The Energy to Teach

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Heinemann Educ Books, 2001 - Education - 180 pages
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Over the course of a year you and thousands of other teachers will spend countless hours with children and experience the full range of emotion associated with parenting. Every day you will be second-guessed by parents, administrators, and pundits who have never taught. Standardized tests will be mandated that try to govern the teaching transactions you make with children.

It's no wonder that many teachers these days are feeling drained and it's no surprise that Don Graves is ready to offer his uncommon insight, unwavering support, and unbounded hope for the future. "The idea for "The Energy to Teach,"" Don relates, "began with the startling contrast I noted between much of the fatigue in the profession and the promised energy in curriculum." This led to eighteen months of extensive interviews, with educators and others across the country, beginning with the questions: What gives you energy, what takes energy away, and what, for you, is a waste of time?

Based on these interviews - plus Don's extensive experience as a teacher and researcher - "The Energy to Teach" offers groundbreaking insight on how highly effective teachers deal with emotional demands, and how they gain help and support from their colleagues and administrators. It explains what gives them energy, how they handle energy-draining situations, and how they cope with this never-ending emotional roller coaster.

What's more, Don offers proven-effective techniques. You'll discover how to find out exactly when energy is added, expended, or wasted; conserve more energy; build energy with colleagues; induce an energy surge when it's urgently needed; transform energy-draining situations into energy-giving events; and much more. Just as important, you'll find comfort and encouragement from someone who for two decades has served as a wise and compassionate mentor to thousands of educators.

To learn more about Donald Graves, visit www.donaldgraves.org.

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User Review  - Brenda Kneeshaw - Goodreads

Anyone who teaches should read this book. Thank you Donald a Graves. Read full review

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User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

I liked it when I read it some years ago. All of Graves' work is interesting and inspirational, striking a good balance between research and narrative. Read full review

About the author (2001)

DONALD H. GRAVES has been involved in writing research for two decades. His books Writing: Teachers & Children at Work (Heinemann, 1983) and A Fresh Look at Writing (Heinemann, 1994) are best-sellers throughout the English-speaking world and have revolutionized the way writing is taught in schools. Dr. Graves has been a teacher, school principal, and language supervisor, education director, and a director of language in bilingual, ESL, and special programs. He has also been a co-director of an undergraduate urban teacher preparation program and a professor of an early childhood program. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire and lives in Jackson, New Hampshire. In addition to his writing both personal and professional, he travels throughout the United States presenting keynote addresses, seminars, workshops, and inservice training sessions. Because of his extensive teaching background, he understands the real needs of educato

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