On Teaching

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“This book is for people thinking about becoming teachers as well as for people in teacher training and for people who are in the classroom and think of themselves as still learning how to teach. It is about the specifics of working with children and developing curriculum material. It is also about educational politics, the social structure of the school, and the ways in which the feelings we have as adults reflect the work we do in school.”
—from the Preface by Herbert Kohl
 
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Overview

“This book is for people thinking about becoming teachers as well as for people in teacher training and for people who are in the classroom and think of themselves as still learning how to teach. It is about the specifics of working with children and developing curriculum material. It is also about educational politics, the social structure of the school, and the ways in which the feelings we have as adults reflect the work we do in school.”
—from the Preface by Herbert Kohl
 
Herbert Kohl is one of America’s most thoughtful and best known-writers on education. In On Teaching he explores the reasons people choose to teach in elementary and secondary schools. He describes the skills and techniques they must develop in dealing with students and parents. He stresses the importance of becoming attuned to the social system that exists among fellow teachers as well as among the members of the community one serves.
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“[On Teaching] may well be the most important work of this half-century for teachers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805208016
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/12/1986
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Teacher, educator, and author, Herb Kohl is presently at the Coastal Ridge Research and Education Center in Point Arena, California. He and his wife, Judith, won the National Book Award in 1978 for The View from the Oak.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the 1986 Edition v
Preface 9
1. Introduction 11
2. Why Teach? 15
3. The Craft of Teaching 29
Gathering Resources 31
Tools for Teaching 36
Developing a Curriculum Theme 37
Integrating the Curriculum 54
Basic Skills 65
Observing and Listening 75
Setting Limits 82
Developing the Environment 84
Discovering Hidden Resources 86
Making Transitions 88
Convincing Parents of the Value of One's Work 95
Dealing with Feelings--One's Own and the Students' 99
Losing Control 105
Being out of Control 108
Fatigue 111
Private Spaces 114
4. The Politics of Teaching 119
Knowing the Hierarchy 119
Planning Change 135
Knowing the Community 139
Sustaining Change 142
The School Board 146
Teacher Organizations and Strikes 157
5. Afterword 165
Appendix Research Data Supporting Educational Change 167
Index 182
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