Growing as a Teacher

Goals and Pathways of Ongoing Teacher Learning

Author: Clive Beck,Clare Kosnik

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9462095604

Category: Education

Page: 172

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Teacher learning doesn’t end with initial preparation; many insights and skills remain to be added. This book is concerned with ongoing teacher learning, its goals (Part I) and pathways (Part II). It is based on a longitudinal study of 42 teachers: 20 over their first 8 years of teaching and 22 over their first 5 years. The areas of continued teacher learning identified in our study were: vision of teaching, program planning, assessment, relevance, subject content and pedagogy, classroom organization and community, inclusion, and professional identity. The pathways of learning included informal and formal PD, teacher inquiry, and school-based learning. A key finding of our research was that, over the years, teachers learn a great deal informally. However, they do so largely on their own and under considerable stress. Teachers need more support than they currently receive, both for survival and to enhance their informal learning. Teachers can benefit significantly from external input, but their everyday learning makes them key “experts” in teaching. Accordingly, PD providers should work with teachers, utilizing their existing knowledge. This book is written for consideration by teachers, student teachers, teacher educators, PD providers, policy developers, and others interested in facilitating teacher learning. Some of us have been writing – somewhat desperately – on these ideas for years. Beck and Kosnik have given us strong evidence that the ideas are effective in practice. I hope this persuasive and beautifully written book will be widely read.Nel Noddings, Lee Jacks Professor of Education Emerita, Stanford University This book makes a powerful case for taking teachers’ professional development seriously. It brings us the voices of beginning teachers as they deepen their professional knowledge over time and makes clear the depth of commitment they bring to the job. Professor Gemma Moss, Institute of Education, University of London
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A Career as a Teacher

Author: Annalise Silivanch

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781448807994

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Introduces the profession of teaching, including its history, tools, education requirements, and areas of specialization.
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Growing Minds

Author: Herbert R. Kohl

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061320897

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Herbert Kohl, one of America's most influential and provocative educators, believes that the only way to persist and to grow as a teacher is to commit oneself to the development of the child rather than to the regimented training of the pupil. His book is a lively, personal testament of one teacher's efforts to cultivate the natural vitality of the learning process; it is also a wondefully concrete and practical guide full of stories of individual students and how they were helped to grow through learning.
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Learning from Coaching

How do I work with an instructional coach to grow as a teacher? (ASCD Arias)

Author: Nina Morel

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416619348

Category: Education

Page: 52

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Through working with a coach, teachers can find support as they think deeply about their work, set goals, and develop plans to meet those goals.
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Creating an Early Childhood Education Portfolio

Author: Delores Friedman

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133173004

Category: Education

Page: 192

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A teacher's portfolio, like an artist's portfolio, is a continually growing document that reflects one's best work and professional development. CREATING AND PRESENTING AN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PORTFOLIO encourages and guides students through the process of organizing and creating a portfolio. This practical book is appropriate for early educators needing a portfolio to serve as a bridge as they move from pre-service to in-service, and for practicing teachers wanting a professional development tool to showcase skills and accomplishments. It's divided into three sections, each of which focuses on an aspect of creating the portfolio. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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How to Thrive as a Teacher Leader

Author: John G. Gabriel

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416600310

Category: Education

Page: 220

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Offers advice to teachers who chair departments, lead committees, manage teams, coordinate programs, or mentor other teachers on accomplishing the formal and informal tasks required at every grade level.
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Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle School

A Cognitive and Cultural Approach

Author: Cory A. Buxton,Eugene F. Provenzo

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412924979

Category: Education

Page: 395

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Grounded in a social and historical context, this unique book encourages readers to think like scientists... Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle School: A Cognitive and Cultural Approach offers pre-service and in-service elementary and middle school teachers of science practical strategies for the classroom as well as a better understanding of the role of science in our day-to-day lives and culture. Key Features Prepares teachers with 100 key experiments that teach core, standards-based science concepts within a methods instruction model Provides an introduction to the historical, social, cultural, and linguistic construction of science in American culture—in particular, how it functions as a human endeavor Emphasizes the idea that science is connected to the world around us through reflection case studies Stresses the development of the basic principles underlying scientific methods of thought and inquiry Integrates standards in other content areas through “Theory Into Practice” boxes. Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries! Instructor’s Resources CD: Available by contacting SAGE, this CD offers PowerPoint® lecture slides, a teaching guide for the science standards-based lesson plan project, video clips of select experiments, Theory Into Practice resources, Reflections on Science assignments, Web resources, and a test bank. Student Resource CD: Bound into the back of the text, this CD provides students with video clips to illustrate select experiments from the text, as well as other key science concepts. A guide accompanies the video clips to assist student learning. Web-Based Student Study Site, http://www.sagepub.com/buxtonstudy: This site provides a variety of additional resources that will enhance students’ understanding of the book content and take their learning one step further.
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Values in English Language Teaching

