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Conversations with Great Teachers

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In the spirit of Studs Terkel's Working, Bill Smoot interviews master teachers in fields ranging from K-12 and higher education to the arts, trades and professions, sports, and politics. The result suggests a dinner party where the most fascinating teachers in America discuss their various styles as well as what makes their work meaningful to them. What is it that passes between the best teachers and their students to make learning happen? What are the keys to teaching the joys of literature, shooting a basketball, alligator wrestling, or how to survive one's first year in the U.S. Congress? Smoot's insightful questions elicit thought-provoking reflections about teaching as a calling and its aims, frustrations, and satisfactions.

Book News Annotation:

Smoot (English, Castilleja School) conducted interviews with about 60 exemplary teachers between 2007 and 2009. The teachers include those working in schools and those working independently, from elementary through postsecondary levels. They are special education teachers and teachers of medical students, teachers of creative arts and trades, teachers of athletes, and spiritual and religious teachers of various traditions. They teach in prisons, military academies, and board rooms, as well as in community centers, ghettoes, and in the wilderness. Smoot asks them about secrets of their success, their relationships with students, the advantages of new technologies, and influences on their teaching. Some things the teachers have in common include an authentic presence in the classroom, passion for teaching, and a sense of students as individuals. The book will be of interest to pre- and in-service teachers, students, and general readers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

""Bill Smoot has accomplished something quite extraordinary: he has interviewed master teachers from all walks of life and prodded them to reveal one secret after another. In so doing, he has opened a new door for all educators to improve their work with students....A must-read book for any teacher, regardless of the context in which you work. Highly recommended!"---Grant P. Wiggins, President, Authentic Education and co-author of Understanding by Design" ""Interesting, thought-provoking, and funny interviews with great teachers of every style and subject area....A fascinating book to read and reread."---Todd Whitaker, author of What Great Teachers Do Differently" ""Rich with passion, knowledge, and story, this engaging collection of interviews not only illustrates ways teachers become great; it conveys the energy and care they bring to their calling."---Sydney Lewis, oral historian and author (with Studs Terkel) of Touch and Go" ""A lifetime achievement....An inspiring work of art."---Susan Hoffman, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California, Berkeley" ""A wonderful lesson from the heart about teaching, faith, humanity, and passion."---Bodie Brizendine, Head, The Spence School, New York City" ""A labor of loving care and deep attention. A great gift for teachers and students everywhere and for the learning and hope which sustains us."---Naomi Shihab Nye, poet, writer, and educator" ""Within these pages is a vast treasure of teaching wisdom....A deeply thoughtful and inspiring book."---Robert Kunzman, author of Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling"--BOOK JACKET.

About the Author

Bill Smoot teaches English at the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California, where he has received the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Teaching in the School Room

John Faggi, prep-school English teacher

Lynette Wayne, first-grade teacher

Steven Levy, fourth-grade teacher

Kathleen Engle, middle-school physical-education teacher

Deirdre Grode, seventh- and eighth-grade language arts and social studies teacher

Paul Karafiol, high-school math teacher

Mike Auerbach, high-school biology and chemistry teacher

David Lazerson, special-education teacher

2. Teaching in the College Classroom

Eric Mazur, physics professor

Ellen Peffley, horticulture professor

Father Thomas Buckley, theology professor

William Gass, philosophy professor

Susan Moeller, journalism professor

Jack Metzgar, teacher, adult education

3. Teaching the Healers

Leslie Hilger, teacher of residents in dermatology

Allan Friedman, professor, undergraduates and neurosurgery residents

Craig Campbell, teacher, psychiatry residents

4. Teaching the Creators and Performers

Alexandre Sacha Pavlata, teacher, circus arts

Suki Schorer, ballet teacher

Keith Carter, photography teacher

David Kelsey, piano and voice teacher

Lan Samantha Chang, creative writing teacher

Martin Landau, acting teacher

5. Teaching the Fixers and Makers

Kina McAfee, instructor, apprentice carpenter program

Ralph Salemme, high-school teacher, heating and plumbing

Dieter Schorner, professor of baking and pastry arts

Doug Butler, teacher of farriery

6. Teaching the Athletes

Tom Nordland, teacher of basketball shooting

Arthur Lane, fencing teacher

Mike Hileman, alligator wrestling trainer

Mark Wolocatiuk, racecar driving instructor

Ron Washington, major league baseball manager

7. Growing the Body and Spirit

Lokita Carter, Tantra teacher

Jan Chozen Bays, Zen teacher

Robert Smith, professor, divinity school

Catherine Rose, exotic dance teacher

Tlahuitollini (Ernesto Colín <A,ACU>lvarez), Spanish teacher, Aztec dance teacher

8. Teaching at the Bottom and on the Edge

Jeannette Riley, teacher, the Clemente Program

Betty Martin, teacher in women's prison

Shaina Traisman, meditation and yoga teacher in jails and prisons

Rhodessa Jones, teacher in women's jails

9. Teaching the Protectors

Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Fuson, drill instructor, Marine Corps

Rob Magao, martial-arts teacher to civilians and law enforcement personnel

Vince Dunn, teacher of firefighting

Kathy Mitchell, teacher, FBI Academy

10. Teaching in the Corridors of Power

Michael Ansa, corporate consultant

Emil Jones, political mentor

Michael Bell, corporate consultant

Hannah Riley Bowles, professor, executive education programs

George Shultz, political mentor

David King, director, Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253354914
Author:
Smoot, Bill
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
General
Subject:
Educators
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Education-Classroom Resources
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
Biography and Memoir; Education; Social Science; Sociology
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6.3 x 1.1 in

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""Bill Smoot has accomplished something quite extraordinary: he has interviewed master teachers from all walks of life and prodded them to reveal one secret after another. In so doing, he has opened a new door for all educators to improve their work with students....A must-read book for any teacher, regardless of the context in which you work. Highly recommended!"---Grant P. Wiggins, President, Authentic Education and co-author of Understanding by Design" ""Interesting, thought-provoking, and funny interviews with great teachers of every style and subject area....A fascinating book to read and reread."---Todd Whitaker, author of What Great Teachers Do Differently" ""Rich with passion, knowledge, and story, this engaging collection of interviews not only illustrates ways teachers become great; it conveys the energy and care they bring to their calling."---Sydney Lewis, oral historian and author (with Studs Terkel) of Touch and Go" ""A lifetime achievement....An inspiring work of art."---Susan Hoffman, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California, Berkeley" ""A wonderful lesson from the heart about teaching, faith, humanity, and passion."---Bodie Brizendine, Head, The Spence School, New York City" ""A labor of loving care and deep attention. A great gift for teachers and students everywhere and for the learning and hope which sustains us."---Naomi Shihab Nye, poet, writer, and educator" ""Within these pages is a vast treasure of teaching wisdom....A deeply thoughtful and inspiring book."---Robert Kunzman, author of Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling"--BOOK JACKET.
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