Each and every day teachers show up in their classrooms with a relentless sense of optimism. Despite the complicated challenges of schools, they come to and remain in the profession inspired by a conviction that through education they can move individuals and society to a more promising future. In Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach a diverse group of ninety teachers describe the complex of emotions and experiences of the teaching life joy, outrage, heartbreak, hope, commitment and dedication. Each heartfelt commentary is paired with a cherished poem selected by the teacher. The contributors represent a broad array of educators: K-12 teachers, principals, superintendents, college professors, as well as many non-traditional teachers. They range from first year teachers to mid-career veterans to those who have retired after decades in the classroom. They come from inner-city, suburban, charter and private schools. The teachers identified an eclectic collection of poems and poets from Emily Dickinson, to Richard Wright, to Mary Oliver to the rapper Tupac Shakur. It is a book by teachers and for all who teach.
The book also includes a poignant Foreword by Parker J. Palmer (The Courage to Teach), a stirring Introduction by Taylor Mali (What Teachers Make), and a moving Afterword by Sarah Brown Wessling (Teaching Channel). Where Teaching with Fire honored and celebrated the work of teachers; Teaching with Heart salutes the tenacious and relentless optimism of teachers and their belief that despite the many challenges and obstacles of the teaching life, much is possible.
SAM M. INTRATOR is principal of the Smith College Campus School, and professor of education and child study at Smith College. A Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, he is the author/editor of seven books, including The Quest for Mastery: Positive Youth Development Through Out-of-School Programs. MEGAN SCRIBNER has three decades of experience editing books, reports, and essays, including co-editing two other poetry anthologies with Intrator: Teaching with Fire and Leading from Within. In 2012, she received the Takoma Park Azalea Award for School Activist and continues to be active in her community. Royalties from this book help create more Courage & Renewal resources and programs for educators.
A Note to Our Readers by Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner xi Foreword by Parker J. Palmer xxi Introduction by Taylor Mali xxvii Relentless Optimism 1 Emma Lazarus s The New Colossus reflection by Randi Weingarten 2 Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues reflection by Stephen Lazar 4 Marianne Williamson s A Return to Love [Excerpt] reflection by Rachel Willis 6 Edgar Lee Masters s George Gray reflection by Mel Glenn 8 Robert Frost s The Road Not Taken reflection by Kaitlin Roig 10 Rudyard Kipling s if reflection by Andy Wood 12 Loris Malaguzzi s No Way. The Hundred is There. reflection by Tiffany Poirier 14 Gerald Jonas s Lessons reflection by Julie A. Gorlewski 16 Taylor Mali s What Teachers Make reflection by Kevin Hodgson 18 Teachable Moments 21 Rainier Maria Rilke s All will come again into its strength reflection by Gregory John 22 Richard Wilbur s The Writer reflection by Emily Brisse 24 Theodore Roethke s The Waking reflection by Nora Landon 26 Emily Dickinson s Tis so much joy! Tis so much joy! reflection by Lily Eskelsen Garcia 28 Paul Boswell s This Splendid Speck reflection by Christine Intagliata 30 Stanley Kunitz s Halley s Comet reflection by Rob Maitra 32 Emily Dickinson s If I can stop one Heart from breaking reflection by Annette Breaux 34 John O Donohue s Beannacht reflection by Emanuel Pariser 36 D. H. Lawrence s The Best of School reflection by Tom Vander Ark 38 Beauty in the Ordinary 41 Fernando Pessoa s To Be Great, Be Entire reflection by Vicki Den Ouden 42 Naomi Shihab Nye s Famous reflection by Safaa Abdel-Magid 44 Pablo Neruda s In Praise of Ironing reflection by Cindy O Donnell-Allen 46 Louise Gluck s Aubade reflection by Kent Dickson 48 W. H. Auden s In Memory of W. B. Yeats [Excerpt] reflection by Jamie Raskin 50 Stephen Crane s LVIII reflection by Liam Corley 52 Mary Oliver s Crossing the Swamp reflection by Maureen Geraghty 54 Philip Levine s What Work Is reflection by Holly Masturzo 56 Walt Whitman s Section II from Song of Myself reflection by Jennifer Boyden 58 Enduring Impact 61 Naomi Shihab Nye s Kindness reflection by Hannah Cushing 62 Margaret Atwood s