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Teaching in the Real World: Strategies to Survive and Thrive / Edition 1
     

Teaching in the Real World: Strategies to Survive and Thrive / Edition 1

by Daniel Zukergood, Anne Marie Bettencourt
 

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ISBN-10: 0131590529

ISBN-13: 9780131590526

Pub. Date: 03/11/2008

Publisher: Pearson

This book presents a dialogue of reflective journal entries sent via email between a student teacher and her college supervisor. Miss B is a white, female, graduate student doing her student teaching in an urban high school. Written in a very honest, compassionate, inspiring, thoughtful, and humorous way, her journal illustrates her transformation from a passionate

Overview

This book presents a dialogue of reflective journal entries sent via email between a student teacher and her college supervisor. Miss B is a white, female, graduate student doing her student teaching in an urban high school. Written in a very honest, compassionate, inspiring, thoughtful, and humorous way, her journal illustrates her transformation from a passionate but struggling student teacher to a teacher who has found her voice and the confidence to be an effective teacher in her own classroom. Most student teachers are required to keep a daily reflection/journal. The journal entries in the book are written chronologically and provide an excellent example of what a reflective teacher should look for in trying to improve their teaching.

Student teaching is considered to be one of the most important components of pre-service training. It is during these practicums that aspiring teachers apply what they have learned in their courses to the real world in a real classroom. However, many student teachers are unprepared to face the situations they will encounter in urban school settings. Not only will they have to deal with lesson planning, classroom management, working with parents, etc, but also such issues as homelessness, hunger, motivation, and difficult family environments. Miss B makes a lot of mistakes that set her back as well as many decisions that move her forward. Readers of the book will continually be thinking about how they would have dealt with that particular situation as they experience the joys, frustrations, fears, and compromises they may have to confront in their own student teaching.

Professors will find this book to be an excellent tool to promote discussions on contemporary critical issues of which pre-service teachers should be aware. To help promote discussion, each chapter ends with Discussion Starters: questions that ask readers to react to key topics discussed in the chapter. Other features include Professor Z’s Tips, Strategies, and Relevant Data and Professor Z’s Student Teaching Checklist. It will be a valuable resource for all student teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131590526
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
03/11/2008
Series:
Pearson Custom Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Pre-Student Teaching Reflections: The Day Before My Practicum Starts

Week One

Day 1: Josh - My First Day of Student Teaching (What They Don't Teach in Behavior Management Courses)

Day 2: The Moat: Funding (Or the Lack Of) in Urban Schools

Day 3: Covering Your Butt and Covering the Material

Day 4: Black Man, White Man, Don't Give a Damn

Day 5: Good Luck Miss B!

Discussion Starters for Week One

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Getting Your Act Together

Week Two

Day 1: Lessons After School

Day 2: Writing Right

Day 3: Miss, Why Are You So Mean?

Day 4: The "Tag Team" and "The Buzz"

Day 5: Standardized Testing Stinks!

Discussion Starters for Week Two

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Getting Your Class Together

Week Three

Day 1: Discipline: All for One and One for All?

Day 2: Low Budget Learning

Day 3: My First Observation: Da Bomb!

Day 4: Central High's Police State

Day 5: Tag Team's Back Again!

Discussion Starters for Week Three

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Classroom Management

Week Four

Day 1: Teaching Without Resources

Day 2: I (Used To) Love Discussions

Day 3: Who ARE You? Who am I?

Day 4: To Group or Not to Group: That Is the Question

Day 5: Rebellion

Discussion Starters for Week Four

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Effective Teaching Methods

Week Five

Day 1: My Second Observation: Still Da Bomb!

Day 2: Stickers?!

Day 3: We Are Our Students

Day 4: Go Ahead and Make My Day

Day 5: I (Used To) Love Fridays

Discussion Starters for Week Five

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Things to Remember to Do Throughout the Placement

Week Six

Day 1: Ninth Grade Goofballs

Day 2: This is MY Class!

Day 3: The Way It Is and the Way It Ought to Be

Day 4: Helping Students Create Life Goals

Day 5: Success is 80% Attitude

Discussion Starters for Week Six

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Teaching in Urban Schools

Week Seven

Day 1: My Last Week: Time to Fly or Time to Die?

Day 2: Living in the City?

Day 3: Student Feedback Rocks

Day 4: Final Observation: Miss B at the Plate - Bases Loaded, Two Out, Full Count

Day 5: My Last Day of Student Teaching

Discussion Starters for Week Seven

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Post Student Teaching Activities

Epilogue

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