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Am I Teaching Yet?: Stories from the Teacher-Training Trenches / Edition 1

Am I Teaching Yet?: Stories from the Teacher-Training Trenches / Edition 1

by Molly Hoekstra


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Student teaching can be the worst experience of your career.

OR it can be the best. This delightful collection of stories-emotional, poignant, funny-comes at the experience from every direction. It provides what is lacking from textbooks or how-to guides for student teachers: literate, engaging, and most of all HONEST appraisals of what to expect.

Assembled by writer and newly minted teacher Molly Hoekstra, these 29 essays reflect the experience of seasoned veterans considering their own beginnings, teachers recently inducted into the profession, and even teachers-not-to-be. The stories represent the grade-level spectrum in schools across the country, from Tekla Dennison Miller's elementary teaching experience in post-riot Watts to Anne Holzman's enjoyment of a Wisconsin eighth-grade graduation that included her special-needs student to Dee Birch Cameron's decision, despite her success, that teaching high school in Pittsburgh was not meant to be.

Explore the humor, the heartbreak, the frustration, and the inspiration provided by teacher training. And be better prepared to undertake that most complex of arts-helping others to learn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325004020
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 07/09/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author

Molly Hoekstra is the recipient of Belmont University's 2000 Outstanding Student Teaching Award. The author of the Young Adult novel, Upstream (Tudor Publishers, 2001), Molly has been granted fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, singer-songwriter Doug Hoekstra.

Table of Contents


The Student Teacher, Chantelle Edwards, L. Stapleton

Dissecting the Teaching Experience, J. Paschke

Notes to My Master Teachers, S. Ferguson

Olympia's Gift, A. Holzman

Am I Necessary? C. Panciera

Poco a Poco, J. Ferrar

Mission to Mars, A. Cole

Living Life in the Fast Lane

Chiffon Bit the Para, B. Tramonte

Best and Brightest, J. Verlenden

Give Me a B, C. Schwalberg

One Step at a Time, A. Robb

The Advantages of Deep Water Swimming, G. Gacosta

From the Mouths of Students, M. Sutton

Theme for English 9, C. Alessio

Dollars and Points, M. Goodyear

To Teach or Not to Teach

Going to the Library, D. Cameron

Delivering the Truth, J. Keats

Counter-Inquisitive, S. Whitson

Awakening, AP

Why I'm Sorry I Don't Teach English, C. Skolnick

To Be or Not to Be a Teacher, J. Goldenberg

Reflections on the Beginnings

The Template in My Head, M. Worth-Baker

Michael, the Student Who Pushed Me On as a Teacher of Reading, A. Headlam

The Ed Block, B. Lucey

A Classroom Exchange, D. Donoghue

Street Syllabus, T. Miller

We Learn from Our Mistakes, S. Voorhees

Thanks to Kay, A. Sandmann

Final Word of Advice

Duty Free, D. Walders

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