This book is based on the recognition that students learn best, and learn the most, when they witness their teachers modeling the characteristics they profess to value in their classrooms; in other words, when they see their teachers “practice what they preach”.
If teachers are going to hold themselves true to this adage, then not only do they have a responsibility to practice what they preach, but they must also be deliberate about what they preach in the first place. Practice What You Preach: Teacher Accountability and Personal Values explores how teachers can “preach” the values that matter most in the classroom and provides practical strategies for how to put those values into “practice”. Each chapter focuses on a different value that is worthy of investing time and energy into as an educator, and worthy of being “preached” and “practiced” through integrating them into curriculum outcomes lessons. Teachers who put into practice the values that they preach reap the rewards of respectful and engaged students. Students likewise reap rewards of self-confidence, determination, and a love of learning when those same values are modeled by their teachers.
Nicole Philp has a wide range of experiences in education, including teaching in rural and urban schools, instructional coaching, co-teaching an experiential outdoor school program, and working as a consultant for the Ministry of Education in Saskatchewan, Canada. Awarded on provincial and national levels for her work with students, Nicole believes education provides the opportunity to teach lessons that go beyond the curriculum.
Introduction: For they preach, but they do not practice
Chapter 1: Train up a child
Chapter 2: Fall and rise again
Chapter 3: Teach yourself
Chapter 4: Sharpen each other
Chapter 5: Let nature teach you
Chapter 6: Turning suffering to hope
Chapter 7: Teach you again
Chapter 8: A model of good works
Chapter 9: Honor everyone
Chapter 10: For the rights of all
Chapter 11: Love your neighbor
Chapter 12: When we stumble
Chapter 13: Faith, hope, and love
About the Author
In the overcomplicated world we find ourselves teaching in now, the ideas presented in Practice What You Preach: Teacher Accountability andPersonal Values, take us back to the basics of education. This masterpiece reminds us that teaching others to give is not a right, but rather a responsibility often overlooked and taken for granted by today’s educators. Readers are given permission to take the time to examine the “why” behind their current practices and not to be afraid to try something new or rather “old school”.
This book is a practical blueprint to creating a better world through the vocation of teaching and serving others.