Igniting Brilliance (Book Review)

Igniting Brilliance is a powerful new book about teaching with the integral education model. Edited by Willow Dea, It consists of visionary writings by about 20 educators. This is a great book for any teacher but especially one who wants to try something new. To the left you see a graphic from the book showing one way of planning lessons with integral education. It is a concise visual summary of what the book entails.

The book offers more than traditional lesson plans have to offer. Concepts of the “whole child” as well as many other modern concepts are mentioned. As a teacher I have learned it’s not enough to just present the material, we need a way to reach all personalities. By outlining the needs and learning styles of our students we can make better lessons that have a deeper impact on our students.

This book concerns itself with reaching students. It assumes that will produce achievement. It has a scope that is larger than a standardized test but encompasses standardized test achievement. After perusing the book, I can tell you it is an excellent resource that any teacher will benefit by. A book like this is eclectic in its voice and scope and valuable in its universal practicality. I recommend it to my readers as a resource to help you plan modern dynamite lessons in the new milennium.



Having been a public school teacher since 1997, I've gained valuable classroom experience. Sometimes a great tool is a dynamite lesson plan. These posts are from a real teaching journey. I hope they inspire you. Thanks for reading!

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