The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide

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An inspiring handbook, enthusiastically embraced by teachers; with a new chapter

Every teacher can be a passionate teacher-one who engages young people in the excitement of learning and ideas-if teaching is not undermined by the ways we "do business" in schools. The Passionate Teacher draws on voices, stories, and successes of teachers in urban, suburban, and rural classrooms to help you become, and remain, a passionate teacher despite the obstacles. This edition includes a new ...

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Overview

An inspiring handbook, enthusiastically embraced by teachers; with a new chapter

Every teacher can be a passionate teacher-one who engages young people in the excitement of learning and ideas-if teaching is not undermined by the ways we "do business" in schools. The Passionate Teacher draws on voices, stories, and successes of teachers in urban, suburban, and rural classrooms to help you become, and remain, a passionate teacher despite the obstacles. This edition includes a new chapter for teachers beginning their careers

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."A deeply felt meditation on the vital role of passion in good teaching . . . stuffed with . . . samples, stories, interviews with good teachers, lists of things to try. . . . Fried writes about education with passionate, engrossing pragmatism. As a teacher, perhaps the highest compliment that I can pay this book is that I'm planning right now to try out some of its suggestions." —Anthony Rotundo, The Washington Post

"Convinces us of the value of passion by actually taking us into classrooms where teachers dissolve student disinterest not with 'tricks' but rather with an authentic commitment to what and who they are teaching." —Teacher Magazine

"A superb book, better than any other of its kind." —Seymour Sarason, author of Teaching as a Performing Art

"My ideal of a 'how-to' book." —From the foreword by Deborah Meier, author of The Power of Their Ideas

"The best blend of theory and practice I've found. My colleagues and I use it in workshops for new and veteran teachers, and as a cornerstone of a new master's program. The new chapter is an exciting addition to an already great book." —Randy Wisehart, high school teacher and college instructor, Earlham College

"A marvelous book. I'd like to put a half dozen copies in my teachers' lounge!" — Lawrence Bickford, math and computer science teacher, Hopkinton School, Contoocook, New Hampshire

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807031438
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 152,122
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Fried is author of The Passionate Learner and associate professor of education at Northeastern University. He works with teachers in schools around the country, and lives in Concord, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Prelude: The Art of Engaging Young Minds 1
1 Passionate Teaching 11
2 The Context of Passion 30
3 A Passion for Content 51
4 Designing a Unit 70
5 The Greatest Obstacle We Face 91
6 Opening Up the Dialogue 106
7 More Ways to Change the Game of School 119
8 Discovering a Stance 133
9 How a Stance Evolves 148
10 Putting Your Stance into Practice 160
11 Some Thoughts About Classroom Discipline 176
12 A Passion for Excellence 189
13 The Practice of Excellence 197
14 The Parent's Perspective: What Is My Kid Actually Learning? 216
15 Dissecting the Course - and Resurrecting It 229
16 Rounding Out the Course 243
17 Grading for Excellence 254
18 What to Do Next Monday 268
19 Is Passionate Teaching for New Teachers, Too? 277
Acknowledgments 309
Index 311
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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    A must read for veteran and new teachers alike!

    This book really inspires you to think outside of the box and think about what a teacher needs to do to spark the desire for his/her students to want to learn and ask for more, despite what any laws or school board mandates a teacher must do in a short school day. This book gives a great perspective into a teacher's life and a puts a new dance in your step to push forward and reclaim or maintain your passion for teaching.

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