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ERIC Number: ED500199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-9
Pages: 288
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4129-0407-0
Narratives from the Classroom: An Introduction to Teaching
Miller, Paul Chamness, Ed.
SAGE Publications (CA)
In order for pre-service teachers to fully understand what it means to choose teaching as a career, it is important for them to connect with experienced teachers who can share their experiences of what occurs within the walls of schools. Narrative accounts of teachers' experiences with students, parents, administrators and colleagues are an excellent way for pre-service teachers to obtain a clearer picture of what teaching really involves. "Narratives from the Classroom: An Introduction to Teaching" introduces the reader to many of the important classroom issues surrounding the field of teaching. This book is unique in that it is a collection of personal accounts and ideas written by the teachers and teacher educators who lived those experiences. Because this is an introduction to teaching, each chapter addresses a different topic, ranging from the purpose of schools and teachers, issues about policies and programs in the school, and various practices found within the classroom walls. There is also a section that addresses preparation for the job market and what the first year of teaching is like. This book deliberately avoids being prescriptive and encourages the reader to form his or her own conclusions about the presented issues. After a foreword (Bill Ayers) and an introduction (Paul Chamness Miller), it is organized into three parts--Purposes, Policies, Programs, and Practices--and contains the following papers: (1) Narrative in Teacher Education (JoAnn Phillion); (2) The Role of a Teacher: My Thoughts After 12 Years in the Field (Kin Chee); (3) Moral Education in American Schools (Christopher Blake and Connie Monroe); (4) The Inner Workings of the School (Jill Underly); (5) Power, Identity and the Third Rail (Wayne Au); (6) Hong Kong's Shifting Classroom Narrative (Betty Eng); (7) Reflections on Compassionate and Transformative Education (Chris Carger); (8) Positive Relationships for Effective Teaching (Teresa Rishel and Paul Chamness Miller); (9) Amplifying Student Performance by Teaching and Modeling Responsibility (Crystal Reimer); (10) Maneuvering the Emotional and Social Demands of the Classroom (Teresa Rishel); (11) Assessment for Learning: Its Effect on the Classroom and Curriculum (Magdalena Mo Ching Mok); (12) A Seasoned Teacher's Experience with Technology (Pamela Miller); (13) Starting Your Career: An Employment Guide for Pre-Service Teachers (Joseph McSparran); and (14) Tales from My First Year of Teaching (Erin Mikulec).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States