Jay Davidson taught in San Francisco public schools from
1969 to 2003. He began at the junior high school level,
grades 7, 8, and 9. He began teaching in elementary schools
During his career,
Jay enjoyed working with other adults as well as children.
He was a mentor teacher for four years, working with new
teachers in the school district. He was also a master teacher,
working with student teachers from San Francisco State University
and the University of San Francisco.
working with parents, helping them to understand the importance
of their role in educating children. Parents are their children's
first, most important, and most consistent teachers.
In 1997, Jay
99 Ways to Guide Your Child to Success in School.
It covers the curriculum areas of reading, writing, listening
skills, math, science, social studies, and creative expression.
It also has information on cooperation with others, responsibility,
exercise and motor skills, health and diet, safety, and
parent involvement at school.
Jay wrote his
column for the Palo Alto Daily News on its
family page from 1998 - 2002. It also has begun to
appear in parenting publications around the United States.
In this column, he explains some of his educational ideas
in greater detail.
Your Children Well: A Teacher's Advice for Parents
began as a collection of Teacher Talk columns. It also has
more information - the kind of things that were too long
for newspaper columns, such as lists of typical spelling
words for kindergartners and first graders, collectible
authors, book titles, and other useful resources for parents.
When he retired from teaching, Jay was able to fulfill his
boyhood ambition of becoming a Peace
Corps Volunteer. He left San Francisco
in June, 2003 to live in Africa for two years. You can relive
his adventures via this website, where he posted weekly
during his Peace Corps service
contact Jay, write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org