Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide by Robert Term Paper

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Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide by Robert Fried describes how one might go about the process of passionate teaching. Included in this informative guide is an explanation of passionate teaching, the context in which passionate teaching can occur, a description of the obstacles educators face, creating passion in students and an analysis of curriculum.

The author, Robert Fried, suggests that despite multiple barriers to passionate teaching all teachers can adopt practices that engage passion among themselves, other educators and learners. Passion according to the author, is not something that an educator must be born with, but rather is something that all educators can learn and pass on to their students and family members. These ideas are explored below.

There are several points that Fried attempts to make throughout The Passionate Teacher. Fried most concerns himself with inspiring teachers and getting out the message that all teachers can learn to become passionate, which will result in higher quality learning and relationships within the educational setting.

Fried suggests that many times teachers and educators have not yet "found a way to capture what we hear and see" and that educators instead attempt to synthesize the things that inspire them and to generalize a theory or technique from these stories (p. 15). These techniques however, according to the author won't survive if an educator attempted to apply them to another situation. Most of these instances only leave fleeting impressions according to the author, which is not essential for passionate teaching.

Fried goes on to suggest that passion often feels "too special, too intense, too outside the boundaries of professional consideration" for educators to talk about, identify or "hold onto intellectually" (p. 16). The point Fried attempts to make is that passion is something that educators can not only analyze but also put to work and translate in a positive manner, using examples, strategies and techniques that transform images into action (p. 16).

Passion according to Fried is essential because it is the one component that enables students to learn in the best environment possible; it is the one thing that ensures quality of student learning even more so than varying teaching techniques or well organized information (Fried, 16).

Fried also identifies multiple obstacles that teachers face when attempting to find and translate their passion which she refers to as the "game of school" (18). The game includes overcoming obstacles such as discipline, controlling disruption and other actions that are daily requirements, if somewhat tedious but necessary, within the realm of a teaching medium (Diamond, 2005). The reader comes to understand that any environment, whether educational or otherwise, presents barriers, whether to passionate teacher, passionate learning or passionate living. Fortunately with proper tools and inspiration these obstacles can be overcome and even respected within the realm of a passionate environment.

Teachers according to Fried, must create partnerships that enable learning among teachers and alongside students, they must limit the amount of material they teach to enable students to master the heart of the subjects being covered, and they must redesign the curriculum to enable students to maximize their experience (Fried, 18).

Fried offers many concrete suggestions to help teachers in their journey toward translating passion into learning.…

Sources Used in Document:


Diamond, J. (2005). "The Passionate Teacher -- A Review." Redbridge RE Network, 15

October 2005:

Fried, R.L. (2001). "The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide." Boston: Beacon Press.

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