Teaching with Your Mouth Shut / Edition 1

Teaching with Your Mouth Shut / Edition 1

by Donald Finkel
ISBN-10:
0867094699
ISBN-13:
9780867094695
Pub. Date:
03/03/2000
Publisher:
Heinemann
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Teaching with Your Mouth Shut / Edition 1

Our traditional "Great Teacher" teaches by telling, inspiring students through eloquent, passionate oration. For Donald Finkel this view is destructively narrow: it takes for granted that teachers teach, fundamentally and centrally, by telling students what they are supposed to know. In Teaching with Your Mouth Shut, Finkel proposes an alternative vision of teaching - one that is deeply democratic in its implications.

Each chapter in this book presents a case study, a story, or a sustained image of a teaching situation - a set of "circumstances" that produces significant learning in students. Each makes sense of the title of the book in a particular way. Each enriches its meaning by one increment. The idea of "teaching with your mouth shut" is explored, exemplified, and varied to such an extent that it ultimately specifies a comprehensible approach to teaching - along with a host of concrete teaching possibilities. In the end, not only will your notion of good teaching be transformed, but so too your sense of what may be signified by the word "teaching" itself.

Teaching with Your Mouth Shut is not intended as a manual for teachers; it aims to provoke reflection on the many ways teaching can be organized. The book engages its readers in a conversation about education. Thus, its purpose is not so much to reform education as it is to provoke fruitful dialogue about teaching and learning among people who have a stake in education.

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ISBN-13: 9780867094695
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 03/03/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 416,106
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. Teaching with Your Mouth Shut

Let the Books Do the Talking

Let the Students Do the Talking

Let Us Inquire Together

Speaking with Your Mouth Shut: The Art of Writing

Experiences That Teach: Creating Blueprints for Learning

Refusing to "Teach": Separating Power and Authority in the Classroom

Teaching with a Colleague

Conclusion: Providing Experience, Provoking Reflection

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