You Begin reflection by Karen Harris 64 Thich Nhat Hanh s Please Call Me by My True Names reflection by Ruth Charney 66 William Stafford s Deciding reflection by Michael Poutiatine 68 Li-Young Lee s Eating Together reflection by Wanda S. Praisner 70 John O Donohue s Blessing: For Presence reflection by David Henderson 72 Tara Sophia Mohr s Your Other Name reflection by Lianne Raymond 74 Jim R. Rogers s Good Morning! reflection by Jane Zalkin 76 Galway Kinnell s Saint Francis and the Sow reflection by Kirsten Olson 78 The Work Is Hard 81 Antonio Machado s VI reflection by Michael L. Crauderueff 82 Mary Oliver s Wild Geese reflection by Kathleen Melville 84 Calvin Coolidge s Persistence reflection by April Niemela 86 Sharon Olds s On the Subway reflection by Lori Ungemah 88 Anonymous s Work Gloves reflection by Tom Meyer 90 William Stafford s Next Time reflection by Leanne Grabel Sander 92 Emily Dickinson s We grow accustomed to the Dark reflection by Rachel Fentin 94 Walt Whitman s When I Heard the Learn d Astronomer reflection by Ronald Gordon 96 Wislawa Szymborska s Life While-You-Wait reflection by Veta Goler 98 Tenacity 101 Tupac Shakur s The Rose That Grew from Concrete reflection by Jose Vilson 102 Philip Levine s M. Degas Teaches Art & Science at Durfee Intermediate School, Detroit, 1942 reflection by Laura Roop 104 Mel King s Struggle reflection by Susan Rodgerson 106 Langston Hughes s Theme for English B reflection by Paola Tineo 108 Irene Rutherford McLeod s Lone Dog reflection by LouAnne Johnson 110 Billy Collins s On Turning Ten reflection by Will Bangs 112 Edgar A. Guest s It Couldn t Be Done reflection by Glendean Hamilton 114 Lao-Tzu s On Leadership reflection by Larry Rosenstock 116 William Ernest Henley s Invictus reflection by Caridad Caro 118 Feisty 121 Rumi s Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing reflection by Hugh Birdsall 122 Mary Oliver s The Poet Dreams of the Classroom reflection by Katie Johnson 124 Langston Hughes s Mother to Son reflection by Ron Walker 126 Jane Kenyon s Otherwise reflection by Alison Overseth 128 Richard Brautigan s The Memoirs of Jessie James reflection by Stephen Mahoney 130 Marge Piercy s To be of use reflection by Amy Christie 132 Maya Angelou s Still I Rise reflection by Mary Beth Hertz 134 Olive Senior s Colonial Girls School reflection by Dena Simmons 136 The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell s An Innocent Freedom Writer reflection by Kayleigh Colombero 138 Moment to Moment 141 Bill Holm s Advice reflection by Teri O Donnell 142 Katha Pollitt s Lilacs in September reflection by David S. Goldstein 144 Herman Hesse s The Ferryman reflection by Rachel Boechler 146 Mark Nepo s The Appointment reflection by Judy Sorum Brown 148 Captain Ed Davidson s Footprints by the Sea reflection by Sandi Bisceglia 150 Rumi s The Guest House reflection by Richard H. Ackerman 152 Chuang Tzu s Flight from the Shadow reflection by Mark Bielang 154 Thomas Merton s In Silence reflection by Thomas A. Stewart 156 Derek Walcott s Love After Love reflection by Tim Ryan 158 Together 161 John Daniel s A Prayer among Friends reflection by Melissa Madenski 162 Maya Angelou s Alone reflection by Nina Ashur 164 Stephen Dunn s The Sacred reflection by Dan Mindich 166 James A. Autry s On Firing A Salesman reflection by Brian Dixon 168 Robert Herrick s To the Virgins, to make much of Time reflection by Cordell Jones 170 Lucille Clifton s blessing the boats reflection by Kathleen Glaser 172 Raymond Carver s Happiness reflection by Dennis Huffman 174 X. J. Kennedy s Little Elegy reflection by Kenneth Rocke 176 Mel Glenn s A Teacher s Contract reflection by Harriet Sanford 178 Called to Teach 181 Gary Snyder s For the Children reflection by Julia Hill 182 Maya Angelou s The Lesson reflection by Jovan Miles 184 Gregory Orr s It s not magic; it isn t a trick reflection by John Mayer 186 Judy Sorum Brown s Hummingbirds asleep reflection by Sandie Merriam 188 John Fox s When Someone Deeply Listens to You reflection by Nell Etheredge 190 Alexis Rotella s Purple reflection by Leatha Fields-Carey 192 William Stafford s The Way It Is reflection by Donna Y. Chin 194 Langston Hughes s I loved my friend reflection by Margaret Wilson 196 Wendell Berry s The Real Work reflection by Amy Harter 198 Using Poetry for Reflection and Conversation 201 Afterword by Sarah Brown Wessling 221 Center for Courage & Renewal 223 The Contributors 225 The Editors 241 Gratitudes 243 Credits 245