#79 Dan Tricarico — The Zen Teacher

Dan Tricarico is The Zen Teacher. He has been a member of the West Hills High School English Department for over twenty years.  He is author of The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom and the teaching methods text You’re a Teacher. . .So Act Like One!  Improving Your Stage Presence in the Classroom (Writer’s Club Press 2002). Additionally, he spent a full year as columnist for the writing website Scribophile.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing fiction, listening to music (especially Roots Rock and The Blues), reading mystery novels, staring out of windows, and watching movies.  One of Dan’s first loves is writing poetry, and he has published many poems both in print and on-line.

In this episode you will learn:

    • How his background in drama influenced him as an English teacher
    • The way in which Jane Schaffer trained him to be a better teacher
    • How an entire department can overcome teacher isolation
    • What works well when teaching poetry and novels
    • Why spontaneity is so important in the classroom

Follow Dan on Twitter @thezenteacher and read The Zen Teacher blog