Letters to a Teacher

Letters to a Teacher

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Sam Pickering has been teaching, guiding, performing, and inspiring for more than forty years. As a young English teacher at Montgomery Bell Academy in Tennessee, his musings on literature and his maverick pedagogy touched a student named Tommy Schulman, who later wrote the screenplay for Dead Poets Society. Letters to a Teacher is a welcome reminder that teaching is a joy and an art. In ten graceful yet conversational letters addressed to teachers of all types, Pickering shares compelling, funny, always elucidating anecdotes from a lifetime in the classrooms of school and universities. His priceless, homespun observations touch on topics such as competition, curiosity, enthusiasm, and truth. More than a how-to guide, Letters to a Teacher is an invitation into the hearts and minds of an extraordinary educator and his students, and an irresistible call to reflection for the teacher who knows he or she must be compassionate, optimistic, respectful, firm, and above all dynamic. This is an indispensable guide for teachers and laymen alike.At the examination students wrote theirnames and the names oftheir teachers onthe frontsof blue books. ... After the appearance ofDead Poets Society, people associated me with JohnKeating, the teacher in the film, thisdespite my pointing out that ... He said hewas having trouble inspiringhis thirdgrade class, and he wondered if he should stand on his desk and teach a€œlike you did in Dead Poets Society.

Title:Letters to a Teacher
Author:Sam Pickering
Publisher:Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - 2007-12-01


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