100th Teacher Talk column
 
        When I interviewed with Palo Alto Daily News editor Dave Price some two years ago, he told me about the benefits of writing a column. One of them, he said, was that I could take my collected writings and put them into book form.

        At the time, that didnít seem to be within my reach. I knew I had a lot I wanted to convey to parents, but it wasnít my goal to write a book.

        During the last two years, I have enjoyed writing Teacher Talk. Many people have contacted me and the paper about its value. I began incorporating it into the weekly newsletter that I send home to my studentsí families.

        One of the skills I have been developing has been to deliver my message within my limited allotment of space. Sometimes 350 words doesnít seem to be nearly enough; sometimes itís too many!

        I havenít been able to include book lists, word lists, and other resources for parents as part of the column. In the spring, then, I began to feel that Dave Price was right: maybe I should be putting together a book.

        The book is in production right now. Entitled Teach Your Children Well: A Teacherís  Advice for Parents, it contains twelve chapters. The first seven are skill areas where parents can help their progeny; the last five are values to be imparted. The book should be in print by the end of the month.

        In addition, I have been working on a website. One feature of the site is the archive of past columns, along with other writing that I have done. The URL is www.jaydavidson.com. 

        Through the website, I am collecting information for two new books I am putting together. I am asking teachers to contribute their opinions about the most important lessons they want parents to teach their children at home. I am looking for stories from parents about the changes that they have made in their lives so that they can devote more time to the education and wellbeing of their children.

        I hope that you will contribute if you have a story to tell.  

This column has been incorporated and expanded in Teach Your Children Well: A Teacherís  Advice for Parents.

 
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