A thoughtful teacher is one who works to foster an inspiring classroom environment where students fall in love with learning. Indeed, it is incumbent on the teacher to understand self, to be prepared, to possess command of subject matter, to teach in a developmentally appropriate manner, to mindfully incorporate culturally relevant practices, and to illuminate a sense of connection with a diverse student population. In that light, The Thoughtful Teacher: Making Connections with a Diverse Student Population highlights the critical importance of what it means to thoughtfully teach, emphasizing that a central aspect toward transformation in education is through the dedicated efforts of thoughtful teachers. Written in accessible language and making clear the important connection between theory and practice, this book is an informative text for teachers, teacher educators, school administrators, and those who have an interest in education.
James D. Kirylo is professor of education at the University of South Carolina. His books include Paulo Freire: The Man from Recife and Reinventing Pedagogy of the Oppressed, among other books and articles in a variety of professional journals.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
SECTION I: FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Chapter 1: An Earned Privilege
Chapter 2: Establishing a Philosophy of Education
Chapter 3: The Decisive Relevance of Dispositions: Reconciling the Private with the Public
Chapter 4: A Certain Spirituality of Inclusion
Chapter 5: Six Dispositions of Significance
Chapter 6: Reflective Thinking-Thoughtful Action
SECTION II: ENTERING INTO RELATIONSHIPS
Chapter 7: Hardwired to be in Relationship: A Thing of the Brain
Chapter 8: Fostering the Teacher-Student Relationship: From Right Where They Are
Chapter 9: Cultivating Dialogue
Chapter 10: The Flow of Integrity
Chapter 11: Other Relationships: Parents/Caregivers, Colleagues, and the Wider Community
Chapter 12: To be in Relationship is to Celebrate Diversity
SECTION III: THE GOAL IS TO INSPIRE (AN ARTISTIC ENDEAVOR)
Chapter 13: The Character of Inspiration
Chapter 14: Inspiration and the Autobiographical Nature of Teaching
Chapter 15: Inspiration Leads to an Artistic Act
SECTION IV: THE GLUE THAT IS EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Chapter 16: The Critical Relevance of Theory
Chapter 17: Paving the way Toward Child/Developmental Psychology: John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Chapter 18: An Overview: Behaviorism, Cognitivism, and Humanism
Chapter 19: Educational Psychology, Practice, and the Voices of Women and People of Color
SECTION V: FIVE COMPONENTS OF KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 20: Knowledge of Pedagogy and Knowledge of Classroom Management
Chapter 21: Knowledge of Learning, Knowledge of Students, and Knowledge of Subject Matter
SECTION VI: ASSESSMENT IS TO “SIT WITH”
Chapter 22: Two Different Processes: Assessment and Evaluation
Chapter 23: The Advent of a Testing Movement
Chapter 24: Moving into an Era of High-Stakes Testing
Chapter 25: The Resistance to Standardized Tests
Chapter 26: Emphasizing Formative and Portfolio Assessments
SECTION VII: TEACHER LEADERSHIP AND THE CHALLENGES
Chapter 27: Teacher as Leader
Chapter 28: Teacher Leadership and the Challenge of Poverty
Chapter 29: Teacher Leadership and Confronting a Culture of Violence: The Scourge of School Shootings and Bullying
Chapter 30: And How Are the Children?
Appendix A: Derivative and Historical Unfolding of Inspiration
Appendix B: A Response to the Tylerian Rationale
In his latest book, Kirylo does an excellent job of inviting current and future educators to think critically about how they form both their philosophy and their practice of teaching into a thoughtful and dynamic pedagogy to holistically support diverse student populations. He identifies strong relationships and communication as the key foundational elements for creating dynamic schools and communities. Kirylo further indicates that in order to establish strong relationships all educators must work closely with students, parents/caregivers, and the community to develop the bonds necessary to further the mission of their respective institutions…. Using notable historical examples coupled with numerous suggestions for thoughtful practice, this book is bound to encourage robust discussion and prompt future research among educators who wish to cultivate mindful practices that support diverse learners. Essential.
The Thoughtful Teacher will inspire educators to make meaningful connections with students from all walks of life. It is written with a clear focus and with a deep sense of intentionality.
A beautifully written book that reminds educators of the critical importance of thoughtful teaching. I believe that educators will find this book invaluable as they look to make connections with a diverse student population.
Professor James D. Kirylo masterfully presents a gentle and yet inspiring call to teachers and teacher educators on their moral obligations to students in his text, The Thoughtful Teacher. His approach to a rich pedagogy through authentic relationships, fairness and social justice in the classroom is simply brilliant. This book is an open invitation to all educators to take up the challenge of serving equitable opportunity and access to all students with a wand of love and respect. This book should be on a must reading list for teacher education courses.
With all the emphasis on learning, it is amazing how little thought is given to ‘where to start'. James D. Kirylo cuts through all the verbiage on education reform, and gives us a straightforward answer: Critical thought, focus and relationships are at the core. The Thoughtful Teacher: Making Connections with a Diverse Student Population gives us a sweeping review of both the big and small picture. A thorough compendium of what the new agenda should look like and do, Kirylo captures the core schema for what it means to be a thoughtful teacher.
James D. Kirylo is an educator not forestalled by the current neoliberal capitalist assault on public education. His work stands as a remarkable advance in social justice philosophy and teaching. If there is a book sorely needed in today's public arena, it is this one!