Book Review: Teaching Is: Moments that Inspire and Motivate

9 Nov

Moi received a review copy of Teaching Is: Moments that Inspire and Motivate from the author, Marjan Glavac. Perhaps the best way to review the book, Teaching Is: Moments that Inspire and Motivate by is to present Glavac’s biography because Teaching Is the summation of a life story . Glavac presents his experience as a teacher in beautiful, truthful, and often touching nuggets of wisdom gleaned from being that teacher children remember. From the Busy Educator Newsletter

In 1993, his school was the first elementary school in London and one of 300 schools in Canada to be connected to the Internet through the Federal Government’s SchoolNet project. In 1994, he was a member of the school team that won the Roberta Bondar award (named after Canada’s first female astronaut) for Science and Technology.

In 1995, he was a member of a team from Ontario that had its NewsOntario online student newspaper proposal accepted for a Nortel National Institute Award for Excellence in Teaching. Also in 1995, he designed an award winning web site for his former school Bonaventure Meadows Elementary School, the first public elementary school with a web site in London and one of the first in Ontario.

In 1996, he won the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Technology Education and Mathematics Award. He was also asked by Nortel to return to the National Institute as a returning member during the summer of 1996 and present 3 workshops for Nortel in Dallas, Texas, USA and again in 1997 to present a workshop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 1997, he won the Roy C. Hill Award for educational innovation. Since 1993, Marjan has been involved in dozens of telecommunications projects involving students from K-University on every continent of the world. His students have been involved in projects sponsored by Global SchoolNet Foundation, Kidlink, Academy One, CCCnet, AT&T Japan, Lycos and in the creation of the NewsOntario online newspaper project with their contributions from their Meadow News newspaper. His K-8 students have also participated in e-mail, travel buddy, research projects and most recently polishing mirrors for the NASA Starshine project. He and his classes have been filmed by TVO and Global’s Kids-TV; featured in all local media newspapers, TV, radio in London, as well as the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Today’s Parent, Home and Educational Computing and internationally on WGN radio, websites and dozens of student newspapers worldwide.

Marjan is a parent, a teacher and a firm believer that: “there are no boundaries for the journeys of the mind” and that every student, parent and teacher is capable of achieving great journeys, especially with the help of the Internet. Lastly, he couldn’t do any of this without the assistance and support of his number one computer programmer and spouse Maria and children Vanessa and Collin.

Here are some of the nuggets of wisdom Glavac has gleaned from his journey as a teacher:

Teaching is…

Seeing students leaning forward in

their seats, Listening to your every

word, following your each and every

instruction, staring at you intently,

mouths and eyes wide open…the AHA

moment…something every teacher

strives for.

Teaching is…

After telling the class that you grew

up without a microwave, a student

asks “How did you reheat your food?”

(You’re tempted to say, “Over the fire!”)

Teaching is…

Getting a hug from the toughest

student in class on the last day of

school…when no one else was looking.

Teaching is…

Telling an elementary student that

one day she will become an Olympic

athlete…and she does as a member of 2

Olympic teams.

Moi absolutely loved this book. “Teaching Is”  nuggets of food for your soul.

Thank you Mr. Glavac.

Citation:

Teaching Is: Moments that Inspire and Motivate

Marjan Glavac

· Hardcover: 80 pages

· Publisher: Nima Systems; First edition (June 1, 2011)

· Language: English

· ISBN-10: 0968331025

· ISBN-13: 978-0968331026

Dr. Wilda gives a thumbs up to the book Teaching Is…, This is a highly recommend.

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