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Friday, July 27, 2007

Mystery Woman Identity Revealed

Talladega City Schools is pleased to reveal the identity of the recently posted MYSTERY WOMAN, Dr. Barbara Blackburn. She is our keynote speaker for the beginning of school Institute to be held at Talladega High School on August 6th.

Barbara is the author of two books, Classroom Instruction from A to Z and Classroom Motivation from A to Z. As you can see from the comments below, Dr. Blackburn has touched many educators across the country with her presentations, books, and passion for teachers. She believes that teachers are the key to student success.


This book is uplifting and encouraging. This author has been in the trenches, has faced the same challenges as the reader, and has practical solutions based on first-hand experiences. Frank Buck, Principal, Talladega, AL

I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I enjoyed reading your book on classroom motivation. I have recommended it to my staff and plan to get it for my leadership team before the year ends. I truly appreciate the story of your journey and the ideas you shared that were personal and also those from folks who are serving in classrooms. I also appreciate that fact that you shared student reflections because we can never forget they are why we do what we do. I look forward to your future books and to hearing you speak again, hopefully soon. Be well and keep up the great work! Rita Mantooth, Greenville Public Schools, Greenville, SC

I was very impressed with the workshop on motivating teachers. I felt your presentation was relaxed, non-threatening to participants and full of ideas to use in classrooms. You interacted with participants, answered questions, gave time for interaction and kept the workshop moving along. I cannot wait to work out a date for you to come work with our teachers. You have a wealth of information to offer that is practical and useful. George E. York, Principal, Ohio

Barbara Blackburn's book is a compendium of current research, shared stories, excellent advice, thought-provoking questions, and a common-sense approach to motivating students. This deceptively simple book is a straightforward look at teaching that should be required reading for every education major. Buy it as a gift to inspire a new teacher or as an affirmation to a veteran. It is absolutely wonderful. Debbie Silver, Ed.D, author of Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers

Classroom Motivation is a fabulous book. Even though it is aimed at the traditional classroom education setup, I've been making good use of it for my 'online classroom'. In particular, with the way I create my e-learning tutorials. I may not be able to see my 'students', but at least I know that the training material they are using is top-notch! Also, I am Home Schooling my 12 year old daughter, which is an exciting challenge for the both of us. Your book is proving extremely helpful for this situation too. Barry G. Galvin, Content Consultant

This was a GREAT book! I only wish I had it in my hands on the first day of school. Amanda Markley, First Year Social Studies Teacher, Kennedy Middle School, North Carolina

I love the book and am particularly drawn to how easy it is to use and apply in a variety of situations and circumstances. The examples, advanced organizers, references and positive viewpoints are right in line with the needs of busy educators from all levels. My sticky notes continue to emerge from points throughout the text. A great source that is never too far from my desk or briefcase. Thanks Barbara!! Mike McElrath, Jamestown Public Schools, New York



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