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Narratives from the Classroom
An Introduction to Teaching

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December 2004 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The stories kept me wanting more and the lessons are valuable information for pre-service teachers. Bravo!"
—Sharon Ulanoff, California State University, Los Angeles

"Narratives from the Classroom will be useful in its ability to stimulate students to get in touch with their past experiences in education in a critical way. The questions offer a natural beginning for sharing experiences. In this way, beliefs and values can be recognized, scrutinized, and defended."
—James Curtiss, Wayne State College

"These narratives provide expansive opportunities for reflection and encourage each student to come to their own understanding about what it means to be a teacher."
—Betty C. Eng, Hong Kong Institute of Education

In order for pre-service teachers to fully understand what it means to choose teaching as a career, it is important for them to connect with experienced teachers who can share their experiences of what occurs within the walls of schools. Narrative accounts of teachers' experiences with students, parents, administrators and colleagues are an excellent way for pre-service teachers to obtain a clearer picture of what teaching really involves.

Narratives from the Classroom: An Introduction to Teaching introduces the reader to many of the important classroom issues surrounding the field of teaching. This book is unique in that it is a collection of personal accounts and ideas written by the teachers and teacher educators who lived those experiences. Because this is an introduction to teaching, each chapter addresses a different topic, ranging from the purpose of schools and teachers, issues about policies and programs in the school, and various practices found within the classroom walls. There is also a section that addresses preparation for the job market and what the first year of teaching is like. This book deliberately avoids being prescriptive and encourages the reader to form his or her own conclusions about the presented issues.

Narratives from the Classroom is designed as a supplemental text for teacher education courses, especially those at the introductory stages. Beginning teachers and anyone considering teaching as a career will also find this collection an important and insightful addition to their libraries.

Key Features

  • Editor's introduction to each narrative provides context
  • Questions and further readings stimulate the reader's engagement and commitment to the topic
  • Narratives provide readers with significant exposure to 16 experienced teachers and teacher educators
  • Coverage includes diverse experiences and opinions from authors of various ethnic backgrounds

Bill Ayers
Foreword
Paul Chamness Miller
Introduction
JoAnn Phillion
Narrative in Teacher Education
 
Purposes
Kin Chee
The Role of a Teacher: My Thoughts After 12 Years in the Field
Christopher Blake & Connie Monroe
Moral Education in American Schools
 
Policies
Jill Underly
The Inner Workings of the School
Wayne Au
Power, Identity and the Third Rail
 
Programs
Betty Eng
Hong Kong's Shifting Classroom Narrative
Chris Carger
Reflections on Compassionate and Transformative Education
 
Practices
Teresa Rishel and Paul Chamness Miller
Positive Relationships for Effective Teaching
Crystal Reimer
Amplifying Student Performance by Teaching and Modeling Responsibility
Teresa Rishel
Maneuvering the Emotional and Social Demands of the Classroom
Magdalena Mo Ching Mok
Assessment for Learning: Its Effect on the Classroom and Curriculum
Pamela Miller
A Seasoned Teacher's Experience with Technology
 
Starting Your Career
Joseph McSparran
An Employment Guide for Pre-Service Teachers
Erin Mikulec
Tales from My First Year of Teaching
 
Contributors' Bios

"The stories kept me wanting more and the lessons are valuable information for pre-service teachers. Bravo!"

Sharon Ulanoff
California State University, Los Angeles

"Narratives from the Classroom will be useful in its ability to stimulate students to get in touch with their past experiences in education in a critical way. The questions offer a natural beginning for sharing experiences. In this way, beliefs and values can be recognized, scrutinized, and defended."

James Curtiss
Wayne State College

"These narratives provide expansive opportunities for reflection and encourage each student to come to their own understanding about what it means to be a teacher."

Betty C. Eng
Hong Kong Institute of Education

"This is an excellent resource.The stories are powerful, cogent, and on-target. I appreciate the effort that went into this sharp and moving work...As a teacher educator who believes deeply in the power of personal life stories to reveal hidden truths (and some not so hidden) about values and beliefs, this work could not be more timely. I will recommend it to students and colleagues and share it with my teaching circles.Thanks again for such a good book."

 

Jeffrey S. Kaplan, Ph.D.
College of Education, University of Central Florida

"This book does exactly what the title proclaims – it provides a collection of narratives from experienced teachers, each telling the story of their classroom experience."

Geoff Barton
Headteacher at King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds

"This thought-provoking and very readable text provides a quick look into the classrooms and experiences of 15 educators representing a variety of philosophical, geographic, and grade-level perspectives. Each engages the reader in a unique and compelling way. An orientation to the concept of “narrative” is smartly provided in chapter 1. The book quite effectively explores, in first-person writing, the four P’s of teaching: purpose, policies, programs, and practices. This is carefully executed from a personal and real-world perspective. It should be noted that this text is written for future teachers; it is this reviewer’s sense, however, that the narrative format, along with the rich multidisciplinary points of view, would be well received by experienced educators as well. Each chapter concludes with questions for reflection, further developing the notion that good teaching is preceded by personal reflection and conversation with colleagues to uncover meaning. Indeed, developing fully as a teacher is a lifelong journey; this text can serve as an imaginative yet realistic companion along the way. Summing up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through practitioners."

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"This thought-provoking and very readable text provides a quick look into the classrooms and experiences of 15 educators representing a variety of philosophical, geographic, and grade-level perspectives. Each engages the reader in a unique and compelling way. An orientation to the concept of "narrative" is smartly provided in chapter 1. The book quite effectively explores, in first-person writing, the four P's of teaching: purpose, policies, programs, and practice. This is carefully executed from a personal and real-world perspective. It should be noted that this text is written for future teachers; it is this reviewer's sense, however, that the narrative format, along with the right multidisciplinary points of view, would be well received by experienced educators as well. Each chapter concluded with questions for reflection, further developing the notion that good teaching is preceded by personal reflection and conversation with colleagues to uncover meaning. Indeed, developing fully as a teacher is a lifelong journey; this text can serve as an imaginative yet realistic companion along the way"

L. K. Draina
Marywood University
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Key features
  • This book will engage readers and prepare them for future courses in education programs.
  • The work examines teaching primarily from the practicing teacher's point of view.
  • Chapters are written by a diverse group of teachers, male and female, from various ethnic groups.
  • Contributors include nationally recognized educators in the field, such as Bill Ayers, JoAnn Phillon, and Chris Carger.
  • Each chapter concludes with a bulleted summary of important points to remember, discussion questions, and sources for further reading.

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