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Each and every day teachers show up in their classrooms with a relentless sense of optimism. Despite the complicated challenges of schools, they come to and remain in the profession inspired by a conviction that through education they can move individuals and society to a more promising future. In "Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach" a diverse Each and every day teachers show up in their classrooms with a relentless sense of optimism. Despite the complicated challenges of schools, they come to and remain in the profession inspired by a conviction that through education they can move individuals and society to a more promising future. In "Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach" a diverse group of ninety teachers describe the complex of emotions and experiences of the teaching life - joy, outrage, heartbreak, hope, commitment and dedication. Each heartfelt commentary is paired with a cherished poem selected by the teacher. The contributors represent a broad array of educators: K-12 teachers, principals, superintendents, college professors, as well as many non-traditional teachers. They range from first year teachers to mid-career veterans to those who have retired after decades in the classroom. They come from inner-city, suburban, charter and private schools. The teachers identified an eclectic collection of poems and poets from Emily Dickinson, to Richard Wright, to Mary Oliver to the rapper Tupac Shakur. It is a book by teachers and for all who teach. The book also includes a poignant Foreword by Parker J. Palmer ("The Courage to Teach), "a stirring Introduction by Taylor Mali" (What Teachers Make)," and a moving Afterword by Sarah Brown Wessling ("Teaching Channel")." " Where "Teaching with Fire" honored and celebrated the work of teachers; "Teaching with Heart "salutes the tenacious and relentless optimism of teachers and their belief that despite the many challenges and obstacles of the teaching life, much is possible.


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Each and every day teachers show up in their classrooms with a relentless sense of optimism. Despite the complicated challenges of schools, they come to and remain in the profession inspired by a conviction that through education they can move individuals and society to a more promising future. In "Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach" a diverse Each and every day teachers show up in their classrooms with a relentless sense of optimism. Despite the complicated challenges of schools, they come to and remain in the profession inspired by a conviction that through education they can move individuals and society to a more promising future. In "Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach" a diverse group of ninety teachers describe the complex of emotions and experiences of the teaching life - joy, outrage, heartbreak, hope, commitment and dedication. Each heartfelt commentary is paired with a cherished poem selected by the teacher. The contributors represent a broad array of educators: K-12 teachers, principals, superintendents, college professors, as well as many non-traditional teachers. They range from first year teachers to mid-career veterans to those who have retired after decades in the classroom. They come from inner-city, suburban, charter and private schools. The teachers identified an eclectic collection of poems and poets from Emily Dickinson, to Richard Wright, to Mary Oliver to the rapper Tupac Shakur. It is a book by teachers and for all who teach. The book also includes a poignant Foreword by Parker J. Palmer ("The Courage to Teach), "a stirring Introduction by Taylor Mali" (What Teachers Make)," and a moving Afterword by Sarah Brown Wessling ("Teaching Channel")." " Where "Teaching with Fire" honored and celebrated the work of teachers; "Teaching with Heart "salutes the tenacious and relentless optimism of teachers and their belief that despite the many challenges and obstacles of the teaching life, much is possible.

30 review for Teaching with Heart: Poetry That Speaks to the Courage to Teach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Margo Langer

    What a wonderful book. It speaks to me on so many levels - as a former student; as an admirer of the teachers that everyday fill my children with wonder, confidence and knowledge; and as a believer that education is by far the best and most reliable path to achievement regardless of where you start on the road. I will be giving a copy of the book to all of my children's teachers and administrators because I know that that they will laugh and cry and learn and grow from the words that are shared What a wonderful book. It speaks to me on so many levels - as a former student; as an admirer of the teachers that everyday fill my children with wonder, confidence and knowledge; and as a believer that education is by far the best and most reliable path to achievement regardless of where you start on the road. I will be giving a copy of the book to all of my children's teachers and administrators because I know that that they will laugh and cry and learn and grow from the words that are shared on these pages.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    An absolutely stunning collection of poetry by and for educators, paired with what the poem means to the educator who submitted the poem. Incredible look at the life of teaching from another perspective, enjoyed seeing some favorite poems and getting introduced to new favorites in this one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    A very nice book made of educators who discuss certain experiences in their educational professional lives and share a poem by a famous poet to express their feelings and beliefs about teaching. I was a bit leery that it would be too much in the sentimentality department but it wasn't. I was introduced to some very thoughtful educators and to poems by some great poets at the same time. I often feel in a rush and read to fast for poetry to mean much to me but I slowed down my reading and allowed A very nice book made of educators who discuss certain experiences in their educational professional lives and share a poem by a famous poet to express their feelings and beliefs about teaching. I was a bit leery that it would be too much in the sentimentality department but it wasn't. I was introduced to some very thoughtful educators and to poems by some great poets at the same time. I often feel in a rush and read to fast for poetry to mean much to me but I slowed down my reading and allowed myself to savor what the educators had to say and how they connected to the poems they chose so I could also appreciate them. Great book and I will share it with my colleagues.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth Huddleston

    Finally finished! This book was by no means a quick read since every two pages it shared a different teacher's experience and accompanying poem that inspired him or her. Every few pages took contemplation, but I am glad I have reached the end of the inspiring stories, the calls to teaching, and the difficult journeys.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I am giving 4 stars because I enjoyed the messages the teachers wrote with their thoughts on the poems and life as a teacher. I do not enjoy many poems so I did not give the full 5 stars. I found a few new poets so enjoy though.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A beautiful look into the soul of education, the stories of lives and perspectives changed when people "Teach with Heart". Anyone who is a teacher or poetry-lover will appreciate this book. It reminds us of the great courage that it takes to stay true to the mission of education. To help kids see the world and expand on their potential. Themes of resilience, encouragement, diversity, hope, community, beauty, transformation are illustrated by pairings of poems and essays. Educators across the A beautiful look into the soul of education, the stories of lives and perspectives changed when people "Teach with Heart". Anyone who is a teacher or poetry-lover will appreciate this book. It reminds us of the great courage that it takes to stay true to the mission of education. To help kids see the world and expand on their potential. Themes of resilience, encouragement, diversity, hope, community, beauty, transformation are illustrated by pairings of poems and essays. Educators across the nation were invited to submit a favorite poem and write about why that poem speaks to their experience as educators. Makes a great gift to teachers and educators.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sally Z Hare

    This is the book I've been waiting for! So many of my favorite poems--and so many new favorites -- all in one beautiful cover. I love the range of poets, from well-known to new. And I love that the poems are those that speak to real teachers, chosen by the teachers themselves. The teachers' introductions to each poem are as beautiful as the poems! I am keeping this one close at hand, as I find myself constantly opening it, to find the right line, the words I need to hear, the poem I need for my This is the book I've been waiting for! So many of my favorite poems--and so many new favorites -- all in one beautiful cover. I love the range of poets, from well-known to new. And I love that the poems are those that speak to real teachers, chosen by the teachers themselves. The teachers' introductions to each poem are as beautiful as the poems! I am keeping this one close at hand, as I find myself constantly opening it, to find the right line, the words I need to hear, the poem I need for my class or Circle of Trust retreat.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Beautiful!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    This is what the title and subtitle say it is. Good for the teacher's heart to dip into now and then. Summer #bookaday number 52

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    David Goldstein

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    Megan Scribner

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    Nancy Kozarsky

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  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Danny

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Fowler-Hill

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    Dan Kozarsky

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    Dawn Parton

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Discenza

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol

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