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In this book, Wagner and Larson give teachers a chance to practice strategies through "virtual reality." Each chapter opens with a vivid situation drawn from real-life experience, offering readers the opportunity to think about how they would or do respond to difficult day-to-day dilemmas, such as the student who reveals in her journal that she and a friend are doing drugs or the parent who accuses the teacher of racial bias because of the books she assigns.
The best of current theory and practice comes together here. Although the perspectives represent the leading edge of the profession, they do not ignore the very real constraints teachers face.
Situations will be useful to secondary English teachers who find themselves frustrated by idealistic or theoretical texts that seem out of touch with the problems of today's classroom — problems wholly unlike those known even a decade ago. Preservice teachers will also enjoy this book because of its down-to-earth presentation.
Focus on the Teacher
Defending a Grade
Getting the Interpretation Right
The Tough Grader
The Disaffected Teacher
The Lesson That Flops
The Paper Load
Focus on the Curriculum
The Mandated Language Proficiency Test
The Book They Have Read Before
But Is It Shakespeare?
The Writing Competency Test
Inherit the Wind
Diversity of Heritage
Schedules and Serendipity
From Grammar to Writing?
Untracking, with Marilyn J. Hollman
Focus on the Students
Genius in the Classroom
Stealing Papers from Computers
The Concrete Thinker
Second-Language Learners, with Kristin Lems
Focus on the School
Drawing the Line
The Abused Student, with Brenda M. Landau
Student Complaints About Another Teacher
An Attack on the Teacher's Competence
Privacy of Student Writing
Equity in Computer Access
A. California Reading and Writing Assessment
B. Memo to the English Department
C. Abridged Transcript of Teacher-Student Literature Conference
D. Assignment for Reader's Notebook
E. Sample Student Work
F. Matrix of Purposes, Processes, and Genres .