June 30, 2006
University of Maine at Fort Kent Professor of Education Dr. Terry L. Murphy recently had an essay published in a book entitled Teaching with Care: Cultivating Personal Qualities That Make a Difference. This book is being published by the International Reading Association, a prestigious publisher of professional materials in the fields of reading and literacy.
The collection of essays, which appears in the publication, focuses attention on the teacher and the personal qualities of the teacher that make a difference in a classroom. Often, teachers' personal qualities are overlooked when attempting to determine student success in classrooms, when, in fact, the teacher's personal qualities may be the very reason for the success.
Thirty-three essays appear in this publication with contributions by some well respected individuals in the fields of literacy and reading. Indeed, there is something for everyone in this publication: experienced and inexperienced teachers, administrators, parents, education majors, college professors.
I was honored to have been asked to contribute to this publication. At the time I was asked, I knew there would be other contributors, but, until I saw the publication page proofs, I had no idea it was such a distinguished group. Included are some of the most eminent names in the international field of literacy. The collection of essays is thought provoking, and I believe it is important that it offers no answers but poses only questions. Indeed, this is a refreshing diversion from the mainstream of traditional practice, said Dr. Murphy.
The book was scheduled to be published on June 28.