Random Thoughts III: Teaching With Love
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Random Thoughts III: Teaching With Love

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Title: Random Thoughts III: Teaching With Love
Author: Louis Schmier
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In Random Thoughts III: Teaching With Love, accompany Louis Schmier as he continues his never-ending and often bumpy pilgrimage to tap his own soul, to become "more concerned with reaching for students than reaching the height of professional reputation," and to find ways to be that person who is there to help each student help himself to become the person he is capable of becoming.

In this third collection of Louis’ inspiring "random thoughts," Louis asks us and himself to continue to focus sharply on that too often ignored human dimension of teaching. He tells us how he came to understand that teaching with unconditional love brings meaning and purpose to teaching that information, methodology, and technology cannot, and how teaching with love is the cause of more miracles than information, methodology and technology. Louis writes about an understanding burned into his spirit and "a demand that took away from me the option of being resigned, that eliminated the choice of becoming a cynic, that forbade me from ever feeling a hopelessness, that prohibited I lose faith and belief, that did not allow me to become burnt out."

In an environment where the needs of students can often get lost in bureaucratic clutter and research deadlines, Louis provides stories and insights that remind us as teachers that teaching requires connecting with students. And the best way to make a connection with anyone is to reach out with love. "Make it a good day!"

To read an excerpt from Random Thoughts III, click here.

 

Contents:
  • PREFACE
  • CATCHING THE TRAIN THAT WHISTLES IN THE NIGHT
  • AT THE END OF THE DAY
  • DOUGHNUTS AND HOLES
  • STUDENT JOURNALS
  • A MICRO BURST OF BURNOUT
  • MORE ABOUT SAM
  • MY FAVORITE EDUCATORS
  • WHAT "BUSINESS" ARE WE IN?
  • A LETTER FROM SARAH
  • PASSION OF AN EDUCATION
  • "YOU KNOW.
  • "YOU KNOW....", II
  • THE GREATEST DANGER TO MY TEACHING
  • THE GREATEST DANGER TO MY TEACHING—MY REPLY
  • KEEPING SCORE
  • LEARNING FUNDAMENTALS
  • A SMALL BIT OF ADVICE
  • ONE WISH
  • "WHAT DO I NEED FOR YOUR CLASS?"
  • JUST THINKING
  • IDOL SMASHING
  • YES, I CAN
  • IDOL SMASHING—MY REPLY
  • A POEM
  • I AM A TEACHER
  • EDUCATIONAL THEATER
  • EDUCATIONAL THEATER, II
  • JOHN
  • JOHN—MY REPLY
  • JOHN AND THE PASSION OF LEARNING
  • MORE WITH REGARDS TO JOHN
  • SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
  • MORE ON SANTA CLAUS
  • LET’S OPENLY CELEBRATE
  • SMILE
  • MAKING MISTAKES
  • A GIFT
  • ANOTHER GIFT
  • WONDER AND HOPE
  • THE CLASSROOM SHOULD BE A CATHEDRAL
  • "WHY DO I HAVE TO TAKE...."
  • NEXT PLAY
  • TEACHING IS LOVE
  • YOU NEVER KNOW
  • BURNOUT
  • A QUICK STORY
  • I WAS JUST THINKING THAT....
  • FOUR CORNERS OF THE CLASSROOM
  • 877
  • A STUDENT AND A SPARROW
  • ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR
  • PROVERBS 23:7
  • THE STORY
  • NOTHING’S AUTOMATIC
  • WHAT WOULD WE DO?
  • IN THE IMAGE OF...
  • A TREASURE
  • AT THE END OF THE TERM
  • DANGERS OF FORGETFULNESS
  • NOTHING IS INSTANT
  • "‘S’ENCE" OF LEARNING IN COMMUNITY
  • WHAT IS AN EDUCATION?
  • TOO MUCH?
  • TOO MUCH—MY REPLY
  • FREEDOM TO TEACH
  • WHERE HAS ALL THE JOY GONE?
  • THE GREATEST IS LOVE
  • DAMN THE PODIA; FULL STEAM AHEAD
  • FOUR QUESTIONS
  • WORTH THE EFFORT?
  • JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
  • THE BAD, THE GOOD, AND THE GREAT
  • WHAT IS REAL LEARNING
  • WHAT DO JOHN MADDEN AND MIKE DITKA KNOW?
  • ON TRANSMITTING INFORMATION
  • NO ACCOMMODATION WITH DOCUMENTATION
  • READ THIS AND CRY: A STUDENT REPLY
  • NO ACCOMMODATION WITHOUT DOCUMENTATION: A FACULTY REPLY
  • THINGS
  • WHAT HAVE I LEARNED THIS YEAR?
  • RESOLVED: LET’S CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL WARMING
  • IS TODAY THE DAY?
  • WHOM DO YOU LOVE?
  • AN UNKNOWN OLYMPIAN
  • TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS
  • IN THE DARK EVERYTHING SEEMS SO SIMPLE
  • PROFESSORIAL DOUBLESPEAK
  • "UNFORGETTABLE YOU"
  • WHAT TO TEACH; WHAT TO LEARN
  • JUST A THOUGHT THIS DAY
  • I LOOK AT THE GARDEN, AND I SEE THE CLASSROOM
  • TWO CONVERSATIONS WITH HENRY
  • "OH, I CAN’T DO THAT!"
  • ON THIS LABOR DAY
  • DO TEACHERS MATTER?
  • GET THEM TO READ
  • COMMANDMENTS FOR MY TEACHING
  • JUST SOME VERY RANDOM THOUGHTS
  • "LEOPARDS CAN CHANGE THEIR SPOTS"
  • CANS AND CAN’TS
 
