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Becoming a Teacher, Eighth Edition provides future teachers with a motivational and realistic look at what it means to be a teacher today. Through its inviting prose, glimpses into real classrooms, and hallmark Dear Mentor feature, Becoming a Teacher places readers in the shoes of real teachers, helping them determine: is teaching for me ?
Presents the Realities of Teaching Today. Take a look inside real classrooms through the following features:
Dear Mentor — All new — Offers experienced teachers’ advice about new teachers’ commonly asked questions and concerns.
New!Teaching on Your Feet — Shows how teachers make important, spontaneous decisions that can turn negative situations into positive outcomes.
Teachers’ Voices: Research to Reality — Nine new articles — Illustrates how chapter content applies to real classroom situations.
Teachers’ Voices: Walk in My Shoes — Nine new reflections — Shares real teachers’ insights, challenges, and accomplishments in the classroom.
Presents the Latest Trends in Technology and Teaching. Take a look at new advances in teaching technology through the following features:
New!Chapter 12, Integrating Technology into Teaching — Explores how technology is transforming teaching and learning today.
New! Technology in Action — Shows how teachers can use technology to enhance student learning, and gives readers opportunities to try it out themselves.
Offers Innovative Learning Technology. Take control of your learning through MyEducationLab, a research-based learning tool that brings teaching in today’s classrooms to life. Through authentic in-classroom video, student artifacts, research articles and more, MyEducationLab prepares you for your teaching career. MyEducationLab for this text includes:
Chapter Study Plans — Offers quizzes to test mastery of chapter objectives.
Review, Practice, and Enrichment — Provides exercises to deepen understanding of chapter content.
Activities and Application — Fosters application of chapter concepts.
Virtual Field Experience — Provides additional video activities for students who are unable to visit real schools.
After an initial discussion that is designed to enable readers to determine whether they are suited for a teaching career, the authors provide information that all teachers need concerning the historical, social, cultural, philosophical, political, financial, and legal dimensions of American education. Emphasizing the concepts of mentoring and teacher leadership, the authors also address such topics as classroom dynamics, online activities for facilitating professional growth, and guidelines for developing a professional portfolio. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
Many of our teacher-candidates use this text to study for their state teacher competency tests and have found it helpful. It covers actual teaching situations as well as introductory elements for students interested in becoming teachers. Of all the textbooks I have reviewed for this class, I find this book to be the most “real” when it comes to what is happening in American education. I think coverage diversity in this test is better, more detailed, and covers more than just race and ethnicity.
Barbara Taylor, Western New Mexico University
I found the text to be an enjoyable read, a comment that I don’t ever recall making about any textbook, and I would recommend it to fellow instructors as well as new teachers.
Tami Baker, East Tennessee State University
This text is written with the student in mind, readable, informative, current, it provides a great overview and introduction to the classroom. It allows our students to begin looking at the classroom of today through the eyes of a teacher. A great start to “Becoming a Teacher.”
Larry Froelich, Kent State University
The writing is clear, interesting and engaging. It is written at a level that is appropriate for my students. The honesty of the chapters in answering the focus questions and discussing the pros and cons of the teaching profession as well as connections to real teaching experiences are the strengths.
Lois Paretti, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
I find the organization to be quite useful and beneficial. I particularly like the Summary pages and the Professional Reflections and Activities. This gives added strength to the power of reflecting.
Sarah Swicegood, Sam Houston State University
I like the variety of activities at the end of the chapter, especially Teacher’s Journal, Teacher’s Research, and the professional portfolio.
Forrest W. Parkay is Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at Washington State University. He was Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Florida for eight years and at Texas State University for five years. Forrest received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English education from the University of Illinois-Urbana. He earned his Ph.D. in education at the University of Chicago, and he is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program (MDP). For eight years, Forrest taught at Du Sable High School on Chicago’s South Side, and he served as Chairman of Du Sable’s English Department for four years.
Forrest is the author or co-author of more than 60 refereed journal articles and several books, including Curriculum Leadership: Readings for Developing Quality Educational Programs (Allyn and Bacon, 2010). His research has appeared in the field’s leading peer-reviewed journals, including Phi Delta Kappan, American Journal of Education, and Educational Administration Quarterly.
A former Fulbright Scholar at Kasetsart University’s Center for Research on Teaching and Teacher Education, in Thailand, Forrest has facilitated educational reform programs and conducted cross-national research in China, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Pakistan, India, and Singapore. He has been a Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University and at Assumption University in Thailand.
His hobbies include classic cars, camping, kayaking, and photography. Forrest is the proud father of three daughters: Anna, Catherine, and Rebecca.
I purchased this text new and it was missing the whole chapter 4 it really messed up my midterm, so be careful,,O i wasn't compensated, i paid 125 for a text to teache me and it was missing a vital chapter i flunked class
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