Teaching in the Real World: Strategies to Survive and Thrive / Edition 1

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Are you prepared to meet the challenges of teaching in today's urban, suburban, and rural schools?

All teachers, in-service or pre-service, who are teaching in an urban school or are outside their comfort zone in the classroom won't want to put this book down. This brief collection of reflective e-mail journal entries is written by Miss. B, a white female graduate student, student teaching in an urban high school. The Journal Entries illustrate her transformation from a passionate but struggling teacher who is sometimes stymied by the challenges posed by her environment and her students, to a teacher who has found her voice and the confidence to achieve her dream of improving the lives of her students. Miss B's correspondence provides:

  • Discussion of issues in urban teaching, including student homelessness, hunger, motivation, and more.
  • A model of what good reflective teaching/learning looks like as she seeks to improve her teaching.

Entries from her college supervisor, Professor Z, offer readers:

  • An experienced teacher's suggestions for dealing with standardized testing, teacher and student resources, and more.
  • Tips, Strategies, and Relevant Data that provide strategies for dealing with issues student teachers will face in the classroom.
  • Checklists that serve as a resource to keep teachers on track.
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Editorial Reviews

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What reviewers have to say about Teaching in the Real World:

“The e-mail exchange- supplemented by tips, hints, and checklists – is an interesting, innovative format to get the readers attention. The text becomes very personal and real and provides great personal reflection opportunities.”

Lois Draina, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Education Department

Marywood University

“This text is written in a very user-friendly style. It is realistic and well-written in a readable format to provide sound advice and suggestions during the student teaching experience.”

Elaine Pierce Chakonas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Northeastern Illinois University

“[The] innovation of this book is [that] it takes its own favored constructivist theory and applies it to the way that the field/internship relationship should work.”

Carole Bryd, Ph.D.

Florida Community College at Jacksonville

“The author does an excellent job of organizing and writing sequentially about what student teachers will experience, “normalizing” it, and making it real and relevant to their daily lives as a teacher, both in and outside of the classroom.”

Linda F. Balog, Ph.D.

Coordinator of the Professional Program in School and Community Health Education and Promotion Department of Health Science

SUNY, College at Brockport

A truly worthwhile book! Every student teacher and every new teacher should read this book. I would even recommend it to experienced teachers who will not only recognize the strategies they use, but will take heart from the daily challenges they face. Written in a practical, realistic manner, it discusses not only educational strategies but issues that teachers face everyday in our urban schools - issues that are not usually covered in education courses, such as homelessness, hunger, addictions, etc. I highly recommend this book for all teachers to read.

Betty K. Gassner

Retired Assistant Principal, Public School 196 Brooklyn, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131590526
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/11/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Pre-Student Teaching Reflections: The Day Before My Practicum Starts

Week One

Day 1: Josh - My First Day of Student Teaching (What They Don't Teach in Behavior Management Courses)

Day 2: The Moat: Funding (Or the Lack Of) in Urban Schools

Day 3: Covering Your Butt and Covering the Material

Day 4: Black Man, White Man, Don't Give a Damn

Day 5: Good Luck Miss B!

Discussion Starters for Week One

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Getting Your Act Together

Week Two

Day 1: Lessons After School

Day 2: Writing Right

Day 3: Miss, Why Are You So Mean?

Day 4: The "Tag Team" and "The Buzz"

Day 5: Standardized Testing Stinks!

Discussion Starters for Week Two

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Getting Your Class Together

Week Three

Day 1: Discipline: All for One and One for All?

Day 2: Low Budget Learning

Day 3: My First Observation: Da Bomb!

Day 4: Central High's Police State

Day 5: Tag Team's Back Again!

Discussion Starters for Week Three

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Classroom Management

Week Four

Day 1: Teaching Without Resources

Day 2: I (Used To) Love Discussions

Day 3: Who ARE You? Who am I?

Day 4: To Group or Not to Group: That Is the Question

Day 5: Rebellion

Discussion Starters for Week Four

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Effective Teaching Methods

Week Five

Day 1: My Second Observation: Still Da Bomb!

Day 2: Stickers?!

Day 3: We Are Our Students

Day 4: Go Ahead and Make My Day

Day 5: I (Used To) Love Fridays

Discussion Starters for Week Five

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Things to Remember to Do Throughout the Placement

Week Six

Day 1: Ninth Grade Goofballs

Day 2: This is MY Class!

Day 3: The Way It Is and the Way It Ought to Be

Day 4: Helping Students Create Life Goals

Day 5: Success is 80% Attitude

Discussion Starters for Week Six

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Teaching in Urban Schools

Week Seven

Day 1: My Last Week: Time to Fly or Time to Die?

Day 2: Living in the City?

Day 3: Student Feedback Rocks

Day 4: Final Observation: Miss B at the Plate - Bases Loaded, Two Out, Full Count

Day 5: My Last Day of Student Teaching

Discussion Starters for Week Seven

Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Post Student Teaching Activities


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