Ms. Moffett's First Year: Becoming a Teacher in America / Edition 1

Ms. Moffett's First Year: Becoming a Teacher in America / Edition 1

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by Abby Goodnough
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586483803

ISBN-13: 9781586483807

Pub. Date: 02/07/2006

Publisher: PublicAffairs


In summer of 2000, legal secretary Donna Moffett answered an ad for the New York City Teaching Fellows program, which sought to recruit "talented professionals" from other fields to teach in some of the city's worst schools. Seven weeks later she was in a first grade classroom in Flatbush, Brooklyn, nearly completely unprepared for what she was about to face.

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In summer of 2000, legal secretary Donna Moffett answered an ad for the New York City Teaching Fellows program, which sought to recruit "talented professionals" from other fields to teach in some of the city's worst schools. Seven weeks later she was in a first grade classroom in Flatbush, Brooklyn, nearly completely unprepared for what she was about to face.

New York Times education reporter Abby Goodnough followed Donna Moffett through her first year as a teacher, writing a frontpage, award-winning series that galvanized discussion nationwide. Now she has expanded that series into a book that, through the riveting story of Moffett's experiences, explores the gulf between the rhetoric of education reform and the realities of the public school classroom. Ms. Moffett's First Year is neither a Hollywood- friendly tale of ‘one person making a difference,' nor a reductive indictment of the public education system. It is rather a provocative portrait of the inadequacy of good intentions, of the challenges of educating poor and immigrant populations, and of a well-meaning but underprepared woman becoming a teacher the hard way.

While the story takes place in New York, Ms.Moffett's first year is a metaphor for the experiences of teachers everywhere in America, one that illuminates the philosophical, economic, political, and ideological dilemmas that have come more and more to determine their experience —and their students' experiences — in the classroom.

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ISBN-13:
9781586483807
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Ms. Moffett's First Year: Becoming a Teacher in America 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book about Ms. Moffett, Goodnough talks a lot about politics and tragedies that happened at the Brooklyn elementary school. The book is boring, because everything is related with politics from the beginning until the end. Overall, there is not a lot of develop other than politics and economy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms.Moffett was a competent secreatary in law firm. But she wanted to make her life rich. So she challaged to the elementary school teacher. During she had taught there for one year, she struggled with their students and poor school system. As time went by,she realized what was the real teacher throught her real experiences. By teaching them, she came to be maturalized naturally. So I'd like to recommend this book those who are desperate in their life. Also it is helpful for teachers to rethink education.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a well written, informational book about the poor school districts in New York. The story of Ms. Moffett and her expedition to become part of the struggle of improving the school system is an interesting tale, but this book also holds many facts that can weigh down the unprepared reader. There are many details covering the politics running New York and the corruption keeping the poor districts poor. Goodnough is an excellent author and stays unbiased throughout the book, which leaves the reader to create their own ideas and feelings. This was an OK book, and I have learned quite a bit of useful background on poor school systems. I recommend this book to those doing school projects on the education subject and those students planning on becoming teachers. In fact, anyone can read this book if they please - knowledge can only be gained.