Fishpond Gift Vouchers - Let them choose!

Shop over a million Toys in our Huge New Range

Caring Hearts and Critical Minds

Hurry - Only 2 left in stock!
Product Description
Product Details

About the Author

As a kid growing up in suburban Chicago, Steven Wolk loved the Cubs and hated to read. When he graduated from high school, he could count all of the novels he had read on one finger. Really, one finger. Having ""fake read"" his way through school, the one book he really did read was Paul Zindel's young adult classic The Pigman, because it was the only book assigned that was actually about a boy like him. Steve became a passionate reader long after college, when he could bond with books on his own terms rather than according to someone else's programme.Besides baseball, his passion was (and still is) photography. At around ten years old, he started roaming the streets, alleys, and parks of his neighbourhood taking pictures by the thousands. Because it was the age of film (do you remember film?), he built darkrooms in his basement and by high school was staying up late to print his pictures. In fact, Steve says that photography prepared him for teaching and curriculum design more than anything, because he learned to critique and examine the world through the lens of a camera. Later, when he studied photography and art in college, he learned how a photographer does not simply record reality but creates it -- just like good teachers do with curriculum.Steve fell into teaching accidentally. Needing a job, he applied to be a teacher's aide but was instead offered a job as a full-time ""building sub."" With some trepidation he took the job and soon fell in love with teaching, especially with middle schoolers and their energy, passion, and naive confidence. Tap into that, and miracles happen.Following nine years of teaching every grade from third to eighth, Steve is now a professor of teacher education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, USA. He teaches primarily in the graduate programs, as well as a course on young adult fiction. Steve has also done consulting work in the Chicago Public Schools, presented nationally, been published in many leading education journals, and conducted teacher workshops on literacy, literature, and social studies. Besides Caring Hearts & Critical Minds: Literature, Inquiry, and Social Responsibility, Steve has written Being Good and A Democratic Classroom, which won the James Britton Award from the Conference on English Education of the National Council of Teachers of English.


"This inspiring book motivates middle school teachers to use reading as a vehicle to promote critical literacy, social responsibility and thought-provoking discussions within our classrooms." "My only issue with this inspiring professional resource was the growing list of adolescent novels that I now want to purchase and read!" - ETFO Voice

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Caring Hearts and Critical Minds: Literature, Inquiry, and Social Responsibility on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top