Joy of Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning / Edition 1

Joy of Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning / Edition 1

by Gene E. Hall, Linda F. Quinn, Donna M. Gollnick

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ISBN-10: 0205405592

ISBN-13: 9780205405596

Pub. Date: 02/13/2007

Publisher: Pearson


The Joy of Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning

ISBN: 0205405592

“I have been looking for a text to switch to for quite a while…This one will be it…The writing style is clear and the tone is very positive throughout. I like that because we must begin to teach our future teachers that their attitudes and



The Joy of Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning

ISBN: 0205405592

“I have been looking for a text to switch to for quite a while…This one will be it…The writing style is clear and the tone is very positive throughout. I like that because we must begin to teach our future teachers that their attitudes and dispositions are crucial to their and their students’ successes…I was engaged in the text as I read it and loved that the author profiled real educators who are successful and convey their passion and love of the profession to the reader. This text is a wonderful and refreshing variation on the typical introductory text.”

—Carlise Womack, Bainbridge College

Using a multitude of examples from the working lives of teachers, The Joy of Teaching propels students into the world of teaching by pairing rich examples and real-life stories with practical applications. Rather than taking a superior stance toward its readers, it meets them where they are in their professional development, anticipating and addressing questions about today’s schools and students and what actually happens in the daily lives of today’s teachers. While recognizing that becoming a teacher is hard work, this book also celebrates teaching as a satisfying journey filled with joy, happiness, laughter, and personal reward. Each chapter begins with the real-world perspective from a teacher that enhances the content of that chapter. All text content anticipates what teacher education candidates will need to know and be able to do on state licensure tests, keeping INTASC standards close at hand as a guide for readers and instructors.


  • Educators in Real Schools opens each chapter with an interview with a real teacher or principal, who is asked to describe his or her school and current job, and how they define and seek to achieve joy, excellence, and personal fulfillment in teaching.
  • Teachers and the Law features present legal topics of specific relevance to each chapter in a way that emphasizes their day-to-day relevance for teachers.
  • Challenging Assumptions features present counterintuitive research results about teaching and student learning that challenge implicit assumptions many teachers might have and encourage them to be discriminating in their selection of strategies and practices.
  • The Teachers’ Lounge presents stories and reflections gathered from teachers around the country, who’ve shared their personal, inspirational, and often hilarious stories about teaching.
  • Classroom teaching vignettes occur several times in each chapter, introducing each major section by describing a teaching situation relevant to the upcoming text. Follow-up discussions about the vignettes occur in the Revisiting sections that conclude each major chapter section.

See our walkthrough of MyLabSchool in the front of the book!

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Table of Contents

**Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Class Discussion Questions, Field Guide for School Observation, Journaling Activities, Portfolio Tasks, Self-Assessment, Using the Web activities, Your Professional Library, and MyLabSchool correlations.

Features at a Glance



Chapter One: Becoming a Teacher

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Michelle Clark

Questions to Consider

Why Teach?

Rewards of Teaching

Teachers Make a Difference

What Makes Teaching a Profession?

Definition of a Profession

Characteristics of a Profession

Participation in the Profession


Where Are the Jobs?

Teacher shortages

Location of Jobs

Shortage fields

What Should You Know about Your First Year?

Novice and Experienced teachers


How Can You Become a Highly Qualified Teacher?

Know the standards

Pass Assessments

Pass Licensure Tests

Complete a Teacher Education Program

Spend Time in Schools

How Do You Get Off to a Good Start?

Begin a Portfolio

Reflect on Your Observations and Practice in Schools

Begin Collaborating

Chapter Two: Today’s Students

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Katherine Wright Knight

Questions to Consider

How Racially and Ethnically Diverse Are Our Schools?

African Americans

American Indians and Alaska Natives

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

European Americans


Multiracial Identification

How Does Socioeconomic Status (SES) Affect Students?

Low-Income Students

Middle Class

How Does Gender Influence Students?

Differences between Females and Males

What Should Teachers Know about English Language Learners?


Language Diversity

What Are the Religions of Students?

Religious Diversity

How Are Students with Disabilities Integrating Schools?

