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In this "training guide, " teachers from across the nation reveal the expectations and ...
In this "training guide, " teachers from across the nation reveal the expectations and experiences in educating the gifted, privileged, handicapped, and disadvantaged. Offering over 25 personal accounts and from-the-hip advice not found in typical career guides, My First Year As a Teacher will give reliable guidance for newcomes to the teaching field.
Foreword - Wendy Kopp
Introduction - Pearl Rock Kane
1. "Ever Been to Disneyland?" - David Callaway
2. The Road - Marcia Nehemiah
3. "Don't Waste Your Time with Those Kids" - Janice Anderson Connolly
4. The University School - Emma Lewinsohn Frey
5. David - Nancy Gustafson
6. "The Best You Can Be" - Kayla McClurg
7. Adrianna - Rosemary Genova DiBattista
8. Answers and Questions - Z. Vance Wilson
9. Learning to Read - Patrick McWilliams
10. Order in the Classroom - Andrew Dean Mullen
11. Death in the Classroom - Judy A. Luster
12. "It Say, I'm Very Mad at You" - Anita S. Charles
13. Sonny - Julie Olin Schulz
14. Johnny Carson Was My Mentor - Ronald D. Thorpe, Jr.
15. Plagiarism - Ted Fitts
16. The Forest and the Tree - Elizabeth L. Esris
17. The Ultimate Challenge - Polly Rimer Duke
18. "Welcome to the Sixth Grade" - Brad Wilcox
19. "You Can't" - David Gould
20. On Teaching: A Letter to Luke - Albert S. Thompson
21. The Accidental Teacher - Katherine Schulten
22. The Green Monongahela - John Taylor Gatto
23. My Ambition: To Teach - Yetta Haber Farber
24. Graduation - Ron Wolfson
25. Memories Are Made of This - Roberta Vicki Sherman
Posted April 18, 2010
This book is a collection of 25 different essays from successful teachers of all grade levels explaining their first year teaching. Every teacher's story was different, but every individual seemed to overcome some sort of obstacle their first year. Most teachers found that teaching was not what they had expected. Some had troublesome students, some didn't feel like they were doing good enough, and some got very nervous. Each individual had at least one difficulty that they were faced with throughout their first year. Every essay ended with encouragement that the teacher had from being able to finish an entire year and learn from the experience.
I thought that this book was very inspiration for me since I want to go into elementary education myself. I was interested to hear that teaching is not always what you believe it will be. I think that I am much more aware of situations that I can face and individuals that I will have to deal with. This book has encouraged me to not give up when I begin my career. I have learned that I will not be a perfect teacher, but I will always have the ability to improve.
Posted April 1, 2005
Not only is this 'guidance' for the aspiring teacher, but it is a real look into what goes on in the classroom. At times this book is heartwarming, and at times it is disturbing...But either way, it was extremely useful for me - an aspiring teacher - to find out what I can expect when I begin my job--the good, the bad, and the ugly alike!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.