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3rd Edition

Passionate Learners
How to Engage and Empower Your Students

  • Available for pre-order on May 15, 2023. Item will ship after June 5, 2023
ISBN 9781032361482
June 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Would you want to be a student in your own classroom? In this bestselling book, Pernille Ripp
challenges both novice and seasoned teachers to co-create a positive, interactive learning
environment with students.

Based on honest reflections on her own teaching experience, Pernille offers a wide variety of ideas
for sharing control, developing your intuition, learning how to fail, giving yourself grace, building
community and trust, creating more choice, allowing time for student expertise, and letting go of the
punish, behave, and reward cycle so that intrinsic motivation can thrive. This fully enhanced new edition is chock full of additional strategies and tools on topics such as centering students’ identities, overcoming barriers when creating student-centered lessons to emphasize ownership of the learning cycle, shoring up your boundaries to manage your time and stop the intense prepwork, changing your homework habits to reduce your load and give students more time, deemphasizing grades, and much more.

With Pernille’s heartfelt stories and practical strategies, you’ll feel inspired to give your classroom back to your students and foster a community of truly passionate learners!

Table of Contents

About the Author  Foreword  Acknowledgements  Introduction  1. Rediscovering the Teacher You Set Out to Be: Taking the Steps to Change  2. Would You Like Being a Student in Your Own Classroom? Creating Conditions for Shared Power 3. Shoring Up Boundaries: Protecting Your Time and Yourself  4. It’s Not How Your Classroom Looks: Creating Classroom Spaces Where All Children Can Thrive 5. Cultivating a Passionate Learning Environment: Ways to Build Community and Trust  6. Giving the Classroom Back: Getting Started with Student-Centered Learning and Overcoming Barriers  7. Letting Go of the Punish, Behave, Reward Cycle: Building Conditions for Better Intrinsic Motivation  8. Centering Standards and Identities: Planning Units and Lessons that Center Children  9. Free to Have a Life: Changing Your Homework and Worksheet Routine  10. Grading Destroys Curiosity: Moving to Authentic Assessments  11. Final Thoughts: Making the Changes that Matter

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Pernille Ripp (@PernilleRipp) is deeply invested in the development of engaging classroom communities around the world, as well as in her own co-created spaces. She is a former 4th, 5th, and 7th grade teacher; and an author, speaker, and passionate advocate for education. She dedicates her research and practice to developing engaged and empowered students and communities across the globe. Pernille’s current research interest is in creating passionate literacy environments to help students fall in love with literacy again. She is the author of three other books besides this one: Empowered Schools, Empowered Students (Corwin), Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration (Solution Tree), and Passionate Readers (Routledge) focusing on creating learning spaces and communities where students thrive and all stakeholders are empowered and passionate about learning. When not serving as a full-time educator in her classroom, Pernille is a sought-after global speaker. Over the past many years, she has spoken to educators around the world, inspiring the work of more than 10K educators per year. She is also the founder of The Global Read Aloud ( These days, Pernille calls Naestved, Denmark home. When she is not teaching or learning, you can find her surrounded by her four energetic, amazing kids and lovely husband, and with a book in her hand.