Monday, April 16, 2012

Making a Difference – Stories of Inspirational Teachers

Some time ago I was asked for a piece about an inspirational teacher. I wrote a short piece on Fr. Tom Lynch who taught me History and English in St Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen in the late 60s. The piece has been included in the recently published book Making a Difference – Stories of Inspirational Teachers. My piece is called A Down-to-Earth Approach to Learning. I actually forget if the title is mine but it does reflect Fr. Tom's approach to learning, history and literature.

I also sent them a poem of mine called Retiring Teacher, originally published in Revival Journal, Limerick and this is also included in the book.

This from the publishers' website:
The newly released,
Making a Difference – Stories of Inspirational Teachers, is aimed at all educators, whether they be teachers or parents to reflect on the powerful formative impact their direction, encouragement and commitment has on the lives of their learners.

The book has stories from over sixty contributors, each giving a personal account of the impact of a teacher on their lives. There are contributions from well known people such as Ruairí Quinn, Brendan O’Carroll & Terry Prone but also from people who have no public profile but whose lives have been equally impacted by exceptional teachers.Link
The book costs 15 euro. some pages, though not mine, can be read on the website.

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