Teach Like a Human:¿ ¿Essays for Parents and Teachers ¿is a collection of essays focused on educating children to care about themselves, their communities, and the world we are privileged to share. Written for parents and teachers, the book highlights the importance of listening, caring, communicating, discerning, and managing relationships effectively. The author draws on principles from organizational theory, curriculum study, and arts education, to encourage mindful reflection about educational practices and policies in pursuit of education for life.
Standards based teaching strategies with its culture of testing will never solve the problem of teaching all children according to their needs. Physical, social, and emotional health are each important aspects of human development and children need strong relationships, positive role models, good friends, and high expectations from people who care about them. It truly all matters.
Peppered with humor, metaphor and narrative, this book illuminates how educators, both parents and teachers, can galvanize experiences to deepen character, insight, empathy and joy in the people and things around us. To teach like a human means to teach with consciousness of what it means to be human, by focusing on qualitative aspects of life with sensitivity and strategy.
Part I. For Parents (& Teachers)
Chapter 1: The Mathematics of Motherhood
Chapter 2: The Parent as Curriculum Developer
Chapter 3: Lessons from Mrs. Bird
Chapter 4: Contending with Sibling Rivalry: Insights from Jewish Texts
Chapter 5: Reading Schools: A Primer
Part II. For Teachers (& Parents)
Chapter 6: Reclaiming the Art of Listening
Chapter 7: Out of the Box and Between the Lines
Chapter 8: Sifting the Metaphor: Teaching as a Culinary Art
Chapter 9: "More Beauty in a Rock:" What we don't teach & how it matters
Chapter 10: Teach Like a Human: The Reality Gap in Educator Preparation