Green Books Campaign: Meditations for Teachers

This review is part of the Green Books campaign. Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

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I’m so glad to be reviewing Alphabet Meditations For Teachers. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it is emotionally friendly for those of us who are striving every day to make a difference in our schools.

Arranged alphabetically, of course, these poem-like meditations cut to the core of what is essential in our work. A is for Adam, B is for Bells. C is for Change, D is for Do. E is for Excellence, F is for Fear.

And also for Favorite. Because this meditation was one of my favorites:

F Is For Fear

I know, with all my heart,
That a fear-driven
School is not a good place
For people.

Our brains shut down,
Reduced to the most
Learning. We can’t think well.

Search my soul
To feel my own fears.
Help me know how to go
Release them-just let go.

Write on my heart the
Ancient Lesson that
Perfect love casts out fear…

But, I also love the one on the very next page:

G is for Grades

How I hate grades!
I make an imperfect test
For them to ‘pass’
Making me their judge and executioner.

Then they compare,
Each to each.
Some walk out
With Superior air;
Others pretend not to care.

Help me reflect
On what I am doing-
Or not doing-
with grades.
Am I fair?

This book would be a wonderful gift for a teacher you know. Or for yourself if you, like Col, Frances and myself, work with students.