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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Beginner's Mind: From Shipyard to Harvard Yard: Embracing Endless Possibilities by M.B. McLatchey is an engaging and thought-provoking book that tackles the topic of teaching from the perspective of a ten-year-old. The author's reflections and observations as a ten-year-old and how years later, teacher Katherine Arthur Dunning, Miss D to her students, still left a spark in her mind as a beginner is spoken of throughout the book. The classroom stories shared are an eye-opener to readers and show how the teacher gives prime importance to teaching a child in body, mind, and spirit. The fourth-grade classroom scenes on how a teacher in a shipyard town in New England introduces her students to many opportunities while teaching and guiding them gives a peek into how daily lessons can be held, and how a teacher's love plays a key role when it comes to the growth of a child.
Beginner's Mind is refreshingly original and I like the way the author has tackled the subject, making it interesting to readers. Every chapter has a new story to tell that offers parents and tutors different ways to encourage children to enjoy learning new things. M.B. McLatchey is very expressive on the subject and Miss D's notes at the beginning of each chapter give readers insights into the various ways of her knowing her students. The book is also a good way to see what teaching looks like, and in what way teachers should inspire, educate, and guide children without making learning cumbersome for them.