(Update from Dave: My book received an unsolicited review over at English Journal. Read it here.)
Two summers ago when I started Teaching the Core, it was a freebie blog on WordPress.com that literally zero people had heard of.
I wrote my tail off, submitting many of you to torture by typo and billions of pixels of true rough draft thinking.
Yet slowly but surely, the blog grew, and I swear to you that I'm not exaggerating or trying to be humble when I say that 99% of that success has been thanks to people who are not named Dave Stuart Jr.
Part came from commenters on the blog who helped me understand what to write about next; part came from folks on Twitter like Erica Beaton and Mary Clark who relentlessly shared what I was writing (and they still do today) when I was a literal and total Twitter newb; part came from the educators I work with at Cedar Springs High School; so much came from my students, who constantly forced me to bridge the gap between theory and practice; a good deal of it came from the community at Fizzle, an online learning platform for people trying to build a useful thing online and, heaven forbid, even earn an income doing it.
Credit where it's due, you know?
All that is to say that, in Fall 2013, I was approached by an acquisitions editor named Kate at Jossey-Bass Wiley, and we ended up with a book contract. I was like:
because writing a book has been on my bucket list before I knew bucket lists were a thing.
The most biased review of my book you'll ever read
So here's what I think the book is and isn't.
- mercifully short
- extremely well designed
- decidedly down to earth
- the best book on the Common Core (I vote for Jim Burke's on that one.)
- rife with research (there's a bit, but I wouldn't call it rife)
- written by a guru (I'm just a small-town teacher man in West Michigan, people!)
And here's what it does and doesn't do.
- treat every anchor standard
- take a crack at why each anchor matters
- contain a much more polished and thorough version of the material I used to sell on this blog as a $1+ ebook and that I blogged through in Summer 2012.
It does not:
- treat grade-level standards
- strike me as the kind of book I'd sit down in an armchair with a pipe and read through for enjoyment
- have any cool pictures in it (well, I take that back, there is one sweet diagram)
And that, my friends, is all you need to know to determine if you will purchase said book.
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(If you do decide to purchase it, please consider asking your administrator to foot the bill by writing a well-reasoned resource request.)