Teaching in the Real World Strategies to Survive and Thrive

ISBN-10: 0131590529
ISBN-13: 9780131590526
Edition: 2009
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Description: All teachers, in-service or pre-service, who are teaching in an urban school or are outside their comfort zone in the classroom won't want to put this book down. This brief collection of reflective e-mail journal entries is written by Miss. B, a  More...

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List price: $60.40
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 2/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748

All teachers, in-service or pre-service, who are teaching in an urban school or are outside their comfort zone in the classroom won't want to put this book down. This brief collection of reflective e-mail journal entries is written by Miss. B, a white female graduate student, student teaching in an urban high school. The Journal Entries illustrate her transformation from a passionate but struggling teacher who is sometimes stymied by the challenges posed by her environment and her students, to a teacher who has found her voice and the confidence to achieve her dream of improving the lives of her students. Miss B's correspondence provides: Discussion of issues in urban teaching, including student homelessness, hunger, motivation, and more. A model of what good reflective teaching/learning looks like as she seeks to improve her teaching. Entries from her college supervisor, Professor Z, offer readers: An experienced teacher's suggestions for dealing with standardized testing, teacher and student resources, and more. Tips, Strategies, and Relevant Data that provide strategies for dealing with issues student teachers will face in the classroom. Checklists that serve as a resource to keep teachers on track. Book jacket.

