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NEW BOOK on Teaching and Education Co-Authored by Garifuna Educator Frank Palacio (UPDATE–Interview with co-author)

Middle Schoolin' BOOK COVER

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  1. March 27, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Tio thanks for posting this here. This means a lot to me. Frank Palacio is my brother. His book is a great read. When you purchase it you will enjoy reading the stories. You will be happy you bought it and be proud as well. Check out their website http://www.middleschoolin.com

    • March 27, 2010 at 12:31 am

      No problem Angela Palacio. Upon reading about the book, i Frank Palacio’s ‘Middle Schoolin’ book, I thought it would be helpful to post onto this blog, so a few weeks ago…i posted the information.

      Hope that it is helpful.

      -Tio Teo

  2. Sue Cella
    March 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    This book touches on the sensitive nature of relationships between teenagers and teachers in the educational relationship.
    Moments of blatant honesty regarding teachers’
    frustrations and imperfections expresses the human condition. Enjoy a little slice of life.

    • March 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for commenting on the new book, “Middle Schoolin’ ” Sue Cella. I hope to have an update regarding the book on this blog post soon. I am in touch with co-author Frank Palacio and should be able to provide a bit more substance regarding this book.

      Your insight regarding “Middle Schoolin’ ” is welcome, Sue Cella.

      -Tio Teo

  3. john mcburns
    March 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Middle Schoolin is a must read for every teacher k-12.
    I stumbled across the book after first visiting the website, http://www.middleschoolin.com. I am a parent of a middle school student, and so the information about the book and its title appealed to me instantly. I ordered the book and read it. I enjoyed it, very, very much. I have a new found appreciation for teachers! I will certainly recommend this book to all my parent and teacher friends. Good job, Mr. Palacio and Mr. Rallion.


    Mr. McBurns

    • March 30, 2010 at 5:13 am

      Thank you so much for writing about the book, ‘Middle Schoolin’ ” John McBurns! Glad to read that you found the book informative and insightful. Hopefully notes like yours will encourage more people to seek out the book ‘Middle Schoolin’.

      Tio Teo

  4. Henrice
    March 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Middle Schoolin has come at the perfect time. It is funny and sometimes sad, but very real. It is an excellent resource for any one who deals with young people. Most of all it makes you appreciate teachers, coaches, counselors, therapists even parents because our students go through so much and sometimes when they act out it, it is a cry for help. Thank God for teachers like Mr. Palacio and Mr. Rallion who are really thoughtful and caring and professional. They make good role models and now good story tellers. I give it a perfect socre!

    • March 30, 2010 at 5:15 am

      Thanks so much for writing about the book, “Middle Schoolin” Henrice! It’s my hope that notes like yours will encourage people interested in the subject matter to buy and read the book.

      Tio Teo

  5. Elsie Felix-Edmunds
    March 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    As one of the people who knew Mr. Palacio when the only person in his home who answered to Mister was his Dad, I am so proud to see what he has done with his talents & his dedication to his students & his profession. I have watched him promote this book & have been impressed but if any of you have seen his Mom showing off his work, he has nothing on her. She is good. Thanks brother for being a role model for the young men who are coming up & for taking the time to share your experiences with the rest of us.
    Please buy his book; Belize, Yarborough “Yabra” needs a reminder that some great people came out of our community & if you have any change left over, please buy a second copy & donate it to our schools in Belize.

    • March 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you so much for writing Elsie Felix-Edmunds.

      -Tio Teo

  6. Carolyn
    March 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Although, “Middle Schoolin'” includes 50 stories, they are 50 very amazing short stories, which will not require alot of your time. Interesting reading and incredible discoveries of how some middle school students behave and how teachers, such as, Palacio and Rallion, have to function day by day. Some humor and some sadness are included. Have your tissue box on hand when reading the “Tragedies and Sadness” part. Some of those stories will probably make you shed a few tears. Excellent book for aspiring and new middle school teachers;possibly for high school teachers as well. Great insight of knowing what to expect, how to handle certain situations and what to do and not to do. Highly recommend college/university professors to add as your assign/supplementary reading to your secondary teaching method classes. Some great discussions and alternatives of handling certain situations can come out of reading “Middle Schoolin'”. Great for teachers’ reading groups. Don’t miss out! Get your book today, if you haven’t already.
    Carolyn Henley-Johnson

    • March 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks so much for writing about the book, “Middle Schoolin’ ” Carolyn.

      -Tio Teo

  7. Tim Palacio
    March 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I just recently completed my copy of this extremely relevant and entertaining book. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately went to my local library and asked them to get it so that others may get a chance to enjoy it as much as I did. I plan to do the same with the three other libraries that I am a member of as well as recommend it to all my colleagues.

