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Book Review of "501 Tips for Teachers" by Robert D Ramsey
The paperback "501 Tips for Teachers: Kids Tested Ideas, Strategies, and Inspirations" has advices and quotes with one to three of them printed in bold on each page with four to six words in each line.

The book covers issues like gender equality, teaching principles, classroom management, pupil-teacher relationships, self learning, professional development, motivation, community participation, as well as inter-personal skills for working with parents, colleagues, and the community.

Authored by an experienced educator Robert D. Ramsey, the preface of the book says, "George Bernard Shaw said, 'Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.' George was wrong! Today's teachers have to be doers. They also have to be dreamers, schemers, helpers, healers, mentors, role models, nurturers, and inspirations...In classrooms at all levels, problems are proliferating and expectations are escalating. Schools across the country are being called on to do more with less. Consequently, teachers everywhere are now looking for new sources of information and motivation."  That is how the purpose of the book has been described.

The book looks more of advices and quotations rather than practical tips for professional growth and improvement in classroom practices unless the teachers can convert the quotes into doable exercises. Translating words into action has been left to teachers after reading the book.

The book spread over 240 pages has been published by McGraw-Hill in which the 'tips' have been numbered. For the ease of reading and mulling over the inspirational ideas, a few ideas per page have been given in the book.  The new editions of the book have been printed indicating the popularity of the book with teachers and trainers.

For example a page of the book has the following three tips.

-Continue to read aloud to students – no matter how old they are.
-Teach basic school survival skills such as memory aids, test taking techniques, note-taking skills, and proof-reading tips. These skills help set up students for success.
-Celebrate success – even little ones! Encouragement is never wasted.

If the book is seen as a compilation of ideas, advices and inspirational quotes and teachers convert them into practical work and strategies, the book can be useful for the teachers. For motivational training of teachers, the book can be good.

This book is a great one for teachers to have on their shelves. The book is categorized and contains some timeless tips that will always be important in the teaching profession.  The teachers who have proved their effectiveness will feel reassured that they are on the right track after reading the book.

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