Why I Teach

Author: Esther Wright
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
ISBN: 9780761510994
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A collection of inspirational writings from teachers discuss the passion and true purpose of teaching, which can be lost among everyday distractions

Why I Teach

Author: Esther Wright, M.A.
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307561151
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A Celebration of the Power of Teaching There is a moment for most teachers when the lure of working with kids surpasses all logic: You know, you just know, that you are meant to teach. But in the day-to-day crush of details and bus duty, politics and paperwork, or kids without their homework for the eighth day in a row, life can erode passion and distract you from your sense of purpose. This collection of stories from teachers everywhere will remind you of those magic moments when a light goes on in the eyes of a child, when resistance breaks, when hearts connect—moments that make the challenges of teaching worth every second and remind you of why you are here in the first place. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Inspiration for Teachers

Author: Amy Newmark
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1611599660
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Teachers inspire students every day, and this new collection provides some much-needed inspiration for these dedicated educators. With great stories about teaching from teachers and stories of thanks from students, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers makes for a great teacher gift all year round! Teachers will love the book’s heartfelt, inspiring, and humorous stories from inside and outside the classroom. Stories from teachers and students about their favorite memories, lasting lessons, and unforgettable moments will uplift and encourage any educator.

Heart of a Teacher

Author: Paula J. Fox
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 160810043X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Heart of a Teacher is a celebration of thanks to the teachers of the world. The Heart of a Teacher is filled with inspirational stories and poems that reflect the hearts of teachers and their commitment to making a difference in each life they touch. Mac Anderson explains why he chose to publish this book: "Part of my intention in publishing our gift book for educators, Heart of a Teacher, was to honor the teachers who had made a difference in my life. Ms. Bridges, who taught me in the 4th grade, was amazing! She made learning so much fun and made all of us feel as though we could do anything we wanted to do. Years later, I still remember the impact she made on me as a young child."

The Inspirational Teacher

Author: Gary McGuey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317443489
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Become a teacher who truly inspires students to learn and grow! This bestselling book—from Routledge and Franklin Covey, the company that brought you The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People—is filled with practical and heartfelt advice that will resonate with teachers at all stages of their careers. The book will guide you through a simple four step process to building high-trust relationships and unleashing the greatness within all students. This timely new edition includes updated references and inspirational quotes throughout, as well as chapter reflection questions to help you make the most of what you read. In addition, several of the questionnaires and reflection tools from the book are also available on our website as free eResources, so that you can easily print and use them in your own classroom. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138906242.

The Learning Game

Author: Jonathan Smith
Publisher: Abacus
ISBN: 1405520000
Format: PDF, ePub
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We are all caught up in our children's lives. We all remember our own schooldays and, as parents, we watch anxiously as our children go through it. As we look at the world of teaching from the outside we wonder not only what is going on but what we can do to help. Jonathan Smith, a born teacher and writer, takes us on his personal journey from his first days as a pupil through to the challenges of his professional and private life on the other side of the desk. He makes us feels what it is like to be a teacher facing the joys and the battles of a class. How do you influence a child? He describes how you catch and stretch their minds. What difference can a teacher make, or how much damage can he do? Should clever pupils teach themselves? What works in the classroom world and what does not? And while influencing the young, how do you develop yourself, how do you teach yourself to keep another life and find that elusive balance? This is a compelling and combative story, warmly anecdotal in approach, yet as sharp in its views of the current debates as it is sensitive in its psychological understanding. From the first page to the last, and without a hint of jargon, this inspiring book rings true.

Drama High

Author: Michael Sokolove
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594632804
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Describes the astounding success of the theater program at Harry S Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania, under the direction of gifted teacher Lou Volpe.

The Emergency Teacher

Author: Christina Asquith
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1628733128
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Emergency Teacher is Christina Asquith’s moving firsthand account of her year spent teaching in one of Philadelphia’s worst schools. Told with striking humor and honesty, her story begins when the School District of Philadelphia, faced with 1,500 teacherless classrooms, instituted a policy of hiring “emergency certified” teachers to fill the void. Asquith, a twenty-five-year-old reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joined their untrained ranks. Assigned to a classroom known as “the Badlands,” she was told to “sink or swim.” More challenging than the classroom are the trials she faces outside it, including the antics of an overwhelmed first-year principal, the politics that prevent a million-dollar grant from reaching her students, and the administration’s shocking insistence that teachers maintain the appearance of success in the face of utter defeat, even if it means falsifying test scores. Asquith tells a classic story of succeeding against insurmountable odds. With a foreword by bestselling author Mark Bowden and an introduction by award-winning educator Dr. Harry K. Wong, The Emergency Teacher will inspire every teacher—be they first-timers or experienced professionals—to make a difference.

Up the Down Staircase

Author: Bel Kaufman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453256040
Format: PDF, ePub
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For every teacher fighting to make a difference—the timeless bestseller about the hope, heartache, and hilarity of working in the public school system. When Sylvia Barrett arrives at New York City’s Calvin Coolidge High, she’s fresh from earning literature degrees at Hunter College and eager to shape young minds. Instead, she encounters broken windows, a lack of supplies, a stifling bureaucracy, and students with no interest in Chaucer. Narrated in “an almost presciently postmodern style” through interoffice memos, notes and doodles, lesson plans, suggestion-box insults, letters, and other dispatches from the front lines, Up the Down Staircase stands as the seminal novel of a beleaguered American public school system perpetually redeemed by teachers who love to teach and students who long to be recognized (The New Yorker). Hailed as “the funniest book written in America since Catch-22,” Up the Down Staircase spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list, has been adapted for the stage, and was made into an award-winning feature film starring Sandy Dennis (New York Herald Tribune). It remains an essential and highly enjoyable read that will leave you laughing and shaking your head at the same time. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bel Kaufman including photos from the author’s personal collection.

The Freedom Writers Diary Movie Tie in Edition

Author: The Freedom Writers
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780767928335
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER & NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students–whose ranks included substance abusers, gang members, the homeless, and victims of abuse–Gruwell was the first person to treat them with dignity, to believe in their potential and help them see it themselves. Soon, their loyalty towards their teacher and burning enthusiasm to help end violence and intolerance became a force of its own. Inspired by reading The Diary of Anne Frank and meeting Zlata Filipovic (the eleven-year old girl who wrote of her life in Sarajevo during the civil war), the students began a joint diary of their inner-city upbringings. Told through anonymous entries to protect their identities and allow for complete candor, The Freedom Writers Diary is filled with astounding vignettes from 150 students who, like civil rights activist Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders, heard society tell them where to go–and refused to listen. Proceeds from this book benefit the Freedom Writers Foundation, an organization set up to provide scholarships for underprivieged youth and to train teachers