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After teaching all areas of special education, I found my teaching style was the same whether for gifted, mentally challenged, learning disabled, behaviorally challenged, and hearing impaired, or “regular” students. Communication skills, oral, listening, and written, proved to be most important, along with social skills. Reading opened the world to children and developed as a result of speaking and writing.
The curriculum in every classroom can uniquely provide students with outstanding learning experiences. Every student is precious and deserves an excellent education. All can be creative when teachers facilitate their development. All are gifted in some area, whether it be math, creative writing, art, reading, science, or social studies. Tailoring the curriculum means that teachers must adjust ways of teaching methods in response to students’ signals or learning styles. Teachers need to reach each child’s heart to find the key to develop the child’s love for learning.
We celebrate achievements during our lifetime and children should celebrate their accomplishments as well. The best way to do this is to create an environment where students are rewarded and valued by society.
Throughout this book, you will experience many examples of teaching to the heart, and read about students I taught who also taught me. I believe sincerely that teachers make the greatest difference in every child’s life even as they determine whether each child will succeed and become a lifelong learner. My love for teaching was the most important qualification I possessed to provide success for each life I touched. Hopefully, it will be the same for you. It is the best decision possible for your class.
Dr. Dale Despain wrote:
Roberta, I just spent a couple of hours reviewing your book! It reads just like you are sitting down with a friend and giving them many suggestions and helps on how to be a more effective teacher! No matter how experienced or inexperienced a teacher is the book gives ideas that will be helpful. As an administrator, I would find it helpful as a resource to guide teachers for improvement.
The education community is fortunate to have your wisdom and creativity in writing!
I've already read Teach to the Heart cover-
Lisa from Missouri
I did get to read your book and it was such fun to feel like we sat down together again. It projected your passion for teaching and loving students – at whatever point they are at. You are indeed a master teacher. Hugs, Bonny