Create Your Dream Classroom: Book Review and Giveaway

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.

Linda integrates her Christian perspective frequently in the book, including “making the case for mercy” and returning to our God-given purpose as teachers. She frequently advises readers to seek God for wisdom and trust in Him for guidance during challenging situations.

Linda designed the books for teachers to read over the summer to prepare their hearts and minds for the new school year, but she also provides tips in the preface for reading the book throughout the school year. I can see the value in the both approaches. If you intend to complete the journal activities provided in each chapter—and I highly recommend you do, so that you can see how each lesson applies to your own practice--summer would give you more time to reflect.

However, I also really like the idea of tackling the book on an ongoing basis, almost like a daily devotional. Because the chapters are a manageable length and very practical and encouraging in nature, I think the book would be a great resource for teachers who want a positive start to their school day or even a calm time of reflection in the evenings. 

Linda’s blog is a terrific source for inspirational and practical messages, and she really leverages that tool in the book. She invites readers to go online and share what’s working and what’s not, and also connect with her and other educators via social media. Linda has even created a Facebook group called The Christian Teachers’ Lounge where many of the discussions continue. I’ve been a member of that group since the beginning of this school year and always appreciate Linda’s kind words and scripture posts.

Linda has generously offered to giveaway a copy of her book here on the blog. You can enter using the Rafflecopter giveaway below. 
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15 comments:

Vanessa Rakestraw said...

I love the blog and I would really love to win a copy of the book! Thanks!

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Sara said...

I would love to win this book to read about all her recommendations for how to teacher better!
Sara

Diane Strickland said...

This book is on my wish list. I would definitely use this structured guide for reflecting and thinking about my teaching. I would love to win it!

Ms. A. Lampela said...

What a great book that applies practical and faith-based concepts for the classroom!!!

Lori said...

I'm going back to the classroom after a lengthy absence. This would be a great read to help me get started.

Kori Rogalinski said...

I would love to win this to continue my work from Angela's Awakened book.

Kim Collier said...

I have recently started following Linda on Teach 4 the Heart, and I love her approach. This book would be an awesome resource!

Sandi Scarfi said...

I've actually read this book already and would love to have a copy to give to one of my teacher friends!

Stacy White said...

Anything that is a godly influence in my life is welcome! Add to that- anything that makes me a better teacher is also welcome! win-win :)

Jennifer Lavigne said...

I am currently working in a refugee school where the kids have been through traumatic experiences and seen things that we cannot even fathom. Creating a safe community for growth is more challenging in this setting, so godly advice and encouragement from this book would be greatly appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Each year I teach I have to find new joys to experience. My teaching is a huge part of my life. I would love to read your book for inspiration not only for my career but for my life! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am always looking for ways to be a better teacher and looking for new ideas.

Stacie said...

This year I am moving from teaching middle school science to a self contained 4th grade classroom. The change is big but I am excited. I would love to have this book to help me start the year off the right way.

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