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December 26, 2014

Over the past few years, I've received thousands of email messages about the ADPRIMA site on such topics as lesson planning, writing behavioral objectives, classroom management, home schooling, becoming a teacher and searching for a job. A few were very critical, but most were complimentary, and what a nice thing that is. I do appreciate very much when visitors, especially education students, take the time to make a comment. Below are a few I scrounged from emails I had not yet deleted. The identities and affiliations of the writers have been protected.

 

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Dr. Kizlik:

Thank you for providing this website for people who want to become teachers. You lay out so much information in a very readable and easy to understand format. There is no BS on your site. You are to be commended for this wonderful effort to be both realistic and inspiring at the same time. It was, and continues to be, an invaluable resource for me, and many of my friends. Rebecca.

Dear Bob, I wish to thank you for providing among  the best information I have ever read concerning Education. Realistic to the core. I am writing a book on Education  and while there are many studies on Teachers, you were by far the best. What a vast background in the field you have and you certainly deserve a lot of credit for your vast all-inclusive web site...I spent my life in teaching and hold academic degrees. What a refreshment to read you...Sincerely, Fran

Dear Dr. Kizlik,

 My name is Deb and I am working on my Master's in Teacher Education (Secondary). The class I am taking is all about writing lesson plans. However, the textbook for my class has not been helpful in promoting an organized, logical path to follow (I am being kind in my opinion).

 One of the assignments in my class was to research lesson plan websites; select three that I felt were helpful in writing lesson plans and submit them to my learning team leader along with a description of the site, listing advantages and benefits. There are five learning teams (4 to 5 in each group) in my class and each team submitted a final website project to the class. So, there are many good sites to choose from...but then I came across ADPRIMA!  And, WOW, I was blown away. Why?

It's
Thoughtful
Organized
Provided solid answers to all my questions (it answered the "why" aspect of  lesson planning.)
Superior in scope and depth  (you covered every item in lesson planning and provided steps to understanding which helped me build my very own plan)

Well written (easy to understand)
Organized (did I say that already!)
Worth the effort to read - you get to the point right away, and now--lesson planning makes sense!

I know you understand that students live on a budget and we wait patiently for our financial aid to hit the mailbox every semester. When that happens to me (very soon) I will be purchasing your books, CDs and whatever else I find on your website for my teaching library. (I see you write fiction - are you a former English major?)

Thank you so very much for the free access to your website. I have learned much over the past few days about your ADPRIMA system. Not only has your web site helped me, but two of my classmates found your site to be helpful in understanding and constructing lesson plans. We have valuable new tools (the right ones!) for understanding and developing lesson plans, because of you and free access to your site! Thanks!

Sincerely, and with many thanks, Debra

Good Afternoon Dr. Kizlik,

My name is Julie, and I have been back and forth for a while on going into education. I found your site during my search for more information, and thought it to be very informative. I just wanted to thank you for putting something like this out there. I am sure that I am not the only person who found it useful and eye opening. Thank you.

 Sincerely, 

Julie

I am completing a portfolio of work to be certified as a classroom teacher. One of the competencies to be included is if the student teacher understands effective use of classroom management and how to manage behavior. I noticed your website has a lot of useful information about this topic. Would it be alright with you to include some of your tips and guidelines in my paper so long as it is sourced? I wanted to take the appropriate legal action before proceeding further. Thank you for your time and consideration. David

I have recently enrolled as a student at a local university in an attempt to achieve my teaching goals. One of the classes that I am taking is research and writing. As you can expect, I must write several essays during this course. I have decided to write an essay on becoming a teacher. Our first assignment in this class is to go to a .com or .net website and research the author or web site creator for validity. I discovered your website while searching google.com for tips on becoming a teacher. Everything that I need for my assignment is there, from tips that you have written to links that I have found invaluable. Thank you so much! Michael

