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Sigh with recognition.
That's what you'll do when you read Dave Ellison's Chalk Dust - a mini-masterpiece of the teaching life.
Sensitive, compassionate, deeply intelligent, Dave is the kind of person you hope will teach your own children. An award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and teacher educator, Dave has also been a columnist at The Argus, a San Francisco Bay Area newspaper. This collection of over 70 of Dave's best columns is at once touching, delightful, poignant, and unflinchingly honest.
In "A Box of Raisins," Dave recounts a distraught father finally embracing his estranged son; in "Sorry," the student who cunningly turned the tables; in "Rest Easy," the deception of high stakes testing; and in "Beardless," teenagers' playful antics. Chalk Dust delivers fresh, informed, and multifaceted views of education by a teacher/administrator who has worked in the trenches and loves what he does.
Lose yourself for a couple of hours in a transcendent book. Or dip into it for brief stories that will support or challenge you. Come away from your reading and know, if you are a teacher, that you have the best job in the world. Or remember those thoughtful teachers like Dave who made a difference in your own life.
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DAVID ELLISON teaches seventh-grade English and history at Barnard-White Middle School in Union City, California, and co-teaches the Social Studies Methods Course for new teachers at California State University, Hayward. He served as the New Haven Unified and the American Council of School Administrators Region VI Teacher of the Year in 1996. When not teaching, correcting, or writing, Dave leads hikes into the hills surrounding San Francisco Bay.
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