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Pre-Buy Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classroom back to Our Students

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The day has finally arrived!  My first book “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classroom back to Our Students” is available for pre-buy starting today!  This book has been wonderful to write and I am so excited to finally have it ready.  I hope you will consider reading it if you like reading my blog.  Here is a little more information about it:

From Powerful Learning Press – my incredible publisher

Breaking the rules is scary within the public school system, no matter how few or many years you have taught. We are indoctrinated about how a traditional classroom should look, starting with our own school days and then on through college classes and early professional careers. When we bring new ideas, or even just trust our instincts, we often think that what we want to try will never really work.

Pressure from schools and districts to conform — from the government and the tests — and sometimes even from colleagues who want us all to just stay the same — none of that helps as we think about changing our practice. Sometimes we give up before we even make the attempt, because we are pretty sure the barriers and pushback will be insurmountable.

In Pernille Ripp’s own teaching practice, what she discovered was this: Even the smallest changes can make monumental differences. And then you keep on until you create something new. Trusting yourself and your students and sharing the power of the classroom with them can lead to great teaching and learning even within the boundaries of our confining standards, testing obsessions and mandatory curriculums.

In Passionate Learners: Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students, Pernille shares what and how she changed—and how her students changed with her. We learn about the little and not-so-little things she did over the course of a transformational year, so that she could shift the responsibility for learning – the joy and wonder of it – to the kids themselves.

“I believed that I knew exactly what the students needed, if only they would listen. Now I know that a classroom has to be vibrant for students to invest their time and effort. We cannot force children to learn. They have to discover things and be teachers too.” -Pernille Ripp

Whether you are just beginning or well on your way in your teaching career, this book can inspire you to break rules, take risks, and eagerly pursue your journey toward a classroom filled with passionate learners.

At the very least, it will let you know that you are not alone when you think your secret thoughts—that there really are better ways to teach, and that others who believe the same thing want to connect with you to make it happen.

Save with this coupon code

To celebrate the pre-launch of this exciting book for educators, Powerful Learning Press is offering a $3 discount through April 7. Use our coupon code PREBUY at checkout to save $3. One week only, beginning March 31! Go to the PLPress online store to buy now.

11 thoughts on “Pre-Buy Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classroom back to Our Students”

  1. I am a teacher in New Zealand trying the same sort of thing … Trying to break TTWWADI…. I will be getting your book to read and inspire me further! Thanks,Kerri

  2. Stort Tack för att du har skrivit en bok om sådant jag har känt. Jag är från Sverige och undervisade där i 19 år innan jag flyttade till Ohio. Mitt tredje år här, efter jag hade lärt mig, och använt, de “amerikanska reglerna”, kände jag precis som du, att jag inte kunde undervisa så här. Men jag hittade en pilot project och överlevde. Jag var en rebell och jag ändrade mycket i mitt klassrum för mina 9de klassare som inte hade haft ett “passing grade” i matte på åtta år. . . Nu jobbar jag med att förska stödja matte lärare att göra detsamma. Det vore kul att träffa dig någon gång. Skulle vilja ha dig som “presenter” vid ett av mina möten till hösten. Please, contact me.

    1. Jeg tror det er sket for mange udenlandske laerer, de passer ikke helt ind i det amerikanske system og braender hurtigt ud. Jeg er saa glad for at hoere at du fandt en bedre metode der virkede for dine elever! Jeg vil rigtig gerne moede dig ogsaa.

  3. I am very excited to read your book! I am an Instructional Technology Specialist at an elementary school. The prevailing mode of instruction in my school is through a teacher-centered classroom, and I am looking for ways to encourage my teachers to make the shift to a more student-centered approach. Besides your book, can you point me in the direction of other resources that will help me in my quest? I appreciate any suggestions you can provide!

    1. Thank you so much, I am glad you think it will be helpful. Other resources I have found helpful have been the writing of Josh Stumpenhorst, as well as Dean Shareski. Beside that, really just blogs of people who do it such as Joy Kirr and Aviva Dunsiger.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions, I will look for those blogs and add them to my Feedly!

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