Teaching with Fire
Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach
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Teaching with Fire by Sam M. Intrator
Book DescriptionReclaim your fire. '"Teaching with Fire" is a glorious collection of the poetry that has restored the faith of teachers in the highest, most transcendent values of their work with children...Those who want us to believe that teaching is a technocratic and robotic skill devoid of art or joy or beauty need to read this powerful collection. So, for that matter, do we all' - Jonathan Kozol, author of "Amazing Grace and Savage Inequalities". 'When reasoned argument fails, poetry helps us make sense of life. A few well-chosen images, the spinning together of words creates a way of seeing where we came from and lights up possibilities for where we might be going...Dip in, read, and ponder; share with others. It's inspiration in the very best sense' - Deborah Meier, co-principal of The Mission Hill School, Boston and founder of a network of schools in East Harlem, New York.'In the Confucian tradition it is said that the mark of a golden era is that children are the most important members of the society and teaching is the most revered profession. Our journey to that ideal may be a long one, but it is books like this that will sustain us - for who are we all at our best save teachers, and who matters more to us than the children?' - Peter M. Senge, founding chair, SoL (Society for Organizational Learning) and author of "The Fifth Discipline".Those of us who care about the young and their education must find ways to remember what teaching and learning are really about. We must find ways to keep our hearts alive as we serve our students. Poetry has the power to keep us vital and focused on what really matters in life and in schooling. "Teaching with Fire" is a wonderful collection of eighty-eight poems from such well-loved poets as Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, and Pablo Neruda. Each of these evocative poems is accompanied by a brief story from a teacher explaining the significance of the poem in his or her life's work. This beautiful book also includes an essay that describes how poetry can be used to grow both personally and professionally. "Teaching With Fire" was written in partnership with the Center for Teacher Formation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Royalties from this book will be used to fund scholarship opportunities for teachers to grow and learn.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780787969707
(178mm x 184mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sam M. Intrator
Teaching with Heart, Hardback (July 2014)
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.
Stories of the Courage to Teach, Paperback (December 2007)
In 1997, the publication of Parker J. Palmer's The Courage to Teach struck a deep nerve within a teaching community. This book is a collection of stories by ordinary teachers at every level of practice, who were called to the vocation for reasons of the heart.
Leading from within, Hardback (October 2007)
This beautiful collection of 92 poems -- including poems by Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Langston Hughes, Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda, T.S. Eliot, and more -- will touch the minds and hearts of leaders and encourage and sustain them in their work.
Living the Questions, Hardback (May 2005)» View all books by Sam M. Intrator
Parker J. Palmer--who for forty years has written and spoken about subjects ranging from contemplation to community, the inner life to public life, education to social change--is known as one of the nation's most thoughtful voices, calling us all to ways of being in the world that honor the human heart and promote a humane society.
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Author Biography - Sam M. Intrator
Sam M. Intrator is assistant professor of education and child study at Smith College. He is a former high school teacher and administrator and the son of two public school teachers. He is the editor of Stories of the Courage to Teach and author of Tuned In and Fired Up: How Teaching Can Inspire Real Learning in the Classroom. Megan Scribner is a freelance writer, editor, and program evaluator who has conducted research on what sustains and empowers the lives of teachers. She is the mother of two children and PTA president of their elementary school in Takoma Park, Maryland.
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