My First Year as a Teacher

My First Year as a Teacher

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My First Year as a Teacher by Pearl Rock Kane, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

This inspiring book features 25 touching, hilarious, eye-opening, and true tales about the most frustrating, intimidating, underpaid, and wonderful job in the world.

In schools across America, in classes for handicapped, gifted, privileged, and disadvantaged students, these teachers recall that exciting first year, when they were often given the toughest kids and the biggest responsibilities of their careers. From coping with inner-city diversity to challenging poor self-esteem, these extraordinary images come straight from people who have already taken those first courageous steps of the novice educator. For anyone who is contemplating teaching as a profession, this invaluable collection is a must-read.

“Vivid, poignant, and often funny stories about one of the most challenging experiences anyone can have: first-year teaching.”—Albert Shanker, President, American Federation of Teachers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451188915
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1996
Series: First Year Career Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 412,745
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Pearl Rock Kane is the editor of My First Year as a Teacher: Twenty-Five Teachers Talk about Their Amazing First-Year Classroom Experiences. She is also the editor of The First Year of Teaching: Real World Stories by America's Teachers. She has published numerous articles on issues of governance, diversity, leadership, and the attraction and retention of teachers. Kane is a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is the Klingenstein Family Chair for the Advancement of Independent School Education. He holds an MA from Smith College and a doctorate from Teachers College.

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My First Year as a Teacher 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ashley603 More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of 25 different essays from successful teachers of all grade levels explaining their first year teaching. Every teacher's story was different, but every individual seemed to overcome some sort of obstacle their first year. Most teachers found that teaching was not what they had expected. Some had troublesome students, some didn't feel like they were doing good enough, and some got very nervous. Each individual had at least one difficulty that they were faced with throughout their first year. Every essay ended with encouragement that the teacher had from being able to finish an entire year and learn from the experience. I thought that this book was very inspiration for me since I want to go into elementary education myself. I was interested to hear that teaching is not always what you believe it will be. I think that I am much more aware of situations that I can face and individuals that I will have to deal with. This book has encouraged me to not give up when I begin my career. I have learned that I will not be a perfect teacher, but I will always have the ability to improve.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only is this 'guidance' for the aspiring teacher, but it is a real look into what goes on in the classroom. At times this book is heartwarming, and at times it is disturbing...But either way, it was extremely useful for me - an aspiring teacher - to find out what I can expect when I begin my job--the good, the bad, and the ugly alike!