Reviews:

Louis Schmier’s Random Thoughts III: Teaching with Love makes the ‘good-to-great day’ connection for all of us who are ready to read, listen, and reflect on our lives as students and as teachers. When Louis Schmier writes, I take the time to listen. His vision of a core curriculum of learning and life versus grades and syllibi is a treasure to all.

Don Fraser

 

Louis’ passion, wisdom, love, and unrelenting commitment to his students’ growth and potential is captured beautifully in his Random Thoughts. I hope that others will be inspired by his magic so that more lecture halls and classrooms will be transformed by equally passionate souls.

Brian Johnson

 

Teaching is probably about the most sacred work there is. And Louis Schmier is one of the most sacred voices about teaching as a way of loving others.

Judi Neal, Ph.D.

 

This 3rd installment in the "Random Thoughts" trilogy is a winner. Teaching with Unconditional Love explodes the traditional stodgy cognitive core of teaching in academe, where transmitting information is all that really matters. Random Thoughts provides a pre-emptive spike for the significance of emotional intelligence and teacher-student relationships in teaching. Students are placed on the proverbial pedestal. Louis Schmier’s provocative words will touch your heart and spleen and, maybe, even incite you to riot.

Ron Berk, Ph.D.

 

Louis Schmier shares with us his deep passion for teaching and learning. His reflective passages bring to us a unique perspective of community in higher education.

Milton D. Cox

, Director, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, Miami University. Conference Director, Lilly Conference on College Teaching.
,The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
, Executive Director, Association for Spirit at Work. Founder of the International Spirit at Work Awards. Author of Edgewalkers and Creating Enlightened Organizations.
, Philosopher & CEO of Zaadz, Inc., a company created to inspire and empower seekers and enlightened businesses to live at their highest potential.
, Vice President of LDF Publsihing, Inc. Co-author of Cornerstone.
 
About the Author: Louis Schmier is a Professor of History at Valdosta State University in Georgia, where he has taught since 1971. He is an inspirational teacher and philosopher. His "Random Thoughts" have been appearing on the Internet in educational listserves since April of 1993. Although he teaches at a university, his comments apply to all levels of education.
 
Details: 2005 [ISBN: 1-58107-110-8; 284 pages; 6 x 9 inch; soft cover]