If you aren’t reading Linda Kardamis’ blog Teach 4 the Heart, you are missing out! She consistently shares encouraging and practical messages that speak to issues teachers face in the classroom everyday. When Linda informed me that she had published her first book, Create Your Dream Classroom, I was so excited to check it out and review it here for you all.
The format of the book is unique. Create Your Dream Classroom is not a comprehensive, step-by-step guide (after all, each person's vision for their classroom is different.) Rather, it’s a collection of 54 brief lessons around various aspects of saving your sanity, escaping the rut, and sharpening your skills as a teacher. Linda touches on everything from understanding people's various world views to friending students and parents on Facebook to time saving tips to getting kids to participate in class.