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Rezension: Teaching That Matters is a delightful concoction of philosophical and psychological reflections and provocations on the art of teaching. Creative teachers will find Frank Thoms's book highly engaging and his practical teaching recommendations enormously useful. -- Paul Reville, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, former secretary of education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard University Graduate School of Education In education, we have a choice. We can continue to educate students the same deadening way they have always learned or we can follow innovative teachers, like Frank Thoms, and make a better choice. He presents a vision of schools where teachers want to teach and classrooms where students want to learn. This invitation is refreshing at a time when educators feel overwhelmed by the demands of standards and testing. Thoms, a seasoned teacher himself, paints compelling pictures of teachers who show us there is a better way--a way to learn alongside students, engage students in creative and thoughtful work, and bring liveliness into the classroom. An inspirational book to read if you want to breathe new life into your classroom or school! -- Jenn David-Lang, founder, The Main Idea Frank Thoms presents thoughtful, challenging ideas that demonstrate respect for teacher, student, and the subject matter itself. Well done!! -- Vin Rogers, professor of education emeritus, University of Connecticut Frank Thoms provides an ocean of experience-based ideas. He puts them in a context of what teaching and learning can be or ought to be, rather than what, in too many classrooms, they have deteriorated into. His ideas and settings are married well and stated in vivid language that relates educators at all levels. His Table of Contents should make educators salivate! -- Bob Milley, assistant superintendent, retired What makes a favorite teacher, the one you remember and thank for your whole life? Teacher Frank Thoms was one of them, and as he explains, it requires moving beyond conventional ideas, adapting your teaching to individual students, and listening to them. This book is a page turner of new ideas and effective strategies. -- Susan Page, author, "Why Talking is Not Enough" Frank Thoms understands that teaching is an enormously complex activity. A career classroom teacher, he knows that teachers teach best and students learn best when they create learning communities in their classrooms and schools. His book puts teaching back into the hands of teachers and learning back into the hands of students. He advocates for schools to foster safe communities and rigorous teaching that will nourish student's gifts and strengths. -- Hugh Silbaugh, dean of faculty, Northfield Mount Hermon School I feel your energy and commitment and can also hear your voice, literally, as I read. Your book feels like a personal conversation rather than a broadcast. Perhaps that is why you were such a good teacher! -- Ron Stegall, international education advisor I have learned that it doesn't matter whether the students sit in rows, or in pairs, or in a circle on a rug. What matters, and what will engage minds and improve schools is that the teacher in whatever setting is competent, passionate, committed and willing to take intelligent risks--modeling for students the value of reaching beyond where they are--to where they can be. And in that equation is the role of the principal who must create a culture of respect and trust that supports teachers every day to create rigorous lessons that balance standards with creativity and joy of learning. In Teaching That Matters Frank Thoms advocates close principal-teacher relationships to create engaged learning for students. -- Patricia Karl, founder and principal of Lawrence Family Development Charter School, Lawrence MA The chapters are so intriguing! I just want to curl up with my favorite plush blanket and spend the day reading what Frank Thoms' has written. I love that Thom's understands that one approach to teaching rarely works. He presents multiple ideas and resources to provide teachers opportunities, either individually or collaboratively, to generate their own solutions. And, he offer "Points to Pursue" at the end of each chapter. -- Pamela Penna, educational consultant Thoms' words invite all readers to come and sit for a spell and soak in meaning through his proactive wisdom and then go out and try it! His book is a page-turner that anyone involved in the profession should pick up and read immediately. As an educator, I was very fortunate to experience his lessons in person and will always appreciate his great leadership and facilitation. Frank Thoms words and ideas stick and that is important! -- Linda E. Ellis, special education team chair, Gill-Montague Regional School District, MA As a fellow teacher, I am not surprised that the lessons in Teaching That Matters identify many of today's weaknesses in our education system. In response, Frank Thoms offers exciting and innovative cures, most of which are direct and very doable. -- Frank Gould, 3rd grade teacher, retired, Enfield, New Hampshire It is so important that the wisdom and perspective of a master teacher be shared with the next crop. -- Gael Sherman, school psychologist, retired Frank's commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching is second to none--and he truly gets it. Frank understands that excellent education is the result of teaching which is alive, student centered, and always changing depending on the classroom of learners. He believes that excellent teachers continue to grow and continue to get better every day. -- Rich Perry, retired principal Frank Thoms is one of the rare educators that has the ability to enthusiastically engage learners. As my former teacher, his innovative ways of looking at teaching were inspirational. If you are ready to be inspired, then Teaching That Matters is for you! -- Maribeth Tremblay, 5th grade teacher, Hopkinton Elementary School, Hopkinton, MA Teachers will surely appreciate what Frank Thoms has assembled. His chapters give targeted how-to's without teacher talk. At the same time, Frank presents lively case studies that bring those classroom moments to life. -- Elissa Matta, StudioStrategize, owner
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