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The Alchemy of Teaching: The Transformation of Lives
Education is, or should be, a spiritual act. It concerns the development of consciousness and how we relate to the world. In fact, the desire to affect lives in this deeper sense is what drives many people into teaching in the first place. Yet books on education often neglect this aspect of teaching, which gets buried under comprehensive plans, organizational restructuring...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 16th 2013 by Sentient Publications
(first published February 16th 2013)
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Conway states up front that this is not a "How To" manual for educators, and he holds to that. It is instead a collection of stories about moments in his teaching career that have opened his eyes. The book is very accessible, though, as he is a philosophy professor, a little heavy on philosophers and philosophy. His message is essentially that education is all about transformation, and that teachers have to make a space available in which students can take part. There are no earth-shattering rev...more
This is a beautiful book that will remind you the privilege of being a teacher. To educate and transform lives with knowledge, patience and kindness is an honor that only a few people understand. I loved this book and it made me appreciate my teachers even more! I absolutely recommend this book to anyone that wants to be reminded that teaching is the most fulfilling career a person can choose.
Conway provides a beautifully nuanced view into the education arena. I found myself making lots of notes in the margins, and plan on doing a second reading of the book in the near future. I truly enjoy when a book makes me ponder the realms of possibility, especially when it comes to the learning brain.