Dr. Kizlik,

My name is Tammy. I am currently in my last year of college, majoring in Elementary Education. I wanted to take a few moments to express my gratitude for your website, and to tell you how much help it has been in my preparation to become a teacher. I plan on using the site long after I start my profession. I have found it so helpful that I forwarded it to all of my colleagues at school. Thank you again for your dedication towards helping others. Tammy

HI! I AM A NON NATIVE TEACHER, I'VE BEEN TEACHING THIS LANGUAGE FOR ONLY 2 YEARS LONG. I DECIDED TO STUDY THIS CAREER BECAUSE IT'S A FASCINATING MISSION IN MY LIFE. I VISIT THIS SITE SINCE LAST MONTH, I DISCOVERED IT AND I WANT TO SAY THAT IT IS THE BEST PLACE I'VE EVER FOUND, I RECOMMENDED IT TO MY COLLEAGUES BECAUSE IT'S A PLACE WHERE WE AS EDUCATORS CAN FIND MILLIONS OF IDEAS AND RESOURCES ON WHAT WE DO. IN FACT I'M TAKING NOW ON SATURDAYS A COURSE NAMED " ADVANCED ENGLISH FOR TEACHERS" AT ELT MEXICO, THAT IS FOCUSED ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE LANGUAGE AND THIS WEEK I'M FINISHING A COURSE NAMED "TEACHING ENGLISH TO CHILDREN: NEW DEVELOPMENTS ." YOUR SITE HAS BEEN A RELEVANT SITE FOR ME BECAUSE I CAN LOOK FOR LOTS OF TASKS AND THEN I CAN GIVE AND SHARE OPINIONS WITH MY CLASSMATES AND MY TEACHER...THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND CONGRATULATIONS... I WOULD LIKE YOU TO SEND ME INFORMATION VIA MAIL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Dear Dr. Kizlik,

Thank you very much for your very informative, excellently produced internet source/ for us, like myself, who are into pursuit of a truly SENSIBLE EDUCATION CAREER.

A note of appreciation and gratitude from the Philippines!

Respectfully,

Ellen

I loved your information and tips on lesson planning! I was wondering if you had anything similar regarding unit planning. I'm in the 1st phase of my working on my single subject English credential and I'm trying to write my very first unit plan. Any information you can send my way would be greatly appreciated. Robin

Thanks Dr. Bob Kizlik. I could not have accomplished such a good presentation without the help of your website. Thanks again. Janice

I am an assistant principal in California in charge of supervision of instruction, and was in search of a web site that I could use as a reference point for teachers at my school. I really enjoyed reviewing the wealth of information on your site, and will use it often as a recommendation to not only teachers but to fellow administrative colleagues as well. John

Just wanted to drop a note and say thanks, Adam.

A quick hello to say how much more that I appreciate the ADPRIMA website now that I am student teaching. I am finding the answers and links to every possible question and concern. Dawn

Thanks for your input on our "gifted" son's school issues. We are already working on a plan for next year. I don't think another year like this will do him any good academically or emotionally. It was nice of you to take time to share your thoughts. Dedra

I just want to let you know how amazing I think this website is for future teachers. I am going to be student teaching in the spring and am ecstatic that I accidentally found this website. Thank you so much for offering your guidance and knowledge to education students. Lisa

What a wonderful website! I must admit that I spend a whole lot of time being swallowed by waves as I "surf" the net. I'm a graduate student at Marymount University/Education and we are spending a substantial amount of time on the Internet doing research and looking for sites that would be helpful for all of us "wannabe" teachers. Part of our assignment is to find relevant websites and then share with the class. Your site was shared by one of my fellow students and I have to say it's, without a doubt, the most informative, interesting, resourceful and meaningful site yet.

You have my thanks.

