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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 MentorAll 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 RealityNine new articles — Illustrates how chapter content applies to real classroom situations.
  • Teachers’ Voices: Walk in My ShoesNine 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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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.

Judy Jackson May, Bowling Green State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205625093
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: MyEducationLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Classroom Case: The Realities if Teaching

Why do I Want to Teach

Teaching on Your Feet:Making a Subject Inviting to Students

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes: Noah Zeichner

What Are the Benefits of Teaching?

What are the Challenges of Teaching?

What Will Society Expect of Me As a Teacher?

Technology In Action: Wikis in 10th Grade Social Studies

What is the Job Outlook for Teachers?

How Will I Become a Highly Qualified Teacher?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: The Early Literacy Club: Building Excellence Through Collaboration, Jane Ching Fung


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

Who Are Today's Teachers?

What Do Teachers Do in the Classroom?

Teaching on Your Feet: Responding to Multiple Problems That Emerge Simultaneously

What Knowledge and Skills Do Today's Teachers Need?

Teacher's Voices: Research to Reality: Action and Reflection in Teaching, Jeff Huntley

Technology in Action: E-Portfolios in 12th-Grade Industrial Arts

To What Extent is Teaching a Full Professionm?

To What Professional Associations Do Teachers Belong?

How Do Teachers Help to Build Learning Communities?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes : A Successful Novice Teacher, Erin McGee

How Do Teachers Participate in Teacher Collaboration?


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

What is the Role of Schools in Today's Society?

Technology in Action: Video Editing in Sixth Grade

How Can Schools Be Described?

What Are Schools Like as Social Institutions?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes: Gifted Teacher in Diverse Settings, Romaine Washington

What are the Characteristics of Successful Schools?

What Social Problems Affect Schools and Place Students at Risk?

Teaching On Your Feet: "The Abolishment of "I Can't", Jennifer Michele Diaz

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: Building Bridges Between School and Community, Kimberly Min

How are Schools Addressing Societal Problems?

How Can Community-Based Partnerships Help Students Learn?


Professional Reflections and Activities

Ch. 4 Philosophical Foundations of U.S. Education

Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

Why is Philosophy Important to Teachers?

What is the Nature of Philosophy?

What Determines Your Educational Philosophy?

Technology in Action: Web Conferencing in 11th Grade Chinese Langauge Class

What are the Branches of Philosophy?

Teachers' Voices: Research and Reality: Dollars and Points, Marcus Goodyear

What are Five Modern Philosophical Orientations to Teaching?

Teaching on Your Feet: Opening the Gates

What Psychological Orientations Have Influenced Teaching Philosophies?

How Can You Develop Your Educational Philosophy?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes: Phil Kraus


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

Why Is Educational History Important?

What Were Teaching and Schools Like in the American Colonies (1620-1750)?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes: Camille Beliveau

Teaching on Your Feet: Worth the Struggle: Elizabeth Gubbins

What Were the Goals of Education During the Revolutionary Period (1750-1820)?

How Was the Struggle Won for State- Supported Common Schools (1820-1865)?

How Did Compulsory Education Change Schools and the Teaching Profession (1865-1920)?

What Were the Aims of Education During the Progressive Era (1920-1945)?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: Native American Teachers Need Support, Kristine Shotley

How Did Education Change During the Modern Postwar Era (1945-to the Present)?

Technology in Action: Screen Capture in 12th-Grade Calculus


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

Why Do You Need to Understand Educational Politics?

How Does the Local Community Influence Schools?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: Thrown to the Wolves, John Flickinger

Teaching in Your Feet: " The Sobbs Could Be Heard..." Betsy McIntire

Technology in Action: Virtual Worlds in a Seventh-Grade Combined Classroom

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes: Gil Navarro

What Powers and Influence Do States Have in Governing Schools?

How do Regional Education Agencies Assist Schools?

How Does the Federal Fovernment Influence Education?

How Are Schools Financed in the United States?

What Are some Trends in Funding For Equity and Excellence?

