So You Want to Be a Teacher?: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century / Edition 1

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Overview

The underlying and thoroughly integrated premise of this text is to help students uncover whether they are a "good fit" for the teaching profession. In Part I, the author asks students to reflect on why they want to teach and to consider who they are, and whether "who they are" is a teacher. In Parts II, III, and IV, the text moves on to cover the traditional topics of the course; through both the pedagogy and the exposition, the author continues to ask readers to reflect on how the information she is providing affects their decision to pursue teaching.Along with the theme of the text, the author stresses the two most important topics in K-12 education today and their impact in the classroom: the effect of technology and the Internet on teaching and learning, and the importance of understanding the roles that diversity and culture play in the lives of teachers and their students.

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"...I have a very good feeling about this book. It's not very 'text bookish,' yet the book still includes lots of very important information. The writing style is quite personal—it's as if the author is speaking directly to the reader, not simply spewing out facts and figures. She's telling a story and including herself in the story, which should immediately involve the reader/student.""I was impressed with the concise nature in which the chapters were written. From the beginning of each chapter you know where the author is going and the text does not waiver. You get the point, it is backed up with fact, story or strategy and the reader is then asked to reflect on his/her position. This is all done in fewer than 20 pages instead of the typical 40 pages, yet nothing is missing.""[The writing and reflection exercises] ...are useful because they provide students with a chance to critically think of issues chapter has explored, and gives them a chance probe more deeply into their own experiences. I especially appreciate the references to a Supreme Court ruling on the Establishment Clause (Case of Santa Fe Independent School District V Doe in 2000). I think they occur with the right frequency, and would not suggest any modifications.""I LOVE THE TIME AND ATTENTION YOU GIVE TO GIFTED EDUCATION!!! Excellent models of project-based learning in history and geography...."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618842001
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/27/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Koch is Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York. She taught courses in elementary, middle, and secondary science methods as well as courses for teachers in action research, qualitative research, and gender issues in the classroom. Dr. Koch shares her passion for teaching and learning through presentations as well as through her introduction to education text, TEACH, 2nd Edition (2014, Cengage). Her acclaimed textbook, SCIENCE STORIES, has been used by thousands of pre-service and in-service educators interested in creating meaningful science experiences for their students. She and her husband currently reside in Central Maryland, where she consults on education projects across the country.

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