"Belmonte reminds us that teaching is not always about what you teach, but how and why you teach.He asks teachers to become reflective practitioners whowork with students, not for them, and that makes all the difference. Students turn into producers of knowledge, and teachers into artisans molding that beautiful vision with this philosophy of education."
"This book is unique; the author invites potential and experienced teachers to think more deeply about numerous facets of teaching we encounter but seldom consider. I learned a lot!"
"This book reframes the essence of what teaching is essentially about. The author provokes readers to think about their intentions and focuses on passion for teaching, the importance of knowing self, and the necessity of being cognizant of how bias and the use of language impact our work with students."
Dominic Belmonte taught at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, for twenty years as an English teacher and chairman of the English Department. He is now President and CEO ofthe Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching. A member and past chairman of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, in 1989 he co-created the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program, a pre-induction teacher preparation experience that is now the Golden Apple Foundation’s largest program, named by Harvard University as one of 15 programs out of 1,200 nationwide as a finalist for its Innovations in American Government award. In 1996 Belmonte also co-created the GATE (Golden Apple Teacher Education) program, an alternative pathway to teacher certification for mid-career adults wishing a career in teaching secondary math or science or teaching elementary school children.
Foreword to the Second Edition by Gregory Michie
About the Author
Part One: Getting There
1. The Teaching Profession: What Are You Doing and Why Are You Doing It?
2. Perception During the Job Search
3. Your Educational Philosophy: Creating Your Teaching Tenets
4. Reflective Writing Exercises for New and Veteran Teachers
5. Remember the Paul Potts Principle: It Is So (If You Think So)
Part Two: Being There
6. The Classroom: Where the Teacher's Path and the Student's Path Converge
7. The Teacher's Words: You Can Heal and You Can Harm
8. The Teaching Persona: Who You Are When You're Standing up There at the Big Desk
9. Working With Colleagues: Being a Team Player
10. Dealing With School Hierarchy and Politics
11. Don't Make Things Worse: Avoiding Deficit Views of Children
12. A Pep Talk About Parents
13. Seven Yin-Yang Blunders to Avoid
Part Three: Staying There
14. Classroom Ethics: 68 What-If's That Will Make Any Teacher Say "Yikes!"
15. Major Stresses in the Teaching Profession: Why You Must Remain a Teacher
16. The Paperwork Can Kill You
17. Living in Testmania
Part Four: Bringing Others There
18. Creating Programs for Teacher Preparation: The Programs of the Golden Apple Foundation in Illinois
Epilogue: Group Hug