I saw his series was going to be called “Teach” and about teaching so when I saw this book appear on the lists, immediately requested it. Here are nuggets/gems from the book!
“You have to be prepared to play many roles, you have to be a mother, father, sister, brother, social worker, counselor, friend and anything else they need.”
“We have to make up for so much that’s missing in kids’ lives today, especially in the poorer schools.”
“How do you get past the ‘I just can’t deal with them, and they make it impossible to teach the others, so why not just throw in the towel?’ You just keep trying. If you’re motivated, you do. The kids eventually see your passion, and that’s what makes them buy in.”
“You can tell the ones who’ll be great teachers. They’re the ones with the passion. The ones who try things and watch other teachers and network with teachers even outside their subject areas. You’ve got to be motivated to be a motivator. You’ve got to be able to excite the kids with a story or an action and then get them to bite on what you want them to learn. My classroom was a safe zone. Nothing but a place to learn and have fun with music, but if I saw a kid with an issue, I told him or her: see me, let’s talk. The kids are going to love that about you because they know they can talk to you.
He had other great bits of poetry from students and ideas on engaging students. Definitely worth reading.