Exit Narratives: Reflections of Four Retired Teachers

Exit Narratives: Reflections of Four Retired Teachers


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Exit Narratives examines what constitutes good teaching and engaged learning and how to use this knowledge to support teachers in their efforts to create learning environments that encourage academic mastery and nourish students as social beings. The authors explore a range of issues: why they became teachers, their first years of teaching, what worked for them, the micropolitics of teacher interactions, becoming proficient teachers, as well as their last year of teaching and what they did next. These former teachers took a stand in their careers to create a better environment for both teaching and learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761851158
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 06/14/2010
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Nathalis G. Wamba is associate professor in the Department of Educational and Community Programs at Queens College, NY. He lives with his wife and their two children in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Ursula Foster was a New York City public school teacher for eighteen years. She also taught in Heilbronn, Germany and at Teachers College in Nakaseke, Uganda. She is currently the administrator of "Remember to Share," an educational grant foundation. Elena Davis taught in the New York City public schools for thirty years. During her career, she mentored undergraduate and graduate students from CCNY, Fordham University and Teachers College Columbia University. She currently spends quality time with her three daughters and works to improve the quality of life for the elderly in her community. Jackquelynn Jones joined the New York City Education Department in 1990, working primarily in the early childhood classes. Retiring in 2004, she served as an English Academic Specialist in Doha, Qatar for a year. She currently works as a teaching artist in NYC schools. Barbara Storck taught for thirty-two years in the New York public school system and was an award-winning math teacher.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. Competent Teacher Chapter 4 2. Why Me? Chapter 5 3. My First Year Teaching Chapter 6 4. What Worked for Me? Chapter 7 5. The Cautionary Tales Chapter 8 6. Becoming a Competant Teacher Chapter 9 7. My Last Year Teaching Chapter 10 8. My First Year Out Chapter 11 9. Conclusion Chapter 12 10. Reflection Chapter 13 Epilogue: Students We Remember Chapter 14 References

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