Dear Sir,

I would like to thank you for making your opinions on home schooling available. I am a 27 year old mother of two children under 3. I live in South Carolina, where the public education system could not be much worse. Even though I have some time to make a decision, I am seriously leaning towards the option of home schooling. Your opinion was a welcome voice of reason. I find that many people take sides in an almost militant manner on this topic. I am blessed to be able to stay home full time. My biggest concern is where to start as far as curriculums. I do not even know where to begin. If you or anyone who may read this message can direct me to appropriate information, I would appreciate it .

I think your website is wonderful. Keep up the good work.

Can you tell me when you published the article "Connective Transactions - Technology and Thinking Skills for the 21st Century"?

I really enjoyed! It makes so much sense. I am just an ordinary elementary school teacher. You writing is very down to earth and, to my way of thinking, reaches a wider audience!

Respectfully, Mary

Hi,

I love your resource. I have found much of it useful. As a new teacher, I'm always looking to more experienced educators for ideas. As a Language Arts teacher for 8th grade, I'd love to see a link for that area/grade level. I've been sharing your ideas with my team in Science, Social Studies, and Math.

Thanx!!! Zaundre

I just wanted to tell you that your web site is excellent. As a mentor for a new teacher, I found the information helpful and useful to her as well as myself. It was clear and to the point. I hope to visit it again soon.

Joanne, Writing Teacher, Brooklyn, NY

Adprima Folks,

Thank you so much for this online resource for teachers. I can't tell you how much I appreciate its content -- especially from the vantage point of a student teacher.

I am currently enrolled in the Evergreen State College's Master in Teaching program: the information you've so kindly shared with the world will be appreciated by my co-learners, I'm sure.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. My future students will benefit from this site when I graduate 2 years from now. John, Olympia, WA

PS: GREAT site design and content. Surfing it was a true pleasure.

As a middle school principal, I find the information on your website to be extremely helpful as I work with teachers. In fact, I would like to use some of this information in a new "teacher guide" that I am preparing for my teachers when they return in the fall. What copyright restrictions, if any, are there on this material? May I use it if I quote the source?

Please clarify.

Thanks. Karen

I am studying to be a teacher and I love your site. Thank you! Thank you! Joanne

I am a classroom teacher with over 30 years experience as an elementary school teacher. Currently , I am a teacher on loan to our County Office of Education, working as a librarian, and I enjoyed reading you article "Strategic Teaching, Strategic Learning and Thinking Skills. I support your ideas and believe that it is the best way to keep our country strong....producing thinking educated students. It also has the most wonderful by-product, students who love to learn. May we link to your page? Carole

Dear Sir/Madam,

Congratulations and thank you for providing such a great site for teachers. I am a teachers from Singapore. I teach in an ordinary neighborhood school and am involved in teachers training too. I had found your site very useful and helpful in my work, especially those on teachers' training and methodology. I would like to know teachers involve in the same type of work I am involved in and have discussion with them on education. Thanks for a great site. John

Hello,

I am a future teacher who is beginning a second career. I have searched all over the web for the things you address on this site. I cannot tell you how much it has meant to me to find the information you have provided. Education classes do not prepare one for the things you attend to here. With this information I feel more confident entering a classroom. Thank you very much, D.M.

This site is great!!!! I actually learned more from this site than I have learned in any of my Ed. classes!!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise!! Melissa D.

Dr. Kizlik,

Thank you! This website has been a gift of clarity in the often confusing world of the teacher education program that I am currently in. I have passed this site onto many of my classmates as a resource. Jan, Bellingham Washington.

Hi Bob,

I'm teaching a preservice methods course in Social Studies at OISE/UT, Toronto, Ontario. I came across your reflection on teaching social studies and would love to share it with my students. Can I get your permission to print it in a class newsletter? Regards, Stephen

Bob,

I never thanked you for your detailed answer. I shared the information you provided with my colleagues at a meeting and they felt we were helped a great deal. We have rewritten a great many of the medical competencies to reflect your advice.

