Book 1. What She Wrote: Back When The Earth Was Cooling
*** One reader, complimented Peggy on her stories and said “I never read fiction but I read your stories and really enjoyed them.”
*** A pastor expressed his amazement “That Peggy had written, with such insightfulness, about a divorced father but had not been divorced herself.”
The magic of “What She Wrote” is Peggy’s ability to have the reader feel the anxieties, emotional highs and lows and personal strengths of each main character, whether this be the lady caring for her mother-in-law who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease or the older lady living at the edge of poverty struggling to maintain her dignity or the young mother in Africa who dreams of owning a small business despite all odds.
These are the “real life” stories of a little girl living through*** Michael C.. an retired educator and Korean War veteran commented that “Teddy ‘N’ Me is a very important but rare book because it describes war from a civilian perspective.”
the bombing raids on London and a host of other war time difficulties.
*** Nadia E,, a former elementary school teacher, said “she found herself reading the book at two levels, some times emotionally being the little child in the middle of a horrific event and at other times being an empathetic adult witness to the child and her family. Teddy ‘N’ Me has much to offer readers of all ages."
Peggy Halstead was born Peggy Grace Collins in London, England on a mid August Thursday in 1938 less than 13 months before Britain declared war against Germany. She was a child of the war. Air raid sirens, Ack-Ack guns being fired, barrage balloons flying overhead, search lights probing the night sky, bombs being dropped nearby, twice being evacuated and her father being in service and away from home. These were her childhood realities. She spent countless hours, in the air raid shelter in her Nan Collins’s garden or having her afternoon naps in an indoor one.
MEET PEGGY HALSTEAD
In “TEDDY ‘N’ ME, The Blitz and other Childhood War Memories” she shares her childhood memories. After the war, she, like thousands of other children of the war tried to get on with life as best as they could. She completed secondary school, worked for the Bank of England and then British Overseas Airways Corporation known, in jest, amongst the staff as (Better On A Camel). In 1963 she immigrated to Canada for a one year work term and 51 years later she is still there, married to David, mother of Neal and Sara, Nana to Nathaniel, Melissa, Anja, Isaac and Eden. She has 16 years experience as an elected public school trustee in two cities.
Her writings have included material for: Regional and National CBC Radio, Regina Leader Post, RCMP Quarterly, Peter Gzowski’s “About This Country in the Morning”, a number of other Canadian and United States publications and, most recently, Stuart McLean’s book “Time Now For The Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange”. In addition she has three film scripts to her credit.
Her travels have taken her to four of the five continents and she has lived in England, Canada and Ghana, West Africa.
It was during the past decade as she worked alongside David, as he probed the research on brain development including the role emotions play in childhood development, that she realized she had valuable stories to tell. Central to her stories are the war emotions of: terror, near constant fear, anger and uncertainty. She now understands the impact these emotions had on her very early childhood and how they still affect her even today.
Book 1. The Bully Around the Corner:
The Bully Around the Corner:
Changing Brains-Changing Behaviours
Bullying is a complex social-psychological problem that negatively impacts, psychologically and physically, little children in nursery school, students throughout the school system, adults in their workplace, our families and the community at large. Who are these bullies? What motivates them to be and remain bullies? To what degree are personality disorders a factor? What are the physical, psychological and financial costs of having bullies living amongst us? How many deaths have been caused by bullies? Why do some bullies survive and “thrive?” and others end up in jail?
The Bully Around the Corner answers these questions and others plus provides solutions. No punches are pulled.
Putting The Brain Into The Classroom:The brains of school age children are incredibly receptive to external stimulation. Their 100 Billion neurons survive and thrive by forming connections with other neurons, in other words, these brains are biologically driven to learn.
39 Brain Facts and 231 Teaching Strategies
Here are few basic brain facts:
All neurons are being used in some way. Some neural connections (synapses) are tentative but others which are used a great deal become fixed (hardwired) and efficient.
Most neurons form linkages with a 1000 or more neurons and a great many neural networks (memory systems) are composed of neurons from every region of the brain.
Neuroplasticity runs rampant in children’s brains.
Emotions pay a critical role in engagement and memory formation.
The AuthorDavid has had a varied professional education career working with Students, Teachers and Instructors/Professors in a range of schools, colleges, universities and countries. These include:
* Senior High School Physics, Mathematics Teacher and Counsellor,
* College Physics Instructor, Counsellor and Administrator of Student Services,
* International Education Development Officer in three countries,
* University Administrator.
* Co-founder, Researcher and Facilitator of Brain Power Learning Group
(Professional Development Workshops delivered throughout Canada, USA, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.)
*Author and Publisher of:
- Putting The Brain Into The Classroom: 39 Brain Facts and 231Teaching Strategies.
- Bully Around the Corner: Changing Brains-Changing Behaviours