The Tao of Teaching: The Ageles Wisdom of Taoism and the Art of Teaching

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The Tao of Teaching is for teachers, parents, and any others who are looking for a book of wisdom on how to deal with people, especially children, in a learning environment. The Tao of Teaching is written in the same style as the Tao Te Ching, and gives examples from the classrooms of three present-day teachers whom the author feels embody Taoist wisdom and "student-centered" educational methods. The Tao of Teaching is a labor of love, containing many important insights by a talented and respected professional ...

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Overview

The Tao of Teaching is for teachers, parents, and any others who are looking for a book of wisdom on how to deal with people, especially children, in a learning environment. The Tao of Teaching is written in the same style as the Tao Te Ching, and gives examples from the classrooms of three present-day teachers whom the author feels embody Taoist wisdom and "student-centered" educational methods. The Tao of Teaching is a labor of love, containing many important insights by a talented and respected professional whose emphasis is on the students' contribution in a learning environment, whatever the context.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 81 brief applications of the ancient Chinese wisdom of the Tao Te Ching to a contemporary public-school setting (at primary, middle and high-school levels), Nagel joins other interpreters who have discerned its relevance in many aspects of living. The reader's skepticism about the plausibility of Taoism in hectic urban classrooms is kept at bay by the author's introduction of three perspicacious teacher-practitioners whose unassuming individualism somehow establishes an egalitarian learning environment for each child. A devotee of Taoism and supervisor of student teaching at California State Polytechnic Univ. at Pomona, Nagel highlights fundamental verities whose rediscovery should encourage burdened teachers. (Dec.)
Booknews
Nagel (education, California State Polytechnic University- Pomona) follows the structure and the philosophy of Lao-tzu's popular book of wisdom in its 81 chapters, each of which elucidates a useful principle for educating youth. Paper edition (415-X), $10.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452280953
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 793,197
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    For Teachers this is key!!

    This is a great book especially for those aspiring to become teachers. It links the teaching of lao Tzu in a way that is universal and gives factual evidence how it contributes not only to the teachers but to students. I also believe it helps teachers find their niche and style of teaching because it touches on all aspects of teaching from formal to informal and from kindergarten to college graduate. I believe there isn't one teacher that can say they havent use'd any of the techniques associated with the ones found in this book.

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