A passion for teaching [electronic resource]

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Education - 204 pages

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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This book is a superb one, and inspired me no end in my quest to teach. I loved the way that the author embraced his view of teaching and how passion can extend to the students and motivate them to learn and to take responsibility for their learning. The author's words encouraged me to become not just a good teacher but aspire to be an outstanding one with a true passion for students and their learning and ensuring that all my lessons were planned to help the students as individuals and as a group to learn to the best of their ability. 


1 Why Passion is Essential
2 Moral Purposes
3 Emotions and Identities
4 The Passion of Commitment
5 Building Knowledge About Practice
6 A Passion for Learning and Development
7 Passionate Learning Communities
8 Sustaining the Passion

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