It would only make sense that I read any book that deals with passion and education being that this has been a major platform of mine this year.
Doing some research into the merits of passion and how far you pursue this mindset lead to this author Robert Fried.
I had never heard of him or any of his work. I was lucky enough to find a copy of this book at one of the libraries here in the state of Iowa. The book is 12 years old, but was such a breath of fresh air to my mind.
This book brought a lot of new ideas to my mind and challenged some of the things that I was developing on my own.
I found this book to be quite important to my reading and development as an educator. What I liked best about this book is that he offered practical ideas, units, and forms to use to help transform our thoughts and teaching.
As I work to develop my own book on education I realized that I must do the same. If I am going to challenge a system, I must come up with how I would actually go about making the change.
I took about a half of a legal notepad full of notes. I would be willing to share my thoughts and ideas. If interested let me know and I will send the link to my Evernote.
At the end of the day, there has to be a balance between the passion of the teacher and the interest of the students. If your passion is in education, then the role of student voice must play a part.
This book drove home many new ideas for me, but more importantly it reinforced some key concepts that I have been focused on personally.