Becoming a Successful Urban Teacher / Edition 1

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Overview

What every urban teacher should know could take years of experience and plenty of mistakes, discouragement, and frustrations along the way. Or it could simply mean learning from other teachers who have been there, done that, and succeeded. Veteran teacher Dave Brown has set out to make the lives of new urban teachers easier by sharing the stories of thirteen successful urban educators from grades one through twelve. These teachers provide practical advice on everything from effective instructional strategies, gaining students' cooperation, and managing a classroom, to developing curricula that match the interests and academic levels of the students they serve.

Sensitive to the day-to-day challenges of urban teaching, Brown takes a micro perspective on its practical aspects so that novice teachers have a clear picture of how to establish a comfortable learning environment from the start-and how to maintain it. Integrating these stories into every chapter, Brown addresses particular pedagogical and philosophical concerns. He adds his own voice too by describing specific tactics for:

  • assisting students who are reading below grade level
  • addressing differences in ability
  • fitting in with veteran faculty
  • satisfying local administrators
  • handling the pressure of standards.

For urban teachers, this book will renew the joys of teaching in diverse and challenging environments and reinforce the notions that brought them to teaching in the first place, how promising, exciting, and personally and professionally satisfying urban teaching can be.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325003610
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/5/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

A former teacher and coach at the middle and high school levels, Dave Brown is coathor of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know, Second Edition (Heinemann, 2007) and the author of Becoming a Successful Urban Teacher (Heinemann, 2002). He is a former middle school teacher with years of experience teaching and coaching sixth through eighth graders. He regularly conducts research with middle-level teachers and young adolescents as a professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and provides in-service sessions nationally on young-adolescent development, appropriate middle-level design, and culturally responsive teaching.
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Table of Contents

Why Teach in an Urban School?

Rethinking Your Culture of Education

The First Year of Urban Teaching

Creating a Positive and Productive Learning Environment

Choosing Appropriate Curricula

Responsive Instruction

Language Considerations in Instructional Processes

The Real Meaning of Assessment

Reasonable Expectations or Impossible Standards

Garnering Support from Colleagues, Parents/Caregivers, and Administrators

Conclusion: Is this the Right Teaching Job for You?

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