Passionate Learners – My First Book Released

Two years ago, prompted by a blog post asking for ideas, I submitted a proposal for a book to Powerful Learning Press. I remember thinking that I was way out of my league, that I had no right to submit anything, and who did I really think I was. Yet, I knew from writing this blog and having many conversations with incredible people that some of the stuff I had written about had helped others. I knew that there were many teachers out there wondering how they could change the way they taught, wondering if it was okay to break the rules? So I hit send and then promptly forgot all about it, after all I was a new mom to twins and barely getting any sleep. I took a leap of faith, hoped for the best, but resigned myself to the idea that no one would probably be interested.

Now, I see what taking a leap of faith can do for you. Two years later the book that I asked if I could write, is being released. “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students” is out today! The story that I hoped to tell about breaking the rules from within without alienating your entire support team, about working within a standards obsessed curriculum and still having students like learning, about assessing students without giving them grades is here. That book that I thought I maybe could write has been written and is now ready to be judged by you.

So I hope you like it, or at least, I hope it makes you think. I hope it offers concrete ideas that you can implement or help someone implement in their own journey to change. I hope you will help me create more passionate learners around the world.

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Pernille Ripp is the the author of Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students, creator of Global Read Aloud Project, and co-founder of EdCamp MadWI. She teaches fifth grade in Verona, Wisconsin, and blogs at