Rhonda reminds us that we teach
even as we are being taught—in our everyday contacts with others.
Using common sense and insightful scenarios and exercises, she
nudges us toward the person, the student, and the teacher we are
meant to be. – Sharon K. Garner, Five Star Expressions, Author,
This is an unusual book: it
promises to lead you to learn your way to total fulfillment! Based
on her personal experiences, the author guides us to define our role
as students and as teachers. There is a motivational undertone to
it: we are urged to reawaken aspirations and to take control over
our own future and become what we were meant to be! But this is also
a practical book and we are not left alone in the process of
self-discovery. The 7 simple principles come accompanied with
practical exercises to assist us on the journey. Recommended reading
for personal development and particularly for all helpers of adults.
– Dr. Loida C. Válezquez, University of Tennessee, Assistant Adjunct
Professor of Adult Education
What a treat I had reading every
word of Teaching Common Sense. Even these "old eyes"
discovered many in-depth ideas and knowledge that I wished I could
have shared with my students during my teaching years. In
fact, any reader, not only educators, will find many ideas which can
help them learn how to live a more productive, successful, and
purposeful life. Truly, Teaching Common Sense is for
everyone! - Mrs. Vera Isbill, Retired High School Educator, Greene
County (Tennessee) School System
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Wow, Worth the effort!, August 15, 2005
I am Chairman and CEO of a US company. I am also a voracious reader.
I must admit to being really surprised. Pleasantly so! Anybody with
the guts to suggest they are going to teach me common sense after
all my years ...or at least teach me how to apply common
sense...well, she must have known my grandfather!
The acknowledgements scared me at first. It sounded like it was
going to be a very academic read, though it has a "Common Sense"
title. Don't worry, it is not. But you will learn that the author
certainly built her common sense on many well-grounded theories and
brilliant scientists that came before her. Without giving anything
away I would mention that the simple pie chart at the end of that
section thankfully renewed my expectation of a straight-forward and
This book had some of the "ahas" that I got from reading Echart
Tolle, but in the end it made me work harder than Tolle did, and I
certainly learned more about myself than I ever expected. It was
actually a great follow-up to "The Power of Now" for me in fact. The
author may not have Tolle's reputation, but she has the same common
sense! (I suppose it is not the author's fault that Oprah hasn't
discovered her yet.) Early in the book I saw that she intended to
take on the challenge of explaining to me why we humans are here. I
thought: "Now that's a very ambitious task for an author I've never
read." She actually did it, and did it well. And her perspective
doesn't require you to be a Christian, Muslim, Creationist,
Darwinist, or any other label. You just have to be human.
This should be a 'must read' for all teachers or would-be teachers.
My advice to other possible readers would be this. If you are
willing to apply yourself by reading and working through the
personal exercises provided in the book - (don't worry they are not
strenuous)- you will be amazed at what you discover about yourself.
I was. And I am still learning ...and teaching...which was, by the
way, the point. Read it!