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  • Age Range: 11 - 17 years
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032504919X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325049199
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Thrive, Meenoo Rami does an amazing job of turning the challenges of teaching in this new, networked world of learning into opportunities for teachers and students alike. She shares an amazing array of practical ideas that will help both veteran and brand new teachers find support and inspiration for working the technology rich environments that the modern learner demands. Filled with the stories of real teachers in real classrooms to support her ideas, Meenoo's book is simply a must read for any educator wanting to better understand the potentials for student and personal learning in this most complex and exciting time.
--Will Richardson, author of Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Education Are Everywhere

Whether you are entering your first year teaching or your fortieth, Thrive feels as if it were written just for you. At a time in our profession where many of us are feeling stretched thin, Meenoo Rami offers wisdom and practical strategies to reignite our passions and rediscover why we chose to teach. From rethinking mentor-mentee structures to building networks of inspiration to empowering yourself and your students to design your own instruction, this book is an invitation to innovate your personal practice and our profession.
--Christopher Lehman, author of Falling in Love with Close Reading

This is the book I wish I had been able to read when I began teaching. On every page Meenoo offers practical suggestions, accompanied by wit and wisdom, that can help us solve the problems we all encounter no matter how long we have been teaching. Thanks to her vision and her voice, I see great hope in the future for our profession.
--From the Foreword by Jim Burke

Regardless of one's profession, it is important to cultivate a practice of evaluating and re-evaluating progress and personal growth. Meenoo Rami adeptly shares critical ways for educators to check in with themselves and track their progress, and to inject passion into their work. Her ideas are relevant for both rookie teachers and classroom veterans alike!
--Angela Maiers

Teaching is a profession that eats its young. Meenoo Rami's Thrive offers guidelines for surviving the challenges of the classroom as well as the faculty room. This book is certain to save new teachers buckets of tears.
--Carol Jago, author, English teacher, and past president of the National Council of Teachers of English

Meenoo Rami lives joy. She sees teachers and students as co-creators of vibrant, real, and exacting work. Thrive includes a mosaic of dynamic teacher voices from many grade levels and content areas. Reading their stories deepened my thinking about the immense untapped potential of our profession. Thrive is for new teachers seeking a wise mentor. It is for any teacher who imagines a bold approach to the challenge of reaching all children today. Meenoo Rami s vision of teaching and learning can sustain us all.
--Penny Kittle, author of Book Love

To be successful, teachers must constantly be learning, reflecting and growing to meet the ever-changing needs of the students in front of them. To many of us, this can seem like an overwhelming task. Who do I learn from? How can I keep growing as an educator? How do I keep the work I do relevant and fresh to myself and my students? Fortunately, Meenoo Rami has written this book which provides a road map for all of us to, yes, thrive, in our schools over the course of a career. And as Meenoo s principal, I can say that she lives the words of this book in her classroom every day. .
--Chris Lehmann, Founding Principal, Science Leadership Academy

Meenoo Rami has written the right book at the right time. In an era of corporate education reform, Thrive reminds us of how we, as teachers, need human interaction, intellectual fulfillment, and empathy --Troy Hicks, author of Crafting Digital Writing

Meenoo Rami has written the right book at the right time. In an era of corporate education reform, Thrive reminds us of how we, as teachers, need human interaction, intellectual fulfillment, and empathy just as much as our students. Rami encourages us to move beyond the mechanical acts of scripted schooling and mandatory professional development, offering us numerous ways to pursue our own passions and bring them to the classroom. She notes that "the rewards of this work will be paid with your students' success and engagement." Filled with practical suggestions, stories from fellow educators, and smart questions, Thrive will reward you as a reader, too. --Troy Hicks, author of Crafting Digital Writing

About the Author

Meenoo Rami is a national board certified teacher who teaches her students English at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA, and co-chairs EduCon annually. Mixing moments of joy, laughter, risk and encouragement, Meenoo pushes her students to think critically about their connection to the word and the world. She has shared her classroom practice at various conferences such as: NCTE, ISTE, ASCD, EduCon, Urban Sites Conference for National Writing Project, and #140edu. Meenoo also runs a weekly Twitter chat for English teachers called #engchat, which brings teachers from around the country together to discuss ideas related to teaching English. Meenoo also works as a teacher-consultant for the Philadelphia Writing Project.

More About the Author

Meenoo Rami is a national board certified teacher who teaches her students English at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA, and co-chairs EduCon annually. Mixing moments of joy, laughter, risk and encouragement Meenoo pushes her students to think critically about their connection to the word and the world. She has shared her classroom practice at various conferences such as: NCTE, ISTE, ASCD, EduCon, Urban Sites Conference for National Writing Project, and #140edu. Meenoo also runs a weekly twitter chat for English teachers called #engchat which bring teachers from around the country together to discuss ideas related to teaching of English. Meenoo also works as a teacher-consultant for the Philadelphia Writing Project.

