges of the profession, and the reason all teachers do it: the children. With wit, wisdom, first-rate storytelling, and boundless compassion, this book is the definitive guide to educating children and a wonderful resource for both teachers and parents.

We leave you with this parting thought from Phil: “Real learning is messy, not linear. Greeting kids in the morning as they enter the classroom is one of the most important parts of the school day. If a student is having trouble, look at what you can do differently before pointing the finger at the child. Ask yourself: Would I want to be a student in my class? When children watch you, they are learning how to be people, and one of the most important things we can do for our students is to model the kind of people we would like them to be.” Click here to buy the book!

Until next Monday: Stay well!  Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, and president, Inkandescent® Inc.

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