From The Teacher's Desk


Book Review of From the Teacher's Desk

by Jacquie McTaggart

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What a wonderful book, if only I had this book when my children were in school! This is a book filled with good advice for parents. Even though my children are now grown and their school days completed, I found the way the book was written kept me wanting to read more and more. Reading this book felt like I was having a personal conversation with the author. Many of the topics she wrote about brought back many memories of raising my children and the issues I had to deal with.

While the author covers issues that are of concern for parents, many times I found myself smiling as I read the stories that Jacquie wrote about. And, as you read, you can sense her wealth of knowledge and her love for children. The book has many tips and suggestions to help any parent as their children start school and progress through the sometimes challenging school years.

From the Teacher's Desk is a book that we will certainly recommend to our friends and family who have school-aged children. This book is written from experience not based on just theory!!

Some inspirational quotes from the book:
Communicate. From birth on, talk to and with your child as much as possible.

Try to avoid toys that simply entertain and provide no opportunity for real learning.

A child learns to love (or hate) school in kindergarten and first grade. During that time he forms attitudes about his own value as a person and his worth as a learner. Those attitudes will accompany him all the way through school and into adulthood.

. . . guiding your child toward independence is totally different than pushing him out the door to make his won mistakes and “paddle his own canoe.” That mindset is synonymous with neglect and could justifiably be called abuse.

An adult’s unsuccessful attempt to teach a child something that appears exceptionally simple is extremely frustrating. If mom begins to feel her tolerance level has reached the breaking point, she should stop the session – immediately. She might simply say that she is tired (no life), and suggest they work on it another time.

I strongly encourage parents to spend the last fifteen to twenty minutes before bedtime promoting some kind of reading activity. The small child should be allowed to choose a book and the way he wants it shared.

The REAL purpose for the parent-teacher conference is to provide an opportunity where parents and teachers can share information and work together. It is designed to help determine the best possible way to meet the unique needs of each individual student.

Every child wants to demonstrate his accomplishments to the most important people in his life. He is certainly not consciously aware of any "motive", but he has one. He is seeking an affirmation of his worth. He wants to hear that he is special and to be told once again that his parents are very proud of him.

Almost every teacher will go the "extra mile" if he is approached with an "I need your help" manner.

Developmental spelling is highly beneficial for the kindergartener, first, and second grader. It enhances both the reading and the writing process. Third graders and beyond should be expected to use correct spelling on all final-draft work.

When a child comes home from school with a complaint about a teacher, your first obligation is to listen with undivided attention. After he has given his version of the situation, and after you have done a little questioning, you may feel you need to contact the teacher to get his side of the story.

Parents must therefore “practice what they preach” if they want the value of good manners to become a part of the child’s moral fiber. And they should begin this process when the child is very young. Politeness and good manners open the door to a successful and happy adult life.

Today’s parents are aware of the importance of computers and the integral part they play in our modern day society. Unfortunately, this awareness is prompting some faulty thinking about when we should introduce the child to the computer and the amount of time we should allow him to spend there.

You are your child’s first teacher, and quite possibly his most influential teacher. When your child see you reading of a somewhat regular basis, he comes to realize that reading is more than an isolated subject taught in the classroom and graded by a teacher. He eventually internalizes the fact that reading is a requisite for a complete and fulfilling life.

Keeping in mind the fact that kids learn everything more quickly when it is taught or practiced in a game format…


We would recommend this book; it is available from Amazon. More from the book, "From the Teacher's Desk", Jacquie McTaggart Quotes.


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