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MAY 2001
Volume 2 Number 5

Harry & Rosemary Wong offer advice on motivating your students. Tune in to this month's Gazette cover story and pick up tips from the experts to enhance your students' performance....
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
Alfie Kohn Article
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
BCL Classroom by Kim Tracy
Around the Block With...
The Unsinkable Sub
Interview: Cheryl Sigmon
Role Of The Online Teacher
Browser Maintenance
Poetic License Information
Learning Improvement Tools
Mars Society Contest For Students
Book Review: Cloud Woman
Family Library Visit
Stellar Walk of Fame
Emotions of A Sight Impaired Child
SFA and Research
Poll: Do You Hoard Supplies?
Upcoming Ed Conferences
Humor from the Classroom
Letters to the Editor
New in the Lesson Bank
Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
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About Jay Davidson...
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Teacher Feature...
Your Family's Weekly Library Visit
by Jay Davidson

Parents sometimes tell me that they have only a limited time to work with their children at home. They want to know what one thing they can do to help make a difference in their kids school success.

I recommend one activity that has the potential to make a tremendous difference: Make it a family practice to visit your local library once a week and have each child check out as many books as he can carry.

The Palo Alto City Library allows each child and adult to take out up to seventy items at one time, so you may not want to take home the maximum allowable. But you could decide among your family members to take out six, ten, or a dozen items each week. Part of the key in establishing this family ritual is to be consistent about going every week.

During the week, there will be plenty of time to read and re-read these books. You can expect that your family will have the following benefits from this activity:

  • There will always be something for the kids to read.

  • Reading will become a preferred activity in the house.

  • By practicing reading, it will improve.

  • Increased reading will lead to improved writing.

  • The stories and topics of the books will influence conversations in the family. This can mean a shift from talking about things that need to be done around the house (nagging) to the stories and subjects of the books that family members are reading.

  • Older children will practice their reading skills by reading to younger siblings.

  • When the kids ask questions that you cannot answer, you can suggest that they find a book that addresses the question during your next trip to the library.

  • Children will develop favorite authors, characters, and genres of books.

  • You and your children will enjoy your time together - both in the library and at home reading.

  • Children s confidence and attitude about learning will improve as they have the weekly opportunity to choose books that are meaningful to them.

Jay Davidson has been teaching in San Francisco for 31 years; he teaches first grade. He is the author of Teach Your Children Well: A First Grade Teacher s Advice for Parents, which is available for $12.95 from He can be reached through his Web site at

Jay Davidson the Speaker...
(From Jay Davidson's website....)

Once a teacher, always a teacher! Jay doesn't have to have a classroom full of wiggly first-graders to get on his soap-box. Their parents will do just as well - and usually pay better attention.

Following are examples of his topics:

  • Easy ways to boost literacy in your family The need for greater parent involvement in education
  • Creating a family mission statement
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • First grade readiness
  • Parent-school relations
  • Developing a sense of responsibility in children
  • Time management and organizing at home
  • The organized classroom - presentation for elementary school teachers

Comments from participants at Jay's workshops

  • "Very inspirational and thought-provoking."
  • "What a magnificent teacher!"
  • "Clear presentation; an enthusiastic, caring speaker. I bet he is a great teacher - the kind we hope stay in the profession."
  • "Great insight, motivating."
  • "Well put-together - prepared with lots of thought and delivered with lots of heart."

Jay has made presentations to:

  • California Reading Association
  • National Association of Professional Organizers -San Francisco Bay Area chapter
  • California Agricultural Teachers Association
  • Parenting groups in San Francisco Unified School District and San Mateo-Foster City School District

Jay Davidson is also the author of "Teach Your Children Well: A First Grade Teacher's Advice for Parents" (available at

Visit for more information about Jay Davidson.