Inside Teaching How Classroom Life Undermines Reform

ISBN-10: 0674022459
ISBN-13: 9780674022454
Edition: 2005
Authors: Mary M. Kennedy
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Reform the schools, improve teaching: these battle cries of American education have been echoing for twenty years. So why does teaching change so little? Arguing that too many would-be reformers know nothing about the conflicting demands of teaching, Mary Kennedy takes us into the controlled commotion of the classroom, revealing how painstakingly teachers plan their lessons, and how many different ways things go awry. Teachers try simultaneously to keep track of materials, time, students, and ideas. In their effort to hold all of these things together, they can inadvertently quash students' enthusiasm and miss valuable teachable moments. Kennedy argues that pedagogical reform proposals that do not acknowledge all of the things teachers need to do are bound to fail. If reformers want students to learn, they must address all of the problems teachers face, not just those that interest them.

The Mysterious Gap between Reform Ideals and Everyday Teaching
How Teachers Think about Their Practices
Creating a Tranquil Environment
Managing Conversations about Content
Constructing the Day's Agenda
Sources of Problems in Teaching
Sources of Improvements in Teaching
The Problem of Reform
Appendix on Method
Notes
References
Index

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