What Keeps Teachers Going?

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What helps great public school teachers persevere -- in spite of everything? Sonia Nieto, a renowned teacher educator, takes a close look at what can be learned from veteran teachers who not only continue to teach but also manage to remain enthusiastic about it. This inspirational volume provides much-needed advice on how some urban teachers are solving the everyday challenges of student learning. Nieto collaborates with experienced teachers in urban schools who are especially effective working with students of ...
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Overview

What helps great public school teachers persevere -- in spite of everything? Sonia Nieto, a renowned teacher educator, takes a close look at what can be learned from veteran teachers who not only continue to teach but also manage to remain enthusiastic about it. This inspirational volume provides much-needed advice on how some urban teachers are solving the everyday challenges of student learning. Nieto collaborates with experienced teachers in urban schools who are especially effective working with students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds -- students who are among the most marginalized in our public schools. Offering an alternative vision of what's important in teaching and learning, Nieto concludes with an urgent call to advance new national priorities for public education.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807743126
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Teaching as Evolution 9
Lessons Learned Along the Way 10
The Promise of Multicultural Education 16
The Sociopolitical Context of Education 18
Teachers Make a Difference 19
2 Teaching as Autobiography 22
Remembering What Brought Them to Teaching 24
Teacher Autobiographies 26
Sidewalk School 26
My Journey 27
I Teach Who I Am 30
The Power of Connection 31
The Book Chart 32
Postscript: A Response from the Editor 34
3 Teaching as Love 37
Effective Teachers of Urban Students 38
Respecting and Affirming Students' Identities 39
Care and Respect: Beyond Hugs and Other Displays of Affection 42
Judith Baker's Tough Problem 43
Educational Reform and Caring 47
My Persistent Dilemma 48
On Teaching Metaphors and Caring 49
Teaching as Gardening 50
"A Fundamental Belief" in Students 51
4 Teaching as Hope and Possibility 53
The Promise of Public Education 54
Education Was My Way Out 56
Faith in Their Own Abilities as Teachers 58
Confidence in Colleagues and the Next Generation of Teachers 58
"You Heal, You Help, You Love ..." 61
5 Teaching as Anger and Desperation 63
When Teachers Are Angry 63
Bureaucratic Restructuring 65
The More Things Change ... 66
The Nature of "The System" 69
On Homemade Protractors and the Will to Fight 69
Indignity at the Lack of Respect 71
Desperation 72
Considering Retirement at 26 73
Moving Beyond the Anger 73
Postscript 74
6 Teaching as Intellectual Work 76
The Need for Adult Conversations 77
The Call to Write 79
Understanding Through Writing 79
Writing to Improve Curriculum 81
Puerto Rican Arts in a Social Context 82
Is Teaching Rational? 86
Obsessed by Mindful Teaching 88
Sustaining Community in Teaching 90
7 Teaching as Democratic Practice 91
The Struggle for Equal Education 92
Racism in Schools and Society 94
Teaching as Educational Justice 96
Letter to a New Teacher 97
Teaching for Democracy 99
A Way to Live in the World 101
Finding Equilibrium 105
8 Teaching as Shaping Futures 107
The Power of Their Words 109
Teachers Change Lives Forever 112
Teachers Change Lives Forever 119
9 Final Thoughts: What Keeps Teachers Going in Spite of Everything? 121
Lessons from the Work of Teachers 122
Rethinking Professional Development 124
Restructuring Schools 126
Developing New National Priorities for Teaching 128
Notes 131
References 145
Index 153
About the Author 161
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