My problem is now coming up with an assessment tool for the doctors to evaluate our curriculum. If you have any direction for me, I am all ears. Thank you again. Christine

Dear Sir, I am currently working as a mentor to several new teachers. I found your site to be very helpful. I would like to distribute a copy of your web site to our staff. Since we have so many new teachers this year, I feel it would be a great benefit. Would that be possible? Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Vivian, NC

Tonight I discovered your work entitled "Definitions of Behavioral Verbs located at http://www.adprima.com/verbs.htm. I would very much like to distribute this to my middle grades methods students. Can I obtain your permission to do so? Thanks. Warren

As a professor charged with teaching General Methods, I have lately been very frustrated. Try as I may through direct instruction, modeling a constructivist approach, and creating a lesson plan template, my students have failed to grasp the importance of good objectives. When I speak with colleagues they too express frustration. Your web site is very helpful. We have recently gone to a lap top program with our Education majors and I will give them your URL the next time we meet.

Thank you for writing the web site in such a friend pre-service teacher way. I think many times they feel intimidated about lesson plan writing and your site is clear and concise.

Dr. Roxanne ...

Excellent site! You have clearly explained how to write a behavioral objective. I have never had the process explained to me in such an easy-to-understand manner. I appreciate your help! Laura

I want you to know that I stumbled upon this website, but it is a good one for me since this is my fourth year teaching. I believe I have printed all of the information and will read every bit of it. Thank you for taking the time to put this info on the web.

Sincerely, Dianna

Again, thanks for sharing the information and the links. What I have learned in the few hours of reading your writings has prepared me for the classroom to a greater extent than the university I can not name since, if somehow, someway, the cliquish clan of college professors knew I did not place them on a pedestal and worship their utterances I fear obstacles would be placed before me.

The Unnamed One

Hi! Just a note to let you know... WOW, I am impressed with your web site! I will pass it on to all the new educators I know! Thank goodness for people like you! RSW

Dear Dr. Kizlik,

I would like to thank you for providing such great information on classroom management for new teachers. I am currently in the process of my student initial teaching and I am excited that my dream to become a teacher is finally so close to becoming a reality. But like most, I am also nervous about how I will manage my classroom-and wonder if it will be effective while still providing a happy environment. I liked your matter of fact approach about feelings of inadequacy, which in my case is all to true. I definitely appreciate your efforts in providing this important information.

Thanks again! Lorena

Dr. Kizlik, I am prepping a distance learning course and wonder if you would allow me to use your DEARS survey. I would credit you on the page, etc. Brennis

A quick hello to say how much more that I appreciate the ADPRIMA web site now that I am student teaching. I am finding the answers and links to every possible question and concern. All is going well at the end of week one. Dawn

I would like to thank you for writing the guide, 'Effective Study Skills' (on the website, http://www.adprima.com/studyout.htm). This is an extremely helpful article and I was pleased while reading it. It was both encouraging and a relief for me to find such a detailed page on how to gain better study skills. Thanks again for all the useful tips and advice. Jane

I just wanted to thank you for the great website on lesson plans!!!! I am a graduate student in Riverside, Calif in education and need to make lesson plans. IT is all overwhelming and the website is very CLEAR!!! Thank you. Julie

Dear Dr. Kizlik:

While searching the FAU College of Education website I happened upon your site. In a word, it is "wonderful."

There are so many links and links to links, I'm afraid I may never get back to work. I have only browsed through a few of the topics but what I have seen is amazing. "Chthonica" in particular is unsurpassed for its insight and common good sense.

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your opinion on educational reform. It seemed to me I was a voice in the wilderness.

We label state and federal programs as "new and improved" and attach clever names and catch phrases to them. In the end we wind up with more bureaucratic red tape which, in my opinion, distracts from the work at hand...instilling solid pedagogical skills into our teacher candidates. Skills which make learning a joy for teachers and students.

I will now exit my soap box out of fear I will turn this kudos into a rant. Thank you for your contributions and I wish you well in your journey. Philip

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