Introduction
Topics Discussed This Week
Josh/My First Day of Student Teaching (What They Don't Teach in Behavior Management Courses)
Building Relationships with Students
Classroom Management
Student Behavior
Teacher Student Relationships
Motivating Students
How to Show Students That You Care About Them
The Moat/Funding for Urban Schools
Dealing with Funding Realities
School Resources
Injustices in Our School System
The Politics of Education
How to Communicate with Your Elected Officials
Covering Your Butt and Covering the Material
Testing-Too Much to Cover
School Politics
Curriculum Restraints
Standardized Testing
Teacher Responsibilities
Lesson Planning
Constructivist Teaching
How to Effectively Teach Critical Thinking Skills
How to Incorporate Constructivist Teaching into Your Lessons
Black Man, White Man, Don't Give a Damn
Uncovering Racism, Sexism, and Classism
Teaching Methods
The Effects of Poverty and Race on Student Learning
What You Need to Know About Poverty
Good Luck, Miss B!
Faking Confidence
Teacher Issues (Attitude, Fear, Confidence)
Classroom Management
How to Prepare for Your First Week of Student Teaching
How to Have a Successful First Week of Student Teaching
Discussion Starters for Week One
Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Getting YOUR Act Together
Topics Discussed This Week
Lessons After School Part I
Engaging Multiple Intelligences
Teacher-Student Relationships
After School Activities
Teaching Methods
Constructivist Teaching
How to Get Involved with Your Students Outside of Class
Writing Right
Planning Clear Objectives and Effective Routines
Lesson Planning
Giving Good Directions
Teacher Expectations
Motivating Students
Being a Reflective Practitioner
Classroom Routines
Bloom's Taxonomy
How to Write Good Objectives
How to Create Effective Classroom Routines
Miss, Why Are You So Mean?
Choosing Your Battles
Student Behavior
Classroom Management
Teacher Issues (Philosophy of Teaching)
How to Implement Professor Z's Red Light Theory
The "Tag Team" and "The Buzz"
Engaging Disengaged Students
Student Behavior
Classroom Management
Teacher Issues (Attitude and Confidence)
Lesson Planning
How to Create a Good Working Relationship with Your Students
Standardized Testing Stinks!
Teaching in a High Stakes Testing Environment
High Stakes Testing
Politics of Teaching
Evaluating Your Citizenship IQ
Discussion Starters for Week Two
Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Getting YOUR Class Together
Topics Discussed This Week
Discipline/All for One and One for All?
Gaining Respect through Being Consistent
Classroom Management
Student behavior
What Are the Causes of Discipline Problems and How Do I Handle Them?
Low-Budget Learning
Teaching on a Tight Budget
School Resources
Teacher-Student Relationships
Student Behavior
Injustices of Our School System
Advice from Urban Students About Teaching in an Urban School
My First Observation/Da Bomb!
Being Observed for the First Time
Teacher Issues (Fear and Confidence)
Lesson Planning
How to Create a Good Working Relationship with Your College Supervisor
How to Act Professionally
Central High's Police State
Dealing with Police in the Schools
School Politics
Effects of Classism and Racism on Teaching
Time Management
Advice from an Urban Teacher About Teaching in an Urban School
Tag Team's Back Again!
Making Class Relevant to the Students' Lives
Student Behavior
Teacher-Student Relationships
Lesson Planning
How to Get Students to Stop Testing You
Discussion Starters for Week Three
Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Classroom Management
Topics Discussed This Week
Teaching Without Resources
Expecting the Unexpected
Teacher Issues (Anger and Stress)
Politics of Education
School Resources
Classroom Management
Teaching Methods
Working with Parents
How You and Your Cooperating Teacher Can Work Closely with Parents
How to Have a Meaningful Hall Conversation with a Student
How to Form Effective Groups
I (Used to) Love Discussions
Starting Discussions
Lesson Planning
Best Practices
How to Teach Big Ideas
Who Are You? Who Am I?
Developing Your Teacher Reputation
Student Behavior
Classroom Management
How to Effectively Manage Your Classroom
To Group or Not to Group? That Is the Question!
Differentiating Instruction
Hetero and Homogeneous Grouping
Students with Special Needs
Best Practices
Teacher Expectations
Cooperative Learning
What You Need to Know About Cooperative Learning
Why You Should Use Cooperative Learning in Your Classroom
Class Rebellion
Managing Rebellion
Classroom Management
How to Provide Students with Opportunities to Experience Success
Discussion Starters for Week Four
Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Effective Teaching Methods
Topics Discussed This Week
My Second Observation/Still Da Bomb!
Being Observed for the Second Time
Teacher Issues (Confidence and Stress)
Classroom Management
How to Deal with the Stress of Student Teaching
Stickers?!!!
Using Positive Reinforcement and Building
Relationships with Parents
Motivating Students
Working with Parents
Injustices in Our School Systems
Best Practices
How Teachers Communicate Appropriately Positive and High Expectations for Every Student
We Are Just Like Our Students
Relating to Your Students
Motivating Students
Lesson Planning
Teacher Issues (Not Taking Things Personally)
Time Management
Teacher Responsibility
How to Organize Your Priorities as a New Student Teacher
Go Ahead and Make My Day
Failing to Give Up
Classroom Management
Teacher-Student Relationships
Teacher Expectations
Teacher Issues (Attitude)
Professor Z's Ideas on How to Sell Students on the Importance of Your Course
I (Used to) Love Fridays
Making "Deals" with Students
Classroom Management
Working with Administrators
How to Get a Class Quiet-Stopping the Action
Discussion Starters for Week Five
Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Things to Remember to Do During Your Placement
Topics Discussed This Week
Ninth-Grade Goofballs
Acting Like a Real Teacher
Teacher Issues (Taking Things Personally, Wanting to Be Liked, Confidence, and Feeling Overwhelmed)
Being a Reflective Practitioner
Teacher Expectations
How to Develop Successful Classroom Management Strategies
This Is MY Class!
Connecting with Students
Classroom Management
Teacher-Student Relationships
Teacher Issues (Attitude)
Using Student Feedback
Why You Should Use Student Feedback: The Positive Effects of Soliciting Feedback from Your Students
The Way It Is and the Way It Ought to Be
Politics of Education
School Resources
Teacher Issues (Goal Setting and Attitude)
Curriculum
How to Teach Your Students the Importance of Learning Big Ideas
Helping Students Create Life Goals
Advising Students
Teacher-Student Relationships
How to Use Service Learning in Your Classroom
Success Is 80% Attitude
Developing a Positive Attitude
Teacher Issues (Attitude and Philosophy)
How to Create the Vision for Your Future Classroom
Discussion Starters for Week Six
Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Teaching in Urban Schools
Topics Discussed This Week
My Last Week/Time to Fly or Time to Die!
Feeling Successful
Classroom Management
Teacher Issues (Confidence and Attitude)
How to Work Effectively with Your Cooperating Teacher
Living in the City?
Dealing with Doubt
Teacher Issues (Philosophy)
How to Create a Teaching Portfolio
Student Feedback Rocks!
Listening to Students
Teaching Methods
Student Feedback
Teacher-Student Relationships
Constructivist Teaching
How to Write a Resume
Final Observation/Miss B at the Plate-Bases Loaded, Two Out, Full Count
Being Observed
Being a Reflective Practitioner
Teacher Issues (Confidence and Attitude)
How to Prepare for Getting a Teaching Job
My Last Day of Student Teaching
Being a Reflective Practitioner
How to Become More Involved in the Teaching Profession
Discussion Starters for Week Seven
Professor Z's Student Teaching Checklist: Post-Student Teaching Activities
Epilogue

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