Good teaching depends on…

“. . . good teaching depends on a teacher’s own love, understanding, and continued pursuit of subject matter, whatever that may be. When teachers’ lives have been deprived of any wholehearted enjoyment of the things of the world that can engage young children, then a first priority in helping them, as we sought to do, must be to let them discover that enjoyment as adults.” ~ Frances Hawkins

Ref: Frances Hawkins as quoted p.46 Mary Lynch, Lauren Foster Shaffer, and Ellen Hall (2009) reflections on science: the development of the Hawkins Room for messing about with materials and ideas. NOV/DEC EXCHANGE Essentials; Inspiring Practices – Part 1, pp.43-46 (


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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