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Coming on the heels of the media announcing a national teacher shortage, this book outlines why people become teachers and helps readers reflect upon their own history with teachers before making a commitment to a teacher education program. The pros and cons of the profession are discussed, as well as how to choose the right subject and grade. Common myths are explored and debunked, such as that old adage, 'Those who can do, and who can't, teach.' The book is designed for the general public as well as students in introductory courses in education. Also includes invaluable references and hints of employment.
1 Introduction 2 Why People Choose Teaching 3 How do I Become a Teacher? 4 What do I Have to Learn? 5 Today's Students and Their Diversity 6 What Teachers do 7 The Purpose of Schools, Their Role in the Community, and How They Are Run 8 The Professional Life of a Teacher 9 Your Job Search 10 Succeeding Your First Year 11 Advice from Other Teachers