Teachable Moments: Tales of Triumph and Lessons Gone Awry

Teachable Moments: Tales of Triumph and Lessons Gone Awry

by Allison Coyle


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Teachable Moments: Tales of Triumph and Lessons Gone Awry by Allison Coyle

Teachable Moments will look at various pieces of the vocation of what it means to be a teacher in our school buildings today - through all of the most impactful reforms on the fabric of American education. As administrators, we see the push for the need to create data tables and pie charts in an attempt to make conclusions about improving instructional practices to encourage student performance. Some things - many moments - cannot be quantified, however. So, where do we begin? There is absolutely no singular starting point, but the experience of the teaching practitioner is vast, and goes far beyond that which can be measured numerically. Our vocation, and its many ups and downs, often cannot be assigned a neat number. This book will examine the ways in which school districts approach these educational changes, through the lens of the teacher. From one-on-one teacher interactions with each other, to those memorable moments with students, this book will be a collection of rich essays that capture the experience of the newer teacher.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475828252
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dennis M. Fare is currently an Assistant Superintendent for the Mahwah Public Schools in Mahwah, NJ. He has also served as Supervisor of English Language Arts for the district. After teaching English for many years in an urban district, as well as English Education and Literacy Education at the college level, he has learned the importance of both quantitative and qualitative data when looking closer at instructional practices.

Allison Coyle is an English teacher at Mahwah High School in Mahwah, NJ. She has been an active curriculum developer for the English department, working to implement P ARCCrelated techniques while still maintaining and fostering an appreciation for classic literature. Additionally, Allison has hosted professional development hours for local teachers, providing insight on how to simultaneously prepare students for standardized tests and continue with instruction as intended. Allison currently attends Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyNewark where she is pursuing an English Master's degree with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Planning and Preparation
“On the Ride to Work”
“Dig Your Roots”
“America Under Attack”
“Two for Timer”
“I Don’t Judge Them by Their Skin Color”
Chapter 2: Classroom Environment
“Somewhere in the Middle”
“I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream”
“6:00 P.M.”
“A Change in Plans”
“Character Degradation”
“Myth Busters”
“Something Different”
Chapter 3: Instruction
“The First Six Weeks”
“Balancing Act”
“You’re Going to Have to Produce Data”
“All but One”
“More Than a Few Seconds”
Chapter 4: Professional Responsibilities
“RE: Re: Re: Re:”
“Change That”
“To Whom It May Concern”
“Mass Destruction”
“A True Honor”
“Cheese Sandwiches”
“The Expert in Anything was once a Beginner”
“Hashtags and Friend Requests”
“Beware the Ides of March”
Final Thoughts
About the Authors

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