Teach Like a Human: Essays for Parents and Teachers

Rowman & Littlefield. Dec. 2020. 106p. ISBN 9781475857214. $30. CHILD REARING
In the preface to her new book, Hirsch (Why Good Teachers Matter: Raising the Bar in Jewish Education) asserts that COVID-19 has changed everything, a statement few would debate. Teaching went online, and work and home boundaries shifted, as many parents found themselves attempting to balance the roles of parent, school facilitator, and at-home employee. Mental health, physical health, economic stability, career growth, and social health have all been affected. New questions created in teaching create uncertainty on old ways and practices. Hirsch states that teacher must come into the room with the same open questions and wonder that children feel and experience in order to fuel a continuously learning mindset in their classroom. Chapter titles and themes are inspired by traditional school subjects, such as “The Mathematics of Mothering,” which shares lessons from the principles of organizational theory for parents, and “Sifting the Metaphor,” which compares a lesson plan to a recipe, pointing out that quality, precision, and creativity are all crucial components of a lesson and that assessment and evaluation are vital at the end of a lesson.
VERDICT Hirsch’s book may prove helpful to those who have had to learn to balance teaching or facilitating with parenting since March 2020.

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