A Passion for Teaching

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 204 pages
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This book is a celebration and an acknowledgement of the various forms of intellectual, physical, emotional and passionate endeavours in which teachers at their best engage.

Christopher Day demonstrates that teachers with a passion for teaching are those who are committed, enthusiastic and intellectually and emotionally energetic in their work with children, young people and adults alike. Having this passion for helping pupils to learn has recently been identified as one of the four leadership characteristics mentioned in the HayMcBer Report on effective teachers.

Day recognises that passionate teachers are aware of the challenge of the broader social contexts in which they teach, have a clear sense of identity and believe they can make a difference to the learning and achievement of all their pupils.

Offering a refreshing and positive view, A Passion for Teaching is a contribution to understanding and improving the teaching profession and brings new insights to the work and lives of teachers. It is written for all teachers, teacher educators and student teachers who have a passion for education, who love learners, the learning life and the teaching life.

  

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Contents

the need for passion
1
Why passion is essential
11
care courage and pupils voices
24
Emotions and identities
44
job satisfaction
62
Personal investment in the professional task
68
Job satisfaction morale and motivation
75
Building knowledge about practice
82
A passion for learning and development
105
Passionate learning communities
134
Sustaining the passion
158
References
178
Index
198
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