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$7.99 on Kindle, $19.99 in paperback

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A paperback and Kindle e-book, available now on Amazon.  Written with the beginning teacher in mind, this book tells the lessons the author wished he had as a beginning teacher. Over the course of 230 pages, the author describes mistakes made and lessons learned.

Reviewers describe the book:

“An excellent book. One thing that I love about you, and the things that you share, is that you were a science teacher, but you also taught journalism.  Journalism and science is such an exciting mix to be combined.”-Vicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher) http://www.bamradionetwork.com/feeds/WECM.Dunnan.mp3

“A nice, easy read. I love hearing these stories. (The book gives) a really nice foundation for young teachers.”- Dr. Rod Berger, www.coreofeducation.com

“What’s it really like to be a teacher?  If only it was just about teaching content and enjoying kids. But it isn’t and it’s complicated.  Dana Dunnan tells it like it is as he describes his 26 years in the classroom.  Notes to a New Teacher: A Not-For-Dummies Guide for Beginning Teachers is a realistic look at life in the trenches giving new teachers perspective, support, and ideas to avoid the many pitfalls they will face.  Veteran teachers will identify with the frustrations and challenges Dunnan experienced and root for him to overcome them.”-Judy McKee, NSTA Reports, http://www.nsta.org/docs/NSTAReportsJan14EntireIssueFinal.pdf

“As I read Notes to a New Teacher: A Not-for-Dummies Guide for Beginning Teacher, I felt like I had found a kindred spirit. The book is written in a conversational tone, as if Dunnan was sitting down with you for a few hours to chat about teaching.

“Dunnan covers the most critical topics for new teachers: the first day of school, assessments, and dealing with students, colleagues and parents. This is not new territory for books on teaching, of course, but his advice carries the weight of wide ranging experience and is delivered in a way most teachers can easily absorb.”- Tom DeRosa, http://www.teachforever.com/

“(F)illed with lots of great tips for new teachers from a seasoned veteran teacher.

“(I)nsights in how to support his students in many ways, and how to view students as individuals rather than simply vessels to fill with information.

“This book was entertaining as well as informative.

“A great addition for any new teacher’s library. Many of the tips can be used from the first day of teaching.” – Science Books & Films, January 2014

“There’s a lot of humor in the book”- Judy Simpson, WCAX-TV

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I did an eight minute interview March 14 with Neal Charnoff on Vermont Public Radio about new teachers, unions, testing, and the Common Core:


John Wooden

John Wooden

Glenn Seaborg

Glenn Seaborg

The book describes the author’s interactions with a diversity of people over the course of his career.  Among the recognizable names are basketball coach John Wooden, union activist and educational visionary Albert Shanker,  nationally known sportswriter Bob Ryan, and Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg.

While the author began as a high school chemistry teacher, he would later teach physics, physical science, English and journalism. He also worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a teaching practitioner, helped Massachusetts develop curriculum frameworks and accompanying assessment, and designed curriculum materials used in chemistry classrooms internationally.

Notes to a New Teacher uses a conversational writing style intended to engage and entertain the reader. The book includes 110 footnotes, which include references to articles and books, as well as humor that didn’t make the cut to be in the text.  Also included are 20 photos, charts and diagrams.

Notes to a New Teacher was produced to be sold as inexpensively as possible. The paperback is available on amazon for $7.99 plus shipping and handling.  The kindle edition is available on amazon for $1.99.  If you prefer the traditional bricks-and-mortar bookstore, they can order it for you.  For a great independent bookstore, I recommend, and Dan Brown would concur, Water Street Books in Exeter, New Hampshire.

If it helps even one teacher, it will have met its goal.

Albert Shanker

Albert Shanker

12 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hey Dana…saw your mention in UNH mag then looked you up on Amazon and came here. Looking well after all these years. My best wishes. Bruce Corson ’74 Chemistry & Lord Hall.

  2. I’m unsure if this will go in the right place, but hello! This is Shera from The Freighthouse. If you could email me or reply to this before Saturday, Dana, I would really appreciate it; I don’t quite have adequate directions to the July 5th party. 😦

    (Feel free to delete this later. Thanks for the invitation, I just need concrete directions! 🙂 )

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