Mindful Teacher

ISBN-10: 0807750190

ISBN-13: 9780807750193

Edition: 2010

Authors: Elizabeth MacDonald, Dennis Shirley, Kirsten Olson

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The authors, one an urban public school teacher in Boston and the other a professor of education at Boston College, define and articulate the idea of "alienated teaching" and offer a means to counter it. Alienated teaching is what teachers do when they feel that they must comply with external conditions that they have not chosen and from which they inwardly dissent because they do not believe that new policies and reforms serve their students well. Funded by a grant from the Boston Collaborative Fellows, the authors examine the effects of top-down policy mandates on classroom teachers. "Mindful teaching" is a way for teachers to learn how to incorporate appropriately, reforms and mandates into their practice. Mindful teaching promotes openness to new ideas and new perspectives via discussion in a collegial group committed to teacher inquiry. It promotes quiet and thoughtful articulation about professional commitment and beliefs. The authors are strong proponents of teachers becoming "teacher leaders" in order to work through the issues of mandates, teaching to the text, etc.
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List price: $33.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Elizabeth MacDonald is associate professor of urban design at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a registered architect and partner in the firm Cityworks.

Dennis Shirley was a teacher at the Ecole d'Humanité and is currently Assistant Professor of Education at Rice University.

Kirsten Olson is Chief Listening Officer at Old Sow Coaching and Consulting, where she works with education and learning-sector leaders nationally and internationally. nbsp;She received a masters and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is also the author nbsp;Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up To Old School Culture (Teachers College Press, 2009) and Schools as Colonizers (Verlag, 2008). nbsp; Kirsten is a founding board member of the Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA), a national not-for-profit organized to create greater educational equity, social justice, and to foster passionate learning.nbsp;

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