How Will the Privatization Movement Affect Equity and Excellence in Education?


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

Why Do You Need to KNow About Education and the Law?

Why Do You Need a Professional Code of Ethics?

Teaching On Your Feet: Some Students Deserve a Break, Julius Dichosa

What Are Your Legal Rights As Teachers?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes, Frannie Knobloch Finley

What Are Your Legal Responsibilities as a Teacher?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: Opening the Door to Possibilities, Mary Hanson

Technology in Action: Virtual Labs in Ninth-Grade Biology Classroom

What Are the Legal Rights of Students and Parents?

What Are Some Issues in the Legal Rights of School Districts?


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

How is Diversity Reflected in the Culture of the United States?

Technology in Action: Using Text-to-Speech in a Third-Grade Reading Class

What Does Equal Educational Opportunity Mean?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: Equal Educatinal Opportunity for All Students, Chrysta Bakstad

What is Meant by Bilingual Education?

What is Multicultural Education?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes, Lenora Mar

Teaching on Your Feet: iSi se Puede! (It Can Be Done!) Romaine Washington

How Is Gender a Dimension of Multicultural Education?


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

How Do Students' Needs Change as They Develop?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: Values: The Implicit Curriculum, Linda Inlay

How Do Students Vary in Intelligence?

How Do Students Vary in Ability and Disability?

Technology in Action: Learning Management Systems in the Classroom

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes, Michael Kremer

Teaching on Your Feet: Finding the Secret, Rhoda Silverberg

What Are Special Education, Mainstreaming, and Inclusion?

How Can You Teach All Learners in Your Inclusive Classroom?


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

What Determines the Culture of the Classroom?

How Can You Create a Positive Learning Environment?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: A Welcoming Tone in the Classroom, Lisa Rieger

Technology in Action: Podcasting in Fifth-Grade Social Studies

Teaching On Your Feet: Questions and Answers, Elmer Lee

What Are the Keys to Successful Classroom Management

What Teaching Methods Do Effective Teachers Use?

What Is Taught in Schools?

How is the School Curriculum Developed?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes, Kristina Young


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

What Role Will Standards Play in Your Classroom?

What is Standards-Based Education?

What Controversies Surround the Effort to Raise Standards?

What Methods Can You Use to Assess Student Learning?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes, Chris Whyte

Teaching on Your Feet: Teh Benefits of Peer Assessment? Leslie U. Gore

Technology in Action: Fifth-Grade Social Studies Teacher Obtains Online Degree

How Can You Develop High-Quality Classroom Assessments?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: Project-Based Learning: Building Houses, Mary Russell


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

How is Technology Transforming Teaching and Learning?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: Half of Teaching is Learning, Merry Herbert

What Technologies Can Be Integrated Into Teaching?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes, Brad Kamradt

To What Degree Are Teachers Integrating Technology Into Their Teaching?

What Does Research Say About Technology Integration and Student Learning?

What Are the Challenges of Integrating Technology Into Teaching?

Teaching On Your Feet: Releasing Unlimited Student Creativity With Limited Technology, Ted Lai


Professional Reflections and Activities


Classroom Case: The Realities of Teaching

Why is Your Induction Into Teaching Important?

What Can You Learn from Observing in Classrooms?

How Can You Gain Practical Experience for Becoming a Teacher?

How Can You Develop Your Teaching Portfolio?

What Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development Will You Have?

Teachers' Voices: Walk in My Shoes, Cherly Bonner

What New Leadership Roles for Teachers are Emerging?

Teachers' Voices: Research to Reality: The Case for Teacher-Led School Improvement, LaQuanda Brown

How Do Teachers Contribute to Educational Research?

Technology in Action: Autograded Quizzes and Exams in Eight-Grade Social Studies

How Are Teachers Providing Leadership for School Restructuring and Curriculum Reform?

What Can You Expect as a Beginning Teacher?

Teaching on Your Feet: " I Now Believe I can Fly!", Doug Quine

How Will Your Performance as a Teacher Be Evaluated?


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