The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide
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The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide

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This brilliant guide shows how to bridge the gap between the passionate ideals all teachers have and the realities of day-to-day frustrations in the classroom. Combining actual accounts of teachers who have successfully brought enthusiasm into their classrooms with inspiring philosophy and practical advice, Robert Fried proves that passion is learnable--that it's not a mys...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published July 20th 1997 by Beacon Press (first published September 1995)
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We all want to have a passionate (and effective) teacher or even be one but how does this happen? What does it mean to be a passionate teacher? Robert Fried successfully tries to answer these questions but sharing the meaning of passionate teaching, how to design and implement lessons, obstacles, and how to open up the dialogue. He shares stories and practical examples and obstacles teachers face each day. I am using some of the author’s tips for new teachers in my letter to graduates who will b...more
Aaron Maurer
It would only make sense that I read any book that deals with passion and education being that this has been a major platform of mine this year.

Doing some research into the merits of passion and how far you pursue this mindset lead to this author Robert Fried.

I had never heard of him or any of his work. I was lucky enough to find a copy of this book at one of the libraries here in the state of Iowa. The book is 12 years old, but was such a breath of fresh air to my mind.

This book brought a lot o...more
Adriane Devries
Meant to serve as a jumpstart to a teacher’s more thorough enjoyment of his or her vocation, Robert L. Fried’s The Passionate Teacher, in its honest presentation of the almost insurmountable “effects of sexism, racism, and social class prejudice on the spirits of all children” in school settings, spurred me on to teach young people in class situations within heartfelt bonds of carefully maintained relationship and creativity, with not a little shrewdness thrown into the mix; while at the same ti...more
Jessica Barkl
Well, I finished this book yesterday for my class at Santa Fe Community College that will allow me to be a legally certified teacher in the state of New Mexico. It was a fine book and an easy read. I think anyone who is struggling or in a rut as a teacher should read it because it doesn't take long, and it has many ideas as to how to reinvent your process as a teacher. I thought the end of the book, Chapters 14-19 were the most useful to me as I am transitioning from the college world to the K-1...more
This book rang my bell. It zeroed in on the need I have to be excited and, well, passionate about what I teach. It also addressed some of my worries like inspiring excellence from my students who have already learned how to play the "game of school" and do the minimum required. I have high expectations for my students, and sometimes I worry that I'm too tough. This book makes me worry less about that. As long as I'm living the example, I believe my students can get there too. I recommend this bo...more
While this doesn't stick out a decade later, in looking over my annotations, this book really shaped my view of teaching. One of the ideas I took away was the notion of 'playing school' and "The artificial and superficial replaces what's authentic and purposeful." (p. 99) Another was to expect pride in work, and if a student doesn't have pride in a piece, saying "Oh,too bad," rather than offering a harangue. (p. 247) This is a good overview for those looking towards a humanist, constructivist ap...more
This book addresses the issues so many teachers today face as well as the right and wrong reasons for going into the teaching profession. It discusses the importance of remaining passionate in the classroom as a means of improving the quality of learning for all students in all content areas by using innovative strategies that may seem, to others, over the top.
Sam Musher
Interesting to read this along with Doug Lemov's techniques. The latter is oriented toward practicality, whereas this is about love of learning for its own sake. I kept reading techniques from Lemov that directly opposed what Fried suggested. Fried's was the more fun to read, but I think I need both in my teaching life.
A quote from this book that I have committed to memory should more than capture how this book reads:
“we must be ready to sacrifice breadth of content in order to achieve the depth of engagement that passionate teachers seek to engender in their students.”
My first text book for the Teacher Certification program. I thought it was a bit short on data and too fluffy.
Okay, I did the best I could . . . I tried. I couldn't.
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