Disability Categories

School Experiences


Chapter Three: Families and Communities

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Blanca Estela Carbajal Rodriguez

Questions to Consider

How Does the Public View Schools?

Public Attitudes

Perspectives on School Improvement

In What Types of Families Do Students Live?

Diversity of Today’s Families

How Does Culture Influence Students?


School Culture

What Happens When Students’ Cultures Come to School?

Religious and Moral Sensitivities


How Should Teachers Work with Parents and Communities?

Working with Families as Partners for Student Learning

Relationships of Schools to the Community

Chapter Four: Schools as the Work Place for Students and Teachers

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Lucy Diaz Duncan

Questions to Consider

How are Schools Staffed and Organized?

Roles of Adult School Workers

Organization Charts

Variations in School

Organizing Student Workers

What Is the Relationship of Schools to the School District and the State?

Organization of School Districts

Organization of Education at the State Level

What is the Role of the Federal Government in Public Schools?

The U.S. Constitution and the Responsibility of Education

Three Parts of the Federal Government: Three Sources of Education Policy

No Child Left Behind Act

How are Schools Paid For?

Sources of Revenue: Where the Money Comes From

Distribution of Revenue: By Different Levels of Government

Expenditures: How Schools Spend the Money


Chapter Five: The History of Schools in the United States

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Verna Jessen

Questions to Consider

How Did Education Become Free and Universal?

Expanding the System of Public Education

Why Do We Have Schools for Students of Different Ages?

The Common School

Elementary Schools

High Schools

Middle-Level Education

Early Childhood Education

What Is Included in the School Curriculum?

Preparation for Industry

Progressivism: Curriculum for Reform

After Sputnik I

The Cultural Wars

How Have Different Groups Fared in the Education System?

First Americans

African Americans


Asian Americans

How Have Teachers Evolved?

Teacher Preparation

Teacher Autonomy

Chapter Six: The Social Context of Schools

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Les Nakasaki

Questions to Consider

How Does Sociology Help Us Understand Schools and the Work of Teachers?

Sociological Theories and Education

Purposes of Schools

How is Knowledge Socially Constructed?

Whose Knowledge?

Multicultural Education

How Important Are Class and Race in Providing an Education?




What Other Societal Challenges Affect Students?

Health and Fitness



Substance Abuse

Dropping Out

Chapter Seven: Thinking About Teaching and Learning

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Lisa A. Mason-Sykes

Questions to Consider

Where Do Good Ideas about Teaching and Learning Come From?

Good Ideas

Good Ideas and Conflicting Perspectives

How Does Philosophy Help Teachers Understand Teaching and Learning?

The Metaphysical Questions of Content or Child

Ways of Knowing, Learning, and Teaching

The Role of Values and Ethics in the Classroom

Philosophical Perspectives that Influence Education

How Do Teachers Develop Personal Philosophies Toward Teaching and Learning?

Drafting a Personal Philosophy of Teaching Statement

The Fast Track to a Personal Philosophy of Teaching

The Effect of Stories in Building a Personal Philosophy of Teaching

How Do Philosophies of Teaching Translate into Practice?

Teacher-Focused Classrooms

Student-Focused Classrooms


Chapter Eight: Focusing on Learning and Results

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Merrie Schroeder

Questions to Consider

How Do Teachers Focus on Learning?

Lesson Structure

Lesson Plan Formats

What Are Standards?

Standards Then and Now

The Many Characteristics of Standards

Standards for Teacher Education Candidates

Standards for Teachers

Standards for Content

Why Are Standards Necessary?

Developing Standards in the Content Areas

Education without Standards

How Are Benchmarks and Standards Related?

Using Benchmarks to Document Progress toward Standards

Benchmarks for Student Achievement and School Reform

How Do Teachers Implement Benchmarks and Standards?

Keeping Track of Benchmarks and Standards in Lesson Plans

Knowing When Students Have Met the Standards

Chapter Nine: Teaching Strategies

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Janet Stramel

Questions to Consider

What Is a Teaching Strategy?

