A Touch of Class

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A Touch of Class is divided into 3 sections designed for educators of all grade levels. Section 1: A Wealth of Wisdom for Teachers (includes topics like discipline and motivation). Section 2: The Making of a Great Nation (includes historical quotes and documents). Section 3 Earth's Wonders and Resources (includes quotes related to scientific topics).

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Born in the state of New York, a product of the baby boomer generation, Carol VanderHeyden, was raised in a large family in western Pennsylvania. She attended college and graduate school in Indiana where she met her husband. VanderHeyden raised two children while pursuing a teaching career in Michigan. She recently retired and lives in central Florida.

VanderHeyden belonged to the NEA, MEA, and EEA, serving in various capacities as an officer in her local and state teaching associations. She has received awards in teaching, conservation, and photography. She belongs to the Stonegate Women's Golf Association and the Green Thumbs.

Among her interests are traveling, having traveled extensivily in all fifty states and a dozen foreign countries, reading and journaling. Her hobbies inlcude photography, stamp collecting, gardening, and flower arranging. Watercolor, ceramics, and calligraphy are among her recent interests because she believes one is never too old to learn something new.

A Touch of Class is her first published work. In many ways, VanderHeyden's collection of quotes is the essence of her teaching and learning experiences in public education.

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INTRODUCTION

This book is a collection of quotations and documents, which I have gathered and used in my classroom over the duration of my thirty-year teaching career. In many ways they are theessence of my teaching and learning experiences in public education.

My retirement from the classroom has brought me the freedom to pursue another dream. I have found great satisfaction and excitement in writing. If my writing achieves its purpose then I have embarked on a second career. It is my desire that this book will be a great resource for teachers.

I used quotes as a cognitive and memorable part of my student's daily educational experience. Asking the questions; what does this quote mean or what is the author trying tocommunicate with us, will help students to analysis the quote and put it into their own words. Many interesting, spontaneous and enlightening discussions may follow as students share their interpretations. The art of deciphering quotes and writing interpretations is a classy way to start your day, hence the title; A Touch of Class.

The discipline of using meaningful quotes to teach life-lessons in my classroom was met with personal success. Therefore, it is my wish to inspire other teachers to use quotes as a practical part of their classroom experience. Through the implementation of quotes, it is my hope that you and your students will gain insight into the mystery of human behavior and pursue the enrichment of character-building within the class setting.

I have compiled this collection of quotes and documents into three sections: A Wealth of Wisdom for Teachers, The Making of a Great Nation, and Earth's Wonders and Resources. These sections are designed for teachers of all grade levels. In Parts Two and Three, topics related to history and science are emphasized respectively. This treasure of quotes is designed to be a continuous source of strength, encouragement, joy, and enrichment throughout your teaching career.

The Author's Wish for You May you get all your wishes but one; So you always have something to strive for.

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