Customer Reviews

I couldn't stop reading the book once I started, and I ended up finishing it in one sitting.
Fox Family
Her book should be required reading during a teacher’s first year of teaching and would make a great “one book” read for any school’s professional development program.
Theresa L Christensen
Rami shows us — from her own experience and the work of several other educators — that finding meaning helps sustain us as passionate and motivated teachers.
Jessica L. Valenti

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NSLacy on April 10, 2014
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I appreciate the spirit of this book, but I was left feeling like all of this information presented was common sense. I didn't feel like I got anything new or inspiring from reading this.

I do appreciate the author's motivation and enthusiasm for teaching and acting as a true professional.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Moore @MrsMoore_44 on June 30, 2014
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During the last faculty meeting of the school year, my principal read a story to his high school staff - the one about two lumberjacks recently made popular by success-guru Stephen Covey. In case you are unfamiliar, an older lumberjack and a younger lumberjack compete to see who can saw the most wood. To the surprise of the somewhat cocky younger jack, the older man wins because he remembered to stop and "sharpen his saw." Thus, we all hobbled off to summer the reminder that we need to not just rest, but to hone our spirits and our skills before returning to teach in fall.

These were words I needed to hear. The 2013-14 school year had been challenging. I had added the NHS to the already long list of clubs and activities I advise, completed action research for my Master's, and taught an AP class for the first time. I wasn't burned out, but I hadn't cleaned my house in weeks and I was kind of in survival mode. Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching by Meenoo Rami was just what I needed to regroup and regain perspective.

I think this is an important book because though, as one reviewer said, its contents may be "common sense," it is a reminder that it is necessary to take inventory and to articulate what we value. Rami shares her philosophy and its development warmly, inviting her readers to rediscover the power of collaboration. She reminds us that are practioners working on craft and we need to be aware of what we need and where to find it. She reminds us to be real in our classrooms and model vulnerability and gratitude as we learn with our colleagues and our students.

I joined Twitter last year and participated in a few #engchats. This year, as I got busy, I neglected to contribute.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shawna E. Coppola on June 1, 2014
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Meenoo Rami's Thrive is one of those books that I wish I had written. As quick a read as it is, and as full of "common sense" as it may be, Thrive gently reminds educators of those important "must-dos" that work to prevent us from getting bogged down, discouraged, or disempowered by the current culture of education reform (or by the everyday challenges of teaching in our own classrooms!). Meenoo's call for educators to "turn to mentors," "join and build networks," "keep [our] work intellectually challenging," "listen to [ourselves]," and "empower [our] students" are all ways that we can help one another remember just why we chose this noble profession in the first place. It is a book that I know will be so valued by both new and experienced teachers that I recently raffled off seven copies of it to colleagues in my own building. Thank you, Meenoo, for writing this much-needed book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russ Anderson on March 23, 2014
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"When students create content rather than just consume it, their engagement grows capaciously."

THRIVE is a book that should immediately be added to your reading list. If you are a novice teacher, you will find insights on how to continue the positive momentum of your first years of teaching in an ever-changing profession. If you are a veteran teacher, this is the breath of fresh air when all the peripheral responsibilities of teaching start to bog you down. THRIVE is honest, practical, smart, and most importantly, relevant no matter where you are in your teaching career. Meenoo Rami discusses how connecting with educators, trusting yourself, and empowering students leads to an invigorating and fulfilling daily experience. I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Carboneau on March 22, 2014
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I've been hanging by a thread, waiting for this book to be published. I sat down and read straight through. It was what I was hoping for and what I needed: honest yet full of hope, helpful yet honest, serious yet optimistic. If you are struggling with teaching, if you want to smile when you go to work, if you want to know how to take care of yourself so you can take care of the kids you work with, buy this book, sit down, read, and then be ready change your life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Baldonado on July 16, 2014
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THRIVE has honestly (re)ignited my passion as an educator. After being in the field for 11 years I completely connected to so much of the book personally and professionally. I studied this book with one other person, but as a pair we created a sense of community around this reading. Thrive has also pushed my thinking around mentors, building networks, and empowering students. Before reading the book, I would have never thought of connecting with multiple mentors, and the way Meenoo speaks of this concept makes complete sense. Yes, even after 11 years, I'm going to reach out to possible mentorS for myself! The book even gave me a sense of empowerment, a little more courage. I'm willing to approach the staff at my school to suggest reading Thrive and have discussions around it. There's recently been a lot of change on our campus and I think this would be a great way to connect newer teachers with those that have been there for a lot longer. Meenoo has a way of threading this idea throughout the book- it is for teachers that are just starting out but is DEFINITELY relevant to experienced ones as well. I really appreciate the way the book gives a message about us being strong in our ideas/beliefs and to take chances in building our personal, local and national networks. We don't have to go at this alone.
Then there's the chapter about empowering our students. There are practical ideas and examples of how we can support our students and make them the center of our work, which is why we went into this field in the first place, right...

I highly recommend this book and encourage reading it with others. I appreciate Meenoo's honesty and ability to deliver a much needed message in education.
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