In this engaging book, Armand Doucet, a globally respected and recognized teacher, provides a clear roadmap for championing classroom-focused changein a technology-advanced society. Teaching Life brings the voices of teachers into the global conversation about educational reform to offer a how-to for implementing into classrooms design thinking, technology integration and a holistic education based on competencies, social-emotional learning and the literacies. With the innovative ideas in this book, educators can create a foundation for sustainable, honest, transparent leadership and work toward building a true community of local and global learning.
"This book is a wonderful call that inspires teachers to innovate and feel proud of their profession, written by one of the most highly regarded teachers in the world. Clearly and beautifully written, Doucet’s book uplifts me as a leader of teachers and I am sure it will make every teacher who reads this work feel better about the truly honorable profession to which they dedicate their lives."
--Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director of Fundación Escuela Nueva and Yidan Prize Laureate for Educational Development (2017)
"Doucet is a history teacher and he brings himself and his students to the whole wide world. In Teaching Life he shows how teaching can be a ticket to boundless imagination, and an energizing but focussed romp into learning about oneself and the world. Doucet has written a stimulating and compelling book to act and learn in concert."
--Michael Fullan, O.C., Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto
"Teaching Life is a passionate and engaging story of teaching. It is another must-read for anyone interested in championing classroom-focused change. It is a book that raises important questions about education as a new vision about more than simply preparing students for a technologically - advanced world, but also about how education can prepare them to embrace values such as equity, justice, peace and human rights."
--Irina Bokova, Director General UNESCO (2009-2017)
"An award-winning teacher, Doucet draws upon his own decades of work as a coach, teacher, leader, and his visits to classes across the globe to argue that education is the single most important social program for the long-term future success of any society. This timely and teacher-centered piece reminds us that a country that cannot think, is just as dangerous as a country that cannot defend itself."
--Maggie MacDonnell, Global Teacher Prize Winner (2017)
Foreword by David Edwards
Part 1 – Our Calling
Chapter 1 – Teachers Stand Alone
Chapter 2 – Profession or Occupation?
Chapter 3 – Becoming a Teacher
Part 2 – Our Choices & Our Challenges
Chapter 4 – Design Thinking to Drive Classroom Change
Chapter 5 – Building a Holistic Learning Culture
Chapter 6 – Building Community
Chapter 7- Technology Integration
Chapter 8 – Assessment and The Impact on Learning Culture
Other Praise for this book
The world is crying out loud for quality education, and for the type of leadership and change to make quality education a reality. Never has there been a greater need for grasping the big pictures of leadership and change in education, which creates the world of tomorrow by developing future generations today.
In this series, you will find some of the world's leading intellectual authorities on educational leadership and change. From the pens of writers such as Dennis Shirley, Pak Tee Ng, Andy Hargreaves, Michael Fullan, Pasi Sahlberg, Alma Harris, Yong Zhao, Amanda Datnow, Vicky Park, Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, Armand Doucet and Karen Edge, come wise insights and breakthrough ideas on this subject. They ask what the new imperatives of educational change are. They explore the paradoxical nature of educational change in celebrated Asian cultures and systems like those of Singapore. They point to the power of professional collaboration and leading from the middle in schools, and networks of schools and across the world, rather than just driving change from the top. They invite us to think about and pursue educational change as social movements aimed at liberating learning. They highlight the surreal nature of leadership and change at this critical moment in world history.
This series of books is for the stout-hearted and open-minded reader who is keenly looking for inspiration to unlock the potential of educational leadership and change in this turbulent world.