Author: Bill Johnston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113563212X

Category: Education

Page: 192

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This book offers a new perspective on language teaching by placing moral issues--that is, questions of values--at the core of what it is to be a teacher. The teacher-student relation is central to this view, rather than the concept of language teaching as merely a technical matter of managing students' acquisition of language. The message is that all language teaching involves an interplay of deeply held values, but in each teaching situation these values are played out in different ways. Johnston does not tell readers what to think, but only suggests what to think about. Values in English Language Teaching explores the complex and often contradictory moral landscape of the language classroom, gradually revealing how teaching is not a matter of clear-cut choices but of wrestling with dilemmas and making difficult decisions in situations often riven with conflict. It examines the underlying values that teachers hold as individuals and as members of their profession, and demonstrates how those values are played out in the real world of language classrooms. Matters addressed include connections between the moral and political dimensions in English language teaching, and between values and religious beliefs; relationship(s) between teacher identity and values; the meaning of professionalism and how it is associated with morality and values; the ways in which teacher development is a moral issue; and the marginality of English language teaching. All the examples are taken from real-life teaching situations--the complexity and messiness of these situations is always acknowledged, including both individual influences and broader social, cultural, and political forces at play in English language classrooms. By using actual situations as the starting point for analysis, Johnston offers a philosophy based in practice, and recognizes the primacy of lived experience as a basis for moral analysis. Examples come from teaching contexts around the world, including Brazil, Thailand, Poland, Japan, Central African Republic, Turkey, and Taiwan, as well as various settings in the United States. This book will change the way teachers see language classrooms--their own or those of others. It is a valuable resource for teachers of ESL and EFL and all those who work with them, especially teacher educators, researchers, and administrators.
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Student Teaching

A Journey in Narratives

Author: K.J. Fasching-Varner

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9462094888

Category: Education

Page: 146

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The journey of becoming a teacher is a complicated, emotional, and often intricate endeavor. Much has been written about pre-service teachers but rarely do we understand the journey through their own voices. Join nine pre-service teachers as they share their experiences, challenges, and victories through a series of powerful narratives. Committed to making the process more transparent for those embarking on a similar journey, the chapter authors share honest, personal, and heartfelt viewpoints about what it means to become a teacher. The nine pre-service teachers in this volume all participated in a yearlong student teaching in the renowned Elementary Holmes Master of Arts in Teaching program at Louisiana State University. Putting to practice critical perspectives about what it means to teach in the 21st century, these authors expose their vulnerabilities with a range of literary approaches including metaphor, reflective journaling, and storytelling. The volume is framed by teacher educator insights about the contexts and complexities of teaching. A must read for anyone preparing to student teach, or for those already student teaching, Student Teaching: A Journey in Narratives deals directly with the realities of learning to teach. Sometimes poetic, sometimes painful, these compelling personal narratives of novice teachers provide a poignant view of the struggles, fears, and celebrations developing teachers traverse on the journey to induction into the profession. Teacher educators and teacher candidates alike will find much to explore and discuss in these chapters. No stone of learning to teach is left unturned! – Lisa Delpit, Author of Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom and Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People's Children
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From Crayons to Cyberspace: Creating A Professional Teaching Portfolio

Author: Jo Kinnard

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495189294

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 112

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FROM CRAYONS TO CYBERSPACE gives your students the tools they need to build better digital portfolios right from the start. Created to meet the needs of students in teacher education programs, the text has a special emphasis on digital portfolios, although it can also be used by students who will develop traditional (paper) portfolios. The text guides students through the steps of preparing a portfolio including guidelines for artifact selection and reflection. The final chapters of the book introduce students to electronic portfolios now widely used in teacher education programs across the country. And to help students begin the task of building their electronic portfolio, the text includes four months of access to iWebfolio, an outstanding portfolio authoring tool that allows students to create, store, and submit their portfolios for review quickly and easily. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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