Why Didn't I Learn This in College?by Paula Rutherford
Over 400,000 copies of this book are in the hands of new teachers and their mentors worldwide. This new edition includes updated tools and procedures for teaching and learning in the 21st century. Even veteran teachers say that they find the ideas and strategies here invaluable. It is based on the construct that the best management program is a good instructional… See more details below
Over 400,000 copies of this book are in the hands of new teachers and their mentors worldwide. This new edition includes updated tools and procedures for teaching and learning in the 21st century. Even veteran teachers say that they find the ideas and strategies here invaluable. It is based on the construct that the best management program is a good instructional program. If student learning is our goal, we want to shift our focus from control and compliance to creating positive learning-centered environments.
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This book is a heaven sent for those who are fresh in the field. Most early, primary, and secondary education majors study theory more than application. Majority of the courses that students enroll in are repetitive and mundane. The only time a student majoring in education attempts to teach a class is during student teaching and still, it is not enough time to expose him/her to the real demands of teachers of today's generation. Real teachers and real scholars share their experiences and their effective methods with other teachers who need some guidance or new methods to create a more interesting lesson.
This book is heavy on instructional strategies. Every page has a strategy to use in your class that day. I do use it as a reference and our district does provide it for their induction and mentoring groups. The new teacher next to me shared it with me and I bought my own copy. It is nice to go back and refer to it for unit planning or lesson building. Overall good book.
I like the strategies in the book. It is much better than some of the other books out there that focus on which way to pass in your papers and how to set up your room...this book actually helped me teach. That is cool.
My district, Chicago Public Schools, provided this book to all of the new teachers in the district. I received a book in college called First Days of School that totally talked down to teachers and promoted the belittling of students as the best way to be a teacher. Why Didn't I Learn This in College? is a breath of fresh air. The introduction even says 'Do you want your students to be well-managed or well educated' RIGHT ON! I recommend this book highly. Good luck in your teaching!
While the title is tongue-in-cheek, the content is not. This book is exactly what I needed as a new teacher. I refer to this book daily while planning my units and lessons. It really has helped me focus on instruction. The active learning strategies are easy to implement and actually a lot of fun to use! I have shared this book with my district because they provided us a book that is all about discipline, which to my knowledge, our district does not test my students on at the end of the year. Great resource!