By Robert L. Fried
Each instructor can be a passionate teacher—one who engages children within the pleasure of studying and ideas—if educating weren't being undermined by means of the methods we "do company" in faculties. The Passionate instructor attracts at the voices, tales, and luck of lecturers in city, suburban, and rural study rooms to supply a advisor to changing into, and last, a passionate instructor regardless of day by day hindrances. a brand new afterword speaks to the precise demanding situations dealing with first-year academics. "Convinces us of the worth of ardour by means of really taking us into study rooms the place lecturers dissolve pupil disinterest now not with 'tricks' yet quite with an real dedication to what and who they're teaching." —Teacher journal "A deeply felt meditation at the very important function of ardour in solid educating . . . full of . . . samples, tales, interviews with reliable academics, lists of items to attempt. . . . Fried writes approximately schooling with passionate, engrossing pragmatism." —Anthony Rotundo, The Washington publish "An inspiring examine a number of the most sensible in our career, functional feedback, even insights into the ruts into which we sometimes fall. it is a exceptional booklet. i might prefer to positioned a half-dozen copies in my academics' lounge!" —Lawrence Bickford, math and computing device technological know-how instructor, Hopkinton tuition, Contoocook, New Hampshire "This is a ebook choked with information, the particular tales, the tradeoffs and compromises, the breakthroughs that make educating important. it truly is my excellent of a 'how-to' book." —Deborah Meier, writer of the facility in their principles
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I write as one who has faced the everyday challenges of being a student, parent, teacher, principal, university professor, school board member, bureaucrat, consultant to teachers and to school systems, and taxpaying citizen. I think all of them need to be invited into the conversation if teaching and learning are to improve significantly. During the several years I have spent putting this book together, my optimism about the teaching profession has grown. In school after school, spurred on by good news and bad, I see teachers breaking out of the constraints that have confined their spirits, isolated them, and depressed their passions.
A philosophical or moral treatise on the aesthetics of teaching? Am I seeking only those who have energy for new challenges and approaches? Or am I just as devoted to those who have been "burned" before by promoters of sure-fire solutions to the real dilemmas that teachers face each day? And what about parents, board members, and other citizens who are part of the growing public concern about education in our societyis it for them too, or only for those working inside schools? I want to write for all these audiences.
The Stance looks at what it means to prepare ourselves intellectually and emotionally to face the students who wander into class each day, and it looks at student discipline with a view to helping teachers and students develop a higher level of mutual respect (and have more fun in the bargain). The Student discusses what we might expect our young people to actually know and do in our classes and how teachers and parents can inspire students to do their best work. The Course tries to nail down the practical steps to setting higher standards, organizing an entire course around its es- Page 6 sential elements, and developing a grading system that puts teacher and students on the same side in the pursuit of high quality work.
The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide by Robert L. Fried