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Conversations About Being a Teacher

Foreword by Thomas R. Giblin



July 2012 | 96 pages | Corwin
"This is a beautiful book. It should be read by every beginning teacher, and it will lift the hearts of older teachers, too."
Nel Noddings
Author of Happiness and Education

"Reading each chapter brought me back to why I chose this profession and why I must stay. . . . The book can easily be read in one sitting although I recommend using each chapter as topics for reflection and introspection. This is one of those books I plan to keep and reread each time the going gets tough."
Marta Cruz-Janzen, Associate Professor
Florida Atlantic University

"Provides a 21st-century book that is a 'model' of what we would like education to be—a conversation and a journey. . . . It is well written, clever, engaging, entertaining, moving, and meaningful."
Thomas Giblin, Superintendent of Schools
East Lansing Public Schools, MI

"Short, to the point, and written in a new and entertaining format that lends itself to extended, in-depth discussions among professionals. . . . The dialogue format and reflective nature create a genuine and authentic foundation on which to discuss the complex art of teaching."
Sue Braun, Principal
Rousseau Elementary School, Lincoln, NE  

"An easy read, but very powerful in its 'conversation' style. . . . It will stimulate rich discussion among its readers."
Karyn Wright, Director, K-12 Teacher Development
Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV

Reflect, re-examine, and refine what you know to be the elements of good teaching!

Let the author of Conversations About Being a Teacher take you on an introspective journey that follows a young woman about to begin her high school teaching career and the university professor from whom she seeks expert guidance.

Their insightful discussions can inspire your own reflections on such topics as:

  • Challenging beginning teachers to become the teachers they want to be
  • Reminding veteran teachers why they were first compelled to teach
  • Mission and vision, expectations, caring, commitment, respect, observation, cultural awareness, balance, team building, growth, and knowledge
Teaching models are presented throughout the book with suggestions from the author for additional resources. Highly readable and engaging, Conversations About Being a Teacher helps all educators fine-tune their expectations for the teaching profession.

Thomas R. Giblin
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Conversation One: Mission and Vision
 
Conversation Two: Expectations
 
Conversation Three: Caring
 
Conversation Four: Commitment
 
Conversation Five: Respect
 
Conversation Six: Observation
 
Conversation Seven: Cultural Awareness
 
Conversation Eight: Balance
 
Conversation Nine: Teambuilding
 
Conversation Ten: Growth and Knowledge
 
Recommended Readings
 
Index

"This is a beautiful book. It should be read by every beginning teacher, and it will lift the hearts of older teachers, too."

Nel Noddings
Author of Happiness and Education

"Provides a 21st century book that is a 'model' of what we would like education to be--a conversation and a journey. . . . It is well written, clever, engaging, entertaining, moving, and meaningful."

Thomas Giblin, Superintendent of Schools
East Lansing Public Schools, MI

"Short, to the point, and written in a new and entertaining format that lends itself to extended, in-depth discussions among professionals. . . . The dialogue format and reflective nature create a genuine and authentic foundation on which to discuss the complex art of teaching."

Sue Braun, Principal
Rousseau Elementary School, Lincoln, NE

"An easy read, but very powerful in its 'conversation' style. . . . It will stimulate rich discussion among its readers."

Karyn Wright, Director, K-12 Teacher Development
Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV

"Reading each chapter brought me back to why I chose this profession and why I must stay. . . . The book can easily be read in one sitting although I recommend using each chapter as topics for reflection and introspection. This is one of those books I plan to keep and reread each time the going gets tough."

Marta Cruz-Janzen, Associate Professor
Florida Atlantic University
Key features

 

  • A Corwin book in the spirit of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie and Nel Noddings's The Challenge to Care in Schools
  • Vividly illustrates the mentor teacher-beginning teacher bond through conversations about the first year of teaching
  • Addresses how theory turns into practice in the areas of teacher expectations, caring, commitment, respect, observation, cultural awareness, balance, teambuilding, and growth and knowledge
  • Narrative style and (literally) conversational format make for easy, engaging, reading
  • Models reflective teaching in each conversation--readers can start with any topic or read out of sequence as needed for workshops or book study groups
  • Appropriate for university-level foundations courses, with solid coverage of teaching and learning, reflective practice, classroom management, student behavior, and staff development

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Thomas R. Giblin, PhD

Conversation One: Mission and Vision


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