The Keene Toadstool Bookshop Hosts
Presents his new book
All Children Smile in the Same Language:
A Teacher's Journey
Friday, August 26th at 6 pm
Teachers from Monadnock, Keene, and Hinsdale School Districts will receive 1 hour of professional development credit for recertification if they attend this event!
As I write this in 2022, we enter year three of a global pandemic. The pandemic's impact on education is already emerging and I suspect will be future research paper fodder. One impact is teacher "fallout" from the profession. Teachers are leaving in record numbers from retirement, early retirement, and even mid-career professionals are abandoning teaching.
So, how do we attract vibrant, creative, and intelligent individuals to this important profession? How do we retain outstanding teachers who are considering leaving the profession?
Instead of ascribing to "scripted curriculums" for teachers, or devising testing strategies to hold teachers accountable, we should focus on strategies to invigorate novice teachers. How can they use their pedagogical skills to create engaging curricula? Teachers become artists when developing story lines for their curriculum that fosters student passions for learning. This approach engages both the student and the teacher to keep everyone intellectually engaged in their profession.
The core struggle between "why I want to teach" and the parameters inflicted on teachers often leads to many exiting the profession within five years. This book examines why I entered this profession and what sustained me through four decades.
At first glance, these essays may appear an unkempt time travel journey flowing between two careers-a high school teacher and a university professor-or too specific to offer pragmatic advice. However, I argue that four essential traits: passion, flexibility, building community, and developing intellectual engagement are needed in the practice of teaching. They are the rudder that guides teachers through the uncharted waters, and will ultimately sustain their fire for making a difference in children's lives.
The format I offer are personal essays and reflections built around these four cornerstones of good teaching. Each cornerstone contains several essays that relate to that theme. While there are many books written about educational pedagogy as well as methodology, this collection is about why individuals go into teaching and what sustains their passion to continue.
My intended audience includes preservice teachers, beginning teachers, experienced teacher-leaders who coach new teachers, and all those interested in how education happens. Let's roll up our sleeves and get started.
Dan Bisaccio worked in Brown University's Education Department as the graduate Director of Science Education, Director of Teacher Education (MA in Teaching), and lecturer in Education (2008-2017). Prior to joining Brown, Dan was the Math/Science/Technology Division Head at Souhegan High School (a public school in Amherst, New HampshireAdditionally, Dan was an adjunct faculty member at Keene State College (Keene, New Hampshire) in Geology and at Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts) in Ecology at field sites in Jamaica, Moorea/Tahiti, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama).Dan's ongoing research with the Smithsonian Institution's Biodiversity and Monitoring Program involves field research at several tropical sites in Central and South America. His work has been recognized by the United Nations Environmental Program (Convention on Biological Diversity) as a contributor to their international biological diversity education outreachDan has been the recipient of many teaching awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, as well as authoring articles on educational pedagogy and practice. His teaching methodology and research has been highlighted in several books and on National Public Radio.
This book is not returnable