Generic Teaching Strategies

A Continuum of Generic Teaching Strategies

Questioning and Discussion

Viewing Teaching Strategies as Direct or Indirect Instruction

Never Just One

What Makes Teaching Strategies Work?

The Importance of Planning Revisited

Getting Students Ready to Learn

Evaluating Learning

Understanding the Connection between Teaching Strategies and Curriculum

How Are Different Strategies Used for Different Purposes?

Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies

Homework as a Teaching Strategy

Chapter Ten: Integrating Technology and Teaching

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Dave V. Jones

Questions to Consider

What Should Every Teacher Know about Integrating Technology into Teaching?

Technology Tools for Teaching

Using Technology Effectively

Involving Students in the Use of Technology

Technology for Managing the Classroom

How Has Technology Changes Approaches to Teaching and Learning?

The Information Highway

Learning My Way on My Time

Technology and Teaching

Why Can It Be Difficult to Integrate Technology into Teaching?

Time for Technology

Time for Training

How Can Teachers Integrate Technology into Their Own Professional Development?

Educational Technology Standards for Teachers

Using the Internet for Professional Development

Chapter Eleven: Assessing Student Learning and Results

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Dr. Elliott Asp

Questions to Consider

Why is Assessing So Important?

Different Purposes for Assessing

Two Very Different Kinds of Tests

Assessing for Different Types of Learning

Accommodating Different Types of Learners

What Are Some Ways to Test Student Learning?

Informal Testing within Lessons

Objective Tests

Subjective Tests

Scoring Tests and Assignments

Turning Test and Evaluation Information into Assessments

What Are the Critical Issues in Assessing Student Learning?

Standardized Tests

The Achievement Gap

The Importance of Using Multiple Assessments

Cheating Is Becoming a Big Problem

How Valid Are Teacher Tests?

Testing Is a Means for Sorting Students

Chapter Twelve: Managing the Classroom and Student Behavior

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Teressa Colbrook

Questions to Consider

What Is Classroom Management?

Using What You Already Know about Classroom Management

Frameworks for Learning about Classroom Management

The Paradoxes of Classroom Management

How Do You Build a Personal Philosophy of Classroom Management?

Theorists, Theories, and Models

What Constitutes a Well-Managed Classroom?

Room Arrangement

Managing Paperwork

A Multidimensional Look at Classroom Management

Management of Movement on School Grounds and in Hallways

Routines, Rules, and Schedules

The Characteristics of a Well-Managed Classroom

What Is the Difference between Discipline and Management?

Four Stages of Classroom Life that Influence Behavior

Managing Student Behavior Proactively

The Importance of Communication in Behavior Management


Chapter Thirteen: Improving Teachers and Schools, and School Reform

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Rocio Jimenez

Questions to Consider

What Are Strategies for Improving and Rewarding Teacher Quality?

Using Research to Define Teacher Quality

Increasing Qualifications for Teacher Licensure

Teacher Continuing Professional Development

Special Forms of Recognition of Teacher Quality

What Kinds of Innovations Are Being Used to Improve Classrooms?

Having Children Ready for School

Improving Classroom Structures and Processes

How Can the Whole School Be Improved?

Staffing Patterns and Processes

Comprehensive School Reform Models

Instead of Changing Pieces, How Can the Education System Be Improved?

School District Reforms

The State’s Role in School Reform

Competition is “Good” for Schools

Chapter Fourteen: Succeeding in Your Teacher Education Program–and Beyond

Educator in Real Schools: Meet Karen Faiman

Questions to Consider

What Are Keys to Succeeding in Your Teacher Education Program?

Understanding Your Concerns

Strive for Quality in Your Teaching

What Are Keys to Being Hired as a Beginning Teacher?

Requirements for Obtaining a Teacher License

In What Ways Can Candidates and Teachers Be Leaders?

Different Ways Teachers Can Lead

How Does a Master Teacher Think about the Joy of Teaching?

Mrs. Schneider, a Master Teacher

Serendipity Occurs as We Are Concluding the Interview with Mrs. Schneider

An Epilogue

A Final Note

Appendix: Understanding & Using Evidence



Name Index

Subject Index

Photo Credits

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