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Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach Hardcover – May 19, 2014
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Teaching with Heart
“‘Warn the whole Universe that your heart can no longer live without real love.’ Those words from the poet Hafiz are the reason you must buy this book, as the best possible field guide to accompany you through the brambles, over the chasms, up and down the treacherous slopes that every teacher with heart traverses every day of the year, while carrying society’s most sacred trust.”
— DIANA CHAPMAN WALSH, president emerita, Wellesley College
“As a poet and a teacher, I’m always looking for what is essential and how it can be of use. Teaching with Heart inspires and models the use of what matters in life and community.”
— MARK NEPO, author of The Book of Awakening and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen
Teaching with Heart honors the heroic optimism of teachers and their belief that despite the many challenges and obstacles of the teaching life, much is possible. The book is a collection of ninety treasured poems, each accompanied by a teacher’s brief personal reflection on how poetry helps them make sense of the challenges and possibilities in their work. Teaching with Heart is the highly anticipated sequel to the wildly popular Teaching with Fire, and like the original it will guide, renew, and inspire teachers.
Written by and for teachers of all levels of experience across the entire educational spectrum, Teaching with Heart explores the gamut of emotions teachers experience—joy, outrage, heartbreak, and hope—helping teachers to make sense of the ups and downs, and to stay invested and inspired, especially during difficult times.
This anthology includes a rich variety of poems from Emily Dickinson, to William Stafford, to Maya Angelou, to Mary Oliver, to Tupac Shakur, and moving commentaries that speak directly to everyone who teaches, exploring the questions, challenges, and triumphs that lie at the heart of the profession.
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“I wish I could afford to buy copies of Teaching with Heart for all the teachers I have interviewed in my forty years of reporting. My budget can’t handle that. Instead, I recommend that all of us non-teachers buy copies of this inspiring book for teachers we know. You will probably want one for yourself, too.”
—JOHN MERROW, Education Correspondent, PBS NewsHour; President, Learning Matters, Inc.
“Teaching with Heart is the rarest kind of book: one that actually does justice to the full range of emotion and skill teaching requires. It provides a personal and powerful antidote to the caricatures and misperceptions we often see in the headlines or popular culture, and it speaks to the heart of the teaching experience.”
—WENDY KOPP, Founder, Teach For America; CEO, Teach For All
“Although we understand that teaching is an intellectual activity, we also understand that it is a moral activity. To do it well, great teachers engage both the mind and the heart. Teaching with Heart describes that wonderful combination of the heart and mind.”
—GLORIA LADSON-BILLINGS, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin–Madison
“In this exhilarating collection, ninety teachers use poetry to illustrate the ups, downs, joys, frustrations, and, ultimately, the redeeming value of both teaching and poetry. In spite of the increasing demands, the disrespect, and the appalling conditions, these teachers, and millions of others, practice their craft with courage, hope, and love. This book will be a bedside companion to teachers who need to know they are our nation’s unsung treasure, as well as a wake-up call to the nation about the value of its teachers.”
—SONIA NIETO, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Top Customer Reviews
Here are ten good reasons to buy a copy, and gift it to a favorite teacher:
1. At the heart of the book are the heartfelt stories of 90 diverse teachers, educators and administrators who write about how each poem speaks to them and guides their teaching--teachers who are dedicated to standing up for their students and the integrity of their profession.
2. In an opening Note to the Reader, authors/editors, Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner declare their intention to "...strive faithfully to honor the noble aspirations of the profession." This volume certainly does that!
3. In Parker Palmer's Foreword, he asks "Where do teachers find the resources necessary to continue to serve our children in such difficult circumstances?" Then Palmer names the sources: "In the human heart... and in communities of mutual support." This book is full of such evidence.
4. In Taylor Mali's bold and moving Introduction, he writes: "Whether teaching or writing, what I really am doing is shepherding revelation; I am the midwife to epiphany." And Mali adds this affirmation: "...poetry replenishes the well because it is another way of teaching."
5. In paragraphs that introduce each section with deeply moving language, the editors note: "The teachers describe how reading poetry provides a low-tech version of time-lapse photography.Read more ›
voices of a multitude of teachers speaking to and for their colleagues and students in
classrooms across the nation and around the globe. Parker J. Palmer's foreword,
Taylor Mali's introduction and Sarah Brown Wessling's afterword are power-filled.
What a great time of year for this amazing collection of writing and poetic witness.
Each poem is preceded by a few paragraphs by the teacher who submitted it, and these paragraphs convey the struggles and joys of teaching and the significance of the accompanying poem to that teacher. If nothing else, this book will remind the teacher that he or she is part of a fraternity filled with countless hardworking, dedicated professionals who share a passion for the next generation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book, Glad I have it to read when I want to be quieter than usual. I think how nice a gift it would make.Published 9 months ago by Sally A. Larhette
Even thought my poem PURPLE is in here, I have to say that this is a really beautiful book and every teacher ought to have a copy.Published 10 months ago by Alexis Rotella
Again, I am in awe of Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner for their wisdom selecting powerful anecdotes connected to soulful poetry. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Theresa Kauffman
This book is so endearing; it's the perfect gift for a teacher. The poems are heart warming, it's very similar to chicken soup for the soul. Read morePublished 20 months ago by kiwanissandy
I found this book very moving. What a beautiful and inspiring way to honor teachers. At a time when education seems to be make shifts and some schools are in crisis this book... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Teaching seems to be a degrading profession right now. Politicians have made laws on how to teach, what to teach and how teachers are judged to be good teachers on bad ideas and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lynn Ellingwood
When I ordered this book, I was expecting one of those little pocket-sized books you give as an obligatory gift, something along the lines of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Weaver