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ERIC Number: ED498279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-28
Pages: 196
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-1-5788-6612-XISBN-978-1-5788-6612-0
What It Means to Be a Teacher: The Reality and Gift of Teaching
Gose, Michael
Rowman & Littlefield Education
The stories, anecdotes, humor, and insights found in this book capture what it means to be a teacher. The book begins with common encounters that are the hallmark of the new-teacher experience, but continues into equally entertaining tales that come with years of working with students, parents, staff, faculty, and administrators. "What It Means to Be a Teacher" mirrors a teacher's playful sense of irony and a deep appreciation of the old wisdom about feeling "the impact of the great, occasional and accidental joy" which comes with teaching. Whether a teacher, principal, or administrator, readers will relate to the profound sense of what it means to be a teacher. Following a foreword by Don Cameron, former executive director of the National Education Association (NEA), this book is divided into two parts. Part 1, Existence, presents the following chapters: (1) First-Year Teaching; (2) Job Conditions; (3) Failure; (4) Success; (5) I May Only Be a Teacher, But I Am a Teacher; (6) The Curriculum; (7) Every Teacher Has Memorable and Favorite Students; (8) Certain Administrators; (9) Dilemmas; (10) Honor and Betrayal; (11) At Risk; and (12) Joys of Teaching. Part 2, Essence, concludes the book with "The Essence of What It Means to Be a Teacher. Appended are: (1) Recommendations to Improve Teaching; and (2) Quiz.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A