Review of An Ethic of Excellence by Ron Berger

An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students - Ron Berger, Howard Gardner, Deborah Meier, Kate Montgomery

I really enjoyed this book on what makes for bringing a culture of excellence into the classroom.  I thought Berger's stories were inspirational, and loved many of his ideas.  Like many stories on great teaching though, his methods are virtually impossible to use in a big sense because his school basically allows him to teach however he wants.  At most public high schools, teachers would have to maintain a certain pace while covering a large curriculum.  However, I do like his technique of peer review and of making the work important to students.  Demanding more of students is something that sounds easy, but over time it can become difficult to maintain a high level of determination when teaching a class load of 130 kids through 180 days.  This book reminded me to never give up pushing each and every student.