Margaret Jenkins Announces THE MECHANICS OF TEACHING

Margaret Jenkins Announces THE MECHANICS OF TEACHING


Author Margaret Jenkins, a National Board Certified Teacher: Early Childhood Generalist, has been fortunate to have found a career that she truly loves. To her, teaching is a way to explore the world, plan exciting activities that encourage children to think in creative ways, and to share ideas with people - young and not so young. Her teaching style works for her; students are learning, and parents are happy with the results.

In "The Mechanics of Teaching," she compares the analytical/diagnostic qualities of automotive mechanics and teachers. The purpose of this book is to illustrate how Jenkins' past experiences - childhood, health concerns, schooling, and teaching history - have influenced the way she teaches in her first grade classroom. Born with bilateral congenital hip dysplasia, Jenkins' disability has given her the strong will and determination needed to build her productive teaching career. The physical obstacles she encounters and the way she has adapted to them are part of her education and inspiration.

This book includes a collection of activities, programs, and information that has been garnered throughout her teaching career. It is, however, a never-ending collection, since she knows that there are more activities, programs, and information yet to be discovered throughout the rest of her teaching career.

"The Mechanics of Teaching" will guide, motivate, inspire, and encourage teachers to value the art of effective teaching; especially if it comes from a dedicated teacher who has overcome the challenge of physical disability in order to fulfill her lifelong goal of providing students with quality academic and social education, as well as help each child achieve their full potential in learning.

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About the Author
Margaret Jenkins was born with bilateral congenital hip dysplasia. Over the years, she has overcome many obstacles. For as long as she can remember, Jenkins either wanted to be a veterinarian or a teacher when she grew up. Then, a standardized aptitude test indicated that, because of her analytical and diagnostic skills, she should be an automotive mechanic. Due to her physical limitations, Jenkins chose to become a teacher. Since graduating from Central Michigan University (CMU) in 1983, her teaching career has given her a wide variety of experiences that have helped mold her into the teacher she is today. Jenkins loves teaching and is always looking for ways to provide exciting and, sometimes, not-so-conventional ways to deliver information to her students. She often reflects on her childhood, schooling, and other past influences to evaluate how and why she teaches the way she does.

The Mechanics of Teaching * by Margaret Jenkins
Publication Date: 1/17/2014
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