The Excellent Teacher's Handbook: Exercises to Take Your Teaching to a Higher Level

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This practical handbook challenges both new and experienced teachers to review their thoughts and practices on 60 important issues that confront them throughout their careers. Topics include what students should learn in 12 years, how teachers can help students build self-esteem, the place of religion and politics in the classroom, and how teachers can make a difference in students’ lives. Issues are presented as challenging questions followed by several possible solutions. Space for writing and reaction is ...

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Overview

This practical handbook challenges both new and experienced teachers to review their thoughts and practices on 60 important issues that confront them throughout their careers. Topics include what students should learn in 12 years, how teachers can help students build self-esteem, the place of religion and politics in the classroom, and how teachers can make a difference in students’ lives. Issues are presented as challenging questions followed by several possible solutions. Space for writing and reaction is provided, engaging teachers directly with the text and making them active thinkers and players in the field of education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966594744
  • Publisher: Coyle, Arthur Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome C. Yanoff has more than 30 years of experience as both a public school teacher and an education professor. He is the author of The Classroom Teacher’s Inclusion Handbook and The Classroom Teacher’s Trouble-Shooting Handbook. He lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
About the Author viii
I. The Excellent Teacher
1. Levels of Teaching 2
2. Essential Qualities 4
3. A Teacher's Primary Goal 6
4. Four Aspects of Teaching 8
5. Professional Behavior 10
6. A Teacher's Role 12
7. Being Liked 14
8. Sharing Personal Information 16
II. The Whole Educational Picture
9. Responsibility for the Educational Process 20
10. Educational Objectives 22
11. Promotion Standards 26
12. Statements Detrimental to Education 29
13. Incorrect Statements About Education 31
14. Teaching Models 33
15. Educational Models 36
16. Special Education Program Models 38
17. The Effects of Inclusion 41
18. Keeping Students in School 43
III. The Students
A. Classroom Structure
19. Teacher Responsibilities 48
20. Neglected Skills 50
21. Limits and Boundaries 52
22. Respect and Trust 54
23. Praise 56
24. Classroom Rules 58
25. Making Students Feel Bad 61
26. The Appropriate Place for Admonishment 63
27. Effective Methods of Punishment 65
28. Denying Student Requests 68
29. Overactive Students 70
30. Students Seeking Attention 72
31. Calling on Students 74
32. Preparing for a Substitute Teacher 76
B. Academics
33. Class Objectives 80
34. Motivation 82
35. Work Groups 84
36. Students Unaccustomed to Homework 86
37. Giving Grades 88
38. Giving Grades in Music, Art, and PE 90
39. The Importance of Geometry 92
40. The Goals of a Reading Program 94
41. Selecting Material for World Literature 96
42. Selecting Material for U.S. History 98
43. Teaching Gifted Students 100
C. Beyond Academics
44. Teachers Who Make a Difference 104
45. Meeting Students' Individual Needs 106
46. Building Self-Esteem 108
47. Helping Abused and Neglected Students 110
48. Teaching Values 112
49. Teaching Religion 114
50. Teaching Politics 117
51. Teaching Patriotism 120
52. Honoring Famous Americans and Events 122
IV. The Policies and Procedures
A. Administrative
53. Program Cuts 128
54. Racial Statistics 130
55. Placing Non-English Speaking Students 132
56. Zero-Tolerance Policies 134
57. Parental Involvement in School Policy 136
B. Professional
58. Getting Sued 140
59. Merit Pay 142
60. Teacher Unions 144
Index 147
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