    This book deals with everyday themes that teachers wrestle with all the time like how to deal with students that steal something which does not belong to them or how to interact with parents, and administrators. I especially enjoyed the last story written by Frank -Vincent the Invincible. Frank was able to portray with sensitivity the impact a student (who through no fault of his own was different from other students) had on the others in his class and how he did not let his circumstance keep him from aspiring to attain his full potential as a human being.

    As a substitute teacher in California it gave me a tremendous amount of tools to use with students particularly in Middle School. It also helped me to better understand what my son went through in attending middle school in California. I found the moral of each story to be extremely helpful in attaining further insight into the reflection of the authors. The teaching strategies section was also invaluable in providing practical tips that can be used by any teacher as he/she enters the classroom. In addition the glossary was also extremely useful in understanding terminology used by the teaching profession in California.

    This book is inspirational and I encourage all students of human behavior to read it because it has something in it for everyone. They will gain something that they can use in whatever profession they are a part of.

    • March 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks so much for writing on the book, “Middle Schoolin’ ” Tim Palacio. I am actually waiting to hear from co-author Frank Palacio regarding his book, so I can update this blog post with a bit more substance.

      -Tio Teo

  8. March 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Here is a comment on the book from ELIA ROSE that was mistakenly placed on the ABOUT section of this blog.

    It was written/submitted on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 9:26pm.


    Hi Tio, Teo,

    I like your name and it rhymes perfectly. Anyhow, I wanted to comment on the book you featured on your website. “Middle Schooling”, the book co authored by Garifuna Frank Palacio.

    I read the book and I would recommend this book because it is easy to read, the stories are short, precise and to the point and there is no long drawn out story lines.

    You can relate to a lot of the stories and they bring back memories of when I was in middle school.

    When I started reading the book, I could not let it down because the stories were very interesting,funny and you just wanted to read to the very end.

    Thanks for featuring the book on your website and hope that many people find it entertaining as well as inspiring as I did.

    I am a garifuna from Belize and proud to be one living in the United States.

  9. Michael Fontaine
    March 31, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I was hesitant as to whether to teach at the middle school level. A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I ordered it. After reading it I made up my mind to apply for a middle school teaching position. This book made me feel as if I was in the classroom, teaching. I finished my teaching credential courses, but I feel this books goes beyond book theory and what-ifs. This is the real deal. Kudos to the authors!

    • April 1, 2010 at 12:53 am

      Thanks so much for writing about the book,”Middle Schoolin’ ” Michael Fontaine. It’s so wonderful to read of how helpful the book has been to potential teachers.

      -Tio Teo

  10. April 1, 2010 at 1:22 am

    This a great interview! I read the book and the short stories are very funny, but real. It deals with the everyday teaching strategies teachers have to deal with. I really love the relationship between Frank and his students and the lessons learned.

    An easy and entertaining read, you will like it too!!

    • April 1, 2010 at 1:26 am

      Thanks so much for commenting on the book, “Middle Schoolin’ ” Linda Crawford! Testimony like yours should help spread awareness of the book to people interested in the book, “Middle Schoolin’ ” ‘s subject matter.

      -Tio Teo

  11. Leslie Bernardez-Benedith
    April 1, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Sounds interesting. I will read it as soon as I finish reading “Moral Intelligence of Children.”

    • April 1, 2010 at 8:56 am

      Thanks for writing of your interest in the book, “Middle Schoolin’ ” Leslie Bernardez-Benedith! The book you are currently reading sure sounds intriguing. Hope it’s good.

      -Tio Teo

  12. Sara
    April 1, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Middle Schoolin’ is an excellent human interest book that will appeal to any reader. As a former middle school choral teacher, I found I can relate to the trials, tribulations, and hillarious truths lurking within the pages. Congratulations Mr. Palacio and Mr. Rallion for writing a book about your teaching experiences that will make the reader alternatively laugh hysterically, cry because of life’s occasional unfairness. You can palpably feel the authors’ pain when being challenged by certain boorish behavior on the part of some unruly students, but still sense the care and love they have for the job, and of course the students. All in all, this book is about real life and is written with simplicity, caring and humor. Thank you Mr. Teo Colon for featuring this wonderful book on your website!

    • April 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks for commenting on the book, “Middle Schoolin’ ” Sara! It sure is refreshing to read the perspective of someone who has read the book who IS a teacher and who can vouch for the authenticity of the book and its vantage point.

      -Tio Teo

  13. Ms. P
    April 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    As a new teacher at the middle school level, I can relate to many of these stories. This book is a great read for every teacher (new or seasoned) and parent. This book is like Chicken Soup for the Soul: Middle School Life. Best Wishes Mr. Palacio

    • April 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you so much for writing about the “Middle Schoolin’ ” book, Ms. P! It’s great hearing from middle school teachers who add their perspective and and properly evaluate Mr. Frank Palacio’s book.

      -Tio Teo

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