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Educator Kent Willis has written a new book, “Teaching 42+.”

In the book, Willis shares teaching ideas and experiences from over 42 years of teaching eighth grade and high school in Humboldt County. He has also taught workshops in math and drug education at Humboldt State University, Shasta Junior College and the Humboldt County Office of Education and has coached basketball and track and worked as athletic director and vice principal.

Over the years, Willis says he went from graphing algebraic equations on a chalkboard to graphing on a white board using his laptop and Promethean software in a brand-new school. In his book, he offers ideas for discipline, class organization techniques and suggestions for science experiments. One chapter includes anecdotes from years of basketball trips. He also explains a campus improvement project and art projects that were undertaken by him and his students.

While teaching, Willis continued his professional education, including earning two master’s degrees and a doctorate. These efforts led him to write an invertebrate tidepool text that facilitated beach field trips, design a computer lab used by grades five through eight and research a method that improved student learning in Algebra I.

“Teaching 42+” (self-published) can be purchased at the Booklegger, 402 Second St., Eureka. It sells for $14.95.

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