Saturday, September 15, 2012

What is Middle Schoolin' about?

Middle Schoolin'
Middle Schoolin'

Middle Schoolin' is about the challenges, humor, and rewards of teaching, as well as classroom tragedies and successes, that take place in inner city public schools. In this book there are 50 vignettes that describe human-interest, real-life situations experienced by two Los Angeles middle school teachers.

Based on interactions with students, parents, and other education professionals, the stories both educate and entertain and include anecdotes that are humorous, sad, tragic, hopeful, uplifting, and thought-provoking. The vignettes reveal the day-to-day challenges that teachers face and the rewards that are often bestowed as a result.

From the knife-toting male to the watch-swiping student, and to the late-to-class-again girls, this collection provides a glimpse into the modern-day classroom. Addressing valuable moments in teaching, Middle Schoolin’ opens the classroom doors to provide an insight into the human element of education.

There are five thought-provoking questions for each chapter. These questions are designed to stimulate discussion and for teachers to reflect on their own philosophies of education and teaching practices. The questions promote higher level thinking and include references to the works of: Freud, Piaget, Skinner, Vygotsky, Dewey, Freire, etc. and theories such as: constructivism, cognitivism, humanism, behaviorism, etc. The questions can be found at:

Middle Schoolin' has gotten lots of positive reviews from our colleagues as well as from many education professors for being reader-friendly. The book can easily be read a chapter a day or in one or two sessions if one chooses.

I would greatly appreciate it if you would forward this information to a colleague, friend or anyone who can use it.

BONUS: This book contains 25 Teaching Strategies!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My COMPUTeachER, The Computer Book for Everyone

My COMPUTeachER, is my fourth book, and is the collection of lessons I've put together to teach my computer class. From computer basic concepts to online collaboration, and from basic drawing to movie editing, this book provides an insight to a wide variety of computer programs.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Turning Point, Free Education for the Willing

Turning Point is my third book, co-authored with my good friend and colleague Chuck Wong. This is an inspirational story of a middle school student who goes from careless and low-achiever to Valedictorian. Read how the tough events that almost took his life brought him back to change it, as well as his school culture.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Deja de fumar, Un cigarrillo a la vez

Deja de fumar, es mi segundo libro, y surgió como un deseo de ayudar a las personas a abandonar el cigarrillo, una adicción muy difícil de dejar. Comparto algunos de los retos de fumar cigarrillos, los beneficios de dejar de fumar, así como de la posible tragedia que puede resultar al no dejar de fumar. He desarrollado un método exitoso para dejar de fumar sin el uso de drogas o productos químicos, que me funcionó la primera vez. Este no es un método aburrido para dejar el cigarrillo. Deja de fumar es una historia de lecciones de la vida, motivación, retos, metas, determinación, y éxito.

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Kick Smokin', One Butt at a Time

Kick Smokin', my second book, came about as a desire to help people quit smoking. I share some of the challenges of smoking cigarettes, the rewards of quitting, as well as the possible tragedy that can result if one doesn't quit smoking. I developed a successful method to quit smoking without the use of drugs or chemicals, which worked for me the first time. This is not a boring, step-by-step method, to quit smoking. Kick Smokin' is a story about life lessons, motivation, challenges, goals, determination, and success.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Middle Schoolin', 50 Stories about the Challenges, Humor, and Rewards of Teaching

Middle Schoolin' is my first book, co-authored with my good friend and colleague Frank Palacio. As teachers we shared stories about our school experiences and discussed many incidents that occurred in our classrooms. We decided that publishing some of them might have both educational and human-interest value. Our stories are based on our interactions with students, parents, and other education professionals.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

My Books

Dear Reader,

I have written two books (Kick Smokin' and My COMPUTeachER) and co-authored two books (Middle Schoolin' and Turning Point). To explore what each book has to offer, I invite you to visit my site:

Have a wonderful day!

Paul Rallion